Kia Carnival

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Kia Carnival/Kia Sedona
2011 Kia Sedona EX -- 04-22-2011.jpg
Manufacturer Kia Motors
Also called Kia Sedona
Production 1998-present
Body and chassis
Class Minivan
Body style 4-door minivan
Layout FF layout

The Kia Carnival is a minivan manufactured by Kia Motors, introduced in September 1998,[1] marketed globally under various nameplates — prominently as the Kia Sedona — and currently in its second generation.

First generation models remain in production (e.g., in China). Second generation models have been marketed since model year 2006 – including as a rebadged variant[2] in North America, the Hyundai Entourage for model years 2007–2009.

Beginning in 2010 certain global markets (e.g., the UK) of the second generation model began receiving updated equipment, engine choices and Kia's corporate grille, known as the Tiger Nose, as designed by Kia's design chief, Peter Schreyer.

First generation (1998–2006)[edit]

First generation
2002 Kia Sedona LX.jpg
Also called Kia Sedona
Naza Ria (Malaysia)
Production September 1998–2006
Model years 1999 – 2006 (international)
2002-2005 (US)
Assembly Sohari Plant, Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Yancheng Plant, Jiangsu, China
Kaliningrad, Russia[3]
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia (Naza Ria)
Body and chassis
Platform Kia Credos
Related Kia Credos
Engine 2.5 L Rover KV6
3.5 L V6
2.9 L CRDi
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2910 mm (114.6 in)
Length 1998–2001: 4890 mm (192.5 in)
2001–2005: 4930 mm (194.0 in)
Width 1895 mm (74.6 in)
Height 1998–2001: 1730 mm (68.1 in)
2001–2005: 1770 mm (69.6 in)

The Kia Sedona first generation was marketed globally, for example as the Naza Ria in Malaysia. The first generation model is currently manufactured and marketed in specific regions, including under a joint venture in the Chinese market with Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Company.

In the United States, the first generation Sedona competed with the minivan segment of Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Ford Windstar/Ford Freestar and the Chrysler minivans – and was Kia's top-selling vehicle when it launched.

With a 3.5 L V6 engine making 195 hp (145 kW) and a 4-speed automatic (later a 5-speed automatic transmission), the Sedona lacked features that other minivans had such as power sliding doors and power liftgate, a fold flat third row seat, navigation system, rear-view camera, and backup sensors. Early Sedonas were rated at 15.6 L/100 km (15.1 mpg) (city) and 10.9 L/100 km (21.6 mpg) (highway), but the numbers improved slightly to 14.8 L/100 km (15.9 mpg) (city) and 9.6 L/100 km (24.5 mpg) (highway) for 2005 models.

In Australia, the Kia Carnival went on sale in 1999, with a standard 5-speed manual and 2.5 L V6 producing 177 hp (132 kW). A 4-speed automatic was optional. In 2001, it outsold the Toyota Tarago, becoming the top-selling minivan in the country. It was sales leader again in 2004 and 2005, when sales peaked at 5,259 units, which in itself was a record for any minivan.

2004-2005 Kia Sedona LX (US)
2005 Kia Sedona EX (US)

In Europe is available only with the 2.5 Rover KV6 engine[4] 24V petrol with 163 PS and Euro 2 standard emission level and the 2,9 litres turbodiesel engine with 126 PS. From 2001 Kia Motors introduce the 2.5 KV6 Euro 3 with 150 PS and the new 2.9 CRDI common rail diesel engine with 144 PS.

Shown left is the 2005 Kia Sedona EX (US), the EX is the highest body style with all the amenities such as interior and exterior chrome accents, interior wood grain, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob and alloy wheels, with optional leather appointed seating, sunroof, DVD player and much more.

