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2016 Kia K900 Walk Around


Though the K900 has been criticized for bland, unadventurous styling, it’s a long sedan, displaying the classic proportions of a luxury model. In addition to a long hood and shorter but tall trunk, it features a steeply angled windshield and back window. Overhangs are short, too.

A rectangular, chrome-surrounded grille, low and upright, serves as its most distinctive element, sitting between swept-back headlights that blend into a conventional sedan profile. On V6 models, high-intensity-discharge headlights feature dynamic bending; the V8 gets LED lights.

Wraparound LED taillights bring up the rear. Front fenders hold chrome-ringed vents, but they’re non-functional. Even if the overall design breaks no fresh ground, build quality is a K900 strong point.

Interior

Refreshingly straightforward, including logically organized dashboard controls, the K900 cockpit is stylish and comfortable. Crisp digital graphics are among the easiest to interpret and use. Soft-touch materials, accompanied by aluminum trim (wood on Luxury models), help impart a classy look. Yet, the dashboard has some hard piano-black plastic.

Upscale touches include three-zone automatic climate control and heated outboard rear seats. Luxury models get a heated wood/leather-trimmed steering wheel. A console-mounted knob lets the driver navigate menu options on the central 9.2-inch touchscreen display. Large, conventional knobs also control such functions as audio volume. Nappa leather, which looks and feels good, covers the seats and other surfaces of Luxury models, matched by glossy wood trim.

Airy and bright, the roomy cabin is easy to enter, and also to exit. Front seats are adequate, but not particularly expansive. Knees of a tall passenger might hit the glovebox lid if it’s opened. In the rear, on the other hand, space is bountiful, while upholstery is pleasurably comfortable.

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