2018 Kia K900 Review

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2018 Kia K900 Overview

Kia has previously attempted creating premium cars for bargain prices, but the K900 was arguably the brand’s first credible effort when it arrived in 2014. As a relatively rare vehicle, changes have been fairly limited, and are absent in 2018 as Kia readies an all-new second-generation K900 for 2019.

From the outside, the K900 approaches the large luxury flagship sedan class in a very formulaic way. The proportions, shape and details are all there, but aren’t particularly distinctive. It comes off as looking like a few of its competitors, especially the contemporary BMW 7 Series. About the only thing that identifies it as a Kia is the inclusion of the brand’s “Tiger Nose” front grille. That said, it’s still a handsome profile. Inside the K900, you’re greeted with limousine-like space for all occupants, giant expanses of genuine wood and supple grades of leather, impressively-crafted switchgear. Even if the design isn’t groundbreaking, there’s no mistaking this for anything other than a luxury.

Kia offers the K900 with one of two engines. For base duty, there’s 3.8-liter V6 with 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque. A 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp and 376 lb-ft is also on offer. Both engines are coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission and drive solely the rear wheels.

All three grades of the K900 return for 2018. V6 Premium comes with the V6, 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and taillights, power heated and folding side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icers, navigation, leather upholstery, a 17-speaker audio system, satellite radio, keyless access and entry, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 12-way power driver’s seat, an 8-way power passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, a power trunk, tri-zone automatic climate control, an electronic parking brake, and memory settings.

V6 Luxury adds Nappa leather, a Lexicon audio system, a color instrument cluster LCD, and heated rear seats. Power-reclining rear seats, a 12-way power passenger’s seat, 16-way power driver’s seat, an extendable driver’s seat thigh cushion, power-close front doors, and a heads-up display are optional. Meanwhile, V8 Luxury gets the larger engine and an LCD instrument cluster.

As far as safety, the K900 has a reversing camera, a front camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are bundled with every model. Lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control are optional. Even into its fourth model year, the K900 has not been crash-tested by any major agency.

The Kia K900 has the goods to be considered a solid luxury sedan. It remains a bargain for those not willing to fork over nearly six figures for similar cars from luxury brands, or for those looking to move up on a budget. Look for an all-new model to bow in 2019.

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Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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