Lavish vans: Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite vs. Kia Carnival SX

Lavish vans: Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite vs. Kia Carnival SX

From basic people carriers, the Toyota Hiace and Kia Carnival can now ferry crowds in cosseting cabins. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How many passengers can the Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite and Kia Carnival accommodate?

    The Hiace Grandia Elite features four rows which can accommodate 10 people, while the Carnival can hold seven occupants in its three rows.
  • How much is the Hiace Grandia Elite and Carnival?

    Being the top-spec Hiace, the Grandia Elite retails from P3.043 to P3.058 million. The Carnival SX has price of P2.988 million.
  • For Toyota's Hiace, it sheds its commercial van roots in its chrome-wearing and fully loaded Hiace Super Grandia Elite form. This top-of-the-shop Hiace wears sports a spiffy grille, LED lights front and back, a dash of chrome exterior bits, and special 17-inch wheels. 

    Inside, while the Hiace Grandia Elite seats 10 occupants like lesser Hiace vans do, the former swaps the latter's fabric seats for leather-lined perches across four rows. And like its Alphard stablemate, the Hiace Grandia Elite uses captain chairs — with ottomans — on the second row. The third row also gets captain chairs, while the rearmost cabin gets a bench-type seat for two. 

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    Lending more classiness to the cabin are interior illumination whose color and brightness can be adjusted, leather and faux wood that adorns some corners of the cabin, and Nano-E air purification system that promises fill the cabin with clean and refreshing air. Meanwhile, passengers can store their refreshments in the Elite's 21 cup holders. 

    Moving on to the Carnival, Kia has given it a look that befits the minivan's new premium image, which replaces the predecessors' mainstream positioning. The Carnival's LED headlights that blend into the grille, one-piece taillamps, and wraparound rear windscreen are minimalist. To classy things up, though, there are silver trimmings on the C-pillar, door sills, and on the fore and aft bumpers. 

    The Carnival's cabin, which can be accessed via keyless unlocking of doors, is for seven people only. This means there's more room to stretch inside the Carnival, particularly in the second-row leather business class relaxation seats, which offer reclining adjustment and ottomans. With these seats' ventilation feature, they can be cooled or heated depending on the outside temperature. 

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    The Carnival's rear sunshade blinds and three-zone automatic climate control system can also maintain a cool cabin, too. But when passengers want to enjoy the sunlight, they will just need to open the dual sunroofs. 

    Up front, the Carnival's driver and passenger are as spoiled as the passengers with a driver's power-adjustable seat with a memory function. Both the pilot and shotgun seats can be cooled or heated when needed. 

    Now, considering all of their style and features, which of these premium "people-cosseting" chariots do you prefer? Luxury does equal to convenience, after all, and so the spec sheets of the Hiace Super Grandia Elite and Carnival SX are just a quick scroll below. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Toyota Hiace Super Grandia Elite 2.8L Diesel AT

     

    Kia Carnival 2.2 SX 7-Seater AT 

     

    Overall Length (mm)

    5,300

    5,155

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,970

    1,995

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,990

    1,740

    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

    175

    172

    Seating Capacity

    10

    Seven

    Engine Model

    1GD-FTV 

    Smartstream Diesel 

    Engine Type

    2..8 In-Line 4 Cylinders Diesel

    2.2L In-Line 4 Cylinders CRDI VGT

    Displacement (cc)

    2,755

    2,151

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    176/3,400

    202/3,800

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    450/1,600-2,400

     

    440/1,750-2,750

     

    Fuel Type

    Diesel 

    Diesel

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    72

    72

    Transmission

     

    Six-Speed Automatic  Transmission 

     

    Eight-Speed Automatic  Transmission 

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut 

    Rear: 4-Link Coil Spring

    Front: MacPherson Strut With Stabilizer

    Rear: Multi-Link 

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Ventilated Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Tires and Wheels

    235/60 R17 Alloy

    235/50 R19 Alloy

    Headlamps

     Bi-beam LED 

    Dual LED Projection 

    Headlamp Leveling

     Automatic

    Automatic

    Daytime Running Lights

     LED

    LED

    Clearance Lamp

     With

    With

    Front Fog Lamps

     LED

    LED

    Outside Rear View Mirror

    Body Color, Electric Adustable and Folding 

    Body Color, Electric Adustable and Folding 

    Radiator Grille

    Chrome

    Satin Chrome

    Windshield Wiper

    Rain-Sensing 

    Rain-Sensing

    Rear Window Defogger

     With

    With

    Rear Combination Lamp

     LED

    LED 

    Sunroof

    Without

    Dual

    Door Belt Molding

     Chrome

    Chrome

    Hoodlift Assist

     With

    With

    Antenna

     Fin-Type

    Fin-Type 

    Seat Material

     Leather 

     Leather (with Ventilation)

    Seat Adjustment

    Driver: 6-way Power 

    Passenger: Slide and Recline

    Second Row: 4-Way Captain Seats: Reclining, with Ottoman

    Third Row: Captain Seats

    Fourth row: Bench Type 50:50 Split Sinking

     

