2015 Kia K900: Around View Monitor and the VIP Package
October 1, 2014
The various parking cameras on our long-term 2015 Kia K900 are excellent. They allow you to toggle between four different views (at speeds less than 12 miles an hour) and view pretty much every possible parking angle and impact point. As a result, the 16.5-foot, flagship Kia is remarkably easy to park.
The Around View Monitor (AVM), as Kia calls it, is only available as part of the $6,000 VIP package, which represents a 10-percent increase in the total cost of the car, a big difference at any price point. So is it worth it?
Well, here's the other equipment included in the deal: power reclining rear seats (with adjustable headrests), ventilated outboard rear seats, a 16-way power driver seat, air lumbar support, the 12.3" center display, a head-up display, soft close power door latches, adaptive cruise control and a few other safety features. These features might not be enough to warrant the $6K price increase on their own, but for me, the cameras tip it over the edge.
Instead of thinking about the K900 as $60,000 car with a $6,000 options package, I like to think of it as a $66,000 car. It would make even more sense if Kia sold the car that way with no options, just a big, comfy, quiet sedan with a lot of equipment for the money. And when you consider it that way, it's still $10-20K less than its comparable German rivals.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 1,350 miles