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2017 Kia K900 Walk Around


Crisp European-style bodywork is the rule for Kia’s smaller models, but the larger K900 comes across as a bit more ordinary. Though pleasant enough, the sedan looks more anonymous than its mates. Though it fits in with Kia’s midsize Optima and newly redesigned Cadenza sedans, the K900 lacks verve and imaginative detailing, when compared with some contemporary rivals.

Not every buyer yearns for a stimulating, stand-apart design, of course. Many will be more impressed by the promise of considerable comfort, punctuated by several classy cabin details. Undeniably long overall, with short front/rear overhangs, the K900 displays proportions in keeping with traditional rear-drive luxury sedans, led by an expansive hood and steeply-angled windshield.

Interior

Like its body, the K900’s interior doesn’t quite stand apart from the premium luxury pack. Yet, it feels stylish, if rather reserved. Soft-touch materials help impart a comparatively upscale tone, helped by wood trim in Luxury models but impeded by an excess of piano-black plastic, which is prone to scratching.

On the whole, K900 cabin design and materials don’t quite match those of competitive, full-fledged luxury sedans. As a result, the K900 might be deemed a premium sedan rather than an all-out luxury model.

Entering and exiting from the cheerfully bright, airy cabin is a breeze. Roominess is a valuable virtue. As many as five adults can expect abundant space in the quiet cabin, sufficient to stretch out readily. Seats are comfortably cushioned and trimmed with leather. A full-length sunroof is installed on all versions. A VIP package, optional for Luxury trim, includes a power recliner for back-seat passengers.

Controls are straightforward and easy to use. Kia provides an excellent infotainment system, even in Premium trim. Quietness is ensured by various noise-reduction measures, including underbody trays that help reduce air rush.

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