    Driver: 8-way Power + 4-way Lumbar Support
    with memory and cooling;


    Passenger: 8-Way Power with cooling

    Second Row: Relaxation Seats: Power Reclining, Cushion
    and Leg Rest; Manual Long and Lateral Sliding;
    Armrest; Cooling

    Third row: Reclining, Folding, 60:40 Split Sinking

     

    Room Lamp

    Adjustable Color and Brightness

    LED  

    Refrigerator 

    Without

    Without

    Instrument Panel and Center Cluster

    4.2-inch TFT

    Standard 

    Steering Type

     

    Electric Power Steering

     

    Electric Power Steering

    Steering Column

    Manual Tilt and Telescopic 

    Tilt and Telescopic 

    Steering Wheel Material

     Leather and Wood

    Leather

    Steering Wheel Controls

    Audio, Multi-Information Display, Phone, Cruise Control

     

    Audio, Multi-Information Display, Phone, Cruise Control

     

    Inside Rear View Mirror

     Auto-Dimming

    Auto-Dimming

    Sun Visors

     

    Driver and Front Passenger; with Mirror and Lamp

     

    Driver and Front Passenger; with Mirror and Lamp

    Parking Brake

     

    Standard

     

    Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold 

     

    Door Trim

     Leather and Wood with Plating

    Soft Touch Molded Trim with Leather

    Cup and Bottle Holders

    21 pcs. Total

    2 pcs. at Front Console, 2 pcs. at Second Row Center Console, 2 pcs. at Third Row Side Trim

    Illuminated Entry

     With 

    With (Front, Key, Floor)

    Front Personal Lamp

     With

    With

    Rear Personal Lamp

     With 

    With

    Door Courtesy Lamp

     With

    With 

    Inside Door Handle Lamp

     With

    With

    Foot Lamp

     With

    With

    Luggage Room Lamp

     With

    With

    Keyless Entry

     Smart Entry

    Smart Entry

    Ignition System

     Push Start System

    Push Start System

    Power Windows

     

    Auto + Jam Protect

     

    Auto + Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

     Speed Sensing

    Speed Sensing

    Air Conditioning System

    Front: Dual-Zone Automatic

    Rear: Triple-Zone Automatic 

    With Nano-E Technology

     

    Front: Dual-Zone Automatic

    Rear: Triple-Zone Automatic 

    Sunblinds 

    Without

    Second and Third Row

    Rear A/C Vent Duct

     With

    With

    Light Control System

     

    Without

    Automatic + Follow me Home

    Cruise Control

     With

    With

    Audio System

    Display Audio AM/FM Radio, MP3 w/ USB Ports 

    8” Touchscreen, AM/FM Radio, MP3 w/ USB Ports 

     Connectivity

     Bluetooth Handsfree with Voice Control, Apple Carplay and Android Auto

    Bluetooth Handsfree with Voice Control, Apple Carplay and Android Auto 

    Audio System Function

     

    AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, and USB

     

    AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, and USB

    Speakers

     Speakers 4 + 2 Tweeters

    Speakers 4 + 2 Tweeters

    Wireless Charger

     Without

    With

    Rear USB Charger

     Two

    Two

    12V Accessory Outlet

     Two

    One

    Pre-Collision System 

    With

    Without

    Lane Departure Alert

    With

    Without

    Adaptive Cruise Control

    With

    Without

    Collision Avoidance Assist

     Without

    With

    Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)

     With

    With

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

     With

    With

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver, Driver's Knee Front Passenger, Front Side, Curtain 

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, Curtain 

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

     With

    With

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

     With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HSA)

     With

    With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x8)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x4)

    Seatbelt Reminder

     Lamp and Buzzer

    Lamp and Buzzer

    Child Restraint System

     

    Isofix (x2) and Tether Anchor (x2)

     

    Isofix (x2) and Tether Anchor (x2)

    High Mount Stop Lamp

     LED

    LED

    Emergency Brake Signal

     With

    With

    Camera

    With Dynamic Guidelines

     

     

    With Dynamic Guidelines

     

     

    Clearance and Back Sonar

     

    Front: Four

    Rear: Four

     

    Front: Four

    Rear: Four

    Available Body Colors

    Luxury Pearl Toning, Gray Metallic, Black 3, White Pearl Crystal Shine Snow White Pearl

     

    Snow White Pearl, Astra Blue, Aurora Black Pearl

     

    PRICE

     P3.54 million 

     P3.58 million (Luxury Pearl Toning)

    P2.988 million

     

    Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines, Kia Philippines  

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    Automatic Climate Control No
    No
    No
    No
    No
    Rear A/C Vents No
    Yes
    No
    Yes
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    Anti-Lock Braking System Yes
    Yes
    -
    Yes
    -
    Driver Airbag Yes
    Yes
    No
    Yes
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    Seat Belt Warning Yes
    Yes
    -
    Yes
    Yes
    Rear Seat Belts No
    No
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    Yes
    -
    Side Impact Beams Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Ebd -
    Yes
    -
    Yes
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    Multi-function Steering Wheel -
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