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2015 Kia K900 Long-Term Road Test - Introduction

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edited August 2014 in Kia
image2015 Kia K900 Long-Term Road Test - Introduction

We got a 2015 Kia K900 to see if Korea's newest luxury sedan can compete in a crowded segment with the best from Japan, the U.S. and Europe.

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  • dg0472dg0472 Member Posts: 89

    When you say standard V8, does that mean that it's standard for now or that Kia has decided against bringing the V6 later?

  • redgeminiparedgeminipa Member Posts: 74
    edited August 2014

    @dg0472 said:
    When you say standard V8, does that mean that it's standard for now or that Kia has decided against bringing the V6 later?

    It's my understanding that the K900 will be V8 only. If you want a V6, get a Cadenza.

  • kosmo69kosmo69 Member Posts: 5

    V8 ONLY. Its a heavy car.

  • wasabi911wasabi911 Member Posts: 53

    K900? How is this different from the 2011 Hyundai Equus? It would be much more interesting if Edmunds tested the 2015 Hyundai Genesis instead.

  • kshankarkshankar Member Posts: 175

    Local dealer has a lease special for $599 per month with $3999 due at lease signing excluding taxes, fees, etc.
    @wasabi911, I believe the Equus and K900 share same engine and chassis.

  • kokomojoekokomojoe Member Posts: 150

    You call it big but that's only by todays standard. It is smaller than the Ford Crown Vic or Lincoln Towncar.
    Todays car are smaller and do not give any better gas mileage or comfort

  • throwbackthrowback Member Posts: 445

    It will be interesting to see if this car sells. Cars like this assume that the badge does not matter when it comes to luxury cars. I don't see it. The badge does matter, look at the Mercedes CLA as exhibit A.

  • grijongrijon Member Posts: 147

    I'm pretty excited for this long-term test!

  • bankerdannybankerdanny Member Posts: 1,021
    edited August 2014

    When I saw this on the front page of What's Hot I immediately thought the sme thing as Wasabi: you already tested this car when you had the Equus. Other than physical appearance and a couple of model years is there anything about the 2015 900 that is substantially different from the 2011 Equus?

    I too would much rather have seen a LT test of the new Genesis sedan.

  • tempestingtempesting Member Posts: 21

    The only thing that the Kia shares with the Equus is powertrain and chassis.. but yes, should have gone with the new Genesis which is actually something entirely new and matter more. The K900 deserves more coverage, I get it but you know what I mean.

  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863

    Looking forward to hearing how the adaptive cruise control works.

  • ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,077

    K900 a.k.a. K9 in the home market. But is it a real dog? Will potential buyers be howling about the price? Is Kia chasing its tail chasing this market? Plenty for Edmunds to chew on.

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  • mnorm1mnorm1 Member Posts: 2

    I've only seen one on the road. To my eyes, it is a very good looking car. I'm glad they got this, and hope they get the new Genesis as well. I suspect in a couple years "pre-owned" K900s will be a steal - just like the Genesis a few years ago.

  • dg0472dg0472 Member Posts: 89
    edited August 2014

    @redgeminipa said:
    It's my understanding that the K900 will be V8 only. If you want a V6, get a Cadenza.

    I already have a Cadenza and wasn't really interested in the K900, but Kia announced there'd be a V6 coming later when they first released information on the car and they have certified a V6, which shows on the the EPA's fueleconomy.gov website, so I wondered if Edmunds was just referring to now, or if Kia had changed plans.

    @throwback said:
    It will be interesting to see if this car sells. Cars like this assume that the badge does not matter when it comes to luxury cars. I don't see it. The badge does matter, look at the Mercedes CLA as exhibit A.

    The car has been running about 200/month, but last month only 132 sold, for a total so far of 948. If the V6 materializes, with its lower price, things might pick up again.

  • tempestingtempesting Member Posts: 21

    The V6 trim just hasn't been on sale yet. It is coming though.

  • darexdarex Member Posts: 187
    edited August 2014

    Having already tested the Cadenza and Forte, I think it's rather pointless that you've chosen to add yet another Kia sedan to your long-term fleet so soon, as the feature-set and design will be too similar to those other two.

    I'd much rather have seen you add a car like the new MINI F56 Cooper Hardtop, which is truly unlike it's antecedents (inside and out), and significantly, rides on BMW's new UKL platform, and uses BMW's new 1.5L and 2.0L engines, all of which will be used on several upcoming BMW and MINI models, with the implementation in the F56 being the first example.

  • al2travelal2travel Member Posts: 13

    @throwback said:
    It will be interesting to see if this car sells. Cars like this assume that the badge does not matter when it comes to luxury cars. I don't see it. The badge does matter, look at the Mercedes CLA as exhibit A.

    Absoltely correct sir! Toyota figured this out when they started the Lexus brand. Big difference in driving up to the country club in your Toyota instead of your Lexus!

  • ebeaudoinebeaudoin Member Posts: 509

    It does seem redundant to have so many Kia sedans in so little time. As I read this I thought "it will be interesting to see the resale value for this at the end" but then I read that Kia provided this car for testing. That explains why it's in the test fleet.

    Edmunds just hands the keys back to Kia at the end, correct?

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