2019 Kia K900 Might Be The Surprise Luxury Sedan Of The Year

Despite the fact that parent company Hyundai Motor Group now has Genesis as a full-fledged luxury brand, Kia was given a green light to build a new flagship.

Redesigned from the ground up, the second-generation K900 uses a stretched version of the platform used by the Stinger sports sedan, which should help it drive handle than its predecessor. Redline wanted to see if that theory holds true – and the answer is that it does.

The Stinger platform doesn’t just make the 2019 K900 miles better than the first-generation model; it gives it some of the best driving dynamics in the segment, according to the reviewer. That is huge praise considering the fact that it competes with models such as the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS and the like.

Also watch: Was The Old Kia K900 A Complete Failure?

Factor in the fact that the K900 undercuts its rivals by many thousands of dollars, and the Korean sedan becomes quite tempting. Of course, it doesn’t offer the most original design in and out, but even the base model is well-built and nicely equipped.

Still, the question remains whether it’s a wise thing to spend around $60,000 on a Kia. That’s 10 grand more than its predecessor, but the progress is tremendous. Basically, the K900 allows you to buy a full-size luxury sedan for the price of an executive sedan such as the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Which is not a bad deal at all.

  • erly5

    Looks so dull

  • TheBelltower

    The front end is not good. I thought I was experiencing double vision.

  • Bash

    I think it deserves the recognition. It’s actually well put together as an overall package.

  • SteersUright

    Deserving of an applause for the effort, it is still neither beautiful nor poses any risk to the establishment. If you think differently, you’re dreaming. Still, as a 2nd hand car at 3 years old and 50%-55% off, this should be an interesting proposition.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think it’s better than the CT6, Lacrosse, G90, Continental, and the few other players in this dying market.

  • Marty

    I’d rather have this than any Japanese competitor.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Headlights have a taste of Mercedes. Car makers like movie makers, are into a deep crisis of inspiration.

    • Adam

      Cars since the beginning have all looked similar. Look at the 50s Chev’s, Ford’s and Chrysler’s… all similar looking. Cars from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s etc all look similar. It’s nothing new.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        There are so many infinite shapes you can give to a car or elements of it. Nobody prevents a designer to take cues from other brands. It just about how much and how well you do it that defines how good your design is. I wouldn’t compare cars from the 50s or 60s with these. That is confusing design trends (fins, specific elements of design), with plain copies of parts from other cars

        • Adam

          My statement stands. Design trends such as headlights like these ones and the detailing are done by everyone. My point is that design trends are copied all the time. These aren’t direct copies of Mercedes designs either. They’re similar but not the same. Audi started the DRL trend and now everyone is doing it. Look at a 1957 Chev, a 1957 Ford Customline etc. besides trends they all have round headlights with the little peak over the lights etc etc.

          • Wandering_Spirit

            And i didn’t say you are wrong. The point is in how much of it you do and how you differentiate your product. In the case of this model. It is a poor job. At least for me.

          • Adam

            I know you didn’t I just said I stand by what I originally wrote. For me I can see they’re a different shape to Mercedes and they have different detailing. Mercedes have a scallop close to the grille and these don’t. This has a slight cut under the light, Mercedes don’t. Mercedes have one orange reflector on the outside whereas this has two (at least for the US market). Mercedes DRLs are vertical whereas these ones are horizontal. There’s so much difference that they aren’t the same at all. That’s what I see anyway. I don’t own a Kia or a Mercedes by the way. I can just see they’re not the same. But design is subjective so if you see differently then kudos to you. Merry Christmas 🙂

          • Wandering_Spirit

            I focused on headlights. I agree on the rest. I wish you a very joyful Christmas and health and success for the year to come. 🙂

  • Craig

    I love the fact that it’s comparatively ‘conservative’ in design. I think it looks great. Inside and out.

  • DADT

    I like it but I didn’t mind the styling of the previous version.

  • Interior is great but would of preferred a sharper exterior – its a little 90’s, especially from the front. And those chrome surrounds on the rear lights look a bit cheap.

  • brn

    Hyundai / Kia get a lot of love from the automotive press when they first release a vehicle. A number of years later, they discover they vehicles don’t age well (I’m not just talking looks). Is this one different? Dunno, but I’ll spend my money elsewhere.

  • Rocket

    When it comes to luxury cruisers, I’ll take conservative over Lexus-level “bold” any day. Yes, the Lexus spindle will get your attention, but I’m looking for elegance, not attention. That said, the wheels would need an upgrade post haste.

  • klowik

    yes, they should put more time to design a signature front grille rather than just “anonymous” look for a $60k worth of car. Even the Stinger looks better than this..For $60k, there are a lot of better designed cars to buy in this range.

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