2015 Kia K900: Self-Serious Startup Theatrics
June 15, 2015
One thing our 2015 Kia K900 has in common with Microsoft Windows? They both play a little theme when you turn them on and off.
The K900 has a bit more theater in its startup, but the chime still reminds me of booting up a PC. Longtime Windows users can recall how its boot sounds have changed with each version. It began with a short trumpet blast in 3.1 that evolved into a THX-wannabe in 1998, taking itself ever more seriously with each update. It's matured recently; thankfully, the latest iteration is modest and brief.
To my ears, the K900's theme falls on the middle-to-late part of that Windows theme timeline. It's still self-serious, but not so long it's laughable.
I like most of the startup theater, like how the mirrors unfold when you approach the car and how the digital tachometer and speedometer swoop in with their own little flourishes. Most of this process became invisible during my weekend with the car.
But that startup chime? The only thing it adds to the experience is an eye roll. It may sound nice in the dealership, but I wonder how owners will feel about it after about four years.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 16,643 miles