Kia K900: Flagship Luxury 420-HP V-8

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Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:20 pm | Written by Steve Wheeler motor matters

Kia is celebrating 20 years in the U.S. market this year, and the evolution of the South Korean car manufacturer continues. With another crop of outstanding new vehicles entering the market in 2015, Kia could be poised to have its best year ever.

Things weren't always so rosy for Kia in the United States. The company arrived on American soil in 1994 not with a bang but with a thud. Kia cars gained a poor reputation, and the company is still trying to erase those unpleasant memories from the collective mind of the American car-buying public. But today, Kia has learned to build a better mousetrap, and sales figures are beginning to take on a "beaten path" look right to Kia's door.

The latest Kia comes in the form of a flagship sedan, the 2015 Kia K900. Equipped with the first V-8 engine ever offered in a Kia sedan, the K900 is a rear-drive luxury sedan that redefines the Kia brand. It's the most opulent, luxurious vehicle from the company to date.

With vehicles like the Optima, Sorento and Cadenza, the K900 was a natural next step for Kia. The K900 is a world-class luxury sedan with a wide array of standard equipment and amenities. Offered with a 311-horsepower V-6 or the 420-horsepower V-8, the rear-drive K900 has all the power it needs, and then some. The transmission is a smooth-as-butter eight-speed automatic.

Our VIP packaged V-8 K900 was opulent in the extreme. The leather cabin was quiet and comfortable, with standard heated and ventilated power front seats that adjust 16 ways. Rear seat passengers are not an afterthought; the heated and ventilated back seats recline independently. Rear passengers can also control the air conditioning and the powered rear sunshade.

Overhead, the panoramic sunroof has a power shade. The standard navigation system has a 9.2-inch display, and the VIP Package added power door latches and power headrests. Rain-sensing wipers are standard.

The K900 is also equipped with Kia's UVO eServices telematics system, and front and rear park assist with cameras is standard across the trim lineup. Kia gives the K900 an available Surround View Monitor system, which we quickly learned was a first-class camera system that allows the driver to have a bird's-eye view when backing up or maneuvering in tight places.

A lane departure warning system is standard in the V-6 Technology Package and in the V-8 trims. A radar based adaptive cruise control system is available in the K900, and standard in the V-6 Technology Package as well as the VIP Package on the V-8. The system adjusts the K900's speed to keep a set distance behind the car in front, and it can even bring the K900 to a full stop. In stop-and-go traffic, the system will stop and go with traffic ahead.

Although the 2015 K900 has not yet been crash tested by the government nor safety rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it introduces Kia's Advanced Vehicle Safety Management system that integrates key safety systems and alerts the driver to impending danger. If an impending collision is detected, the AVSM system sounds an audible alarm, flashes a visual warning on the Heads Up Display, and cinches the seatbelts. The K900 also has a full complement of airbags, including full-length side curtains.

Our test K900 with the V-8 was rated at 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. It had a base price of $59,500 that rose to $66,500 with the optional VIP package. Kia certainly has come a long way since 1994. With 765 dealers across the U.S., Kia has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its vehicle assembly plant in West Point, Geo., where the Optima and Sorento are built.

Kia has also invested in its vehicles, and the American car-buying public is beginning to notice.

SPECIFICATIONS

     
  • VEHICLE TYPE: 5-passenger RWD large sedan
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  • BASE PRICE: $59,500 (as tested: $66,400)
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  • ENGINE TYPE: DOHC V-8 w/GDI
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  • DISPLACEMENT: 5.0-liter
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  • HORSEPOWER: 420 at 6400 rpm
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  • TORQUE: 376 at 5000 rpm
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  • TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic
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  • OVERALL LENGTH: 200.6 in.
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  • TURNING CIRCLE: 39.6 ft.
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  • CURB WEIGHT: 4,555 lbs.
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  • FUEL CAPACITY: 19.8 gal.
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  • EPA MILEAGE RATING: 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway

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