The 2017 Kia K900 challenges luxury sedan conventions with first-class features and sublime comfort at far less cost than others in its class. The K900 keeps things fairly simple with just three trim levels. Even the base trim is very nicely equipped, so it's a matter of degrees as you move up into other trims and the two available options packages.
The V6 Premium base model, for example, offers a panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, and a V6 engine with suitable power and response. Moving up to the V6 Luxury trim brings upgraded upholstery and a surround-sound system, while the V8 adds LED headlights and a surround-view camera display. Two option packages offer a range of other luxuries, ranging from simulated-suede roof liner material to soft-closing doors. More important, these options include now-common driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.
Although Kia has added blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert to this year's list of standard features, it's still a bit disappointing to see safety features now offered on economy cars not included as standard on this luxury sedan. We think most buyers will find that the V6 Luxury trim with the VIP Package hits the sweet spot, including most of the features the base K900 V8 offers (surround-view camera system, lane departure warning) and many it doesn't (head-up display, ventilated rear seats) for less.
That you can get all this for tens of thousands less than a comparably sized luxury sedan is the K900's most remarkable feat. Those savings don't necessarily translate to comparable quality; the established European and Japanese rivals still win at fit-and-finish, overall detail and cachet. You'll feel this most acutely at resale, but for what you pay up front and what you get, the K900 is a remarkable bargain.
It's worth using Edmunds' peerless shopping tools to compare the K900's features against the big sedans it competes against. Though the cost savings won't be any surprise, you'll have a better idea of whether the K900's generous features set and skillful flattery make sense to your wallet.
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