The mantra “quality over quantity” is often used to draw buyers into the high-priced market segment . But you wouldn’t expect to hear that from a brand like Genesis or Kia. But Kia, of late, has been known to produce some high quality cars while offering an excellent warranty for a competitive price. This stands to be the best of both worlds. The all-new 2019 Kia K900 is a car that lives in the gray space of large, luxury sedans that aren’t German. The Cadillac CT6 is on its way out the door, leaving the Lexus LS and the Genesis G90 as the only other competition. But this K900 struck us as a budget-friendly luxury sedan that undercuts the competition so well that you might be tempted to give it a try.
We spent a full week with the K900 and came away extremely impressed. The platform is shared with the excellent Genesis G80 and G90, cars which we’ve been particularly fond of since the brand’s inception. We were even quite optimistic about the first-generation K900 when it launched in 2015. The interior of the 2019 K900 is more of an evolution than a revolution, with a new infotainment screen and trick gauge cluster that can also function as a display. Turn on your indicator for a live look at your side view cameras, similar but more elegantly executed than Acura’s LaneWatch.
The infotainment is stellar, which seems to be an increasingly rare trait in luxury sedans – looking at you, Mercedes and Lexus. The massive center touchscreen is responsive and mimics BMW’s latest iDrive in look and even some application. That’s not a complaint, because it works well and all the icons aren’t hard to find at a glance while driving. The rest of the interior is made up of high quality leather, some slightly fake feeling wood, and nice metal touches. Our tester’s brown leather with white piping and stitching was a particular highlight. We also enjoyed the VIP Package’s expensive but very comfortable 14-way power adjustable rear seats.
The only engine available in the K900 is a 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 that we’ve become familiar with from the Stinger and the Genesis G80 and G90 we recently tested. It is a strong motor paired with a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic. It always feels like it’s keeping the turbocharged engine in its powerband, helping this big sedan feel ready and responsive. The comfort mode is exactly as described with the K900 transmitting very little vibration into the cabin over the bumps from winter roads in Upstate New York. The dual pane glass and acoustic insulation doesn’t do quite as good a job at sealing out the tire and road noise as it should, so you may find yourself turning up the volume of the sound system a few ticks to compensate.
Overall the redesigned K900 is a hit in our books. We even think the styling is a hit, with the Kia facade and clear Bentley-inspired rear tail lamps. But just look at how much luxury car you get for the price. You don’t hear about many budget luxury items. For those shopping for quality and quantity of money saved, you may want to look here. The K900 offers both in a great package for substantially less than its German rivals.
|2019 Kia K900 Luxury
|As Tested MSRP||$64,895|