Seat Time: 2015 Kia K900

February 20th, 2014 at 8:00am

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Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Kia
Make: Kia
Model: K900
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Hyundai Equus, Lexus LS
Trim Levels: V6, V8 Luxury, V8 VIP
Price Range: $60,400 V8 Luxury; $66,400 V8 VIP; V6 – Pricing Not Available
Made in: Gwangmyeong, South Korea
Drivetrain: 3.8L V6 RWD w/ 8-speed automatic transmission, 311hp, 293 lb-ft; 5.0L V8 RWD w/ 8-speed automatic transmission, 420hp, 376 lb-ft
EPA Ratings: (All Estimates) V6 = 18 city/27 hwy; V8 = 15 city/23 hwy

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 7889_1_2First V8 and 8-speed automatic in Kia’s line-up
  • Kia’s first use of Advanced Vehicle Safety Management, which detects potential crashes and warns driver in three stages, also will tighten seat belts and start braking
  • Head up display that is color configurable
  • V8 VIP comes with rear seats that recline and controls for climate in rear armrest

Final Impression:
I drove the V8-powered K900 with the VIP package. Even though it’s a big sedan, it doesn’t feel like you’re driving one. The engine provides great power when you need it. Along with its fully independent front and rear suspension, the K900 was smooth to drive and handled itself well out on California’s twisty mountain roads. There are three different driving modes but I found that it didn’t really change the dynamics all that much. The infotainment display is not a touchscreen, instead you use a rotary control, like BMW and Mercedes, to control functions. This worked fine but the placement of the rotary control isn’t as ergonomic as BMW’s or Mercedes’ controls. The K900 is loaded with amenities and safety features and is priced well below similarly equipped competitors. But the challenge for the company will be getting customers to pay over $60,000 for a Kia.

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