The 2015 Kia K900 enters the large luxury sedan segment against tough competition.
It offers more features for less money than the mid-size German cars Kia would like it to go up against--the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class--but we don't think those are really its competitors.
Instead, it likely competes with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive large sedans from another set of premium/luxury brands.
First among them would be its sibling the Hyundai Genesis (and the larger Hyundai Equus as well), which has just been restyled with a look that's as extroverted as the K900 is conservative (and offers the same two engines as the Kia to boot).
The Cadillac CTS is also more extroverted, and more of a driver's car, with a flashier interior and higher performance versions on the way.
The Infiniti Q70 (nee M lineup) is one of the older models in the group, but its lines remain striking every after several years; finally, the Acura RLX handles surprisingly well and offers a hybrid model, as does the Infiniti.
With neither hybrid or diesel alternatives nor the option of all-wheel drive, the K900 may find its market somewhat limited--but it's a good first effort in a tough segment.
|2015 Kia K900||2015 Acura RLX||2015 Cadillac CTS||2015 Hyundai Genesis||2015 Lexus GS 350|
|$54,500Browse Used Listings||$48,450Browse Used Listings||$45,345Browse Used Listings||$38,000Browse Used Listings||$48,600Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-8||Premium Unleaded V-6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Premium||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWD||4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|