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2017 Kia K900 Review

The 2017 Kia K900 ranks toward the bottom of the luxury large car class. It has mundane performance compared to its rivals, but it boasts a quality interior with lots of features and ample passenger space.

Pros & Cons

  • Tons of standard features
  • Upscale, comfortable interior
  • Supple ride quality
  • Poor fuel economy for the class
  • All-wheel drive not available
  • Dull handling
  • Complex infotainment system




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Kia K900 Overview

Is the 2017 Kia K900 a Good Used Car?

The K900 is a decent luxury large car for those who want a roomy and upscale interior. It provides luxury that you might not expect from a brand like Kia. Even the base model comes chock-full of comfort and convenience features. There's room for passengers to stretch out wherever they sit. On the flip side, the infotainment system menus may take some time to master. Additionally, the K900 gets poor fuel economy estimates for the class, and rivals are much more fun to drive.

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How Much Is the 2017 Kia K900?

Prices for the 2017 K900 range from about $33,500 to about $38,000, based on just a few listings for this vehicle on our site. Exact prices fluctuate depending on the car's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Kia K900 Cost to Own?

The 2017 K900 tends to be slightly more affordable than most of the cars in its class when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $30,700 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, the 2017 Acura RLX's estimated five-year costs are around $150 more than the K900’s, while the 2017 Cadillac CT6's projected costs are about $2,600 less.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New K900?

2017 was the last model year of the K900's first generation. Kia skipped the 2018 model year in favor of the fully redesigned 2019 K900, which is expected to go on sale in late 2018.  

You won’t find a new 2018 luxury large car for less than around $45,000. If you’d like to stick closer to the 2017 K900's prices – which are solidly under $40,000 – consider an affordable large car instead. For example, the 2019 Toyota Avalon is fully redesigned, and it includes a lot for its $35,500 price tag: five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Your money will get you not only those cool features, but also luxury-like interior quality. However, to get some of the things that come standard in the 2017 K900 – like leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats – you'll have to spring for the $41,800 Avalon Limited trim.

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Which Model Year of the Kia K900 Is Best?

The Kia K900's first generation spans the 2015 through 2017 model years. You can likely save money by shopping for an older 2015 or 2016 model instead of a 2017 K900, but you'll have to weigh that against a couple of changes that were made across these model years. The 2016 Kia K900 received a new standard V6 engine, while all 2015 K900s came with a V8. A panoramic sunroof and a hands-free power trunk were made standard for 2016, while automatic emergency braking was made available for the first time. For 2017, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became standard.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Kia K900?

The 2017 Kia K900 has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. A score of three is considered average across the industry.

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2017 Kia K900 Recalls

As of this writing, there are no open recalls on the 2017 K900.

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Which Used Kia K900 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Kia K900 comes in three trims: the base Premium V6, the Luxury V6, and the Luxury V8. You would be perfectly well-off with the base model; its engine is powerful enough for most needs, and it gets better fuel economy than the V8. There are also loads of standard features, like a big 9.2-inch infotainment screen, navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and blind spot monitoring. Other active safety features – including lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera, and a head-up display – are only found in certain Luxury V6 and Luxury V8 models.

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What Does Kia's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Kia offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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 comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts after the five-year/60,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Every CPO Kia must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Kia has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the K900?

The 2017 Kia K900 did not undergo crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard driver assistance features in the K900 include front and rearview cameras, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive headlights that pivot as the car turns. Available technologies include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view monitor, and a head-up display.

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2017 Kia K900 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia K900 or 2017 Cadillac CT6?

The 2017 Cadillac CT6 has great overall performance for a large luxury sedan. Its standard turbocharged engine is plenty peppy for everyday driving, but there's also an available 335-horsepower V6 and a twin-turbocharged 404-horsepower V6 for more gusto. Handling is sharp and spry, and the CT6 drives like in a smaller car. Both of these vehicles earn high marks for interior refinement, passenger space, and their wealth of standard and available features. However, Cadillac's CUE infotainment system has some complicated menus and less-than-stellar response times. You'll get a little more trunk space with the K900, and marginally better predicted reliability. In the end, these cars match up well overall. You should go with the CT6 if you value performance, but opt for the lower-priced K900 if you want a ton of comfort and amenities in an unassuming package.

