Is America missing out?
Corporate cousins Hyundai and Kia may have established their own strong brand identities, but when one does something, the other tends to follow. Take for example the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which shares its architecture with the Kia EV6 that followed. So, considering Kia has a handsome new minivan in the form of the 2022 Carnival, it's not far-fetched to expect something similar from Hyundai. Well, here it is. This is the Hyundai Custo which was spied last year and then teased by Hyundai a few days ago. This is our best look yet at the somewhat quirky exterior design, though, which is supposed to be officially revealed at the Chengdu Auto Show later this month.
The latest images were shared by Beijing China on the social media website known as Sina Weibo. From the front, the Custo has an enormous grille with integrated daytime running lights, reminding us of other Hyundais like the Tucson and Santa Cruz. Along the side, there are defined creases to prevent the minivan from appearing too slab-sided. The most unusual styling feature are the wheel arches which lean forwards. The rear aspect is probably the neatest, with a taillight strip that runs across the entire width of the body.
Overall, we have to say that Kia's Carnival is easily the better looking of the two - if style even matters when it comes to a vehicle that has the sole purpose of transporting the family and their paraphernalia around comfortably. Hyundai's previously shared images of the cabin show it to be very sleek and modern, though, with a large portrait-style center screen angled towards the driver. Powertrains are a 1.5-liter turbo and a bigger 2.0-liter turbo, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Custo is a China-only minivan and unlikely to come to the US.