Kia K900
Kia K900
Kia K900

2016 Kia K900

Pros: Regal interior appointments are competitive with rivals costing thousands more, quietness; strong acceleration with V8 engine; loads of comfort and convenience features; expansive passenger room in both front and rear

Cons: Mediocre fuel economy with V8 engine; some buyers might not be able to accept a $50K+ car with the Kia badge; overall ride/handling quality and composure can’t match the best in the class

CG Says: Kia’s flagship large sedan debuted as a 2015 model and gets slightly updated front and rear styling and an available V6 engine for 2016. The K900 is a 4-door sedan that competes in the Premium Large Car class—home to such stellar vehicles as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS. The K900’s newly available base engine is a 311-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6; the step-up 420-hp 5.0-liter V8 is carried over unchanged. As is customary in high-end luxury sedans, the K900 comes standard with a long list of standard equipment. Included in the V6 Premium model’s $49,000 base price are front and rear camera displays, a power-closing trunk, power rear sunshade, and 18-inch wheels. The V8 model adds features such as 19-inch wheels, a surround-view camera system, LED headlights, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Separate VIP packages for the V6 and V8 add even more lux gear, such as power door latches, power-reclining rear seats, faux suede headliner, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and wood seatback trim. The K900 is an audacious first effort in the large luxury sedan market. Though it doesn’t match the best in the class in terms of ride quality and cutting-edge technological features, it offers a convincingly luxurious ambiance inside and out, at prices that handily undercut most of its rivals.

The Facts
Class Premium Large Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacturer South Korea
Base Prices Premium V6: $49,000
Luxury V6: $54,900
Luxury V8: $61,900

Base Engine
3.8-liter V6
Horsepower
311
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

Optional Engine
5.0-liter V8
Horsepower
420
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

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2016 Kia K900