- Brand new flagship sedan
- Designed to compete with luxury sedans like the BMW 7-Series and Lexus LS-class
- First Kia model to offer a V-8 and eight-speed transmission
Kia makes a leap into the luxury flagship sedan game with the brand-new 2015 Kia K900. Its name might call to mind some sort of robot attack dog, but make no mistake about it – the K900 is a true luxury barge, inside and out.
Just looking at the K900’s dimensions gives you an idea of the company Kia is targeting with the new luxury sedan; it’s within a few inches in both wheelbase and overall length with both the BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, meaning that there are acres of space for both front and rear passengers. If the dimensions look familiar, it’s because the K900 shares a wheelbase with Hyundai’s flagship sedan the Equus. However, Kia is quick to point out that everything that you can see or touch on the K900 is all unique to that model; no body panels or interior components are shared.
That does mean that the K900’s two engine options are from the Hyundai family as well. Kia differentiates the K900’s two trim levels by their engine of choice. V6 trim models feature a 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 that makes 293 pounds-feet of torque, while V8 models get a 420-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 making 376 pounds-feet of torque. The K900 has a few mechanical firsts for Kia, offering the first eight-speed automatic transmission and V-8 engine. It’s also the only rear-wheel drive model in the lineup as well. Fuel economy ratings are pretty good considering the K900’s size and weight, 18/27 mpg city/highway for V6 models, 15/23 mpg for V8 models.
Though the K900 carries similar styling cues to the rest of the Kia lineup, it has a lot more girth. Kia’s now familiar pinched grille is here, but the rest of the design has been sharpened. V6 models get 18-inch alloy wheels with HID headlights and power-folding/auto-dimming side mirrors. V8 models add 19-inch wheels finished in chrome, a panoramic sunroof, and some futuristic looking eight-element LED headlights on either side.
Inside, the K900 certainly looks the part. Kia has worked hard to improve the fit-and-finish of its interiors over the past three to four years and the K900 is the coda to that improvement. A cavernous 38.2-inches of legroom greets rear seat passengers, along with one of the most comfortable rear side seats we’ve ever experienced. Standard features include leather upholstery, powered, heated, and ventilated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, UVO infotainment with eServices, navigation system with a 9.2-inch display, powered steering column, and tri-zone automatic climate control. V8 models add Nappa leather and genuine wood trim pieces in the dash and the steering wheel. A VIP package is offered on V8 models which transforms the rear seat into something akin to a palace, with heated/ventilated/power reclining outboard seats and independent climate controls in the center arm rest.
The 2015 K900 also offers plenty of advanced safety features and technology. Front and rear parking sensors, eight airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, and electronic stability control come standard. V8 models add blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. The VIP package also contains a four-camera around view monitor system, which offers a top down view of the K900, as well as a head-up display that shows speed, directions, and other information to help keep the driver’s eyes pointed down the road.