2015 Kia K900
Kia K900 Review
The 2015 Kia K900 ranks 6 out of 14 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Kia K900, as well as reliability and safety data.
Critics agree that the Kia brand may give some luxury car shoppers pause, but they think the 2015 K900 delivers a smooth ride, a powerful V8 and lots of features at a good price.
The 2015 Kia K900 comes standard with a V6 engine. A V8 is available, and reviewers say it provides strong, smooth acceleration. The K900 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission that automotive journalists agree delivers rapid, seamless shifts. According to the EPA, the 2015 Kia K900 V6 gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, and the V8 model gets 15/23, both of which are a bit low for the class. Most reviewers say the K900 has a very comfortable ride and strong brakes, but can’t match the handling prowess of its German and Japanese competitors, pointing to the K900’s body lean during cornering and numb steering.
Automotive journalists agree that the 2015 Kia K900’s interior has a beautiful design, high-quality materials and solid construction. The K900 has a spacious trunk for the class, and reviewers are impressed with its long list of standard and optional features. Test drivers report that the K900’s front seats are comfortable and supportive and that its back seat offers generous headroom and loads of legroom. Standard features in the base 2015 Kia K900 V6 Premium include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, a 9.2-inch display, navigation, front- and rearview cameras, front and rear parking sensors, proximity key, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat climate controls, a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and satellite radio. Available features include ventilated outboard rear seats, power reclining rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control with full automatic braking.
- "The questions about the Kia K900's potential success have more to do with brand perception than they do with the car's actual merits. Sure, the K900 has a couple chinks in its armor -- namely, its less-than-nimble handling and the fact that some of its controls and switchgear can't compete with its high-dollar competitors. But the K900's $60,400 starting point makes it considerably more affordable than some of its foes while delivering a surprisingly quick, comfortable and smooth drive." -- AutoTrader
- "The 2015 Kia K900 represents a premium luxury sedan experience that won't break the bank. It lacks some refinement in the details, but is still worth considering based on its long list of features and comfortable cabin." -- Edmunds
- "The K900 appeals as a full-size flagship that offers all the comfort, space, refinement and power of the best luxury cars on the market at a more reasonable price. However, getting buyers to part with more than $60,000 for a Kia will be a daunting task." -- MSN Autos
- "If you're not a badge snob and can see embracing the ‘at-ease’ lifestyle, the K900 proves there's real substance, value and luxury available at the unlikeliest of showrooms." -- Autoblog
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Details: 2015 Kia K900
The 2015 Kia K900 is a five-seat, rear-wheel drive sedan. It is available in two trims. The V6 Premium comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine, and the V8 Luxury has a 5.0-liter V8. All K900s have an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2015 Kia K900 is an all-new model.