Car Comparison : KIA CARNIVAL VS TOYOTA INNOVA CRYSTA
The Kia Carnival is a premium MPV that will sit above the Toyota Innova Crysta. Though it might be slightly unfair to compare the two, Innova being the best seller becomes the ideal rival for the Innova. Not just that the categories of buyers for the Carnival will most likely be the those looking for an upgrade over the Innova. The Innova lies in the price bracket of Rs. 16-24 Lakh, while the Carnival is priced from Rs. 25 lakhs to Rs. 34 lakhs. And let us inform you that a lot of people have been checking out the Carnival, as seen in the Auto Expo 2020.
Dimensions first, the Carnival beats the Innova by a good margin in length and width. The height is the only aspect where the Innova Crysta wins. The Carnival has a much longer wheelbase as compared to the Innova. If we compare the 7/8-seater variants of the Carnival with those of the Innova, the former has a 240 litres larger boot space. It nearly matches the dimensions of the Mercedes Benz V-Class Elite. But the brand name of Mercedes Benz and added premium quotient makes it a lot costlier than the Carnival. Carnival is available in a number of seating configurations such as 7-seater, 8-seater and 9-seater. The Innova on the other hand is available only in 7 & 8-seater configurations.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
Both the Kia Carnival and Innova Crysta are compliant with BS VI compliant diesel engines. The Innova gets a 2.4 litre 4 cylinder diesel mill that produces 150 hp and 343 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the Carnival is powered by a 3.2 4 cylinder diesel mill that churns out 200 hp and 440 Nm. When it comes to transmission options, the Innova gets a rear wheel drive transmission that is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter gearbox. The Carnival though gets a front wheel drive with an 8 speed automatic gearbox.
Now comes the essential part, the top end Innova has features like climate control, cruise control, automatic wipers, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery, armrest for front rows of seats, keyless entry and start stop, power adjustable driver seat. As is expected the Carnival gets more features like three zone climate control, dual pane sunroof, powered tailgate, powered passenger sliding doors, a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system for rear seat, ventilated driver seats and premium nappa upholstery. Like the Seltos, the Carnival is also equipped with 37 UVO connected car features such as AI based voice recognition.
Both the MPVs come with top safety features such as 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, rear parking sensors, hill start assist and auto headlight. The Carnival gets additional features such as front parking sensors, electric parking brake, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and hill descent control.
The comparison reveals that the Carnival is costlier, more luxury driven, spacious, feature rich and powerful. Once launched, it will surely take out a chunk of Innova’s sale or might just establish its own figures without affecting the sales of the Japanese MPV. The Limousine variant of the Carnival is surely a unique prospect at the given price point. It can be seen that the Carnival has every ingredient to be the second most successful model for the Korean carmaker.
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