Starting at $59,900 ($60,895 with the mandatory $995 destination charge), the all-new 2019 Kia K900 is far and away the most expensive vehicle the Korean automaker offers in the US. In fact it’s nearly twice as expensive as its next most expensive models, like the Stinger and Cadenza (which both start at $32,900) or electrified vehicles like the Soul EV ($33,950) or Optima PHEV ($35,290).
That is, of course, just the base price, but it comes pretty well loaded, with few options offered (for the time being, at least). Brown or beige interior packages are available as no-cost options, but the VIP package adds another $4,000 to the sticker and includes items like a 12.3-inch instrument display, tri-zone climate control, and a sweet suite of seats – including power adjustments for all passengers and a front passenger seat that moves out of the way for the rear-right occupant’s benefit.
As Motor Trend points out, the price of admission makes the new K900 over $10k pricier than the previous version, which was last offered as a 2017 model before taking a one-year hiatus in advance of the new model’s arrival.
More to the point, though, may be how it compares to the competition – and that starts with its own sister ships. Along with the less expensive and sportier Stinger, the K900 shares its platform with the Genesis G80 and (more directly comparable) G90, which straddle the big Kia’s price at $42,050 ($43,045 delivered) and $68,350 ($69,345 delivered), respectively.
The 2019 Acura RLX starts just a little higher than the K900 at $61,900 ($62,895 delivered), and the 2019 Infiniti Q70 starts far lower at $50,300 ($51,295 delivered) or $51,800 (including delivery) in long-wheelbase form. And Lexus charges $39,600 ($40,625) for the enlarged new ES, $46,610 ($47,635) for the outgoing GS, and $75,200 ($76,225) for the flagship LS. And those are just its Asian rivals, before you get into the extensive array of European and American competition.
Now, would you be tempted to spend 60 grand for Kia’s flagship, or would you rather go for something that’s more established in the segment?