2019 Kia K900 Review: King Of Okay

Verdict 6.1 / 10

The 2019 Kia K900 is sort of an oddball in the automaker’s lineup. The Korean brand is best known for high value, affordable, and well-built daily drivers, and here’s this behemoth of a luxury car with a starting price nearly double its closest next of kin. What gives?

If you look a little deeper, though, then you’ll recognize that the K900 is actually a perfect expression of Kia’s ethos. Only here it’s applied to an unexpected vehicle segment: luxury cars. At this end of the spectrum the prices are higher, but Kia’s reputation for offering more car for less money still applies.

Redesigned for 2019, the latest K900 enters its second-generation improved in every way. It now rides on a platform closely related to the brand’s sporty Stinger sedan (they’re built in the same Korean factory). The K900 is significantly larger and only comes with all-wheel drive, but it’s powered by the same twin-turbo V6 that motivates the Stinger in its most powerful form.

That sounds like a recipe for success, and the K900 has vastly increased its palatability over its predecessor. That said, it carries over some flaws and isn’t quite the Stinger-inspired luxury car you might expect.

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