In South Korea, my weekly evaluation car is called the K9. Not sure why, there is nothing doggy about it, which is why I’m sure Kia calls it the K900 here in the United States. Personally, I think this car was built so Kia execs and Kia dealers could drive a luxury car, but I am glad they are sharing it with the public, because it is an amazing automobile.
I recently had the Equus, the sister car to the K900 from Kia’s parent company Hyundai, and loved it. I actually think I like the Kia slightly more. It’s $1750 less, about two and half inches shorter, and has a little more aggressive, more muscular look outside.
The 2015 Kia K900 Luxury Sedan is a seriously luxurious car with a big back seat and a massive trunk. The Nappa leather is soft and supple and you can heat and cool the front and back seats. It is also mechanically pretty impressive. It has a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420-horses and is hooked to an 8-speed automatic. Although the K900 weighs over 4600 pounds, it has strong and smooth acceleration at takeoff and at highway speeds.
The level of standard equipment goes on and on, Kia thought of everything. I don’t have space to list everything, but highlights include navigation system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear cameras, pushbutton start, power closing trunk, and power rear shade.
But wait! There’s more! Also free is panoramic sunroof with a power sliding shade, LED headlights, electronic stability control, parking sensors, and real wood accents. This one has the VIP package which gives you adaptive cruise control, power door latches, driver’s seat extender, power headrests, power reclining rear seats, rear power lumbar support, heads-up display, and Advanced Vehicle Safety Management. If a collision is imminent, the Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM) system automatically applies the brakes to reduce speed prior to impact. The VIP package will set you back $6000, and if you do a lot of driving, it is worth every penny of it.
The K900 comes with UVO. Kia UVO is an in-car infotainment system with advanced voice and touch-activated features. UVO, short for ‘Your Voice’, provides simple and quick access to the vehicle’s multimedia and infotainment systems. The original UVO was developed by Microsoft and Kia, the current iteration is no longer powered by Microsoft and features Google Maps and Google Places, and is simple to operate.
The only thing I can find I don’t like about the K900 is the stupid gearshift. There was just no reason to make it so cumbersome. To put it in reverse, you have to hit a button on the side of the shifter and push towards the front of the car. It is just counter intuitive. I have reviewed other cars that were similar and didn’t like them either.
The interior quietness of the K900 is amazing and noticeable. It drives great and from the minute you get behind the wheel, you are hit with how comfortable the car is, and how nice the interior is. Hit the start button and you are welcomed by a pleasant chime, turn the car off and you get another chime, and the K900 tells you how far you’ve driven since start, and what kind of fuel economy you achieved.
Everything operates easily from the center console with a round knob that changes settings on a massive 12.3” color screen. If you hit the Auto Hold button, the car holds the brakes on when you stop, and releases the brakes when you touch the gas. It doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but trust me, it’s an awesome feature.
I first thought the suspension was a little too soft, but change from normal to sport mode, voila! Problem solved. Now you have a great handling car, it even changes the entire instrument cluster to highlight RPM and speed.
Some of you won’t consider this car because it is a Kia, I get that. K900 is not going to be a huge seller, but if you are looking for a large luxury car, want the security of a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty, an exceptional interior, and a hot-looking car, swallow your pride and drive one. You won’t regret it.
What I liked most: The interior, the ride/drive, and amenities.
What I would change: The stupid gearshift.
MSRP: Base price $59,500, as equipped $66,400.
Fuel Economy: Stated at 15 in town/23 highway/18 combined.
Weight: 4643 Pounds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.8 gallons
2015 Kia K900 in a few words: Forget it’s a Kia, it’s pure luxury!
Warranty: 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance, 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Manufacturers website: http://www.kia.com/us/en/vehicle/k900/2015/experience?story=hello
Dealers: We have great dealers for all Kia products in Cleveland, Fresno, Houston, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, and San Antonio
Photo Credit: Kia