July 27, 2015
And now, 11 months and 18,000 miles into the loan, I just found out it has a cool sport-specific mode.
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.
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.
May 25, 2015
Over the span of a week, I put about 330 miles on our long-term 2015 Kia K900. I drove it to and from work all week, and on the weekend took a 200-mile road trip to visit my mother. We've been critical of the K900's overall ride quality, but the interior is very likeable. I thought I'd show you around.
Here's a short look-around at the K900 interior, highlighting a few of my favorite aspects and a few features that I'm not a big fan of:
May 19, 2015
The head-up display on our long-term 2015 Kia K900 is a nice feature. Like almost every other HUD, it displays your current speed but it also issues small warning images for when someone is in your blind spot. I like this feature because it helps me keep my eyes on the road. I'm all for checking mirrors, but this is a great secondary warning system if someone slips into the next lane without me noticing.
The problem is that I can't see the HUD when wearing my sunglasses.
April 1, 2015
Simple, sturdy and covered in nice materials, the steering wheel in our long-term 2015 Kia K900 is one of my favorite features on the car. We've got the optional "Leather-Wrapped & Genuine Wood" steering wheel that is heated, has a simple three-spoke design and several small, but easy-to-find, buttons for audio and cruise control.
March 20, 2015
The Kid finds no shortage of fun in our 2015 Kia K900. It's huge, roomy, and she thinks it's hilarious to control the front climate control from the rear seat. At least she's helping us get our money's worth from the $6,000 VIP package.
February 23, 2015
Kia's strategy with the 2015 Kia K900 is as obvious as it is brilliant: Build in some Lexus engine character, make it as quiet as a big Benz, load it with every executive-level creature comfort in the factory, then sell it all for about the price of a BMW 5 Series. It's hard to argue with the results. If you deal high-grade narcotics and need to stay under the DEA radar, but can't bring yourself to drive a more plebian sedan, you could do worse than the K900.
February 13, 2015
A construction project has turned traffic into a mental meltdown. Drivers are raging through intersections. Horns blare and tempers go rabid. On-ramps close, then magically reopen, offering hope. But it's a trap, leading into a dead-end clump of unmoving cars.
February 6, 2015
Although blind-spot monitoring doesn't come standard on the 2015 Kia K900, our test car has it, and I think it's fair to assume the majority of K900s found on dealer lots will have it, too. (Only a base K900 would be without it.) But there's a further upgrade to the blind-spot monitoring system which I think is pretty cool and not found on many other cars. If you have the K900's optional head-up display, you get blind-spot notifications there, too.
January 20, 2015
You'd need smell-o-vision to know what was going on inside our 2015 Kia K900 sedan at the moment captured in the above image. The noxious reek was intense as we drove past a massive dairy farm on Interstate 5 on the way home from Oregon.
But the K900's Recirc button offered no relief. The methane and manure funk stayed with us for miles as if the car remained in fresh mode. The same thing happened at other times on the trip, too, when the cabin air recirculation mode did a poor job of shutting out the offending smells of decrepit diesels and overly-rich carbureted 60s classics.
And that's only half of it.
January 6, 2015
They say the first step is admitting the problem? Well, I have an addiction to seat heaters. Doesn't matter how tepid the ambient temp, if there's a seat heater available, I've got it cranking full hot.
But the 2015 Kia K900 has the first seat heater system I actually had to turn down.
December 16, 2014
If I were in the market for a big, luxurious sedan for around $60K, the 2015 Kia K900 would be on my list for several reasons. The plush ride, the traditional interior design and the quiet cabin are just a few.
November 26, 2014
Our long-term 2015 Kia K900 and the Hyundai Equus are cousins. Aside from the fact that the Hyundai has the optional air suspension, the two cars are pretty much equal. I would argue that the Kia has a better looking exterior, but that is a matter of taste.
November 20, 2014
While the driver seat of the 2015 Kia K900 is a nice place to be, rear passengers get some love from Kia, too.
Our long-termer comes standard with heated rear seats, a power rear window sunshade, manual side sunshades and a rear seat USB charging port.
November 4, 2014
Our 2015 Kia K900 is equipped with the only option offered. It's called the VIP package and among its many features is a set of rear seat controls that rivals anything you'll find from BMW and Mercedes.
October 31, 2014
This is the shifter in our 2015 Kia K900. It may control the swapping of eight different gears, but it only moves half an inch in any one direction in the process. It's basically one big electronic switch.
October 24, 2014
Perhaps you've heard that LeBron James is going to be the 2015 Kia K900's new spokesperson for the "Fit for a King" campaign. No doubt, LeBron will be used to demonstrate the K900's extensive room and feature content. Less likely, however, will be a demonstration of how well LeBron manages to fit his two small children in the backseat.
I'm here to help you out, LeBron.
October 1, 2014
The various parking cameras on our long-term 2015 Kia K900 are excellent. They allow you to toggle between four different views (at speeds less than 12 miles an hour) and view pretty much every possible parking angle and impact point. As a result, the 16.5-foot, flagship Kia is remarkably easy to park.
The Around View Monitor (AVM), as Kia calls it, is only available as part of the $6,000 VIP package, which represents a 10-percent increase in the total cost of the car, a big difference at any price point. So is it worth it?
September 24, 2014
The interior of our long-term 2015 Kia K900 is quiet, like really quiet. The 5.0-liter V8 gives a good rumble when you give it the beans, but this thing is exceptionally quiet on the highway and in city traffic. In fact, it is one of the quietest cars in our long-term fleet. To see just how quiet it is, I turned to our official testing numbers.
September 23, 2014
Back seat passengers have no reason to complain in the Kia K900. Not only do they get their own set of seat adjustments, climate controls and a nifty set of window shades, they also get plenty of space in every direction.
September 16, 2014
You'll see it every time you press the button to start a 2015 Kia K900 sedan. The former blank slate of an instrument panel comes to life and goes through a little boot-up dance before settling down and getting on with the job.
See for yourself after the jump.
August 25, 2014
Perhaps it's because our long-term 2015 Kia K900 is in a non-descript shade of gray/silver, but driving home last evening I was practically invisible in it. This may not have anything to do with the color and looks of the K900, it may have more to do with a bunch of bored commuters trying to get home. But I was cut off left and right, pulled out on, almost plowed into, or generally ignored. Maybe everyone one was texting. Or maybe they just weren't interested.
August 19, 2014
This is Kia's statement car. It's big, expensive and designed to compete with the best luxury sedans in the world. There's no heritage to lean on and the length of its warranty isn't going to help it much. Buyers in this category expect excellence in every aspect of the ownership experience.
During our year-long test we'll not only test its extensive list of features, we'll report on the service experience that comes along with our nearly $67,000 sedan. Has Kia sufficiently upped its game to satisfy customers who are used to being pampered? Or is that one aspect of the K900 that you simply don't get for the price?