Is the four-seat Kia Carnival High Limousine now the most posh MPV in the business?

It comes with foot massagers!
by Drei Laurel | Jul 15, 2021
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When someone brings up ‘luxury’ minivans around these parts, only a few names really immediately come to mind. Obviously, there’s the Toyota Alphard and, more recently, its higher-end cousin from Lexus, the LM. Now, the Kia Carnival is bringing itself into the conversation, too.

The Korean car manufacturer recently revealed a four-seat option for the Carnival High Limousine over in South Korea, and we dare say it appears the model may have now caught up with its counterparts over in Japan.

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This version comes with suspension tuned to favor road comfort above all else, and gets a ton of extra space thanks to the absence of all of its seats save for the two up front and a pair of captain’s chairs in the back.

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Powering this unit is a 3.5-liter gasoline engine with 290hp and 355Nm of torque. And since this is a luxury variant, it also gets nappa leather seats with 3D quilting and premium-looking wood flooring. Nice.

What really sets this thing apart, though, are the features it comes with. There are sotrage boxes—including a hot/cold drawer—neatly concealed in front of the second row, and cupholders come with a hot/cold function, too. Rear passengers can adjust vehicle settings via a 7-inch touchscreen mounted on a central armrest that comes equipped with pop-out tables and wireless smartphone charging capability, too. And if you need a change of clothes between meetings? Just pop open the rear to access a hanger with LED lighting and more storage boxes.

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Oh, and did we mention that there are foot massagers that conveniently pop out in front of the rear seats, too? Yeah, that’s a thing here.

Think these upgrades are enough to put the Carnival on par with the likes of the Alphard and the LM? 

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