2015 Kia K900: Great Shifter, Never Mind the Dust
June 18, 2015
Someone at Kia took this shifter seriously. It might not look fancy, but this dust-covered gearlever feels terrific. It's such that you might switch our 2015 Kia K900 to manual mode just for an excuse to keep your hand on it. I did.
The dust? You can thank the piano black trim. The design is becoming more and more popular in luxury cars, and I don't understand why. No matter if it's Mercedes-Benz or this Hyundai, piano black trim seems to take glee in attracting and showing off dust, fingerprints, and scratches.
Cadillac is the biggest offender. The piano black instrument panel it uses across most models is almost entirely touch-sensitive. This guarantees you'll have a dusty, fingerprint-covered interior after just a little bit of use.
Fortunately, the K900 has buttons of a different material, so they don't show oily smudges. The dust remains though, and the only solution I can think of is keeping some kind of microfiber cloth handy for weekly wipe downs.
Also, while digging through the owner's manual recently, two pages came unglued from the spine. It's a little thing, and one that feels silly to complain about, but I took it as a reminder that this isn't a German luxury car.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 16,655 miles