The least costly Carnival, the Carnival S, rolls on 17-inch steel wheels, and has cloth-covered seats and the features common to all Carnivals. Its central touchscreen measures 7.0-inch. And while the air-conditioning can serve front and rear passengers differently, you have to keep an eye on its outputs yourself.
Spend more for a Carnival Si and you get a bigger touchscreen at 8.0 inches, which also displays satellite navigation, and – once you’ve parked – can also play DVDs. Sound is also improved via an eight-speaker JBL sound system.
A digital auxiliary speedometer helps you avoid speeding fines. Three-zone climate-control air-conditioning maintains temperatures automatically, and the driver, front-passenger and rear passengers can set preferred temperatures independently. Rear-side and rear windows are tinted against sun penetration. Exterior mirrors power-fold out of harm’s way automatically when you lock the car. The 17-inch wheels are made of nicer looking aluminium alloy (which does not need plastic trim-caps).
Spending more again for a Carnival SLi brings you leather on the seats, and power-adjustment for the driver’s seat. Smart-key entry lets you unlock the car and drive away without taking the key from your pocket or bag. Front parking sensors augment those at the rear. The rear doors power-slide open, and a hands-free tailgate power-raises for you if you linger next to it. The centre-console contains a chilled compartment. Wheels are bigger at 18 inches, and can mount tyres with a marginally lower profile for a sportier look
The most expensive Carnival, the Platinum, ventilates and heats both front seats, and provides powered seat adjustment for the passenger also. The steering wheel has a fake-wood finish and can be heated. Headlamps use very bright and long-lived LEDs, and switch to low beam automatically to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers, and the fog lights have a smarter “ice-cube” design. Smart cruise control can reduce your speed to follow a slower car ahead, until you can overtake. And the wheel diameter grows again to 19 inches, with a corresponding small reduction in tyre profile.
The Platinum also brings you a suite of active safety aids, comprising Forward collision warning, Lane departure warning, Blind-spot monitoring, Lane-change assistance, and a Rear cross-traffic alert. (For more on these systems, please open the Safety section below.)