Like its exteriors, the magnificence continues on the insides as well. The thoughtfully laid-out cabin comes with a top-notch fit and finish and material quality. You get soft plastics on the dash-top and Napa leather upholstery that elevates the premium feel a notch higher. The wider proportions mean one may require extra effort to access the glove-box or the passenger-side 12V socket, but for most part, the cabin remains ergonomic. The large glass area and the supportive 10-way electrically-adjustable driver seat offers a commanding view of the surroundings. But, the thick A-pillar obstructs view while cornering.
The crisp and intuitive eight-inch infotainment display is a size smaller, and we expected the Carnival to come with a 360-degree camera, which would’ve made it easier to park in tight spaces. It could also do with a colour driver information system (DIS), like the Kia Seltos. While the driver seat gets a cooling function, we would’ve expected the middle row seats to come with the ventilated feature, which would’ve been appreciated by chauffeur-driven customers.
Otherwise, both the front and rear seats provide excellent support with enough and more leg and headroom. But the individual captain seats (with extendable leg rests) in the middle row will pamper the chauffer-driven folks with its multiple adjustments. The large electric sliding doors help getting in and out of the car, but the tall floor and the 79mm ingress height means you have to hop inside the cabin.
You also get a 220V AC two-pin charging dock and AC controls for the second-row passengers. However, a centrally-placed climate control unit would’ve improved accessibility for both the middle row occupants. The lower-placed last-row seats lack under-thigh support, and fitting-in three adults would be bit of a squeeze. However, seating two passengers for short distance shouldn't be an issue. Besides the convenience offered by the many cubbies, cup holders and fast-charging USB ports, what comes as a delight is that you get retractable sun curtains in the second and third rows.
Even with the third-row up, the Carnival has a boot space of 540 litres. Tumble these ‘sinking seats’ down and it opens up a huge cargo area of 1624 litres. It also gets multiple towing hooks and a 12V 180Watt charging socket to hold or charge your belongings.