2015 Kia K-900 Sedan (1098)

Overview:

This week we’re looking at the 2015 Kia K-900 Sedan that is a close cousin to the Hyundai Equus.

However no matter how good the car might be, it is argued that there will be no purchase considerations from BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class buyers. That may be true because they are a cut above but that perception is changing from my experience. I have a wealthy friend, for example, who opted to replace his Lexus with a Hyundai Equus. And he is ecstatic about the decision. No longer are consumers convinced well-known badges from Germany and Japan are all that marvelous. In light of the cost difference economics will begin to cause a shift in demand. Critics also say that’s not necessarily the case for Acura RLX and Cadillac XTS buyers. That I do agree with.

Considering how affordable Kia makes the base-model K-900 open-minded consumers will continue to compare and I predict they will accept the new luxury brands from Kia and Hyundai with open arms. And this K-900 is just too nice a car to be ignored. Buyers who pull the trigger early will take advantage of the current low sales numbers to work in their favor.

Another option to consider closely, that I have included in the competition below, is one of my favorites – the Hyundai Genesis.

General Information: It is assembled in Korea; Parts – US/Canadian n/a, Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Kia: Cadenza, Forte, Forte Koup, Forte5, K900, Optima, Rio, Rio 5-door, Sedona, Sorento, Soul, Soul EV and Sportage.

Handling & Performance:

Special driving experience.

Styling:

Most people are complimentary and I believe rightfully so.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Luxury pricing that is consistent with some and better than others that wear Foo foo badges that seem to justify more cost of purchase and maintenance than their true value.

Conveniences and comfort:

Like its sister car – the Hyundai Equus, this K-900 is well equipped with most of the high tech gear that typifies the high end luxury cars these days. My favorites include the Adaptive Cruise control (Smart Cruise) and the sensors for “Blind Spot” detection, backup camera’s and 360 degrees camera’s for surround viewing and I like the heads up information on the windshield. I can usually appreciate the best stuff in the following weeks after I’ve moved on to the next week’s car. It’s then that the absence is most noticeable and missed.

Hydrophobic front door windows use a technology recently invented. Here is a link to show a quick demonstration of how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_5lj9qV0CE . Basically it shows water shed off the window exactly like “water off a ducks back” as they say.

Consumer Recommendations:

Pop for the high tech features noted above if you can afford them because they will show their worth over time no matter what car you buy. You’ll appreciate smart cruise especially when the car stops when you would have failed to. You’ll appreciate blind spot detection when you avoid hitting traffic approaching on your rear quarter panels when you failed to look or they were simply going faster than you and such times simply mean you can’t see every danger forever and thus you can’t avoid accidents unassisted by these sorts of driver aids. I also appreciate “Lane Assist” that signals when you are drifting out of lane when you don’t intend to.

Recognized Competition:

Kia K-900 $59,000, BMW 5 Series $65,850, Acura RLX $61,370, Cadillac XTS $62,900, Audi A7 $66,800, Hyundai Genesis $52,450.

Good News:

Sheer delight to drive, most all the bells and whistles available today as standard equipment, beautiful styling, superior comfort and smooth ride quality.

Bad News:

Just OK fuel economy since it’s a big V8.

Standard Equipment:

5.0 liter gas direct injection V8 engine, 8-speed Automatic transmission with Shift by Wire, 19” Chrome alloy wheels, front and front and rear seat mounted side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, vehicle stability management, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with power assist, 3 zone climate control with air filtration, Lexicon logic 7 surround sound audio system, UVO eServices with Telematics, Navigation system with 9.2” display, Sirius XM satellite radio with  3-months free, Blind spot detection system, rear cross traffic alert, land departure warning system, front and rear camera display, front and rear parking sensors with park guide system, Nappa Leather seat and interior trim, genuine wood accent trim, ventillated front seats, heated front and rear outboard seats, push button start and smart key anf credit valet key, power tilt and telescopic steering conumn, power closing trunk, power rear window and manual side sunshades. Panoramic sunroof with power shade, LED Headlights with adaptive front lighting system, LE positioning and fog lights, power folding auto dimming mirrors, hydrophobic front door windows, auto rain sensing windshild wipers.

Gas Stats:

$4.25/ Gal avg. July 27, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

15 City and 23 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $59,000.

 

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