Kia's flagship sedan is the largest and most expensive product sold by the Korean automaker, and the K900 serves as a platform on which the automaker can flex its luxury muscles. It rides on a longer-wheelbase version of the platform that underpins the Stinger and sits above the Rio, Forte, Optima, Stinger, and Cadenza in the Kia four-door hierarchy. The K900 competes with more affordable luxury sedans like the Acura RLX and Cadillac CT6 and, as well as executive sedans including the Lexus LS and BMW 7 Series.
The K900 offers the size and interior niceties of an S-Class at the price of an entry-level E-Class. What's not to like? Well, if you're in search of a full-size luxury sedan, the reasons to avoid the K900 are obvious: You may care as much about outward appearance and brand equity as you do about comfort and luxury. But for the rest of us, the K900 deserves consideration.
The K900's new twin-turbo V-6 makes this second-gen car quicker and more efficient than the old V-8 model. Superior body control replaces the barge-like handling we experienced with its predecessor, and ride quality is indulgently smooth. The cabin is up to luxury standards, too, with quilted leather and open-pore wood lining nearly every surface. The infotainment screen is large and clear, and its user interface is one of the more intuitive systems on the market.
Then there's the VIP package, which classes up the rear seats considerably, outfitting the back with heated, ventilated, 12- and 14-way adjustable thrones and a wireless charging pad. Having pleasant rear quarters from which to be chauffeured around is big-luxury-sedan 101, and the K900 nails it. In fact, in nails most aspects of the flagship luxobarge formula, even if it just looks like another Kia from outside. If you aren't bothered by that, you'll end up with an excellent luxury car and an extra $30,000 in your pocket compared to your neighbor who bought a 7 Series.
Every K900 is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 paired with an eight-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels. That V-6 can also be found in Genesis vehicles as well as the Kia Stinger. In the K900, it generates 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque and helps the big sedan hustle to 60 in 5.2 seconds. All K900 models are EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg city/highway.
The K900's only factory-installed option is the $4,400 VIP package, which adds a couple features for the driver and a major upgrade for rear-seat passengers. Those in back will be treated to a 12-way adjustable driver's side rear seat and a 14-way passenger side rear seat, each outfitted with 4-way power lumbar support and seat ventilation. Rear seat passengers also get a wireless charging pad and controls to adjust the front passenger seat, just in case the someone sitting in the back wants to stretch their legs. Not to be forgotten, ticking the box for the VIP package includes a premium suede-like headliner and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the driver.
As a relatively low-volume model, the K900 has not been evaluated by any safety organization. It does, however, have an extensive suite of driver-assist active safety tech. Every K900 includes—allow us to take a deep breath here—blind-spot monitoring with collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and collision avoidance, driver attention warning, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane centering, a 360-degree camera system, and of course, full stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.
The K900 seats five passengers in luxury and comfort, even more so for those sitting in the back if the buyer optioned the VIP package. Legroom measures a capacious 45.7 inches up front and 36.6 inches in the rear, though the rear measurement fails to illustrate how roomy the back seat actually feels. There's 15.3 cubic feet of trunk capacity, which dwarfs the Audi A8's 12.5 cubic feet but can't compete with the 18.7 cubic feet of space in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Every K900 utilizes a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and satellite radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The only available audio system is a 17-speaker, 900-watt Lexicon setup that includes a subwoofer. A 7.0-inch instrument cluster display is standard, and a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster is available with the VIP package.
Kia's K900 flagship sedan only features one trim level and one option package, so as you can imagine, that one trim level is extremely well equipped. Hardware includes the aforementioned 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, and AWD with torque vectoring, all of which change in tuning with each of the four selectable drive modes. Outside, the K900 rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and is equipped with LED headlights with auto high beams, heated power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, and a chrome grille.
The interior, though, is the real reason to buy a K900. Just about every luxury feature you can think of, the big Kia's got it. The heated and ventilated front seats are upholstered in quilted Nappa leather and a Maurice Lacroix analog clock sits in the center of the dash. There's genuine open-pore wood trim all around the cabin. The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and heated.
Infotainment displays on a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and the system integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as navigation, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The audio system is a 900-watt 17-speaker Lexicon setup. A wireless charging pad is standard up front and optional in the rear.
Oh, and we haven't forgotten about Kia's Drive Wise active safety tech. Every K900 comes standard with the entire suite, which includes blind-spot monitoring with collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert and collision avoidance, driver attention warning, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane centering, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and of course, full stop-and-go adaptive cruise control.
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