Kia's K900 Luxury Sedan Gets a Redesign for 2016
The 2016 Kia K900 sedan being offered by Kia dealers Miami is nothing like the 2015 K900; it’s a whole new vehicle. The 2016 K900 has a new design and look, better performance, and improved fuel economy. Best part? It somehow all comes at a lower price. The most appealing features about the new Kia K900, second to the lower price, is the new look. It’s a much more sleek and modern design, and is very hard to look away from.
Granted, the improved performance and MPG are welcoming sights, but the redesign is way too good looking to ignore.
The 2016 K900 is everything that the 2015 model tried to be: elegant and refined, with balanced proportions and a hint of athleticism — it’s a perfectly designed luxury vehicle. Along with its dashing good looks, the K900’s redesign also made it much more aerodynamic than its predecessor. This sleek silhouette is highlighted thanks to the high belt line that conveys the strength of the vehicle. The smooth character line — which extends from the front grille across the doors — brings out its elegance. The result is a car that, if looked at from the right angle, seems like it’s always in motion.
Adding to this sleek design, the engine is mounted further back; which in turn pushes the cabin back. This increases the distance between the cabin and the front wheel, and provides a much longer and slim figure when you look at it from the side.
That’s just the start of it, and everything from the wheels to the driver and passenger mirrors are meant to help emphasize the newfound elegance of the K900.
The Interior Redesign
The redesign of the K900 also included the interior, and it’s just as elegant as the outside. If the Kia logo was removed from the steering wheel, you’d think this was a high-end Mercedes you were sitting in, not a Kia. Everything from the subtle wood trim/aluminum alloy inlays to the handsome dashboard make the interior of the K900 look like a car that’s from 2 or 3 years in the future.
There aren’t too many cars out there that give that type of impression, and the interior luxury of this vehicle means trouble for the competitors in the market; because it’s really well designed.
Leading the way in luxury are the seats that rest inside the insulating, high-strength steel, and road-silencing cabin. The front seats are both heated and ventilated, and the 16-way adjustable power driver’s seat features lumbar support. Unlike most other luxury vehicles out there, the luxury extends to the back seats as well. The back seats are ventilated, and they deliver air to the cushion that you can control the density of for comfort. That way, the passengers who get stuck in the back won’t feel left out of the experience.
Both the front and back seats are trimmed with contrast piped, premium Nappa Leather. This is a famous full-grain leather that’s noted for it’s feather-down softness and durability, and helps provide the best sitting experience possible.
A Welcoming Sight
The center of attention isn’t the center stack with the infotainment touchscreen system. It’s actually underneath the touchscreen; and it’s the distinctive focal point of the K900. Adding to the air of sophistication inside the K900 is an analog clock, which has the ability to automatically update using GPS technology.
This is a small detail that makes a huge difference, seeing as it’s a rare feature to see in most 2016 cars. It’s small details like this that also prove Kia’s dedication to making the 2016 K900 as elegant, refined, and luxurious as possible.
For 2016, the K900 has a couple engine options. The 3.8-liter V6 engine is on the first two trim levels, and the 5.0-liter V8 is on the top trim level.
3.8-liter V6 Specs
The 3.8-liter V6 is able to put out 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque, with CVVT (dual continuously variable valve timing) and a GDI (gasoline direct injection) fuel delivery system. The power and torque both remain the same on the first and second trim, and they are decent for a luxury sedan.
But, those numbers are nothing compared to what the V8 is putting out on the highest trim level.
On the highest trim level, the 5.0-liter V8 engine also has CVVT and GDI, but the bigger engine means more horsepower. The V8 can put out a massive 420 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. For comparison purposes, that’s only 30 less horsepower than the 2016 Camaro SS with it’s V8 engine; which puts the engine capability of this luxury vehicle almost on par with a muscle car.
Both engines are paired to the same transmission, and both get decent fuel economy for a luxury sedan of this size.
The fuel economy of the Kia900 varies depending on the engine equipped, and the V6 on the first two trims gets 17 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. The V8 gets, expectedly, less fuel economy. It’s sitting at 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined.
Even if it’s less than the V6, it’s only a slight difference. Overall, it’s not bad for a luxury vehicle of this size that weighs 4,297 lbs (V6 engine) and 4,610 lbs (V8 engine).
Luxury for All Trims
The redesigned 2016 Kia K900 has 3 trim levels: the V6 Premium, V6 Luxury, and V8 Luxury. The starting MSRPs are $49,000, $54,900, and $61,900 respectively. No matter what trim you get, you are getting that same aerodynamic and refined design, with exceptional performance and fuel economy for a vehicle this size. While the first two trims get you some standard top-of-the-line luxury features, the V8 Luxury gets you more power and comes loaded with most of the features that are optional on the two V6 trims.
The 2016 K900 saw various aesthetic, performance, and luxury upgrades; upgrades that all come at a lower price. Overall, it’s safe to say the K900 experienced a successful redesign for 2016. Look out luxury automakers, because there’s a new contender on the market.