“Yes, this is a Kia.” The nameplate doesn’t lie on this “big, rear-drive stud,” a car that “exudes dignity” despite its humble family background. All 201 inches of the K900 announce that its Seoul overseers are tired of being an entry-level brand. Stately, powerful, and flush with “every relevant creature comfort,” this V-8-powered four-door arrives bearing an urgent message for every captain of a Mercedes-Benz or BMW luxury liner: “You overpaid.”
Unfortunately, the handling in this “cushy, plush” sedan “harks back to the Nixon era.” If you long to get behind the wheel of “a relaxing freeway cruiser” like the ones Cadillac and Oldsmobile made circa 1971, you’ll love that the experience now comes with a well-appointed cabin and a modern power train that produces “effortless acceleration.”
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Fortunately for Kia, “this is not a car on which the near-term future of the company rides.” The K900 is a credible first step into luxury territory, “not a leap to the top.” It’s “no longer news,” though, “that Kia knows how to build cars well.” To truly compete with the old guard, the second-generation K900 is going to have to surprise us.