2016 Kia K900 Review

The 2016 Kia K900 has an upscale and spacious interior, a comfortable ride, and below-average ownership costs for the class. However, this sedan's cumbersome handling keeps it in the middle of our luxury large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant, roomy interior
  • Muscular V6 and V8 engines
  • Smooth ride
  • Less expensive than many rivals
  • Mediocre handling




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Kia K900 Overview

Is the 2016 Kia K900 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Kia K900 is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used luxury large car. The K900 sports a handsome and spacious interior, lots of intuitive tech features, and a supple ride. Kia offers the K900 with potent V6 and V8 engines. Used models are typically a lot less expensive than others in this segment.

That said, you should keep looking if you want a luxury car with athleticism. The K900 may be comfortable, but it’s not fun to drive compared to rivals like the 2016 Cadillac CT6 and 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

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Used 2016 Kia K900 Performance and Interior

The Kia K900 delivers a smooth ride over most road surfaces. It has a sporty setup with standard rear-wheel drive, but it lacks the sharp handling and adaptive suspension found in many rivals. The base engine is a 311-horsepower V6, and a 420-horsepower V8 is available. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine has ample power, but the V8 has more. However, some rivals offer even stronger engines. The K900 gets average fuel economy for a large car, earning 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

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The cabin is nearly on par with German rivals like Audi and Mercedes-Benz in terms of quality and style. The K900 seats five and has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. It's easy to find a good driving position, and the rear seats are extremely roomy.

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the UVO infotainment system with navigation, two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Android Auto, and a 9.2-inch touch screen. A 17-speaker Lexicon audio system is available. The K900 has intuitive infotainment controls, but the on-screen menus are complex. Unlike many other cars in the class, the K900 doesn't offer a rear-seat entertainment system.

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Used 2016 Kia K900 Prices

Used 2016 Kia K900s range from about $42,000 for the Premium trim with a V6 engine to around $53,000 for the Luxury trim with a V8. This is less expensive than many other luxury large cars. Exact prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition and mileage, the trim you choose, and where you live.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Kia K900?

The Kia K900 has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the K900?

The 2016 Kia K900 has not been put through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. This isn't unusual for luxury cars because of the high costs of the tests. Front and rear parking sensors and front- and rearview cameras come standard. Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and autonomous emergency braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used K900?

The 2016 Kia K900 is part of the vehicle's first generation, which began with the 2015 model year and includes the 2017 model. Though you can save some money by buying a 2015 K900, the 2016 model is a better choice because of its extra standard and available features, including a head-up display and Android Auto. It also comes with a V6 engine (a V8 was standard in the 2015 model). The V6 is more fuel-efficient than the V8, while still delivering ample power.

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Which Used Kia K900 Is Right for Me?

The Kia K900 comes in three trims: V6 Premium, V6 Luxury, and V8 Luxury. If you want the larger engine, you'll have to go with the V8 Luxury trim. Otherwise, the V6 Luxury trim is the best choice. It offers all of the best features you can get in a K900 – and you'll save some money by sticking with the base engine, which still puts out over 300 horsepower.

Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

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2016 Kia K900 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Kia K900 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS?

The Mercedes-Benz CLS offers a lineup of powerful engines. It has poised handling and a cushioned ride. The interior is beautiful, and the supportive front seats are great on long drives. However, the CLS is also one of the most expensive cars in the class. You can save a bundle by choosing the K900 instead.

Which Is Better: 2016 Kia K900 or 2016 Porsche Panamera?

The Porsche Panamera has powerful engines and sports car handling, making it arguably the most athletic luxury sedan on the market. The Panamera has user-friendly climate and audio controls, and it offers more cargo space than the K900. If price isn't an issue, the Porsche is the way to go.

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