2015 Kia K900: Engine Continues To Impress
February 25, 2015
Most luxury sedans are moving away from using a V8 engine as the standard offering. The 2015 Kia K900 not only comes standard with a 420-horsepower V8, there are no other options. Thankfully, it gives you very few reasons to want anything else.
For one, it delivers the kind of performance you would expect from a luxury sedan of this caliber. It's unobtrusive when it should be and suitably powerful sounding when you lay into it. I'm still surprised how fast it feels when I floor it to merge into traffic. And as powerful as it is, the delivery is easy to modulate, even in Sport mode. Not every luxury car scores well on this point.
I also like that this engine is predictable in its efficiency. The EPA says it should deliver 18 mpg in combined driving, and that's exactly what we're getting. It's not necessarily a great number on its own, but it's rare for any car in our fleet to get its rated mileage, let alone nail it exactly. Most luxury car owners might not care, but it's nice to know that the 18 mpg number isn't some pie-in-the-sky number. It's a real-world figure that doesn't take a light foot to get.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,123 miles