Kia Carnival vs. the competition

The Carnival faces tough competition in the local minivan market.

Kia Carnival vs. the competition

The Kia Carnival has established itself as a popular choice in the local minivan market, offering ample space, modern features, and a comfortable ride.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the main competitors of the Kia Carnival?

    The main competitors of the Kia Carnival are the Hyundai Staria, Toyota Super Grandia Elite and Alphard, and Maxus G10.
  • How much is the Carnival?

    Pricing for the Carnival ranges from P2.64 million-P3.098 million.
  • With its roomy interior, the Carnival comfortably accommodates up to seven passengers. Its sliding side doors provide easy access, making it a breeze to load and unload passengers.

    Under the hood of the Carnival is a 2.2-liter Smartstream engine that produces up to 199 horsepower (hp) and 440 Newton-meters (Nm) of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    Kia Carnival from Kia PH

    The Carnival also offers a range of advanced safety features and driver assistance systems, such as cruise control, blind spot detection, lane keeping assist, forward collision avoidance assist, rear cross traffic alert, and parking distance warning.

    Pricing for the Carnival ranges from P2.64 million-P3.098 million.

    Since the minivan segment is filled with a range of options, the Carnival still faces tough competition despite its impressive features. Let us take a look at the Carnival's main competitors and see how it can match up against them.

    Hyundai Staria

    The Hyundai Staria combines practicality with a touch of futuristic style. The van is available in seven-, nine-, and 11-seater variants.

    Hyundai Staria

    Power comes from a 2.2-liter common rail direct injection engine (CRDi) that produces 174 hp and 430 Nm of torque — slightly lower than the Carnival’s output. The engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission, depending on the variant

    To ensure safe and confident driving, the Staria comes standard with Hyundai Smartsense, which includes advanced driver assistance technologies such as forward-collision avoidance, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind-spot view monitor, smart cruise control, manual speed limit assist, parking distance warning, surround view monitor, and rear occupant alert.

    If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Carnival, you may consider the Staria as it is priced at only P1.56 million-P3.03 million.

    Toyota Super Grandia Elite

    The Toyota Super Grandia Elite is a premium van that is ideal for big families or anyone who likes to travel in comfort and style.

    Toyota Super Grandia Elite

    When it comes to space, Toyota's 10-seater van does not disappoint. With ample legroom and headroom, even the tallest members of your family will feel comfortable. The versatile seating arrangements allow for easy customization, ensuring everyone has the perfect spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

    Powering the Super Grandia Elite is a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. It produces 173 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

    The van is also equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assistance systems, which includes pre-collision system, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beam.

    With its premium features and luxurious interior, the Super Grandia Elite comes with a slightly higher price tag of P3.216 million, but for those who value comfort and style, it is worth every penny.

    Toyota Alphard

    Another Toyota that goes against the Carnival is its luxury van, the Alphard. Just like the Carnival, the Alphard can accommodate up to seven passengers.

    Toyota Alphard

    The Alphard features a hybrid system consisting of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a motor generator, and an NI-MH battery. The powertrain delivers a total of 229 hp and 503 Nm of torque. Since the Alphard comes with a hybrid powertrain, it is an ideal choice for environmentally conscious car buyers.

    Similar to the Super Grandia Elite, the Alphard also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense with additional features like adaptive high beam system, lane tracing assist, and dynamic radar cruise control.

    The Alphard is known for being a luxurious and premium van, which is reflected in its higher price point compared to the Kia Carnival. It retails for P4.98 million-P5 million.

    Maxus G10

    Another popular ride of choice for families or groups who need a spacious and comfortable vehicle is the Maxus G10, which can seat up to nine passengers.

    Maxus G10

    Under the hood of the G10 is a 1.9-liter turbocharged CRDi engine that delivers 147 hp and 350 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

    Unlike the abovementioned models, the G10 comes standard with basic safety features only such as multiple airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, front and rear parking sensors, and reverse parking camera.

    Since it is not as equipped as the Carnival and their other competitors, the G10 comes in a cheaper price range of P1.89 million-P2,289,800.

    Final thoughts

    The Kia Carnival faces tough competition in the local minivan market. The Hyundai Staria, Toyota Super Grandia Elite and Alphard, and Maxus G10 are all strong contenders with their unique features, advantages, and pricing. Each of these competitors offers a viable alternative to the Carnival, catering to different preferences and requirements of buyers. Whether it is luxury, practicality, reliability, or affordability, there is a minivan option available for every discerning customer.

    Photos from Kia Philippines, Hyundai Motor Philippines Incorporated, Toyota Motor Philippines, and Maxus Philippines

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