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2016 Kia K900 Driving Impressions


Motoring passion might be in short supply, but the K900 delivers wholly adequate performance. Over-the-road behavior cannot match that of German luxury brands, however.

The V8 engine, in particular, provides sufficient power to propel this relatively heavy sedan without faltering, though response lagged a bit when the gas pedal was floored, exacerbated by imperfect transmission shifts. Also when accelerating strongly, the exhaust gets substantially louder, emitting a rather ordinary, mechanical sound. The transmission can be shifted into manual mode without paddles (which are standard on Luxury models).

Although the K900 suspension is nicely damped, it’s tuned more for comfort than for roadholding. That’s no surprise. Regardless, the car’s stability and traction-control systems keep it well-behaved, even if pavements become lumpy or you’re heading through cracked rural roads.

On most surfaces, the K900 is quiet and comfortable. Noise-reduction techniques include laminated glass and installation of underbody trays to curtail air noise.

Three drive-mode settings – Normal, Eco, and Sport – alter the transmission’s shift points and modify steering feel to suit specific conditions. Performance is reduced in Eco mode, but not in the suppressive manner that’s common on smaller cars. Sport mode provides a bit more responsiveness than Normal.

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