2015 Kia K900 Long-Term Road Test - Audio & Technology

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2015 Kia K900: Trading an Accident for a Heart Attack

July 1, 2015

2015 Kia K900

A few months ago, Brent wrote a thoughtful post about our 2015 Kia K900's blind-spot indicator system.

I agree that it's very convenient to have a visual warning appear in the head-up display when a vehicle enters your blind-spot. But what I cannot stand is the audio alert that goes along with it.

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2015 Kia K900: Self-Serious Startup Theatrics

June 15, 2015

2015 Kia K900

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.

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2015 Kia K900: Regrets, Relief on the Road to San Francisco

June 2, 2015

2015 Kia K900

Well, this is awkward. After my farewell letter to the 2015 Kia K900, I was asked to put some miles on it for a short trip to San Francisco. So I told the K900, "I know I've said some hurtful things to you recently, but we're both adults here with a job to do.  Let's put the past behind us and be professionals."

I took Interstate 5 both on the way up and back. U.S. Route 101 is more scenic, but would have taken about an hour longer. The trip wasn't for pleasure, so I opted for the shorter drive. Like other awkward moments with an ex, I remembered things I liked and disliked with twinges of regret and relief.

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2015 Kia K900: Interior Highlights (Video)

May 25, 2015

2015 Kia K900

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:

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2015 Kia K900: HUD Doesn't Work with Polarized Shades

May 19, 2015

2015 Kia K900

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.

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2015 Kia K900: The Lawyer Screen

April 30, 2015

2015 Kia K900

Over the years, I've complained about this problem many times after driving many different Hyundais and Kias. And here we go again.

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2015 Kia K900: Front-View Camera

March 5, 2015

2015 Kia K900

Our parking garage at the office can get pretty crowded and we double up cars in tandem spots fairly often. Some vehicles are large enough to take up a whole spot right up to the white divider lines. Our long-term 2015 Kia K900 is very helpful in this type of situation.

I first relied on this feature at a busy supermarket parking lot. The lot was crowded and spaces were difficult to find. As I pulled slowly into a spot, the front parking sensor camera came on to help me know how far I could pull into the spot before coming too close to the car parked opposite. When this front camera comes on, so does the all-around overhead view, showing the parking lines on both sides of the K900.

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2015 Kia K900: Luxury That Relieves Misery

February 13, 2015

2015 Kia K900

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.

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2015 Kia K900: Using the UVO eServices App

February 10, 2015

2015 Kia K900

The 2015 Kia K900 comes standard with UVO, which is Kia's umbrella name for its various infotainment features. What you get with UVO depends on the Kia you're looking at, but our 2015 K900 has the UVO eServices with navigation setup.

Some of UVO's features are smartphone app-based, so I grabbed my iPhone 5s to learn more.

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2015 Kia K900: Useful Blind-Spot Indicators in the Head-Up Display

February 6, 2015

2015 Kia K900

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.

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2015 Kia K900: I Could Get Used to This

November 18, 2014

2015 Kia K900

There are certain modern features on cars that are so convenient they are making it onto my must-have list.

If I were buying a new car I would want heated seats (no surprise), a rearview camera (soon to be standard) and a head-up display. This last one has only just made it onto my list after traveling several hundred miles in our long-term 2015 Kia K900.

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2015 Kia K900: Simple Audio Controls

November 14, 2014

2015 Kia K900

Just because our 2015 Kia K900 has a serious sound system doesn't mean it also has a complicated control interface. In fact, it's one of the easier setups you'll find in a luxury car.

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2015 Kia K900: Rocking Out With the Lexicon Sound System

October 23, 2014

2015 Kia K900

On big luxury sedans, you typically have to pay extra to get a premium sound system. For instance, you have to pay $6,400 to get the optional Burmester system in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, or $6,300 to get the fancy Bang & Olufsen system in the Audi A8. But Kia seems to think that a flagship luxury sedan should have a flagship sound system right from the start. As such, every 2015 Kia K900 comes standard with a 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system.

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2015 Kia K900: Around View Monitor and the VIP Package

October 1, 2014

2015 Kia K900

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?

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2015 Kia K900: Virtual Instrument Panel

September 16, 2014

2015 Kia K900

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.

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2015 Kia K900: Introduction

August 19, 2014

2015 Kia K900

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?

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