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2019 Kia K900 Review

With few faults, the redesigned 2019 K900 places in the top third of our luxury large car rankings. It has cushy seats, high-quality materials, and a notable set of standard features. Additionally, the K900 is expected to be one of the most dependable cars in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Small trunk for the class

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Kia K900's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Kia K900 has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Kia K900 a Good Car?

The K900 is an outstanding car. Following a one-year break and a full redesign, this Kia places in the upper echelon of our rankings. Every model is packed with safety and tech features, and the bulk of the materials in its elegant cabin are top-notch. The K900 performs well for a large sedan, boasting a powerful engine, balanced handling, standard all-wheel drive, and a comfortable ride. This Kia checks all these boxes while costing thousands less than many of its classmates.

Should I Buy the Kia K900?

If you’re after a luxury large car with a below-average price tag, a mostly elegant cabin, and a gentle ride, the K900 is worth a look. Its cabin has plenty of room, and unlike many luxury vehicles, the K900's tech interface is simple. Despite its disappointing gas mileage, this car excels as a luxury family hauler. Shoppers looking for something a little zippier who don’t mind losing some passenger space might look to the Kia Stinger. Those who don’t mind spending a bit more for athleticism may want to consider the Audi A7.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Kia K900?

Kia fully redesigned the K900 for the 2019 model year. This second-generation model has several updates, including new exterior and interior styling, a stronger base engine, more standard safety features, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the V8 engine offered in older models has been discontinued, leaving the twin-turbocharged V6 as the only available powertrain.

You could save money with a model from the previous generation, but these models are substantially different from the new generation. The K900 was on hiatus for the 2018 model year, so any used models you're considering will be from 2017 or before.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2017 K900. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Kia K900 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 14 automotive sources. This Kia K900 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2019 model year.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Kia K900 Cost?

The base 2019 Kia K900 sedan has an MSRP of $59,900. That’s less expensive than manyluxury large cars. It also has only one trim, and you won’t have to spend tens of thousands more to get most of the equipment offered. A fully outfitted K900 costs around $65,000, which is much more affordable than the top-level trims of many competitors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Kia dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Kia deals page.

Kia K900 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Kia K900 or Genesis G90?

The Genesis G90 is another great full-size luxury car. It has strong engine options, including an optional V8 and a base engine that is the same twin-turbo V6 from the K900 (Kia and Genesis are both part of Hyundai Motor Group). Both models also have lengthy lists of standard tech and safety features. The G90 delivers a plush ride and balanced handling. It’s not the sportiest car in the class, but the Genesis handles a little better than the Kia. On the other hand, the Kia has a lower starting price by about $8,450. That’s even more impressive when you factor in the Kia’s standard all-wheel drive (the Genesis has standard rear-wheel drive). However, both the G90 and the K900 are good sedans. Choosing between them is a matter of personal preference.

Which Is Better: Kia K900 or BMW 6 Series?

The BMW 6 Series is a good luxury car with several potent engine options, a whisper-quiet cabin, and plenty of cargo space in its Gran Coupe body style. However, rather than living up to BMW’s reputation for athleticism, the 6 Series prioritizes a cushioned ride. The Kia has a larger touch screen than the BMW's and more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the latter of which isn’t available in the 6 Series). The Kia K900 luxury sedan also has a lower MSRP, saving you around $10,400 compared to the BMW. Go with the Kia.

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K900 Interior

How Many People Does the K900 Seat?

The Kia K900 luxury sedan seats five people. The power-adjustable front seats are heated and ventilated, and they are complemented by heated rear seats, full leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel – all standard. Power-adjustable, ventilated rear seats are available.

There’s plenty of space in both rows, and two adults can sit comfortably in the back. The various methods of adjustment help make the K900’s seats even more relaxing.

K900 and Child Car Seats

The second-generation K900 luxury sedan has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

K900 Interior Quality

Most reviewers think the K900 has a luxurious and high-end interior, but a few comment that there are too many painted plastics. Some competitors – such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class – have nicer cabin materials (and higher price tags).

K900 Cargo Space

The K900 has a 15.3-cubic-foot trunk, which is small for a sedan this large.

K900 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard UVO infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. A wireless device charger for the front seats is also standard, and you can get one for the rear seats as an option.

Unlike the infotainment systems found in many luxury vehicles, the K900’s is easy to use. Aside from the touch screen, there are lots of physical controls for adjusting audio and climate settings.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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K900 Performance

K900 Engine: A Strong V6

This Kia features one engine: a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same engine found in the Kia Stinger GT. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

This powertrain provides plenty of thrust, and the K900 accelerates swiftly despite its size. The V8 engine offered in the previous-generation K900 has been discontinued, but the V6 delivers enough power for most situations.

K900 Mileage: Subpar

This Kia sedan gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those figures are below average for the class. Rivals such as the BMW 6 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and even the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will save you hundreds of dollars per year in gas. However, these models have higher MSRPs than the K900, so you’ll want to factor that into your decision as well.

K900 Ride and Handling: Comfortable Ride

Thanks in part to its multi-link suspension, the Kia K900 maintains a gentle ride, even over rough roads. Some critics say it is a good corner-carver, while others think it prioritizes comfort over agility. Classmates such as the Audi A7 and Genesis G90 have more composed handling. The K900 comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is rare for the class. Many rivals have standard rear-wheel drive and offer AWD as a pricey option.

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K900 Reliability

Is the K900 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Kia K900 an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five. That's one of the highest ratings in the class.

K900 Warranty

Kia covers the K900 with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s one of the longest warranties in the class.

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K900 Safety

K900 Crash Test Results

As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the new Kia K900 luxury sedan.

K900 Safety Features

This luxury vehicle has several standard safety features, including lane centering assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, pedestrian detection, a driver attention monitor, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, and adaptive headlights. Every model also comes with Kia’s Safe Exit Assist, which has sensors that help detect if something will collide with one of the car doors when opened.

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Which Kia K900 Model Is Right for Me?

Kia’s all-new K900 comes in one trim level, Luxury. It has a 3.3-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a ton of features.

Kia K900 Luxury

The 2019 Kia K900 has an MSRP of $59,900. That buys you standard amenities such as leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free trunk, a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, high-beam assist, a head-up display, smartphone-controlled remote start, and alloy wheels. The K900’s UVO infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. A suite of safety features is standard as well. It includes a pre-collision warning and braking system, pedestrian detection, a driver attention monitor, a surround-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and many more.

Kia offers the K900 Luxury with a VIP package ($4,000). It adds power-adjustable and ventilated rear seats, additional rear ventilation, a rear-seat wireless phone charger, and a 12.3-inch LCD meter display in place of the digital instrument cluster.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Kia dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Kia deals page.

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The Final Call

Go with a 2019 K900, and you'll come home with one of the best sedans in our luxury large car rankings while saving about $10,000 compared to rivals such as the Genesis G90, Audi A7, and BMW 6 Series. Luxurious, relaxing, and a polished performer, this Kia has a lot to offer. However, it isn't quite as swanky as some classmates, and a slim list of top-shelf options will turn off some luxury car shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "This is a fantastic luxury car, and pretty much unbeatable when it comes to value-for-money." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "For the savvy shopper unconcerned with badges, Kia’s newest flagship may be a promising alternative." -- Car and Driver
  • "Perhaps even more surprising than the fact that the model is back, is that it's actually quite good. Think of it as a bigger, more plush Kia Stinger." -- Autoblog
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