You won't find these luxury features in America's Kia Carnival.
The all-new Kia Carnival arrived in America for the 2022 model year as a replacement for the outgoing Sedona. Measuring 203 inches long with a 121.7-inch wheelbase, the new Carnival has a spacious interior with premium materials and a suite of comfort features. At 168 cubic feet, its passenger space is best-in-class, making it one of the most luxurious minivans on the market. In its home South Korean market, Kia also sells a stretched Hi-Limousine variant, which measures 204.7 inches long and features a higher roof.
The Carnival Hi Limousine can be configured with up to nine seats, but an even more luxurious version is now available that removes the third-row seats, turning the Carnival into a true luxury limo. Think of it as the Rolls-Royce of minivans.
Rear passengers sit in plush captain's chairs with high-quality quilted Nappa leather and have access to a seven-inch touchscreen to control the rear seat functions. A built-in foot massager helps passengers relax, while a seat back-mounted air purifier fills the cabin with fresh air. Other amenities include heated and cooled cupholders, pleated curtains for privacy, and LED ambient lighting in the roof. To keep passengers entertained, the opulent cabin is equipped with a 21.5-inch display mounted on the ceiling. Thanks to its raised roof, the luxury minivan is 12 inches taller than the regular minivan, increasing the height to 80.5 inches.
Like America's Carnival, the Hi-Limousine is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 generating 290 horsepower and 262 lb-ft torque. A 2.2-liter diesel is also available producing 199 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. As standard, the Carnival Hi-Limousine rides on 19-inch wheels.
As you would expect, the Hi-Limousine is significantly more expensive than the Carnival sold in America. Pricing for the nine-seat version starts at 60.66 million won (around $53,000), while the seven-seat version will set you back 63.88 million won ($56,000). At the top of the range, the flagship four-seat Hi-Limousine costs 88.26 million won ($77,000), which is around $45,000 more expensive than the standard Carnival's MSRP in America.