Comparison: 2018 Mazda CX-9 Azami v Kia Carnival Platinum

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Comparison: 2017 Mazda CX-9 v Toyota Kluger (Highlander) | CarAdvice

If you’re looking for a seven-seat SUV there’s a fair chance the Toyota Kluger would have been on your shopping list at some point – and with good reason. It’s stylish, well packaged, competitively priced and has dominated sales in its segment for ages. But what if you want something newer - maybe a bit more stylish - with more modern features and a more technologically advanced engine? You could consider the new-generation Mazda CX-9. And while the Kluger is decently priced, the Mazda is quite a bit cheaper. Not that either of these models are the budget-friendly variants of their respective ranges. We assembled the two top-spec versions of these seven-seat, petrol-only family haulers – the 2016 Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD and 2016 Toyota Kluger Grande AWD, respectively – to see whether you should go with the one that has become a go-to option for families around the country, or if you should roll the dice with the new kid on the block. ------------------------------------------------------------- CarAdvice.com is where Australians turn to for the most comprehensive independent reviews of new cars. Our videos are created by expert and unbiased journalists who are passionate about their work. We have fun making these videos and we hope you enjoy them too. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and encourage discussion. Don’t hesitate to ask us a question in the comments section. Subscribe to CarAdvice for your regular fix of automotive news, reviews and entertainment. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE http://youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=CarAdvice CONNECT WITH US — https://facebook.com/CarAdvice — https://twitter.com/car_advice — https://plus.google.com/+caradvice — https://instagram.com/caradvice JOIN OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER Get the latest news, reviews and videos fast-tracked to your inbox by registering for 'The Shortcut' here: http://www.caradvice.com.au/theshortcut/subscribe/ http://www.caradvice.com.au/467264/mazda-cx-9-azami-v-toyota-kluger-grande-comparison/ - Read the article here.

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Kia Carnival Review | Auto Expert John Cadogan | Australia

You’ve been blessed with the gift that is children. You’ve committed your genes to the next generation, and now you need a car that will do everything. It has to be compatible with Bunnings and camping and shopping and your kids and their friends and her parents, and all the possible permutations of the 21st-Century menagerie. You’re stuck, because what you want and what you need are impossibly conflicted. What you want is a seven-seat SUV (everyone does, apparently). But what you need is a people mover - you know: a ‘people mover’ (the automotive equivalent of a discount vasectomy). But it doesn’t have to be this way. You know, I’ve test-driven this Kia Carnival Platinum diesel for a week, and I came to love this vehicle. There are several reasons why this vehicle is a more practical and compelling choice for actually moving people than any seven-seat SUV. Let’s get the basics out of the way first. The Carnival is huge. The front end and the back end are often in different postcodes. It’s 5.1 metres long - and change. Carnival is longer than a standard 7-Series BMW, and that’s where the comparison ends, obviously, but it’s just a frag shorter than a long-wheelbase 7-Series, like a 740Li. I picked up a Sorento when I finished my week-long Carnival evaluation drive. The Sorento felt positively compact. Svelte. Sporty. Anorexic. I never thought I would say that. Carnival is huge and cavernous. The wheelbase is just over three metres. That’s a foot longer than many SUVs. The back end can’t even see the front end most days - the horizon being often in the way. It’s frigging huge. And it’s versatile. Bigger and more versatile than Honda Odyssey, its closest competitor in the people mover domain. Carnival is the top-seller among people movers, comfortably in front of Odyssey in second spot. Daylight to everything else. So it’s a big fish in a pretty small ocean. People movers are, generally, not all that popular.

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2018 Kia Carnival (Kia Sedona in the USA) review | Auto Expert John Cadogan

If you’re been an over-enthusiastic breeder, and now it’s time to pay, I’ve got some good news for you: You don’t have to live in a kind of automotive Guantanamo Bay. The reasons not to buy a Carnival are dropping like flies. This might be inconvenient - if you’re fishing for reasons to buy an SUV instead. Here’s a few more: Kia is seriously committed to customer support at the senior executive management level. Individual dealers can be dicks, occasionally, of course, but at the top, the company is one of the best customer support operators in the market. There’s a long seven-year factory warranty - unlimited kilometres, seven years of capped price servicing, and seven years of roadside assistance - all transferrable to the next owner. And if you’re worried about resale value - don’t be. According to Redbook.com.au, which tracks resale values enthusiastically, the first of the current shape Carnivals, launched in 2015, is carrying up to 74 per cent retained value into the market today - which is line-ball with the Honda Odyssey. This time around they’ve added the new eight-speed gearbox, which we first saw in the Stinger and which was also recently added to Sorento. Engines are the 2.2 diesel and the direct injected 3.3 V6 petrol. Both engines are both available across the range. If you’re having trouble choosing between petrol and diesel, my guide to that is linked to the home page on my blog at AutoExpert.com.au - check it out. Also standard on Carnival for 2018 is auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and an electronic parking brake. That’s across the entire range, which is pretty impressive. As you step up through the range you get bigger wheels, LED lamps, bigger touchscreen, and tri-zone climate air conditioning. Carnival Platinum adds stuff like eight-way power adjustable front seats - his and hers - with heating and air-con in the seats, of course, and a 360-degree camera system for those of you who remain unconvinced that the vehicle’s not really as big as is seems at first glance. You’ve probably never thought about it like this but comfort levels are high in Carnival because the wheelbase is so long, and that means that in particular for passengers in rows one and two it’s just like sitting in between the wheels in the middle of a big Greyhound bus. The ride is thus less affected by inputs at the front and the rear. But if you’ve got kids and they’re susceptible to motion sickness, spare a thought for them if they’re stuck here up the back, and literally impacted by every defect in the road. So if you want to avoid that whole ‘technicolor yawn’ scenario on the big trip (and who doesn’t?) then I’d be dialling back my driving enthusiasm by about 30 per cent. In the context of what you expect from an eight-seat glorified minibus - in terms of dynamic performance, styling, equipment levels - Carnival is way ahead of the curve. The thing that really impresses me about Carnival - and it will impress you, too, once you get over your grief because you didn’t buy a far sexier SUV, is the versatility - it’s officially an eight-seater, but if you unclip the centre seat in row two, it’s the best seven-seater money can buy. There’s actual luggage space - even with bums on all the seats. And if you’re renovating - perhaps because you need three extra bedrooms suddenly - it’s brilliant. Easy to disappear the seats and drive your ersatz delivery van to Bunnings, or whatever. If you’re a car-loving dad, I must warn you that you will lose the vote on this if you take your kids to the dealership. Kids love Carnivals. I was talking to a Kia insider who I won’t name - Roland Rivera - the product planning boss - and he’s telling me the kids hate it when he brings a Stinger home. ‘Dad! Dad! When can you get a Carnival?’ - That’s kinda how it plays on the domestic front. And then there’s the price: Carnival Platinum is fully loaded, but it’s gunna cost you $65,000 on the road. For a Kia. Just for perspective, you can buy two Kia Picanto GT-Lines for $17,000 each, and get 10 seats for about half the price. So there’s that. Still, Carnival is the best ‘not an SUV’ money can buy. It’s is certainly an expensive purchase … except when you consider the true cost of breeding enthusiastically. Feeding, clothing, housing and educating all those children you have inflicted upon the world.

So you need to move seven-or-so people? There are more than a few options on the market today, from upgraded vans to more stylish choices like these two: the big but svelte Mazda CX-9 and the surprisingly tough-looking Kia Carnival.

Depending on your order of priorities, one of these two could be the right pick for you. But which one? Jez Spinks takes a tour.

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