Second generation (2006–2012, 2014)[edit]

Second generation
2009 Kia Sedona LX -- 11-25-2009.jpg
Also called Kia Grand Carnival (LWB)
Kia Sedona
Kia VQ (China)
Kia Carnival R (South Korea)
Hyundai Entourage
Production 2006 - 2014
Model years 2006 - 2012, 2014
Assembly Sohari Plant, Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Kaliningrad, Russia[5]
Body and chassis
Platform Hyundai-Kia Y5 platform
Related Hyundai Entourage
Hyundai Veracruz
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Azera
Kia Optima
Engine 2.7L Mu V6 petrol
3.5L Lambda V6 petrol
3.8L Lambda V6 petrol
2.2L CRDI VGT R-Line I4 diesel
2.9L CRDI VGT I4 diesel
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2890 mm (113.8 in) (SWB)
3020 mm (118.9 in) (LWB)
Length 4810 mm (189.4 in) (SWB)
5130 mm (202.0 in) (LWB)
Width 1985 mm (78.1 in)
Height 1760 mm (69.3 in) (SWB & 2011- LWB LX)
1780 mm (70.1 in) (LWB)
69.9 in (1,775 mm) (2011- EX)

Kia introduced the second generation Carnival/Sedona worldwide for model year 2006 – in short (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) models – with a 2-inch-wider front track, 3-inch-wider rear track and reduced turning radius[6] than the first generation. The SWB model shares its platform with the Kia Magentis[7] – and was specially designed for the European market,[7] where it falls in the large MPV class.

With a lighter engine, greater use of high-tensile steel in the body, and a lighter transmission and rear suspension, the second generation model weighed approximately 400 lbs less than the first generation.[8]

In certain markets, Kia offers the minivan in both wheelbases (e.g., in North America, Australia) or in other markets, simply as the short-wheelbase configuration (e.g., UK, France). Globally, the minivan has been offered with four engines as well as manual and automatic transmissions.

Equipment content varies widely by market – including such features as six airbags (front, front side and air curtain), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) & Brake Assist System (BAS), dual or tri-zone heating and cooling, "walk through" aisle between the front seats with fold-down tray, tilt/height adjustable steering wheel, ISOFIX anchor points, rear side sliding doors with "hold open" locking feature (to prevent an open door from inadvertently closing), second row power roll-down windows, third row 60/40 fold-in-floor seat (LWB only), power sliding doors and liftgate, backup sensors, and in-dash navigation.

In European and Asian markets, the SWB models offer a full range of options and available equipment, with a 2+3+2 seating configuration (an essential format in a large MPV for Europe).[9] By contrast, in the U.S. the SWB model is offered only in a base equipment level with a 2+2+3 seating configuration – and high-end options exclusive to LWB models.

Hyundai Entourage[edit]

Hyundai Entourage

From 2006–2009, Kia manufactured a rebadged variant of the Carnival for sister company Hyundai. Called the Hyundai Entourage, the Hyundai version was briefly cancelled in August 2005, but resurrected in October without affecting its introduction date. The production Entourage was shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006 and went on sale in April 2006. While otherwise similar to the Carnival except for the name, the Entourage was only available in extended-length because of the mid-size Hyundai Veracruz crossover SUV, which measured about the same length as the short-wheelbase Carnival.

Unlike the Carnival, the Entourage was never a sales success, and in April 2009, the Entourage was discontinued for the 2010 model year. However, the Carnival remained in production and was updated with more features so it could better compete with the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler minivans.[10]

United States[edit]

Kia Sedona SWB (US)

Kia introduced the second generation Sedona to the North American market at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show[11] for model year 2006 offering a single engine/transmission choice, the 240 hp 3.8-liter V6 Hyundai Lambda engine with continuously variable intake valve timing and a five-speed manumatic automatic transmission.[11]

2011 Kia Sedona LX (US)

Initially offered only in long-wheelbase (LWB) form, the short-wheelbase (SWB) model followed for model year 2007.[11] Trim levels include Sedona (SWB), Sedona LX (LWB), and Sedona EX (LWB). The van was updated for the 2011 model year with a new Tiger Nose grille and taillights, a more powerful engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, but dropped the short-wheelbase version because of poor sales.

A rebadged version of the Sedona was offered from 2007-2009 as the Hyundai Entourage.

In May 2012, Kia told The Car Connection that the Sedona will be discontinued in the U.S. market after the 2012 model year, but a company spokesperson said the company doesn't expect to permanently exit the minivan market.[12]

See: Kia Sedona reveal rendering for the 2005 Chicago Auto Show

The American configuration earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for all seating positions in frontal and side-impact crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also rates the Sedona "Good" – its highest rating – in front, side and rear impacts. The IIHS has christened the 2006 Sedona a "Gold Top Safety Pick", making the Sedona (and the similar Hyundai Entourage) the safest minivan currently tested.[13][14] Kia had announced that the 2012 Kia Sedona will be the last Sedona for the American market.

