It’s really easy to scoff at a $66,400 Kia. However, I would advise against it.
Model: K900 Luxury Sedan
Model Year: 2015
Engine: 5.0L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) V8
420-horsepower @ 6,400 RPM – 376 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
- A genuine luxury experience at a bargain basement price (compared to the rest of this segment)
- Buttery smooth ride feels like you’re driving on a velvet pillow
- This is one of the few cars where no one will call shotgun because riding in the back is way more fun
- A Kia of this price is a stretch for a brand that is traditionally known for being economical
- Plastic buttons seemingly right out of a $20k Forte cheapens the entire interior
- K900? What does that even mean?
The K900 has an imposing presence. Everywhere we drove, it attracted interested gazes. There was clearly confusion among the onlookers- this being the nicest Kia anyone had ever seen
Yes, you have seen this car before. The K900 shares almost everything with the more expensive and less attractive Hyundai Equus. A long wheel base gives the car a Lexus LS460-like stretched look.
LED daytime running lights with LED market lights with LED brow lights with LED headlights and LED turn signals. That’s a lot of LED but the effect is stunning day or night.
This Kia has a leather wrapped dash and suede leather headliner. A large digital display in the gauge cluster and center console provide useful information wrapped in a modern form. Seats are plush and ready for the longest of road trips.
The 420-horsepower V8 is a beast but not a looker. The engine bay is almost entirely covered in decorative plastic. We doubt any K900 owners will do their own maintenance anyways.
These adaptive LED headlights are among the best we’ve ever experianced. Bright, clear, crisp, and they follow the turn of your wheel around corners. A more natural daylight color temperature is easy on the eyes and other drivers.
A chrome mesh grille and 19-inch chrome alloy wheels give a little flash to an otherwise understated exterior
Kia’s Surround View monitor is a feature we couldn’t get enough of. Four cameras positioned around the car provide a composite top-down view. Way better than just a backup camera, parking the K900 is easy even in tight spots and congested areas.
Our test example came with Kia’s 9.2-inch screened UVO-Services equipped infotainment system. It’s controlled by this dial, a nod to BMW’s idrive system. It didn’t always work like we expected but performed better than many similar systems on the market. The 900-watt Lexicon sound system is audiophile approved and sounds beautiful.
This gauge cluster looks semi-traditional but it’s entirely digital. A huge LCD screen changes form in different driving modes. It also displays information on the trip computer, navigation guidance, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, the radio, custom user preferences, and maintenance reminders.
Just below and to the left of the steering wheel is this control panel. You can adjust the interior gauge brightness and turn on/off the blind spot detection, parking help, heads-up-display, and the traction/stability control.
This massive sun-roof awed all that sat inside the K900. It’s huge- really huge. It stretches over the heads of both the front and rear passengers.
Here’s an example of the wide-variety of materials found inside the K900. It’s all very similar to far more premium brands.
With bright LED running lights and unique dual-quad headlights the K900 looks premium from a mile away
While designed for the passenger, the driver isn’t that bad off. Despite weighing over 4,600lbs, the hustle is strong with this one. A planted European-like driving experience is plenty of fun.
Our biggest complaint inside is the cheaper looking black glossy plastic and dull looking buttons found on the center console. A little more wood or metal would have gone a long way and elevated the entire interior.
The rear seat passenger has just as much control as the driver over the climate and audio systems. This control panel is found in the rear arm rest. Guests in the K900 travel in style. Heated/cooled seats can also power recline.
From changing the volume of the audio system to adjusting your seat or turning on the lane departure warning, you’ve got it all at your fingertips.
The 2015 Kia K900 could be a paradigm change for the brand. It’s a fair competitor to the Audi A8, BMW 7-series, and Lexus LS460 and cheaper than all of them. The elephant in the room is, can the world accept a nearly $70,000 Kia? We hope so, because we were very impressed.