IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The K900 offers regal interior accommodations, limousine-like rear-seat space, refined V8 power, and a long list of comfort and convenience features while costing $20,000-$30,000 less than some of its competitors.
Ride quality and handling finesse can’t quite match German rivals, and the V8 engine is rather thirsty.
K900 is initially available with V8 power only, but a V6 model is slated to join the lineup midseason.
WHAT IS IT?
The K900 is Kia’s new-for-2015 flagship, a full-size 4-door sedan that offers Kia’s first V8 engine. Its plus-size dimensions and luxury-grade appointments inside and out place the K900 in our premium large-car category, even though Kia isn’t traditionally known as a high-end brand. The K900’s generous standard-equipment list includes Kia’s UVO infotainment system; Bluetooth phone and audio capability; blind-spot, rear cross-traffic, and lane-departure alerts; navigation system on a 9.2-inch screen; front and rear camera displays and parking sensors; heated front and rear seats; ventilated front seats; power trunk closer; power back-window shade; panoramic sunroof with power shade; and automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers. The optional VIP Package adds features such as power door latches, a surround-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, and power-reclining rear seats.
The K900 is new to the American market, though it was launched as the K9 in Kia’s home country of North Korea in 2012. The K900 shares its basic underpinnings with the Hyundai Equus sedan.
In Consumer Guide® testing, a V8-powered K900 averaged 15.0 mpg in mostly city driving. EPA
estimates are 15 city/23 highway for the V8, and 18/27 for the V6.
VALUE IN CLASS
Kia’s ambitious new flagship sedan tops out at more than $66,000. That’s a big price leap for the brand, considering that most of Kia’s model lineup retails in the $20,000 to $40,000 range, but the K900 justifies its cost with truly impressive trimmings, a long list of standard and available equipment, a whisper-quiet cabin, and a convincingly high-end attitude. It’s expensive for a Kia, but something of a bargain when compared to traditional luxury-brand competitors.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$59,500 (V6 Pricing Not Available)|
|BODY STYLES||4-door sedan|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||311-hp, 3.8-liter V6; 420-hp, 5.0-liter V8|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Rear-Wheel Drive|
|BUILT IN||South Korea|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||15-27 MPG|