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Kia VQ Grand Carnival EX (2006)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2006

The new eight-seat Grand Carnival offers good value and features a larger capacity 3.8-litre, V6 engine.
Performance gets a major boost and feels strong, especially low down and in the mid range. So much so, it’s easy to accidentally squeal the front tyres.

The Carnival’s handling is more insipid than inspiring. A large, 12.1 m turning circle provided by its light, lifeless steering is a drawback in cramped environs.

Practical features include a ‘wide view’ mirror to monitor the antics of rear passengers, while an ability to fold the rear rows, or slide and remove the second row, makes for versatile load and passenger carrying.

A space-saver spare located under the right (traffic side) of the vehicle disappoints, as do lap-only seatbelts in the centre rear positions.
Kia VQ Grand Carnival EX 2006

For

Value, practicality, performance

Against

Turning circle, spare wheel

Car Details

Vehicle make Kia
Vehicle model VQ Grand Carnival EX
Vehicle type People Mover
Year 2006
Price when new $37,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 3.8-litre V6, DOHC, CVVT
Max power 184 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 343 Nm @ 3500 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 9.4 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 26 m
Best economy 12.8 litres/100 km

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