Remember when we said the all-new Hyundai Carnival’s interior can rival that of the Toyota Alphard? Well, it seems like even the Lexus LM needs to watch its back, because the four-seater Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine is here to challenge the Lexus at its own game.
From the exterior, the four-seater Hi-Limousine doesn’t look all that different from the regular Kia Carnival – which, to us, is a very good thing, since the all-new Carnival is perhaps the best-looking MPV in recent times.
But as we’ve suggested above, the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine’s party trick is on the inside, where you’ll find only four ottoman seats, rather than seven, eight, or 11 of the regular Kia Carnival.
The two Nappa leather-wrapped “Premium Relaxation” captain chairs in the back is said to mimic what you’d find in a first-class aeroplane cabin, and even comes with their own leg massagers.
As you’d expect, they can also be fully reclined electronically, and there’s a touchscreen control panel mounted onto the centre armrest, along with their own fold-out airplane-like tray tables.
The roof of the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine has been scalloped upwards to afford more vertical space, for… activities. A 21.5-inch TV hangs from the ceiling, and while admittedly quite a bit smaller than the one in the Lexus LM, it does look a lot higher in resolution (and smarter, supposedly).
And of course, being a luxury VIP ferry, there’s also a mini-fridge and heated/cooled cupholders to keep your drinks at the ideal temperatures – we wonder if it’s tuned to the “optimum serving temperature” for serving champagnes.
Other interior features for the rear passengers include the fully-pleated curtains for extra privacy, wireless charging pads, as well as an air purifier system – only the finest air for the bosses, please.
How much is it, then, for all these extravagances? The sticker price of the Kia Carnival Hi-Limousine starts at 88,260,000 Korean Won (~RM324K), which is more than double of what Kia charges for the standard Carnival, but fits in just about the price bracket of a BMW X7 xDrive40i (which retails for RM649k here in Malaysia). Sounds pretty decent, doesn’t it?