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2017 Kia K900 Driving Impressions


A comparatively heavy car, Kia’s biggest sedan is quiet and comfortable on most pavement surfaces. Easy and enjoyable enough to drive, it’s not as emphatically solid as a Mercedes-Benz sedan. While lacking the sporty behavior of a four-door Audi, the K900 promises well-composed, near-plush ride quality, yielding a moderately upscale, nicely refined overall feel. Through curves and corners, the body tends to remain quite flat, for a sedan of its type and size.

Both engines are strong, though V8 drivers might notice some evidence of lagging while accelerating hard. Exhaust noise increases when the engine is pushed, generating an unappealing rumble rather than an energetically melodic accompaniment, like some European luxury models.

Steering feels precise, if short on road feel – hardly an uncommon demerit these days. As expected, the sedan’s deftly-damped suspension aims for easygoing comfort more than taut roadholding. Even on lumpy, fluctuating rural roads, the sedan’s stability-control system helps maintain satisfying balance.

Three driving modes (Normal, Eco, and Sport) are selectable, altering transmission shift points along with steering weight. Eco mode limits performance, but doesn’t produce a stifling effect. Sport mode adds a touch of powertrain responsive, but doesn’t affect road feel.

Helped by its 8-speed transmission, the K900 ranks around average in fuel economy for full-size sedans. The V6 version is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined. With the 5.0-liter V8, the K900 is far less frugal, EPA-rated at 15/23 mpg City/Highway, or 18 mpg Combined.

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