2015 Kia K900: Great A/C Shrugs Off Triple-Digit Temps
July 14, 2015
If you want great air conditioning buy a Kia K900.
I'm serious. If there's one thing I never joke about, it's air conditioning.
I just drove our long-term 2015 Kia K900 from Santa Monica to Phoenix and back. During a heat wave. In June. After the first 70 miles, temps exceeded 105 degrees and stayed there for the duration of the five-day trip, peaking at 117 degrees (indicated on the Kia's instrument cluster) near the California Arizona border.
You would expect any modern car to deal with these conditions, but the Kia's climate control system dealt with the extreme heat better than many. Not once in five days and 900 miles of driving did I have to turn up the fan or turn down the temperature. Not once.
The A/C just did its job perfectly, keeping the inside of the car at a perfect 70 degrees the entire time.
I was also impressed with how quickly the system blows cold after firing up the car for the first time, and how well it compensated for the sun baking one side of the car or the other. Most impressive is how quickly it cools down the sedan's large interior after it has heat-soaked in the sun for hours.
Climbing into the Kia, we would quickly forget we were in downtown Phoenix in 112-degree heat. Once in the car, I never heard my kids complain that they were hot. Factor in the system's simple controls and quiet operation and you've got one of the finest air-conditioning systems I've experienced.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 17,922 miles