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2019 Kia K900 Performance Review


Performance: 8.1

The 2019 Kia K900 has a cushioned ride and strong twin-turbo engine with enough power for highway passing or uphill climbing. This high-end Kia feels poised on the road as well – some reviewers even say it’s moderately agile – though some class rivals are more athletic.

  • "And before you get too excited about that Stinger connection, remember that the K900 is a larger, heavier car, and has a much more comfort-oriented mission. There's plenty of power for passing and cruising. Around town, the eight-speed automatic feels nice and unobtrusive." -- CNET
  • "With all of this in mind, you'd expect the K900 to be soft and wallowy going down the road, a classic luxury cruiser. And it certainly does deliver a cushy ride in normal modes. All variety of road imperfections are slurped up by the shocks, and thankfully, they do so without rocking and rolling the occupants for the next several hundred feet." -- Autoblog
  • "The K900 drives and behaves like a dignified rear-drive sedan until some wheel slip is detected, at which point varying amounts of power are sent automatically to the front wheels for added vehicle stability." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The K900 is powered by a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This V6 is the same engine found in the Kia Stinger GT. It provides plenty of power for most driving situations, allowing the K900 to pass other cars with ease, despite the vehicle’s weight and size.

The K900 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are lower than many rival luxury large cars.

  • "The car's standard twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine … [is] very quiet and refined, and you only hear the low growling intake noise when you really hit the throttle. That power is made smoother by the 8-speed automatic, an in-house unit, that provides slick shifts, though is a bit sluggish when commanded to make one manually." -- Autoblog
  • "… the 2019 K900 accelerates effortlessly to license-endangerment speed. With 376 lb-ft of torque available from low revs, passing, overtaking, and climbing grades are a breeze despite the K900 being as heavy as it is. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission is quick and smooth, silently working in the background; it even has a rev-matching function on downshifts, adding an extra layer of powertrain refinement." -- Motor Trend
  • "Despite the lack of a V8, there's no shortage of thrust on tap. The turbocharged V6 is a highlight of the K900, with a broad torque curve that punts the big sedan around with authority. Kia says it'll hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, which is a believable claim. The engine is smooth, responsive and willing, even if it's more vocal than we'd expect for a car in this class. Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive system puts power down well, clawing forward without drama." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The K900 provides a comfortable ride. Its multi-link suspension smooths out rough patches in the road nicely. Reviewers are mixed regarding its agility, however. Most think this luxury sedan focuses on comfort, leaving corner carving to its rivals. That said, a few find the Kia to be a competent handler, offering a firmer suspension and sharp, precise steering when Sport mode is engaged. All-wheel drive comes standard.

  • "At one point, we were tailing a BMW 3 Series with a bunch of M accessories that was hustling through the canyons, and stayed with him without trying too hard. Of all the aforementioned competitors, only the Cadillac CT6 really matches the Kia's corner-carving competence. And best of all, when we were tired of playing sports car, we could put it back into comfort mode and let it soothe our souls in soft suspension and quiet on the way back home." -- Autoblog
  • "Ride comfort is outstanding even with the stiffer North American chassis, gliding serenely over road imperfections. Put the electronically controlled suspension in Comfort+ mode and the car becomes a super-cushy isolation chamber, perfect for long road trips." -- Motor Trend
  • "Pushed hard in corners, the named competition feels more competent." -- Autoweek

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