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2020 Kia K900 Review

We’ll admit that we didn’t think the car or the name would make it this far, but the 2020 Kia K900 shows just how committed the Korean car manufacturer is to its luxury flagship sedan. Having watched what happened to cars such as the Volkswagen Phaeton, the Hyundai XG300 and the Mazda Millenia, we know the history of mainstream brands trying to compete with long-established luxury makes by offering the same styling and features but at a lower price. But if past sales are any indication, luxury buyers really do care more about the badge on the hood than how much they’ll save.

That said, the K900 is a lot of car for the money, offered with a turbocharged V6 engine, standard all-wheel drive, countless standard luxury features and some of the most advanced and innovative interior electronics we’ve encountered. If you’re shopping for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, an Audi A6 or a Lexus GS and you’re not into labels, the Kia K900 deserves a test drive. You just might be surprised by how good this big sedan really is.

What’s New for 2020?

The K900 is unchanged for 2020 coming off of its fresh redesign for 2019. See the 2020 Kia K900 models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Luxurious interior
  • Side blind spot monitors activate with turn signal
  • Impressive standard equipment list
  • Competitive price

What We Don’t

  • Unoriginal styling
  • No hybrid or diesel version
  • Technology can be overwhelming

How Much?

$59,900-$64,300

Fuel Economy

The K900 is powered by a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that drives all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features & Options

The 2020 K900 comes in one trim and offers one upgrade package, plus a few dealer-installed options.

The K900 ($59,900) comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, AWD, an electronically damped suspension, power folding auto-dimming and heated outside mirrors, Smart Key activation for the doors and power trunk, a push-button start, a power sunroof, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 19-in alloy wheels, a 12.3-in touchscreen display, the UVO app, intelligent lighting that automatically illuminates controls as your hand approaches, 900-watt, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, Bluetooth capability, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a head-up display, 3-zone automatic climate control, a power-operated rear sunshade, Nappa leather seating, a 20-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 16-way power adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. On the safety front, the K900 comes standard with forward-collision mitigation and emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, blind spot collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rearview and surround-view monitors, parking distance warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a safe exit monitor.

Optional is the VIP package ($4,400), which adds a 14-way power adjustable rear right passenger seat, a 12-way rear left passenger seat, Chamude premium headliner, ventilated rear seats, a 12.3-in full-LED meter display and a rear wireless phone charging pad.

Safety

Along with its long list of standard driver assists and collision avoidance systems, the 2020 K900 includes electronic traction and stability control, hill start assist, cornering brake control, a tire pressure monitor and front, front-side, rear-side, full-length side-curtain and driver’s-knee airbags.

As of the writing of this review, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety had crash-tested the Kia K900 for 2020.

Behind the Wheel

Doug DeMuro spent some time behind the wheel of the 2020 Kia K900 and came away rather impressed.

The K900 is a pretty nice car. And it’s not just nice for a Kia, or for a new player in the luxury sedan game. (The original Kia K900, which was even more anonymous than this car, came out in 2015.) It’s nice overall, with an excellent interior that includes a lot of handsome finishes and touches, great materials throughout and a lovely front that gives the car a bit more character than some more boring rivals. The K900 also benefits from wonderfully soft seats with excellent bolstering and good support — true of its luxury sedan rivals, too, but worth mentioning.

As for powertrains, the K900 offers a single engine mated to an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD. Rated at 365 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, the K900’s 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is a formidable beast. It’s the same aluminum engine used in Kia’s Stinger performance sedan. Not that performance is really the goal of the K900. It offers excellent comfort, a big back seat and a big trunk, but this car is about relaxation and comfort rather than performance and sportiness, and it certainly shows. It’s quick enough, but not especially poised or thrilling in the corners, and the steering is light and vague, as you’d expect from a luxury car.

Another thing you’d expect from a luxury car is equipment, and the K900 certainly delivers that in droves. It has all the usual stuff: navigation, heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control, many active safety features, a big center touchscreen and a configurable gauge cluster. But maybe the best part is the small blind spot monitoring cameras, which turn on when you activate the turn signal. Signal a lane change and the cameras go on, and the gauge cluster shows you precisely what’s in your blind spot — an amazing feature I sincerely hope every single car eventually adds.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Toyota Avalon — The Avalon isn’t as luxurious as the K900, but it is as roomy, offers superior resale figures, costs less and offers a hybrid engine option.

2020 Genesis G90 — The Genesis G90 is kissing cousin to the K900, with slightly less high tech in the cabin, rear-wheel drive and the option of a 420-hp V8 engine. However, despite their similarities, the G90 costs a lot more than the better-equipped K900.

2020 Lincoln Continental — The Lincoln Continental has a more traditional luxury heritage, better styling and a more powerful engine. However, Lincoln can’t match Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, nor can the Continental match the K900’s luxury features or tech.

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class — A 2014-2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will give you more clout and better performance but not as many luxury features as the K900.

Autotrader’s Advice

Load it up! That’s the best way to enjoy all the K900 has to offer. In the realm of big luxury sedans, you won’t find another new car with this level of sophistication and features for $65,000. Find a Kia K900 for sale

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