Kia Stonic etymology: What does its name mean?

The Kia Stonic is a new B-segment crossover going on sale in the second half of 2017. What does the Hyundai Kona-based SUV’s name mean?


According to Kia, the Stonic name is a portmanteau of “speedy” and “tonic“.

Speedy apparently refers to the car’s small size and agility. Meanwhile, the tonic is referenced here is the first or primary note in a diatonic musical scale, not tonic water which goes into a gin and tonic.

All up, the Stonic name is said to represent “something new and fresh in the compact SUV segment”.

Even if you don’t buy all of that, the styling should be easier on the eye than its Hyundai Kona sibling.



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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

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