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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - January 19, 2016

2016 Kia K900 OVERVIEW

Introduced for 2015, the K900 sedan stood ready to determine how far upmarket Americans were willing to go in accepting the Kia brand. Judging by facts and figures, it’s practically the textbook definition of a large premium sedan. All it lacks is a prestigious brand name. But so far, that missing element might not matter too much to customers who simply want a smooth-running, spacious sedan that performs well and is loaded with equipment.

What's New for 2016

All-new for 2015, the K900 debuted with V8 power only, to be followed by a V6 version. For 2016, it’s offered in three trim levels, two of them with a V6 engine. Exterior enhancements include 18-inch wheels for V6 sedans and new 19-inch chromed wheels for the V8 model. The grille has been revised, and the rear-end modified with updated chrome trim and a fresh bumper. A new Smart Power Trunk opens the lid automatically when the key fob is nearby for more than three seconds. Autonomous Emergency Braking is newly available, capable of bringing the K900 to a full stop. The navigation system now uses a 9.2-inch touchscreen. Kia’s UVO Luxury Services can enable direct communication to the vehicles for such features as remote start/stop. New paddle shifters are available for all trim levels.

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Choosing Your Kia K900

Three trim levels are offered: V6 Premium,V6 Luxury, and V8 Luxury. The V6 models hold a 3.8-liter engine that develops 311 horsepower. The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic, mating with rear-wheel drive. In V8 Luxury trim, a 5-liter V8 produces 420 horsepower.

Premium V6 sedans have shift-by-cable, but other trim levels use shift-by-wire. All models use electro-hydraulic power steering. Smart Drive Mode Select offers Sport/Normal/Comfort/Snow settings. Fuel economy with the V6 engine is estimated at 17 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway. With the V8, the estimates drop to 15/23 mpg (city/highway).

V6 Premium

For $49,000 (plus destination charge), the V6 Premium’s long standard-equipment list includes a panoramic sunroof, adaptive HID headlights, LED foglamps and running lights, keyless entry and start, power-folding auto-dimming outside mirrors with turn-signal indicators, rain-sensing wipers, power tilt/telescopic steering column, navigation with a 9.2-inch screen, 14-speaker audio, and Bluetooth. Steering-wheel controls also are standard, along with UVO Services, front/rear camera displays, front/rear parking sensors with Park Guide, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power rear sunshade, leather seat upholstery, a 12-way power driver's seat, and 8-way power passenger seat. Heated front and rear seats are also cooled in front. Alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires.

V6 Luxury

Additional features on the Luxury trim level include paddle shifters, a heated wood/leather steering wheel, Lexicon 17-speaker 900-watt audio system, dual open center console, Nappa leather seating surfaces and seat trim, and wood interior trim accents. Luxury trim adds $5,900 to the V6 Premium price.

V8 Luxury

In addition to the V8 engine, the uplevel Luxury edition comes with 19-inch chrome/alloy wheels, LED headlights with dynamic bending, a 12.3-inch adaptive TFT LCD instrument cluster, and surround-view monitor. Active-safety features include blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning.

Comprehensive VIP option packages are available for the V6 and V8 Luxury models.

CarsDirect Tip

For $61,900 in top V8 Luxury form, the K900 represents a bit of an enigma. That V8 version is more powerful than similarly-priced luxury sedans like the BMW 535i and Lexus GS350, while offering some features that they lack. Kia’s K900 is more spacious, too. If a V8 isn’t needed, the price gets substantially more tempting, considering the lengthy V6 equipment list. Bottom line: a K900 could be ideal for buyers who welcome a good deal, and don't crave the image that accompanies a premium German brand.

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