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2019 Kia K900 Review – Recommended Daily Value

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2019 Kia K900 front quarter

2019 Kia K900 Luxurious

three.three-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 376 lb/ft. @ 1300 rpm)

Eight-velocity automated transmission, all-wheel drive

18 metropolis / 25 freeway / 21 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

19.eight (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $$60,895 US

As Examined: $$sixty four,895 US

Costs embrace $995 vacation spot cost in the USA. K900 not obtainable in Canada

I’m not fairly to the tin foil hat stage, however I’m sure that Google’s advert servers have their cameras educated on me. No, I didn’t get caught up in that face getting older app nonsense a pair weeks in the past — and I’m not one for selfies. Somewhat, I’m positive I’m being watched, as with each new grey hair that sprouts on my beard, I appear to get extra ads for merchandise meant to assist with growing older.

From retirement planning recommendation, to literal beard dying merchandise, to (ahem) virility potions and units, there appears to be no finish to the market reminders that I’m a lot nearer to the dust nap than I’m to a nap in a crib. And the vitamin advertisements by no means cease.

Perhaps this 2109 Kia K900 is yet one more answer to my superior years, with consolation and luxurious meant to coddle my aching again. However I wish to think of it as a type of as soon as a day nutritional vitamins. It’s straightforward to make use of, identical to a easy every day capsule — however like that capsule, you don’t think about it a lot once you’re executed swallowing it. And, once more just like the every day dose, it’s forgettable for Kia, who bought roughly one K900 per day final yr.

2019 Kia K900 profile

Under no circumstances kidding. Per GoodCarBadCar, Kia moved 354 of their flagship luxurious sedans within the 2018 calendar yr, or fewer than one a day. The reply to why appears fairly easy — it’s some combination of unfamiliarity alongside the normal false impression of Kia as nothing greater than a price range model. Actually, have you ever seen a business or banner advert speaking concerning the K900?

It’s a disgrace, actually, as Kia leverages the worth message properly with this car. Aside from a pair port-put in choices like flooring mats and wheel locks, the one choice obtainable on the K900 is the $four,000 VIP package deal, which provides a large 12.three-inch infotainment display that may show three features directly — it appears like I had climate and an inventory of presets flanking the present music once I took these photos, although navigation is among the choices, and might be shuffled across the display as you see match.

2019 Kia K900 dashboard

Additional, The VIP package deal provides 14-means energy adjustment to the passenger seat, and 12-means energy changes to the rear seats, in addition to seat cooling air flow to these rear chairs. Higher nonetheless for these being chauffeured, a rear-seat wi-fi charging pad is in that VIP package deal as nicely. Attempt including all of these bits to a European luxurious sedan — the window sticker will groan beneath the weight of all of the added ink.

An excellent use of the LCD display that makes up the driving force’s gauge cluster is a display displaying a reside view of the blind spot whereas the flip sign is activated. When the proper sign is clicking, the show exhibits to the proper instead of the tachometer, and when the left sign is on, it strikes to the left the place the speedo would sit. It’s intuitive, it’s clear, and it’s a good way so as to add a contact of safety. It’s a feature that’s trickling to extra of the Kia lineup, however I’m enamored with this.

2019 Kia K900 gauges and rear camera

It’s additionally a feature that’s onerous to photograph nicely, because it doesn’t work when the transmission is in park. Some jurisdictions may think about any handheld cellular system use in a car a violation, even whereas sitting at a light-weight. So, take this cell photo with that caveat.

2019 Kia K900 front seat

The interior is superbly appointed, with plush leather-based seats the rival of something within the class, and an non-compulsory suede headliner (a part of that VIP package deal) including a contact of glitz. That stated, it’s not thrilling. If you wish to be dazzled by crystal-clad shift levers and carpets deep sufficient to require a lifeguard, this isn’t your journey. It’s, for higher or worse, a Kia. It’s an Optima or a Cadenza with a bit extra room and nicer supplies. The controls are as easy to know as you’d discover in a Sportage.

2019 Kia K900 rear seat

Sadly, the exterior retains up that “simply one other Kia” picture. It doesn’t precisely stand out, despite the fact that the absurdly-low manufacturing numbers may lead you to think in any other case. Particularly on this fridge white, it’s good-looking however nameless.

2019 Kia K900 front

From the entrance, I’m reminded a little bit of the Euro-market Ford Scorpio of the mid-Nineties. Should you don’t recall that one, end your lunch earlier than googling it. The K900 is completed a lot better, however the resemblance within the bulbous headlamps is particularly arduous to unsee. And, sure, I do know I have to do a greater job of washing off the lifeless bugs.

2019 Kia K900 rear

Driving the K900 is shocking, as one would anticipate one thing powered by the Stinger’s twin-turbo V6 to be a bit extra swift in operation. This greater platform undoubtedly swings the efficiency/luxurious pendulum properly to the plush aspect. The facility, whereas plentiful, doesn’t make the large Kia sprightly. The suspension is nicely damped, however the steering is numb. It’s not a driver’s car, by any means — it’s a car for arriving refreshed relatively than invigorated.

At my age, I’m starting to see the attraction of sustaining the established order. So a every day complement that threatens to maintain my joints comparatively limber and my organs in roughly the best locations is intriguing. The Kia K900, equally, won’t increase the heartbeat, however it’ll ship the advisable every day dose of luxurious and worth.

2019 Kia K900 rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn]

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