2015 Kia K900: Good on the Highway, Not in the City
May 26, 2015
Admittedly, I don't fall directly in the demographic for our long-term 2015 Kia K900. No spouse, no kids, nobody named Bruce Wayne to chauffer around in the back seat. Having driven the K900 for a solid week in various conditions though, I've decided this isn't a car I could live with in Los Angeles, or in any city for that matter.
For starters, it's too long. That's just a characteristic of the full-size segment, sure, but even with the 360-degree parking camera, the K900 is difficult to parallel park. It's also got a big turning radius. Whether you're maneuvering through rush-hour traffic or looking for street parking, agility is key. The K900 just doesn't excel there.
In Normal and Eco mode, throttle response lags noticeably and other motorists tend to take advantage of those gaps when the Kia falls behind. Sure, you can switch the K900 to Sport or just mash the throttle everywhere you go, but that probably isn't the most relaxed way to approach a gridlocked freeway on-ramp.
During my week with the K900, I spent about 150 miles driving through the city and 200 miles commuting on the highway. The highway miles were quiet and smooth, with only the occasional bump making its way in to the cabin. But I was alone, away from traffic. In the city, weighed down, the K900 bounces over potholes and broken pavement pretty dramatically. If you're full with a family and luggage for instance, the ride isn't nearly as composed as it should be.
It's a good long-legged cruiser if you're travelling light, but for the city, it's not ideal.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 14,452 miles