2015 Kia K900

Kia Enters Modern Luxury World with 2015 Kia K900 Sedan

Kia has introduced its first luxury sedan: the 2015 Kia K900. On the technical and aesthetic levels the car succeeds but can it excel on the most crucial level: the marketplace?

Lets address the important information first. The Kia K900 is a rear-wheel drive luxury sedan offered in two powertrains: a 420-horsepower V8 or a 311-horsepower V6. The V8 model goes on sale first with the V6 to follow later this spring.

It comes packed with standard luxury features on the V8 model, including: adaptive LED headlights, heated leather steering wheel; standard Nappa leather; soft-hue LED interior illumination; genuine walnut (with black Nappa leather) or poplar (with white Nappa leather) wood trim sweeps across the dash and door panels; 12-way adjustable driver’s seat, including power lumbar support; front and rear seats with multi-stage heating and ventilation; reclining rear seats; and a full-length panoramic roof with power retractable sunshade.

Other nice features are a 9.2-inch navigation screen, a 900-watt Lexicon sound system with 17 speakers that you can barely get to 50 percent before needing to turn it down, adaptive cruise control with full stop, surround view monitor for 369 degree view of the vehicle, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The K900 also comes with rear-wheel drive. Don't expect all-wheel drive any time soon. As Orth Hendricks, VP of planning, said, "Other brands haven't figured out rear-wheel drive is the right platform for luxury." Take that Audi. The K900 also gets Kia's first eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The new Kia K900 is a brilliant entry into the luxury car field. Buying affordable luxury cars has become difficult because many of the options that should come standard are, instead, sold as options with inflated prices. Compare the as-delivered price of the Kia K900, particularly with the V8 engine, against any European imported V8 luxury sedan of similar size and equipment and you will find a very large price difference. I happen to thing the K900 has superior styling, and it certainly has great interior space. Based on the lower priced Kia a relative has driven for six years, the Kia K900 will be very reliable. Unlike some high powered imported luxury V8 cars, the Kia K900 is tuned for a smooth, quiet ride with a minimum of exhaust and engine sound. Quiet is the sound of luxury.

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