2019 Kia K900 Review
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Kia has a range of other sedans dipping well below $30,000, but the Kia K900 is the carmaker’s flagship luxury sedan. With a starting manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) at $59,900, it has a plethora of swanky features, including a leather interior, 17 speakers and a turbo V6 engine.
But buying a sixty-grand luxury car from a brand better known for reasonably-priced rides makes people tentative. In August 2019, Kia sold just 39 K900 models, compared to over 9,000 Kia Forte models, which have a base MSRP of $17,790. To help you know if the K900 is worth your time to test-drive, keep reading.
- Kia K900 pricing and trims
- Kia K900 safety
- Kia K900 competitor comparison
- The bottom line on the Kia K900
Kia K900 pricing and options
The 2019 Kia K900 offers only one trim though you can opt for the VIP package for an additional $4,000, which offers several nice amenities including a 12.3-inch display showing vehicle speed, engine speed and blind spot monitoring, just below the driver’s line of sight.
Most luxury automakers offer vehicles with multiple trims, yet the K900’s level of luxury sets a high bar with wood inlays, stitched leather and a well-designed “infotainment” center interface. Top-notch driving dynamics with equal weight distribution and electronically-adjustable suspension dampening, all standard, are thanks to a former development director at BMW, Albert Biermann, now with Hyundai Motor Group.
|2019 Kia K900|
|Package||Standard||With VIP Package|
|Standard Technology||Turbo V6 Engine, All-Wheel Drive, Leather Seating, Premium Audio, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems||12.3” Full LED Meter Display, Ventilated Rear Seats, Rear Wireless Phone Charger, Power Adjustable Rear Passenger Seats|
What about drive modes? The K900 has five drive modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport, Smart and Custom, which lets you create your own style. When you switch the K900 into Sport mode, the sides of the front seats will automatically contour to your body for when you hurtle around curves or accelerate hard. The seat bolsters will relax to allow for greater room and comfort when the car is not in Sport mode.
What about options? The add-on options Kia offers on the K900 include wheel locks, paint protection and a bumper applique. Keep in mind that these same things may be available at a cheaper price from other providers.
|Kia K900 Options|
|Wheel locks – special lug nuts that make it hard for a passing thief to take the wheels off your car and roll away with them, leaving your car on bricks.||$55|
|Paint protection – typically a high-grade paint sealant, and a paint protection package usually includes similar chemical protection for the vehicle’s interior, such as industrial-grade Scotch Guard for the floor mats and carpets, and leather protector.||$265|
|Bumper applique – a clear, self-adhesive vinyl that goes over the bumper to help protect it from scratches and scrapes.||$120|
What about sales pricing? You do not necessarily have to pay MSRP for a vehicle. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to find a 2019 Kia K900 for less than MSRP due to dealership sales or manufacturer rebates. Shop around and use industry guides such as NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book to see the fair market price is in your area.
Remember that the sticker price on a car isn’t the entire price you’ll pay — destination charges hover around $1,000 and then there are taxes. Check out our auto calculators to help set a car-buying budget.
What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is next. Potential lenders include Kia financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers from lenders at once, depending on your creditworthiness.
Kia K900 safety
The 2019 Kia K900 is not crash-test rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association nor the Institute for Highway Safety.
Yet it offers several advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) standard, including:
- Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection. Warns the driver of a potential collision and applies the brakes if the driver does not.
- Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist. The car can alert the driver if it senses it is drifting out of the lane and make minor steering adjustments to help the car stay in the lane.
- Parking Distance Warning. At low speeds, the car can alert you that it is getting too close to an object behind or in front of it.
- Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go. With cruise control on, the car can adjust its speed to match and follow a car in front of it. The car can also automatically come to a complete stop and start again, up to the preset speed, if the stop time is less than three seconds.
- Surround View Monitor. The car can give you a bird’s-eye view of your car and the immediate surroundings.
- Head-Up Display. The car’s speed and cruise control, blind-spot and navigation systems are projected on the driver’s side of the windshield so the driver doesn’t have to glance away from the road.
- Blind Spot and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning. The vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly when it senses another car in one of its blind spots.
- Driver Attention Warning. The car can give visual and audible driver alerts if it senses a low attention level.
- Safe Exit Assist. The car can alert you that it is unsafe to open a car door due to potential hazards like oncoming traffic.
Special note. The blind spot monitor on the K900 isn’t just a light and polite warning chime. It’s a visual monitor — the car has a camera on either side and when you click on the turn signal, the camera feed is played on your gauge cluster so you can see what, if anything, is in your blind spot, without having to turn your head.
Kia K900 competitor comparison
There are a lot of luxury sedans on the market. It was hard to pick similar competitors since the K900 has only one trim, which makes its base MSRP relatively high. So, in order to pull some similarly-priced competitors to the K900, we had to get trim-level specific. All of the picks below are around $60,000 and have leather seating, sunroof, navigation and advanced driver assistance features.
|2019 Kia K900 Competitor Comparison|
|Vehicle||Kia K900||Lexus GS 350F Sport AWD||Cadillac CT6 Premium Luxury||Lincoln Continental Reserve|
|Standard Technology||Turbo V6 Engine, LED Headlights, Active Noise Cancellation, AWD||V6 Engine, AWD, Exclusive Sport Styling, LED Headlights||AWD, Heated Steering Wheel, Illuminating Door Handles||V6 Engine, Active Noise Cancellation, Heated Steering Wheel|
|Fuel Economy||21/18/25 MPG||22/19/27 MPG||28/24/34 MPG||20/17/26 MPG|
*Chart data is for 2019 models. MSRP is accurate as of the publishing date. Standard technology refers to features included in the trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is as defined by the EPA.
What about warranty? All new Kias come with a 5-year, 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. The competitors above have a four-year, 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The bottom line on the Kia K900
While some people might shudder to think of paying nearly $60,000 for a Kia, that could make it a perfect “stealth” luxury car. LeBron James, an ambassador for Kia since 2014, has been known to post on social media that the K900 is his preferred ride.
According to AuoScribe, in a blind test, people estimated the Kia K900 was worth $10,000 to $20,000 more than its MSRP. However, name badges mean something to many people — a label like Lexus or Cadillac might carry more cachet — it’s up to you whether the 2019 Kia K900 is worth a look or if you want to keep searching for the best luxury car brands.