Which Is Better: 2017 Kia K900 or 2017 Acura RLX?

The 2017 Acura RLX gets perfect crash test ratings across the board. Aside from that, there really aren't that many reasons to consider it over the K900. Its standard V6 engine has about as much power as the K900's, but you'll likely find it to be just adequate. Handling is ponderous and uninspired, and bumps in the road are pretty noticeable. While the K900 has ample rear-seat passenger space, the RLX is a little tight on headroom. It also has one of the smallest trunks in the class, plus a ho-hum interior design and quality. You're better off with the Kia in this matchup.

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2017 K900 Performance

How Does the 2017 Kia K900 Drive?

The 2017 Kia K900 is available with two engine options. Lower trim levels have a 3.8-liter V6 engine, which puts out 311 horsepower and delivers confident acceleration. The top K900 trim has a 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. This powertrain earns additional praise for its silky smooth operation and a lovely exhaust snarl when you really hit the throttle. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The transmission gets high marks for its prompt shifts and velvety refinement. Notably, all-wheel drive is not available.

If you’re looking for sports car handling in a full-size luxury car, you can pretty much cross the K900 off your list. This sedan delivers a smooth, plush ride, with great composure in the city and on the highway. The K900’s brakes also provide confident stopping power. Still, its light steering and soft suspension put the K900 in stark contrast to sportier alternatives in this class.

Does the 2017 Kia K900 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The rear-wheel-drive 2017 K900 gets some of the worst fuel economy estimates in its class. With the standard V6 engine, you can expect 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The brawnier V8 sees estimates of 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

By comparison, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 earns up to 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, while the 2017 Acura RLX gets 20/30 mpg city/highway. Both of these rivals have hybrid versions that get drastically better mileage – the RLX Hybrid earns 29/30 mpg city/highway, and the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid gets 62 mpg-e. The latter can go 31 miles on electric-only power.

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2017 K900 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 K900 Seat?

The 2017 Kia K900 seats five and comes standard with leather seats. Trims above the base level come with Nappa leather. Up front, passengers are pampered by soft yet supportive seats that offer multiple angles of power adjustments, ensuring there’s a comfortable position for everyone. The K900’s second-row seats are similarly comfy, and there’s ample head- and legroom in both rows. All trim levels get heated and ventilated front seats, as well as heated rear seats. Ventilated and power-reclining rear seats are available in select Kia models, as are front-seat cushion extenders that adjust for extra thigh support.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Kia K900?

The Kia K900’s LATCH system includes two sets of lower anchors and three sets of upper tether anchors, which makes it suitable for fitting two child seats. The spacious second row makes it easy to fit car seats without adjusting the front seats, but the lower anchors can be hard to access.

2017 Kia K900 Features

The 2017 K900 wins big for its standard high-tech features. Kia loads up all models with Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 14-speaker sound system, navigation, two USB ports, a power rear sunshade, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, front and rearview cameras, and rear-seat controls on the center armrest for heating and ventilation.

Available features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, and a 17-speaker surround-sound system with excellent audio clarity. Kia’s UVO smartphone app lets parents set driving boundaries and speed alerts for teen drivers. The app also allows drivers to remotely lock, unlock, locate, or start their K900s. That said, there are a few hiccups with other features. The K900’s infotainment system works fine, and you control it using a rotary knob on the center console. Still, the interface's layout isn’t as user-friendly as rivals’ systems, and there's no support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That’s an important consideration if you’re glued to your phone.

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2017 Kia K900 Dimensions

Kia K900 Cargo Space

The 2017 Kia K900 has 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the luxury large car class. That roomy trunk can easily accommodate a couple of golf bags or enough luggage for a weekend road trip. By comparison, the 2017 Acura RLX and 2017 Cadillac CT6 have low space for the class, at 14.9 and 15.3 cubic feet, respectively. A hands-free power trunk is standard in all models.

2017 K900 Length and Weight

The 2017 K900 is about 16.7 feet long. Curb weight values range from 4,297 to 4,700 pounds, depending on the trim level.

Where Was the 2017 Kia K900 Built?

Kia built the 2017 K900 in South Korea.

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