You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

2015 Kia K900 V-8 Long-Term Update 8

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/8/2015 Zach Gale, Motor Trend Staff

Kia didn't wait for the 2016 model year to update the K900 flagship luxury sedan -- early this calendar year I discovered that a few updates were in order for the 2015 car, and there's at least one change I would have liked on my long-term K900 V-8.

None of the mid-model-year updates are enough to make me storm down to my local Kia dealer in a rage, but the 2015 K900's newly available quilted leather is a meaningful upgrade. Also offered on the Kia Optima SXL midsize sedan, partially quilted leather seats add to the ambiance of the K900's interior, which is already filled with high-quality Nappa leather in my long-termer. I'm not sure how well the new Indigo Blue seats (pictured here) will age, but I'd welcome the Tuscan Brown option against the white or black exterior paint any day. That the K900 now offers five leather colors on the higher Luxury trim (availability depends on exterior color) is a great step forward, giving buyers the luxury of choice. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The late-build 2015 K900 now offers buttons on the side of the front passenger seat that can, from the rear seats, move forward the front passenger's seat or make more upright the seatback. It's a cool feature also on the Lexus LS that rear-seat passengers can use on those rare occasions when the spacious cabin is filled by two or more ultra-tall people. In my K900, which has the same functions in the form of buttons on the rear-seat controls between outboard seats, I've never had a problem comfortably fitting four people (including myself). Because the few wealthy Americans who purchase chauffeur-driven vehicles are probably going to skip over a nearly $70,000 Kia, I see these chauffer seat buttons more as another cool "A Kia has that?" addition than a functional upgrade.

© Provided by MotorTrend The Korean-market K900, called the K9, goes even further than the U.S.-spec K900. The K9 can keep its dual rear entertainment screens, which might just send the K900's price over $70,000, but the "K9" embossed on the front and rear seat backs is a cool detail, as is the passenger-side footrest that folds down from what would otherwise be a map/magazine pocket on the back of the front seat. Once interest in the K900 dies down, that fold-down footrest could be another attention-grabbing feature to add in a mid-cycle refresh, even if it will probably work best for shorter rear-seat passengers.

As for my K900, I still think the car could use better body control when it comes to a stop with moderate braking force, with moderate use of the accelerator pedal, or anything that stresses the rear suspension. Having said that, one feature I've come to enjoy every day on my drive to and from work is the brake auto-hold feature. Press this button, and, as with many other new vehicles that have electronic parking brakes, the K900 will automatically hold the brakes for you at a streetlight, immediately lifting when you again touch the throttle. Not all such systems lift off the brakes in a perfectly smooth way, but for this more sensitive driver, the K900's execution is top-notch.

2015 Kia K900 V-8 Long-Term Update 8

More on our long-term 2015 Kia K900 V-8 here:

2015 Kia K900© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia K900
AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Motor Trend

Loading...

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon