2015 Kia K900: Legit Luxury
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 27, 2015
The 2015 Kia K900 was our second go-around with a luxury product from the greater Hyundai works, picking up where we left off with a 2011 Hyundai Equus. We thought the K900 would make an interesting case study: will Americans pay outsize luxury money for a big sedan from an automaker better known for sporty and quirky character? We had a year to gain some insight.
Our verdict? The K900 is legit.
With a strong V8, smooth-shifting transmission, a very quiet cabin, and loads of features — heated and cooled reclining rear seats among them — the K900 surprises with its competence and luxury presentation. Our only primary and consistent gripe was with the suspension, which felt overly soft and simply too unrefined for a car playing for keeps among BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus competitors.
Overall, we enjoyed our time with the K900. It wasn't all things to all of us, but as an initial halo car from an automaker you wouldn't think has any business in this class, the K900 impressed. Here's our breakdown of spending 20,000 miles with it.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor