2019 Kia K900 Luxury essentials: Big luxury, small bucks

Our Opinion: Kia seems to me a stick-to-it company. It is among the few automakers left selling a minivan and still offers 10 (!) passenger cars, when more than a few car companies have all but abandoned both.The Korean company’s flagship K900 is another example. The car sells well in Korea, but Kia moved just 354 K900s here last year, and that’s down from the 455 it sold the year before. While the company went to the trouble and expense to redesign the car top to bottom and make a U.S. version, so far this year it’s on pace to move just 300 or so … Stick to it, indeed.Anyway, the redesigned but still-conservatively shaped K900 arrived at Autoweek HQ on a frigid day. Thankfully, the big four-door five-seater is loaded, including heated seats and steering wheel, standard. Frankly on this day, it’s all I’m looking for.The new interior is quite nice with power everything, wide cushy seats and high build quality befitting a more-expensive car. There’s plenty of room in there too, especially in the back, where I reckon more than a few home-market owners spend considerable time (the front passenger seat folds up and slides forward at the push of a button, and there are rear-seat controls for HVAC and audio).It’s not a bad driver, though not sporty, even with the twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter. The ride is soft and comfy, even with the different driving modes altering the suspension, steering and transmission algorithms. They do their best to change things up but are still going against the 4,700-pound curb weight. So you simply don’t hustle this car. You pilot it as one would a ship. A big, relaxing ship.Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Power is ample and then some, and is delivered smoothly and silently. All-wheel drive (the only drive system available) helps keep things on the straight and narrow on sloppy roads.With its soft suspension and ultra-quiet driving, it’s tempting to think the K900 isn’t a car for enthusiasts. Bunk, I say. Why can’t enthusiasts appreciate a smooth, cosseting luxury car with a more-than-competitive sticker price and monster warranty? I certainly do.–Wes Raynal, editorOptions: VIP Package, including 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, tri-zone climate control, front passenger chauffer seat switch, premium headliner, power adjustable rear seats, lateral adjusting rear seat headrest, rear ventilated outboard seats, wireless charger (rear seats) ($4,000)