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2015 Kia K900 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Kia K900 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.3

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Kia K900 is better suited for comfortable cruising than sporty cornering. Test drivers rave about the powerful V8, as well as the rapid gear changes provided by the automatic transmission.

  • "Kia isn't as adept at tuning a suspension as it is at designing an exterior or outfitting an interior, but the K900 drives the way a luxury sedan should. It feels solid, almost vaultlike from behind the wheel. It's very quiet on the road, and the suspension insulates passengers from road irregularities." -- MSN Autos
  • "When it comes to pitching the K900 into corners, this sedan comes across as bigger and heftier, making it feel more like an early Cadillac or Lexus and less like a modern BMW or Mercedes-Benz. But as a contemporary cruiser, the K900 delivers a solid, smooth and powerful ride that's comfortable enough for cruising all day." -- AutoTrader
  • "We dutifully pushed the K900 on winding roads for brief stretches over a couple days' driving, but each time, we quickly dialed things back before the Hankook Optimo all-season rubber protested too much. It was simply easier and more pleasant to revert to the golf-shirt-and-khakis driving style this car favors. That might sound like a slam, but it's not meant to be - unruffled travel in the lap of luxury is its own reward, and the K900 comes across as an excellent road trip car." -- Autoblog
  • "The K900 is best suited for a relaxing cruise to the country club, which is probably just fine for the car's intended target audience." -- Left Lane News

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Kia K900 has a 420-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the 2015 Kia K900 gets 15/23 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class.

Critics agree that the V8 provides plenty of power and remains remarkably quiet unless you push the gas pedal hard. Test drivers add that the K900’s transmission shifts very quickly and gracefully.

  • "Kia made the V8 available for testing, and this smooth, strong engine is perfect for a luxury car. It delivers effortless power and works well with Kia's smooth-shifting automatic transmission, providing quick downshifts for extra passing power when needed. The engine barely makes a peep until the throttle is mashed. Even then, it emits a subdued growl that is appropriate for a luxury car." -- MSN Autos
  • "One trait that luxury customers like regardless of their driving style is an abundance of power underfoot, and the K900 delivers thanks to its direct-injected 5.0-liter V8's 420 horsepower and 376-pound-feet of torque. That power is routed exclusively to the rear wheels via a silky-smooth version of ZF's ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission ­– no all-wheel drive system is offered." -- Autoblog
  • "You'll likely be surprised by the amount of thrust on tap when you stab the right pedal: The K900 loves to go, making it easy to trigger traction control when accelerating from a standstill. Equally impressive are the seamless shifts from the 8-speed transmission, which make the power flow as if there's an endless supply of torque from the engine." -- AutoTrader
  • "The K900 surges forward, and gears are exchanged as tracelessly as derivatives on international markets." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Kia K900 has a smooth ride and strong brakes. However, test drivers write that the K900 can’t match the cornering abilities of its German and Japanese rivals, and that it has noticeable body lean in corners and very numb steering.

  • "We're not enamored of all the K900's dynamic qualities, though. The steering is fairly direct but numb and too light for our tastes. And while the K900 is certainly pleasant to drive, it is no sport sedan. There is a bit of lean in turns, and the car isn't as agile as the BMW 5-Series and Lexus GS it counts among its competitors." -- MSN Autos
  • "Around turns, the 2015 Kia K900 feels heavy and out of its element. Thankfully, the big sedan remains composed on all but the twistiest mountain roads, and its brakes are up to the task of slowing the car in a hurry. If you're used to driving sedans with BMW or Mercedes badges, though, the Kia K900's so-so handling might not pass muster." -- Edmunds
  • "Our vehicle of interest has a springy ride that'll compete well against its more established rivals. It floats over bumps and gobbles up cracks and dips in the pavement with dulled thumps. It gets floaty over a series of continuous raised, round bumps, suggesting minimal levels of damping." -- Motor Trend
  • "It doesn't so much cut through the road's waves and ride atop them. The steering is so devoid of feedback that it feels like a rudder stirring in a vat of oatmeal. This is an amazingly quiet machine, but a remote one. The K900 needs an injection of racing skiff DNA." -- Popular Mechanics

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