2015 Kia K900: Best When Going in a Straight Line
October 28, 2014
We've written a lot about the extreme comfort of our 2015 Kia K900. I'll be taking it on a 250-mile highway drive and I'm looking forward to kicking back and enjoying the K900's soft ride and impressive sound system. At some point, though, I'll have to wind around a highway exit ramp or potentially maneuver quickly to get around a road hazard.
It's times like this where the K900's magic abruptly stops.
This is a big, comfort-tuned luxury sedan without any adaptive suspension components. Go around a turn at a modest speed and it actually feels pretty stable, but add more speed and the howling tires will let you know that you're doing things the K900 isn't happy about.
Even more telling than steady state cornering is when you make quick steering wheel inputs. Weave back and forth to avoid a shredded tire carcass in your path, for example, and the K900 flops around on its suspension unsettlingly. You'll experience a lot of nose dive if you hit the brakes hard, too.
Does it matter? Sort of. In comparison to most other big luxury sedans fitted with adaptive suspensions, the K900 is notably deficient in performance handling. But the K900 does everything else so well (and for such an agreeable price) that I'm happy to accept reality and just enjoy the drive.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,024 miles