2019 Kia K900 Is An Honest Luxury Flagship With Impressive Qualities

The 2019 Kia K900 is the Korean brand’s new luxury flagship, and as that it must offer the absolute best in terms of comfort, technology and refinement Kia has to offer.

The new Kia K900 is based on the same underpinnings with the Genesis G80, while power comes from a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 producing 365hp and 376lb-ft (509Nm) of torque connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

All K900s come with the brand’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control all-wheel drive system, which can send up to 50 percent of the torque to the front and up to 80 percent to the rear.

Kia has done a pretty good job at giving the K900 an impressive cabin worthy of its flagship status; things like the minimalist layout of the dash combined with expensive materials like soft leather, metal and open-pore wood veneers give the K900’s interior a very luxurious feel.

The infotainment system features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display and embedded telematics for remote services, which include a dedicated service representative through a VIP phone line. The driver’s instrument cluster is also digital, with an up to 12.3-inch display, showing additional information like navigation, audio and about the driver assistance systems.

Speaking of which, the 2019 Kia K900 features everything from a Surround View Monitor to Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, as well as an Advanced Smart Cruise Control among others.

Kelley Blue Book delivers their verdict on the new Korean flagship on the video that follows.

 

  • Rocket

    RWD, loaded with tech and comfort features, and elegant anti-Lexus styling. In other words, Kia builds a better Continental. Hey Lincoln, you paying attention?

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      Would take this over a lincoln or an acura any day

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    This interior is flat out swanky. Why on earth GM can’t build something this nice blows my mind.

    • Merc1

      They’re too cheap and/or incompetent.

      M

      • MayTheBestCarWin05

        While I don’t think GM is incompetent (see Alpha chasis), cheap could be the culprit here. Something tells me the bean counters still rule the nest at GM.

        • Merc1

          They are totally incompetent because they can’t do more than one thing at once. Just a good chassis doesn’t mean anything when you miss the main reason for having a luxury car, i.e. the actual luxury. Yes the bean counters have always ruled at GM. That said, the new Corvette interior may be a breakthrough, but at what price?

          M

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            Can’t argue that. GM clearly cant chew gum and walk at the same time. The new Corvette should be expensive, bc the class it will compete in is full of pricey vehicles. So the interior had better finally reflect that base price.

            GM knows they literally have one chance to get the C8 right.

    • cbATL

      I don’t disagree

  • Rocket

    Premium interior materials and redundant hard controls for all basic audio, nav and HVAC functions. In other words, Kia builds a better A6. Hey Audi, you paying attention?

  • bd0007

    The K900 (like the pre-refresh G90) is a bit on the bland side; did a much better job w/ the interior.

    Getting switched to the G90’s platform makes for a tremendous improvement in ride/handling, in addition to having available AWD (which is key).

    If the old K900 could do 2,500 in its best year, wouldn’t be surprised if the new one can hit 3k (as modest as that may seem).

    Having the Stinger now as a stable-mate will help as there will be some Stinger owners looking to move up to something bigger and more luxurious.

  • Maykel

    Turn it into a midsize or full size RWD crossover, they’d likely sell more than 10 a year.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    First, Micha Muzio is a talented auto journo…one of the best in the business, period.

    Second, the K900 is impressive…not sure how much of that is Micah talent tho 🙂
    Seriously, I believe the only obstacle KIA will encounter is the name. It needs to do what Hyundai did and come up with a different name to differentiate it’s lux brand. They have the goods, they just need the panache.

    Sadly, this will be trading under $20k in 3 years. Good for us consumers I guess.

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