People Movers Review: Kia Carnival vs VW Multivan – We compare two of the best family vans available in Australia
The main reason people look for movers and vans is space, so let’s open them up and see how big they are inside.
I have two children, so a van is hardly needed. But still, space here! It is very luxurious and I tested it on a weekend where we were going with another family so everything got used to it.
The space up front is downright windy and the kids are more than happy to climb into their place in the middle row.
Everyone has plenty of room, even with their legs outstretched, and the driver’s seat has moved to my taller husband’s driving position.
I can easily fit into the second row too, there is a lot of legroom and headroom is not a problem at all.
Older adults and teenagers will be comfortable. Given the rectangular shape, this space continues in the back row, although there is less legroom.
If you are driving adults and children, the children are always happy to sit in the backseat and the adults sit in the middle row for optimal comfort.
The chest is deep and you can stack a lot of things on top of each other. With all three rows in use, the Carnival has 1139L of space – which is already huge – and with the third row, there’s a whopping 2461L.
This is an improvement over the last model and I could fit everything two families needed for a long weekend.
In the Volkswagen Multivan and space is enormous up front. We have the impression of driving in a small room on wheels.
VW has done away with the bench seat in both rows and instead has two lounge seats in the center. It feels very spacious and quite luxurious in the middle row, but that means it can accommodate seven people, not eight like Carnival.
Boot space is customizable, so it may be smaller when the third row is pushed fully back, and larger when the third row is further forward.
There is plenty of space so play around with it as you see fit. It will accommodate loads – double strollers (yes, plural, depending on how you use the space), suitcases and more.
There is also a long wheelbase version which makes it even more roomy inside for people and things.
So while the Kia Carnival seats eight and is very spacious and comfortable, the Volkswagen Multivan has even more space to use as a passenger vehicle, and if you’re looking to haul things.
It’s frankly huge on the inside and wins this category, even though it only has seven sets of seat belts.