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2018 Kia K900 Walk Around


Headlights and the grille are unique to the K900, but few other details differentiate it visually from other Kia models. Similar to the automaker’s Optima and Cadenza sedans, the K900 isn’t likely to draw too many admiring glances.

Trendy nowadays but controversial, the K900 leads off with an oversize grille, which reminds many viewers of a gaping mouth. A smooth beltline runs along the bodysides, just below the windows. A smaller trim strip falls below the front door handles but fades away toward the rear, resulting in a somewhat slab-sided back end.

Interior

Entry into the bright K900 cabin is easy. So is exiting. The panoramic sunroof provides substantial sunlight, without taking up too much head space.

Standard leather seat upholstery in each K900 model might enhance its appeal, but abundant black plastic trim detracts from its overall ambiance. Some trim elements are flat black rather than piano black, conveying a sense of cheapness. Otherwise, materials look quite good, though some surfaces seem out of place in a car that can approach $65,000.

Legroom is adequate for most drivers, though some taller folks might have trouble folding their legs into the front passenger position – even when pushing that seat all the way rearward. Standard front seats adjust 12 ways, though top versions upgrade to 16-way adjustment.

Rear passengers get a large, heated seat. Top models may be fitted with reclining seatbacks as well as a cooling function. Most adults should be content with the K900’s 38.9-inch leg clearance.

Trunk volume totals 15.9 cubic feet, not a remarkable figures for sedans in this class. Kia’s infotainment system, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is a pleasure to operate.

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