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2017 Kia
K900 Sedan

Starting at: $49,900

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Specifications

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Premium 3.8L 2017 Kia K900 Sedan Premium 3.8L Search New $49,900   311-hp 3.8L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 25  
Luxury 3.8L 2017 Kia K900 Sedan Luxury 3.8L Search New $54,900   311-hp 3.8L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 25  
Luxury 5.0L 2017 Kia K900 Sedan Luxury 5.0L Search New $61,900   420-hp 5.0L 8-cyl  8-spd auto  15 / 23  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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A comparatively heavy car, Kia’s biggest sedan is quiet and comfortable on most pavement surfaces. Easy and enjoyable enough to drive, it’s not as emphatically solid as a Mercedes-Benz sedan. While lacking the sporty behavior of a four-door Audi, the K900 promises well-composed, near-plush ride quality, yielding a moderately upscale, nicely refined overall feel. Through curves and corners, the body tends to remain quite flat, for a sedan of its type and size.

Both engines are strong, though V8 drivers might notice some evidence of lagging while accelerating hard. Exhaust noise increases when the engine is pushed, generating an unappealing rumble rather than an energetically melodic accompaniment, like some European luxury models.

Steering feels precise, if short on road feel – hardly an uncommon demerit these days. As expected, the sedan’s deftly-damped suspension aims for easygoing comfort more than taut roadholding. Even on lumpy, fluctuating rural roads, the sedan’s stability-control system helps maintain satisfying balance.

Three driving modes (Normal, Eco, and Sport) are selectable, altering transmission shift points along with steering weight. Eco mode limits performance, but doesn’t produce a stifling effect. Sport mode adds a touch of powertrain responsive, but doesn’t affect road feel.

Helped by its 8-speed transmission, the K900 ranks around average in fuel economy for full-size sedans. The V6 version is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined. With the 5.0-liter V8, the K900 is far less frugal, EPA-rated at 15/23 mpg City/Highway, or 18 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

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Crisp European-style bodywork is the rule for Kia’s smaller models, but the larger K900 comes across as a bit more ordinary. Though pleasant enough, the sedan looks more anonymous than its mates. Though it fits in with Kia’s midsize Optima and newly redesigned Cadenza sedans, the K900 lacks verve and imaginative detailing, when compared with some contemporary rivals.

Not every buyer yearns for a stimulating, stand-apart design, of course. Many will be more impressed by the promise of considerable comfort, punctuated by several classy cabin details. Undeniably long overall, with short front/rear overhangs, the K900 displays proportions in keeping with traditional rear-drive luxury sedans, led by an expansive hood and steeply-angled windshield.

Interior Overview

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Like its body, the K900’s interior doesn’t quite stand apart from the premium luxury pack. Yet, it feels stylish, if rather reserved. Soft-touch materials help impart a comparatively upscale tone, helped by wood trim in Luxury models but impeded by an excess of piano-black plastic, which is prone to scratching.

On the whole, K900 cabin design and materials don’t quite match those of competitive, full-fledged luxury sedans. As a result, the K900 might be deemed a premium sedan rather than an all-out luxury model.

Entering and exiting from the cheerfully bright, airy cabin is a breeze. Roominess is a valuable virtue. As many as five adults can expect abundant space in the quiet cabin, sufficient to stretch out readily. Seats are comfortably cushioned and trimmed with leather. A full-length sunroof is installed on all versions. A VIP package, optional for Luxury trim, includes a power recliner for back-seat passengers.

Controls are straightforward and easy to use. Kia provides an excellent infotainment system, even in Premium trim. Quietness is ensured by various noise-reduction measures, including underbody trays that help reduce air rush.

Summary

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While lacking any specific unique or distinctive features, the K900 delivers one singular virtue: strong value. Undeniably, the Genesis G80 from Hyundai, Kia’s parent company, promises even greater value. Still, the K900 yields quietly comfortable, predictable performance, without complexity. Shoppers in the next-luxury league, who aren’t impressed by prestige-brand nameplates, might be easily tempted by the top Kia.

Driving impressions by Andrew Ganz, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Premium V6 ($49,900) includes leather seat trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights with dynamic bending, heated power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, leather-wrapped dashboard, and aluminum interior trim. Also standard are a 9.2-inch infotainment display with navigation, 14-speaker audio, power rear sunshade, power driver and front-passenger seats, heated/ventilated front seats, and heated outboard rear seats. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $950 destination charge.)

Luxury V6 ($54,900) adds Nappa leather seating surfaces; 17-speaker, 900-watt Lexicon audio; wood interior trim; and a heated leather/wood steering wheel.

Luxury V8 ($61,900) comes with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, and 12.3-inch instrument screen.

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