I bet many people are surprised to hear hat Kia produces a
luxury sedan. Well, I was also surprised at first. As a
matter of fact, the South Korean automaker has actually done a
great job with the sedan which can gradually rise to challenge
German luxury sedans. The sedan is large and limo-like.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers represents the brand
and actually rides in one. Though it seems absurd to pay over
50,000 for a Kia sedan, the price is all worth as the model
packs a host of standard equipment which no other similarly
priced sedan can match. Similarly equipped and sized sedans are
way more expensive.
2016 Kia K900 Exterior
The 2016 Kia K900 full-size sedan will be offered in three trim
levels which are the Premium V6, Luxury V6 and Luxury V8.
The exterior look is a good blend of luxury and
The luxury sedan is 200.6 inches long, 74.8 inches wide and
58.7 inches tall which show the K900 is a huge sedan. It is
based on the BH-L platform which is also used on the Hyundai
The base V6 Premium trim comes standard with the signature
“tiger nose” grille flanked by automatic xenon headlights,
power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, LED DRLs and LED fog
lights. The base model rides in 18-inch alloy wheels. It also
features automatic rain sensing wipers and windshield wiper
de-icers, front and rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, front
and rear parking sensors as well as a hands-free power trunk
Other standard features include a shark-fin roof antenna. The
Luxury V-8 adds LED headlights, 19-inch wheels and a surround
view parking camera system.
2016 Kia K900 Interior
The interior styling is enticingly close to its German rivals.
The styling is up-to-date with current technologies. To start
with, there is a 9.2-inch infotainment system mounted in the
middle of the dashboard. It also features a power tilt
–and-telescoping steering wheel.
The cabin further features a genuine wood trim that is heavily
lacquered with a glittered finish which is a bit of a letdown
as it looks plastic-like. Its BMW iDrive-like infotainment
controller is complicated and its unintuitive menus are a bit
frustrating. It also features numerous buttons spread all over
the cabin making it look a bit cluttered. The cabin also lacks
a rear entertainment system, audio controls for rear passengers
and seatback trays.
Nonetheless, the cabin is very comfortable and cozy. It
features heated and ventilated seats, leather upholstery, and
8-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar support. The front
seats are heated and ventilated. The rear seats are also
heated. There is also a 14-speaker Lexicon audio system
with HD and satellite radios, CD player, a front USB port, an
auxiliary audio jack as well as a media player interface.
The Luxury V6 trim adds a gear shifter with steeling wheel
paddle shifters, a heated steering wheel with wood trim,
upgraded leather upholstery and a wood interior trim. The trim
also has a VIP Package which adds a surround view parking
camera which is standard on the V-8 Luxury trim and a number of
driving aids such as adaptive cruise control, automatic
emergency braking system, lane departure warning and blind-spot
warning among others.
It also adds 12-way driver and 10-way front passenger seats
with a simulated headliner. It also adds a Rear Seat VIP
package which features 60/40-split seat with power-reclining.
The seats are also power adjustable with lumbar support, are
ventilated and feature airplane-like folding sleeper headrests.
In addition to a bigger engine, the Luxury V-8 trim adds an
upgraded instrument display and an array of driving aids such
as blind-spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and lane
departure warning as standard. The trim has a VIP Plus package
which offers quilted leather upholstery, soft-close doors and a
wood seatback trim.
In terms of safety, the K900 is equipped with stability and
traction control, antilock brakes, blind-spot monitoring, front
and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags,
front and rear parking cameras, lane departure warning and rear
cross traffic alert all as standard on the V8 but optional for
the Luxury V-6. Also, a forward collision mitigation system is
offered as standard on both Luxury trims.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, the 2016 Kia K900 is equipped with two
drive-trains. New for 2016 in the US, the sedan will be availed
with a V-6 engine. As such, the base engine on the base
Premium and also available on the Luxury trim is a 3.8 L V-6
engine which puts up 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is mated to a standard 8-speed automatic system that
sends power to the rear wheels. AWD is not available. The
engine is estimated to return 17 mpg in city, 26 mpg on highway
and 20 mpg on combined drives by EPA.
The most potent engine available only on the V-8 Luxury trim is
a 5.0 L V-8 engine which comes good with 420 hp and 376 lb-ft
of torque. The engine is also offered in rear wheel drive
The V-8 is EPA estimated to return 15 mpg in city, 23 mpg on
highway and 18 mpg on combined drives. The vehicle runs
from standstill to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds which though
respectable is a bit sluggish as a number of other sedans of
similar size can run faster.
Price and release date
The 2016 Kia K900 is already in dealer showrooms. The addition
of the V-6 engine in the US market brings affordability to the
lineup. The base Premium trim starts MSRP at $ 49,950
inclusive of a $ 950 destination charge. The Luxury trim
with a V-6 is more expensive at $ 54,950 while the
top-of-the-range Luxury V-8 goes for $ 62,850.
The large luxury sedan market is very tough and is dominated by
the trio of German luxury automakers (Audi, Mercedes and BMW).
Although Kia says they are aiming at the likes of
BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz
E-Class and Audi
A6, those seem too far out of reach for Kia at the moment.
We believe its real rivals are the likes of Hyundai Equus, the
Q70 and Acura RLX.
All in all, Kia has done a great job at its first stab in this
really tough segment.