The K900 is KIA’s flagship sedan which recently received a major makeover. It went from being a quirky luxurious KIA to a true luxury sedan.
The exterior is more refined and features unique lines and distinctive exterior LED lights. From the rear, some could mistake it for a Bentley with the waterfall taillight design and oval profile. The front is distinctively KIA, with a wide front facial and waterfall dual-LED daytime running lights; they definitely help it stand out. From the side, you can tell just how large it is, even the rear-doors are giant allowing for very easy access into the vehicle and mark its spacious interior. I personally love the new K900 design. I find it to be uniquely KIA while advancing on their refined modern style.
Slide on in and you’ll be greeted by incredibly large plush-leather seats, soft-to-the-touch materials, a large infotainment screen, and a fully digital instrument cluster. The wood trim throughout the cabin features a natural look with good tones and it feels good to the touch. However, the wood trim on the large steering wheel is of lesser quality and really speaks cheap. I’m not sure how they ended up with two different wood trims on the interior. It’s something they need to fix. But its good news for the rest of the interior, as it proved itself to be worthy of a luxury nameplate. Soft leathers, high-quality buttons, and switches combined with an easy to use multi-media system. They even have an analog clock which I think is a nice touch.
The Rear Seats
The K900 wouldn’t be complete without a luxurious backseat with rear-reclining chairs. You even get manually adjustable side sunshades and a command console which can control the radio/audio settings. The ample leg room and comfy adjustable rear-seats will have you wishing you could be driven around in your K900.
How Much Power?
The K900 is based on a standard AWD platform which uses a potent twin-turbocharged V-6 to pilot it down the road. It cranks out 365 hp @ 6000 rpms and 376 lb-ft of torque @ 1300 rpms, allowing it to get from 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds. A very impressive number for a 4800 lbs sedan. All power is routed through an 8-speed automatic which is very smooth but a bit slow on the shifts. I would say the transmission is similar to the Cadillac CT6 but not as good as the one in the Lexus LS as the LS’s transmission is much quicker to shift. It’s still a fun car to drive with all that torque ready to thrust you down the road effortlessly.
Like other vehicles in this class, it’s incredibly comfortable to ride in and pilot down the highway, but it lacks good road feedback. The steering is numb and not terribly responsive and the chassis is on the floaty side.
When it comes to tech, the K900 includes every active and passive safety feature available as standard equipment. It’s all there: blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross-traffic alert, driver-attention warning, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, a top-down surround-view monitor, and more.
How Does It Stack Up?
If you’re looking for an incredibly comfortable ride with ample power and lots of standard safety features, then the K900 is a great option. It’s the best turn-key option out of the box simply because it includes pretty much everything upfront and your bank account will thank you for it. However, if you’re looking for a sportier ride then the Cadillac CT6 or Lexus LS would be better options. The K900 does have the best backseat amongst the group and while it doesn’t have Cadillac’s cutting edge Super Cruise self-driving tech, it does have an advanced lane-keep assist feature which works great, and outperforms the one equipped in the Lexus LS. This new generation of K900 is a great step into the future for KIA and we look forward to seeing what the brand has in store for us next.