September 06, 2019 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

KIA K900 Luxury

Undeniably fabulous and indulgent

The larger and significantly more opulent 2nd generation KIA K900 (also known as the Quoris and K9 in other markets since the name in North America can be confused with the Police K9 dog units) is once again designed by Peter Schreyer and it has nothing shared with the Hyundai Equus but is instead derived from the Genesis G90. The K900 is more rigid and more composed than the larger G90. The KIA K900 is not a volume seller given that it is the flagship for the brand and it is certainly not inexpensive.

What I can tell you all is that given the price and its luxury full-size sedan target segment, you see and feel where all your hard-earned cash would have gone. So as luxury sedans go, the K900 offers the very most for the least amount of money compared to its direct European, American, and Japanese competition. I would be very satisfied to own, drive and be driven in the K900 without any excuses.

The rear-biased AWD K900 is about a foot longer, almost two inches wider, and three inches taller than the Stinger GT2 but is powered by the same engine and 8-speed transmission carrying over 600 pounds more weight! Yet it is imperceptibly slower from 0-100 km/h by only 4-tenths of a second. The big KIA feels almost as quick but with less drama. Even the handling is comparable despite the weight. The experience in the car is mature without being dull. There is even an analog Maurice Lacroix clock in the center dashboard. The K900 is not as quiet as a Lexus LS but it is darn close. KIA exhausted as much effort as financially possible in packaging it with as much useful and desirable standard equipment. And the level of driver customization is also remarkable. You can adjust the ambiance and dynamics of the K900 with a full range of options managed by a huge 12.3-inch central control touchscreen, from various color themes, the synthetic sound programming, driving modes, separate steering, suspension, engine and drivetrain adjustability.

Some key standout features include a surround-view camera system, a crisp head-up display, an incredible 17-speaker 900-Watt Lexicon® Logic 7 audio system, Chamude® premium headliner, buttery Nappa leather with open pore/matte finish wood trim, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, a bright 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that can superimpose images from the blind-spot monitors and so much more. The 8.5J x 19 / 9.5J x 19 alloys are wrapped with all-season 245/45R19 98W front and 275/40R19 101W rear Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires. The strong brakes are 4-piston units up front clapping on 14.2-inch vented discs while the rear is managed by a single slider on 13.4-inch vented discs.

The KIA K900 is very composed on the road though I wish the steering had more feel. I like its subdued unassuming exterior design highlighted by the excellent full-LED lights on both ends on our Panthera Metal painted test unit. I enjoyed every moment in the car and hope that the model may find its way to our archipelago; it can easily handle our challenging road conditions and debilitating traffic congestion.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V6, 3342 cc, dohc 24V, Intercooled Direct Injection Twin-Turbo, CVVT, 8-Speed AT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 365 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 376 lb-ft @ 1300-4500 rpm

Performance

Top Speed 240 km/h (150 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 5.6 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 18 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 64,895.00
What's Great Outstandingly rich-featured, spacious and luxurious cabin, ultra-comfortable, dynamics, great value for its genre.
What's Not So Only that it may not be sold in our territory.
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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