2021 Kia K5 Consumer Reviews

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Up grade with missing parts

Aldinero, 08/25/2020
EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
49 of 50 people found this review helpful

The 2021 Kia k5 is indeed a very good looking car.I took the ex k5 for a very good test drive.I own a 2017 optima sxl and it has been a great car.The new k5 looks better is lighter in weight and much quieter interior.Great visibility and fairly comfortable front seats.The ex rode a bit hard but being the first test of this car the tires had 46 lbs of air, so with about 12 lbs less air the ride should be less bouncy.The steering was great and making turns was quick and sporty like.After an enjoyable test ride, there are missing options. no 360 camera on any trim, no heads up display on any trim, although fairly comfortable no real leather on any trim.The 2020 Hyundai Sonata gives better choices in various trims.One note there is a gear shifter in the k5 which I think is a plus.So if one does not care about the extra equipment the Sonata offers the k5 could be a slightly better choice.

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Hello K5, Goodbye Accord

Dflprd1, 09/13/2020
GT-Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
82 of 87 people found this review helpful

After driving a Civic EX for 4 years and upgrading to an Accord Coupe, the K5 was a huge leap! When I arrived at the dealership and they saw I was looking to trade my Accord they seemed a bit surprised. They were also very eager to bring me to the Kia side! Truth be told, I had some serious reservations as the Kia had always been a "throw away car". I certainly hadn't set my expectations too high as I arrived at the dealer. I went in knowing I wanted to look at the K5 GT Line in Passion Red. After a rather lengthy test drive on all different types of roadways I had to eat crow. The K5 was a game changer. I was sold! I asked to look at the Stinger and the K5 EX but much to my surprise the K5 GT Line was much more appealing overall. As I finalized the purchase I was informed that I buying the first K5 GT Line. And almost 6 weeks later I have yet to see any K5 driving around. It's actually nice to pull up to a stop light and not be one of the 8 Accords at the intersection. The K5 truly turns heads as everyone is trying to figure out what it is. I have been approached several times by people asking "is that really a Kia???" As for the car itself, the amount of options for the price point is incredible. Overall, the car is a great ride. Rides smooth at any speed, easy to handle, exceptional acceleration especially in the sport mode, the seats are both comfortable and offer great support. The instrument cluster flows beautifully and the cockpit design with the 8 inch display angled slightly towards the driver is perfect. Very well thought out. The knobs on the stereo and the climate control are solid and an ideal size. The touchscreen is very reactive and easy to navigate. The wireless Apple Car Play is a HUGE plus. The flat bottom steering wheel is strange at first but easy to control. The steering wheel is a nice size and thickness with a nice smooth leather surface. All of the driver assistance features are easily customizable from a button on the steering wheel. The keyless entry is very user friendly. The remote start with the climate setting is a huge plus for the car! As for the appearance from the outside, the car gives the appearance of a hatchback with a huge trunk. The floating roof line really defines the car. The passion red color is brilliant and rich looking without being overly bright. It's a very distinct color. The headlights and fog lights are stylish and very functional. The lighting bolt design front turn signals stand out from all others. The rear LED lights across the entire trunk deck add a stylish and sophisticated touch. The concealed faux dual outlet exhaust also adds uniqueness to the car. The black wheels compliment the Passion Red so nicely. A few cons to the car, the approach lights in the door handle could be a little brighter. The child safety locks on the rear doors are a bit odd in that they require a key or a screwdriver to engage. The front seats could sit a little lower. The audio system is very weak. Needs a lot of improvement. The gear shifter is plastic when a nice leather wrap would have been better. Almost 6 weeks into the car and the only issue I have had so far is that the trunk will unlatch but not raise to the open position every time. Defeats the purpose of the very convenient automatic trunk on approach. The dealer has agreed to fix it when I take the car for its first service. So overall, the K5 is an incredible car with lots to offer at a very affordable price point. It offers style and sophistication with a unique appearance. It certainly stands out from all the other cookie cutter cars in its class. I am always approached with "I cannot believe you traded a Honda for a Kia!!!" Once they see the car they can better appreciate the switch. And as a Honda owner for many years, I can honestly say that so far I have no complaints about the switch. The Kia is as good, if not even better than the Accord. If this Kia is reliable and holds up for five years as good as the Accord, I may just become a loyal Kia owner. So for anyone in the market for a mid sized sedan the K5 should definitely be on your list to consider. It's certainly worth checking out. You wont be disappointed!!!

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I really like this car

Big dawg, 11/17/2020
LXS 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Had the pleasure to rent this car and put nearly 1000 miles on it. Seats and seating positions great. Visibility great. Crisp steering. The performance of the engine is incredible. Passing was fun. Car went straight as an arrow in nasty winds. Stereo sounded good. Really a well built car.

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Nice Optima upgrade

Luckyguy3122, 03/25/2021
EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
11 of 12 people found this review helpful

The car makes rattling noises and squeaking noises all the time, it can get annoying if you let it. upon acceleration the car takes off loud like a mustang GT, maybe its the turbo engine, but it's definitely not refined, smooth or quite like the Optima was. The doors now have this piece of plastic thats raised so that you can pull the door shut, however it digs into the side of your knee while driving unless you stretch you leg all the way out. The pros of this car is the engine is more powerful than the optima and doesn't struggle to move the vehicle. The stereo is great with very nice speakers even in lower trim. the seats are very comfortable, the leather steering wheel gives the car a premium luxury feel...The technology is this car is amazing, I literally had the car drive me home from work using the steering and lane assist. there is the operating system called uvo that has a app for your phone, it allows you to remote start the vehicle, check gas level, check and lock doors, set temperature. the door handles light up as you approach the vehicle, the smart trunk opens automatically when you stand in front of the trunk, the front collision detector sounds if you're getting to close to the vehicle in front of you. there is also a notification sound when the car in front of you pulls off. You have rear traffic sound that alerts you to cross traffic or how close you are backing up to an object. The wireless car charger is not that fast but it does work. it only increases your phone battery 10-15% higher after 30 min of charging under 50% but it charges faster if your phone is above 60% The doors open wider so it's easier to get in and out of. the heated and cooled seats work great and pretty fast. One great surprise is how quickly the engine warms up to heat the car, much appreciated in chicago. After a month of owning my k5 EX the only reason i didnt give it 5 stars is the terrible wind and road noise that comes into the cabin. When I bought the vehicle and got on the highway going home, i thought the salesman left a window open a little, the noise was so loud, i kept pressing the window buttons to make sure none were left ajar. The k5 is much noisier than the prior optima, and i have heard other reviewers mention that also. Other than that I'm pleased with it.

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Will Not Disappoint

K5 Guy, 08/24/2020
GT-Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
24 of 29 people found this review helpful

The Kia K5 drives smooth with nearly seamless shifting. The car looks mean on the outside and absolutely beautiful on the inside. 10/10 highly recommend! Super satisfied with my purchase.

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