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2020 Kia K900 Review

The 2020 Kia K900 sits comfortably in the top half of our luxury large car rankings. This upscale sedan has a muscular engine, a composed ride, and spacious seating, but its cabin is subpar for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Powerful engine
  • Cavernous seating
  • Calm ride and handling
  • Mixed interior quality
  • Unimpressive fuel economy

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Kia K900's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Large Cars category. Currently the Kia K900 has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

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

Yes, the Kia K900 is a good luxury large car. This a palatial cruiser that moves with authority, thanks to a muscular twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It focuses on comfort over sportiness with a pillowy-soft ride that pampers occupants.

Speaking of pampering, all of the seats deliver a first-class experience. Throw in a slightly above-average dependability rating and user-friendly technology, and the K900 is a solid all-around proposition. If you’re looking for weaknesses, you'll have to focus on the K900’s lower-grade cabin materials and so-so fuel economy.

Should I Buy the Kia K900?

Yes, the K900 is worthy of consideration. This Kia isn't as extravagant as cars from Mercedes-Benz or BMW, but it overdelivers for quality, especially at its price point. Furthermore, nearly all features come standard, so you won't have to worry about spending extra cash to get features such as Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated seats, or advanced driver assistance technology.

Still, you’ll want to cross-shop this Kia with vehicles such as the well-rounded Genesis G90, another value-positioned choice in the class. You might also head to the other side of the showroom to look at the Kia Cadenza. It’s not quite as nice as the K900, but it has many of the same attributes at a much lower price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Kia K900?

After a full redesign for the 2019 model year, the biggest change in the 2020 Kia K900 is standard Highway Driving Assist. This feature acts in conjunction with automatic cruise control to recognize posted speed limits on certain freeways and adjusts your set speed accordingly. If you can live without this feature, consider shopping for a 2019 K900, which is otherwise nearly identical to a new model but likely less expensive.

The K900’s previous generation ran from the 2015 to 2017 model years (there was no 2018 K900). These models will cost less than those in the current generation, but they're also missing some key upgrades. These K900s don't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and you might find some models with a more powerful V8 engine.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 K900, 2017 K900, and 2019 K900 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 12 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 12 Kia K900 reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 K900 is the right new car for you.

This 2020 Kia K900 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Kia K900 Cost?

The 2020 Kia K900 has a starting retail price of $59,900, which is about average for a luxury large car. This Kia’s price range is limited thanks to the availability of only one major option package ($4,400).

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals 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 Kia K900 and the Genesis G90 are both luxury large cars produced by Hyundai Motor Company, so they share some similarities. This includes a standard 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, excellent warranty coverage, and a nearly identical list of standard and optional features.

The G90 is available with a 420-horsepower engine, but it doesn’t make a noticeable difference compared to the base variant. Both of these cars offer excellent passenger room and a great ride quality, but the Genesis has a nicer interior than the K900. If that's your priority – and if you can afford the G90’s roughly $10,000 price jump – buy it. Otherwise, the K900 should suit you just fine, and you’ll save some cash.

Which Is Better: Kia K900 or Kia Cadenza?

The Kia Cadenza, another full-size sedan, sits near the top of our large car rankings. While both are excellent vehicles, they differ in many ways. To start, the Cadenza retails for around $25,000 less than the K900. The K900 offers more technology than the Cadenza, with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 17-speaker stereo, and highway driver assistance features such as automatic steering and speed limit assist. The K900 also boasts stronger acceleration, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive, which isn't available in the Cadenza. Still, you could equip a Cadenza with some 90% of the K900's amenities for about 75% of the cost.

Both of these Kias have ample passenger room and a comparable interior quality – the latter of which is more impressive for the Cadenza compared to the rest of its class. Choosing between these two will likely come down to your budget and how much you prioritize the K900’s additional equipment.

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K900 Interior

How Many People Does the K900 Seat?

The Kia K900 is a five-seat luxury sedan. Occupants are treated to standard Nappa leather upholstery, along with heated and ventilated front seats. The front seats have all the comfort of a living room recliner, with 20-way power adjustments for the driver and 16-way power adjustments for the passenger. A power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel – which is made of wood, wrapped in leather, and heated – is also standard.

Second-row accommodations are just as inviting. Those seats are heated, and you also get manual side-window sunshades and a power rear-window sunshade. Legroom is expansive, and even very tall riders should be able to stretch out.

The VIP package equips the rear outboard seats with ventilation and about a dozen power adjustments.

K900 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the K900’s rear outboard seats.

