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2019 K900: All-New Pinnacle for Kia Luxury

By Arv Voss, June 29th, 2019

Back in 2015, the K900 was Kia's answer to dealer's call for an upscale luxury vehicle in the lineup. Today, the all-new 2019 K900 ups the ante, marking the second generation as the pinnacle of Kia's luxury flagship status with first-class accommodations for five. It's being touted as the most advanced Kia ever.

Manufacturer photo: For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D
Manufacturer photo: For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D

-- OVERVIEW

The 2019 Kia K900 is superlative to some more familiar luxury brands currently available in today's global marketplace; its purpose is to elevate the brand. Kia is already recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands by Interbrand, and as one of the most trusted non-luxury automotive brands in the annual Trusted Automotive Brands Study (TABS) conducted by AMCI Global.

-- STATELY AND ELEGANT STYLING

A new "Quadric pattern" signature grille featuring 176 jewel-like 'cells' is the focal point of the K900. Natural flowing lines emanate from this frontal area, rising over the hood, and sweeping through the flanks, culminating at the rear. Above the headlamp housings, a floating hood design emphasizes the car's balanced proportions.

Manufacturer photo: For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D

In profile, a satin chrome trim adds depth to the smooth bodywork, running along the base of the doors and around the lower rear section of the K900. The brightwork along the window line adds structure to the exaggerated C-pillar design before merging with the rear deck.

The rear of the K900 displays a wide stance, and duplex rear lights echo the design of the headlights. The integrated exhaust housings are finished off in chrome.

-- EFFICIENT POWER SOURCE

The K900 is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, that pumps out 365 horsepower along with 376 lb.-ft. of torque. It pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission to manage gear changes.

For enhanced performance, improved handling, stability, and agility, the K900 comes with a standard full-time, rear-biased Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel-drive system, that's electronically controlled based on road conditions.

Manufacturer photo: For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D

-- COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

The cabin of the new K900 provides occupants with a simple, modern, comfortable, and peaceful retreat. An uninterrupted line between the doors and instrument panel creates a sense of continuity. Flowing from the center of the dash and outward to the doors, surfaces are trimmed in a combination of materials, with metal veneers and a choice of four open-pore matte wood selections.

Interior switches and controls have been reduced to 73 from the previous 91. The greenhouse is enlarged, improving outward visibility and interior brightness. Front seats are heated and ventilated and premium quilted Nappa leather trim is standard.

The all-new K900 delivers a host of advanced technology, connectivity and infotainment features. The center console houses a 12.3-inch Human Machine Interface touchscreen displaying maps, trip information, audio sources, climate controls, and more. A newly designed, modem-based, premium navigation system comes equipped with enhanced user-friendly features, accessible via Kia's UVO luxe sub-brand, dedicated exclusively to K900 owners. Full connectivity is available via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless cellphone charger provides additional convenience.

The K900 delivers premium sound through a 900-watt 17-speaker Lexicon system, featuring QuantumLogic surround sound and Clari-Fi technology.

Manufacturer photo: For the fifth consecutive year, Kia was named the number one non-luxury automotive brand today by J.D

-- AS TESTED

My test 2019 Kia K900 came in Luxury trim with the VIP Package. The exterior wore a Panthera Metal metallic finish, with the interior executed in black and highlighted by natural-finished wood trim elements. The base price was $59,900, with optional features and inland freight and handling bringing the final tally to $64,895.

-- PERFORMANCE

The 2015 Kia K900 Luxury is a luxury dream machine, ranking at the top of Kia's stable. It is totally capable of competing admirably on the playing field with a host of competitive vehicles from producers of other luxury vehicles.

Acceleration readily answers the driver's call, with handling attributes on par with more expensive luxury sport sedans. The ride quality is smooth and stable with a solid, but not harsh feel. Steering is precise with a pleasing on-center feedback.

The eight-speed automatic transmission may be shifted manually, responding nicely with the paddle shifters, which add favorably to the car's sporty feel.

-- THE FINAL TAKE

In the final analysis, put aside any misgivings about the nameplate and actually experience seat and wheel time in this latest iteration Kia K900 Luxury sedan and it is sure to impress favorably.

Specifications

Base price $59,900 (as tested: $64,895)
Curb weight 4,555 lbs.
Displacement 3.3-liter
Engine type 24-valve twin-turbocharged V-6
Epa mileage rating 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 20.3 gal.
Horsepower (net) 365 at 6000 rpm
Overall length 201.6 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 376 at 1300-4500 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Vehicle type 5-passenger AWD midsize sedan
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