Kia’s flagship luxurious sedan is all-new for 2019, however the identical questions repeatedly requested of its first-gen sibling stay: Will anybody looking for a premium, five-passenger four-door give the Kia Ok900 a critical look? Ought to they?
Within the case of the gen-one Ok900, which hit showrooms in 2014, the reply was “in all probability not.” That automobile, powered by a 32-valve V-Eight, did not wow in any sense however confirmed some promise—Kia “has to begin someplace,” I wrote charitably again in 2014. Its maker bought fewer than 5,500 examples of the first-gen Ok900, however the brand new, greater, second-gen mannequin is leaps and bounds higher. The Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8, and Volvo S90 aren’t precisely trembling in worry over the arrival of this newly enhanced participant from South Korea, however Kia engineers have clearly listened to criticisms of the primary automobile. The brand new Ok900 now presents sufficient goodness that budget-conscious luxe-sedan consumers can be doing themselves a disservice in the event that they did not test it out.
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Based mostly on related mechanicals as Hyundai’s barely bigger, barely ritzier Genesis G90, Ok900 v2.Zero is a step up in spaciousness from its outdated self. The automobile has grown in each significant dimension, notably in wheelbase, which is now 2.Three inches longer. Rear-seat legroom advantages, and it verges on extravagant. Certainly, with the non-obligatory VIP Package deal ($Four,000), the flip-down heart rear armrest contains controls for the ability seats, audio system, and local weather management, plus there is a wi-fi telephone charger and rear-seat air flow (heating is normal on the rear outboard seats)—all of it affords passengers in again a limousine-like sense of indulgence. Guide aspect sunshades and an influence rear-window shade supply welcome safety from annoying paparazzi.
Gone is the outdated 5.Zero-liter V-Eight, changed by the identical twin-turbo, Three.Three-liter V-6 that additionally sees obligation in, amongst others, Kia’s sporty Stinger GT. At 365 horsepower, the V-6 is not as potent because the outdated 420-horse V-Eight, however the 376-lb-ft max torque quantity is an identical and the height now comes on stream at simply 1,300 rpm versus 5,000 rpm for the 5.Zero-liter. The Ok900 additionally will get the Stinger’s eight-speed automated with paddle shifters. This isn’t the type of powertrain one waxes poetic about—it is neither sexy-sounding nor racy in character—nevertheless it’s unfailingly quiet and clean, shifts are dealt with unobtrusively, and acceleration is rattling spectacular for a beefy rig that closes in on 5,000 kilos. The turbo six will surge the Ok900 to 60 mph in simply over 5 seconds, the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system placing each pound-foot to the bottom with out slip. Additionally, EPA gasoline financial system is up from 15/23 mpg metropolis/freeway to 18/25.
One may quibble in regards to the richness of a few of the cabin supplies and switchgear—this isn’t an Audi cockpit—however at a beginning sticker of just below $61Ok, the Ok900 is positively awash in luxurious facilities and comfort options. Commonplace gear contains Nappa leather-based seating, a splendid Lexicon Logic 7 surround-sound audio system, a 12.Three-inch central touchscreen with nav, a surround-view monitor, good cruise with cease and go, keyless entry with pushbutton begin, an influence sunroof, and each conceivable active-safety system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are additionally included. Choosing the aforementioned VIP Package deal nets the aforementioned rear-seat gear, plus a 12.Three-inch LCD major instrument cluster and triple-zone local weather management. For below $65,000 loaded, the Ok900 presents mainly all the things (although a bit much less cabin house) that you’re going to discover in a few of the extra well-known manufacturers, however for 1000’s much less. A base Audi A8L, for instance, begins at $84,795.
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The Ok900 driving expertise is concentrated on plushness. There are 5 selectable driving modes: Consolation, Good, Sport, Eco, and Customized. Whereas Sport does firm-up the steering and the experience to some extent (it additionally permits extra engine noise to play by the cabin audio system), and Good tries to foretell the specified responses primarily based on the motive force’s actions on the wheel, principally I simply left the automobile in Consolation. The Ok900 appears designed to do its greatest work there. This isn’t a car created for mountain-road hustling—although the chassis hangs on much better than you may count on. Steering really feel is all however nonexistent in any drive mode, and responses to the paddle shifters are lazy. However refined, genteel motoring? Ah, now you are speaking.
The Ok900 glides over the street. Visibility is excellent. Switches and buttons transfer with an costly really feel. And the infotainment interface—as I’ve famous in evaluations of different Kia and Hyundai merchandise—is all however unmatched in simplicity and ease of use. No frustrations accessing any of the innumerable programs the Ok900 presents. I am much less keen on Ok900’s non-obligatory TFT instrument show. As an alternative of uniform illumination, the gauges shine brightest wherever the speedo or tach needles occur to be pointing. It is like a digital watch versus an analog dial—one way or the other you lose a way of the “huge image.” The Ok900 additionally contains an modern blind-spot warning system. While you flick the turn-signal lever left or proper, the corresponding dial within the gauge show is changed by a reside rear-camera view of that aspect. As I famous when sampling the same system within the new Kia Telluride SUV, the digital camera view could be difficult to decipher—”what precisely am I ?”—however the show within the Ok900 is far bigger than the Telluride’s. Nonetheless, I a lot desire a easy alert that lights at any time when a automobile glides into my blind spot—turn-signal-activated or not.
The most recent Ok900 is superbly crafted, structurally inflexible, and a strong performer all-around. It is a huge step up from the gen-one automobile and, for a lot of consumers, this astutely engineered, lavishly outfitted flagship presents all the things they’re probably in search of—minus, after all, a really, very costly decoration on the hood.
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Three.3L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6; 365 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 376 lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm
Four-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
18/25 mpg (metropolis/hwy)
L x W x H
201.6 x 75.Four x 58.7 in
Four,750 lb (est)
5.2 sec (est)