K900 Interior Quality

The K900 is Kia's flagship car, and it mostly hits the mark in its objective to be a lower-cost luxury sedan. Most cabin materials are premium and impressive, and every model is outfitted with plush Nappa leather seats and real wood trim pieces. However, some critics lament that there are too many painted plastic pieces for a car in this class.

K900 Cargo Space

You get 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space with the Kia K900. That's about average for a sedan in the luxury large car class, which also features some more spacious hatchback models.

Hands-free trunk access comes standard, but utility is limited by rear seats that don't completely fold down. Instead, there's a small pass-through behind the rear center armrest.

K900 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The K900's standard infotainment system consists of a 12.3-inch touch screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a 17-speaker Lexicon premium stereo. There's also Bluetooth, wireless device charging, and multiple USB ports.

This user-friendly interface is prevalent in other Kia vehicles. On-screen menus are simple, and the system reacts quickly to your touches. Even on a display this large, graphics are crisp and impressive. The touch screen and buttons are easy to reach from the driver's seat. The center stack has a simple layout, with well-positioned and clearly labeled buttons and switches.

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K900 Performance

K900 Engine: Trusty Turbo

The K900 comes standard with a 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that’s rated at 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. This is the same powertrain found in the performance-oriented Kia Stinger GT, and it feels just as much at home in this big sedan. It also gives the K900 the most standard horsepower in the class, an honor it shares with its corporate cousin, the Genesis G90.

The K900 accelerates swiftly and gets up to speed with little effort. Even when working hard, the twin-turbo V6 engine feels refined and exhibits little excess noise or harshness, further contributing to a luxury driving experience. A standard eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth and timely shifts.

K900 Gas Mileage: Not Great

The all-wheel-drive 2020 K900 gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those figures are unimpressive for a luxury large car.

K900 Ride and Handling: Graceful

This big car exhibits a lot of poise on the road, easily soaking up large bumps and floating over broken pavement. There is little exterior noise that permeates the cabin.

Despite its size, the K900 handles turns without a lot of body roll or unwanted motions. However, steering feedback is poor. Some test drivers thought it was overly light and disconnected, while others said Sport mode made the steering needlessly heavy without improving the feel.

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K900 Reliability

Is the Kia K900 Reliable?

The 2020 Kia K900 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Kia K900 Warranty

Kia covers the K900 with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is one of the longest warranties in the industry.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Kia K900?

The cost of insuring a Kia K900 will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

K900 Safety

K900 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Kia K900. This is common for luxury vehicles.

K900 Safety Features

The 2020 K900 comes standard with all of the advanced safety and driver assistance technology you would expect from a range-topping luxury sedan. Among them are forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

You'll also get conveniences such as a head-up display, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

When you activate adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist keeps you centered in your lane, providing gentle automatic steering. And new-for-2020 Highway Driving Assist can adjust your set speed based on the posted speed limits on certain federal highways.

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K900 Dimensions and Weight

The Kia K900 is 16.8 feet long. Its curb weight is 4,662 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Kia K900 Built?

Kia builds the 2020 K900 in South Korea.

Which Kia K900 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Kia K900 is available in only one trim, so your decision should be pretty easy. The standard powertrain is a 3.3-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Kia K900 Luxury

The 2020 Kia K900 Luxury starts at $59,900. Standard features include Nappa leather upholstery, a 20-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a 16-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free trunk, and a sunroof. The standard infotainment system includes a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 17-speaker Lexicon premium stereo, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and wireless device charging.

Other standard equipment includes a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, tri-zone automatic climate control, power rear-window sunshades, rear side-window sunshades, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel that is heated, made of wood, and wrapped in leather.

Standard safety features in the K900 include automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, driver attention monitoring, lane departure warning, lane tracing assist, and lane keep assist.

The K900 also comes standard with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, and Highway Driving Assist.

The only notable optional features come in the $4,400 VIP package. That bundle includes a 14-way power-adjustable right rear seat, a 12-way power-adjustable left rear seat, a premium headliner, ventilated rear seats, rear wireless device charging, and a 12.3-inch 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

The 2020 Kia K900 has well-balanced performance, a wide variety of standard technology, luxurious seating, and overall value. While some cabin materials are a little below grade for a luxury large car, this Kia still makes a compelling choice.

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

  • "While it lacks the snob appeal of rival luxury sedans, the K900 is an impressive choice for premium-car shoppers who appreciate strong value." -- Car and Driver
  • "The K900 hits all the contemporary luxury car core competencies: it's comfortable, roomy, quiet, fast and technologically impressive. It handles well, and has more power than anything in its immediate vicinity. It's sure to please anyone who remembers it exists." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "This is a fantastic luxury car, and pretty much unbeatable when it comes to value-for-money." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
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