The grandeur of the Carnival’s exterior continues on the inside as well. The cabin of the top-spec Limousine trim we are driving here is swathed in Napa leather upholstery, soft-touch materials on the dashboard and the door pads as well. Step inside and the sense of spaciousness is instantly felt which is further exemplified by the massive windscreen and large window area. Owing to which, the visibility is phenomenal too. The dashboard isn’t exactly upright but is tilted for better usability and is well laid out. There are many usable storage places present all around the cabin as well including dual glovebox. Behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel, there are two analogue dials flanking a MID screen. On the centre console, you get an eight-inch touchscreen system which has a user interface similar to what you get in Hyundais rather than in the Seltos.
The front seats are large and offer a good amount of support all around. In the top-spec trim, the driver’s seat too is electrically adjustable and it also gets cooled ventilation but the front passenger seat misses out on both these functions. Talking about the seats, this is where the Carnival gets interesting. The Carnival can be had either in seven-, eight- or even a nine-seat configuration. Lower spec models get something called standup seats which fold upright allowing better ingress, while there’s something called ‘sinking seats’ which have got a clever mechanism that allows them to fold down flat on the floor. Then there are the Limousine’s VIP seats available only in a seven-seater configuration with special reclining and sliding adjustments along with leg extension.
Thanks to the sliding doors, getting inside is easy but the ingress height makes it more of a hop-in. Similar to the front row, visibility in the second and third row is more than adequate thanks to the massive windows and light coloured materials used. There’s sufficient head and legroom too as the middle row seats have multiple adjustments while offering ample support and seem to be comfortable enough for cross country drives. The same cannot be said about the third-row as it’s a tight fit for three with no under-thigh support, but it isn’t a bad place to be in either. Those ‘sinking’ split seats can also be folded down for large and usable boot space.
The list of features in the Carnival includes – dual sunroof, three-zone climate control, smartphone connectivity with Harmon Kardon music system, auto headlamps and wipers, smart air-purifier, front and rear parking with rear-view camera, push-button start-stop, cruise control, electric windows and ORVM, powered tailgate, laptop charger along with rear-seat entertainment screens and Kia’s own UVO connected car features. In terms of safety, there are six airbags, ABS with ESC, hill assist, roll-over mitigation and cornering brake to name a few.