In 2013, Kia re-launched the Sedona as a 2014 model with minor updates, which started selling around the end of May.[15]

United Kingdom[edit]

The Sedona has been the second top selling large MPV in the UK market, and in 2010 received a new grill, new equipment (including a reversing camera built into the rear-view mirror) and a single engine choice, a 192PS 2.2 CRDi I4 replacing the 183PS 2.9 CDRi.[16][17] The Sedona is marketed in three trim levels (1,2 & 3) with a 5-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic gearbox. Trim level 1 includes air-conditioning, electric windows. Trim level 2 receives alloy wheels, rear parking camera with the display incorporated into the rear-view mirror, and climate control. Trim level 3 adds electronic stability control, leather seats, heated front seats, power tail gate and powered folding door mirrors.

See: 2010 UK Sedona with "tiger nose" corporate grille by designer Peter Schreyer.[18] In September 2012, the Sedona was withdrawn due to poor sales.



The second generation Carnival went on sale in Australia in January 2006. Initially, the long-wheelbase 3.8L V6 5-speed automatic Grand Carnival was sold alongside the previous generation 2.5L V6 Carnival, until the second-generation SWB Carnival arrived in August of that year, available in both 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic, and new 2.7L V6 engine. Both models sat 8 passengers. A 2.9L turbo diesel engine was introduced in the Grand Carnival in March 2009. In June 2010, the Carnival and Grand Carnival underwent a mild facelift, the manual transmission was dropped from the SWB model, and the LWB model received a new 3.5L V6 and 6-speed automatic. In 2011, the SWB Carnival was dropped entirely, while the LWB model gained the new 2.2L "R" series diesel engine, replacing the previous 2.9L engine. The Carnival has been Australia's best-selling people mover since 2007.


Kia Carnival Limousine (South Korea)

The Kia Sedona (Carnival) has received the 2007 MotorWeek "Best Minivan" award in its 2007 Drivers' Choice Awards and The Car Book's 2007 "Best Bet" distinction. Overall, Kia models improved 22% in J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and improved twice as much as any competitor in the last 3 years.[19]

The Kia Sedona ranked 4th the "20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure" list by[20] names Kia Sedona as one of the "Top Recommended" Vehicles for 2010.[21]


  • In the 2007 reliability report published by TÜV, 1st generation (1999–2005) of Kia Carnival placed 113th out of 113 in the 2 to 3-year-old cars category, with a defect rate of 25.1%.[22] In the 2008 TÜV report, 1st generation (1999–2005) of Kia Carnival placed 116th out of 116 in the same category, with a defect rate of 19.70%, and also placed 111th out of 111 in the 4 to 5-year-old cars category, with a defect rate of 27.60%.[23]
  • According to MSN autos reliability survey, 2006 Kia Sedona reliability rated as good, overall 5/5. It rated as "Minimal Problems", and comment as "Infrequent problems reported, all with low repair costs."[24] MSN Autos use Identifix for data on all automobiles.[25]
  • According to reliability survey,[26] The MyRide Reliability Ratings are collected from visitors and past customers of Autobytel Inc.'s websites (, and who own vehicles from model year 2001 and newer via an online survey conducted by an independent third party.
Durability scored 86 (Industrial average 80)
Mechanical Quality scored 89 (Industrial average 80)
  • The 2009 Kia Sedona's JD Power reliability score is same as the 2009 Honda Odyssey[27] and 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan.[28]

Third generation (2014-present)[edit]

Third generation
Production 2014-present
Model years 2015-present

3.3 L ΛLambda V6 GDI

2.2L CRDI VGT R-Line I4 diesel
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 3,060 mm
Length 5,115 mm
Width 1985 mm
Height 1,740 - 1,755 mm

The 2015 model debuted at the 2014 New York Auto Show in April.

For US markets, it will be powered by a Lambda Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3-liter V6 engine, which replaces the 3.5-liter V6 found in the previous model.[29] For South Korean markets, however, it's available only with the 2.2L diesel engine.[30]

The Carnival, known as the Sedona in the European market, will not be available but is a possibility in the future Soon-Nam Lee, Kia's head market boss said.


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