2015 Kia K900 – Review and Test Drive
Korea Unleashes a Stately Luxury Sedan on the U.S. Market
Once upon a time, a car designer brought a BMW 5 Series, a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and a Lincoln Town Car into the studio and secluded himself for several months. When he emerged, he was driving the new 2015 Kia K900 sedan.
Admittedly, the idea of a $66,000 Kia was intriguing. The reasonably elegant design and luxurious interior clearly indicate Kia’s plans to bring the brand upmarket somewhat. But what does $66,000 get the buyer?
We spent a week with one in order to answer that question.
The K900 comes with a long list of standard features including a great looking full-length panoramic sunroof, a capable 900-watt sound system with 17 speakers and subwoofer, voice controlled navi, park assist, a HUD with blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, keyless start, heated and ventilated seats, a power rear sunshade and manual side shades for the rear side windows.
Indeed, opening the driver’s door allows Kia to put its best foot forward. Soft Nappa leather is everywhere; the white seats have contrasting piping; and soft LEDs illuminate the cabin. The 16-way power driver’s seat has power headrests and a cushion extender for thigh support. Front and rear seats are heated and cooled, the latter available with the rear VIP package. That option also gives the rear seats a recline function as well as lumbar support and lateral headrest adjustability.
Rear passengers get their own control panel in the center armrest and can adjust the ventilation system and even fold the front passenger seat forward to make for more room in the rear. There’s really no need, however, because the amount of room both front and rear is substantially generous.