These past few years, there are only three things to expect when you’re planning to buy a Kia car: the nicely-made interior, huge value and its so-called ‘monster warranty’. However, if you’re looking for a reliable car, despite being expensive, this car is worth testing.
Featuring a 32-valve, 420-horsepower and 376 lb-ft torque V-8 engine, this car has a blind-spot monitoring system that is very useful when you’re driving in almost-zero visibility roads. If the additional cruise control is activated, it will automatically initiate full panic braking at 172 feet via 70-0 mph measurement, while holding your seatbelts tight at the same time.
K900’s soft ride and silent cabin really helps the driver to let the miles slip in peace. The transmission is very smooth, despite the occasional shifting and look of the electronic joystick shifter itself, which some of us find rather frustrating. Supposedly, that feature was cribbed by Kia from BMW.
Even though the price is somewhat double than the Kia Cadenza’s, its five-year or 60,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty is an eye-catcher. It ensures you that, though being costly, additional expenses are mostly covered by the company, unless you have done the damage due to your negligence.
- Category : Mid-sized Luxury Car
- Engine : DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
- Transmission : 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : RWD
- Power : 420 hp @ 6400 rpm
- Torque : 376 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
- 0-60 mph : 5.5 sec
- Top Speed : (Governor limited) 149 mph
- Mileage : (C/D observed) 21 mpg; (City/highway) 15/23 mpg
- Price : Starting at $$60,400 to $66,400 (as tested)