Best Family Wagon of 2016

Moving Well | RACV | Posted on 21 February 2017

Kia Carnival SLi is Australia's Best Family Wagon of 2016.

Winner: Kia Carnival SLi

Carnival may still look a little like a delivery van, but it is a well-presented wagon, designed specifically to carry up to eight people in relative comfort. Almost car-like driving characteristics make it easy to live with, and there is a high level of quality and refinement. Being designed and built from the ground up as a people-mover, it is well proportioned and avoids some of the compromises you get with SUV wagons.

Thanks to some important improvements in its safety credentials, Carnival has now achieved an excellent five-star ANCAP rating.

The combination of comfort and space in all three rows is extremely high. This is especially noticeable in the third row, which can seat up to three adults in relative comfort. Climbing in and out of the third row, however, is still a touch awkward. 

The SLi grade comes well dressed with leather trim, practically positioned controls and instrumentation, and a sensible range of standard features, including an excellent infotainment, navigation and connectivity package.

The diesel engine’s broad spread of strong mid-range torque, together with smooth-changing six-speed gearbox, delivers good performance for everyday driving.  

Best Family Wagon

Best Family Wagon

WEIGHTING

Kia Carnival SLi

Kia Carnival SLi

Kia enhances the practicality of a people-mover with an almost car-like driving experience.
Honda Odyssey VTi-L

Honda Odyssey VTi-L

Regal comfort in all seating positions sets Odyssey apart from all others in this class.
Kia Sorento SLi (4x2)

Kia Sorento SLi (4x2)

Sorento is the one for those buyers seeking seven seats with SUV functionality.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Pricing

High

4

5

5

Cost of depreciation ($)

Medium

4

6

5

Running and repair costs

High

5

6

6

Fuel consumption

High

5

5

2

Warranty and dealer access

High

9

3

9

Insurance

Low

5

5

7

Standard features

High

6

9

8

DESIGN AND FUNCTION
Safety

Critical

7

7

7

Environment

Critical

5

6

5

Seating comfort - all rows

High

8

9

7

Space

Critical

9

8

6

Practicality

Critical

7

6

9

Ergonomics

High

9

9

7

Build and finish quality

Medium

8

9

8

ON THE ROAD
Performance

Medium

6

6

7

Ride

High

7

6

6

Handling

Medium

6

6

6

Braking

Medium

6

6

6

Smoothness and quietness

Low

8

6

8

OVERALL AVERAGE

850

840

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