As consumers, we are absolutely programmed for brand recognition and the value that brands can bring products.
That’s why many marketing folks say that the brand is almost as important as the product sometimes and that’s why, when we think luxury-car, we think luxury brand, especially in America. But what happens when you create an automotive oxymoron, a true luxury vehicle without a luxury brand? And that’s exactly what I have in front of me: the 2019 Kia k900, the parallels between the k900 and the Volkswagen Phaeton are absolutely undeniable, but Volkswagen and Kia are going after their luxury flagship in kind of a different way, because Volkswagen actually expected the Phaeton to Sell in the United States, whereas Kia has very realistic and very modest sales expectations for the k900, like most car companies, Kia won’t tell us how many k-9 hundreds they would like to sell in the United States, but sales numbers are very low. In fact, this is one of the rarest cars available in North America.
Logically, that is exactly because this is a luxury car without a luxury brand. So, let’s talk about the first one, why another k900, because this is a complete second generation car. It was undoubtedly expensive to engineer and it shares almost nothing with the outgoing model.
Well, the answer to that question is actually a little bit easier than you might suspect, because, even though the Canon hundred doesn’t sell all that well in the United States, it sells very very well in South Korea, in China and in the Middle East as well. So the ultimate answer is that the k900 was going to happen anyway for the domestic market and the Middle Eastern market and the China market. So why not sell that exact same car in the United States? And that is exactly what we see here now that we know why the k900 exists in the United States.
Let’s talk about why it was created in the first place, because that is key to understanding the k900, especially the VIP top-trim, which is what we’re looking at right here in South Korea. It’s fairly common for high-end executives to be driven to work, whether that’s a personal chauffeur, if you’re really wealthy or a company chauffeur or a chauffeur service, and that’s why we find a very comfortable back seat. A lot more legroom than you find in the average midsize luxury sedan and arguably rear passenger seats that are a little bit more comfortable than the front passenger seat up front. Now, let’s talk about what the k900 is and what it most importantly is not because that is also key to understanding this car.
In reality, this is actually a full-size luxury sedan, not a midsize luxury sedan like an E Class or a 5 Series, and that’s really obvious when you look at the wheelbase and the overall length of the vehicle. This is about the same size overall as a Jaguar. Xj short wheelbase Kia seems to be a very pragmatic company, so they understand that it’s already a stretch to compare a car with the Kia logo on the hood to a 5 Series or an e class. So that’s why they’re making those comparisons rather than trying to compare this to the Nexus category like a Jaguar XJ.
But when you look at the car it is important to remember that this is in that next size category up and that’s why we have so much more room in the back of the car and why the car overall is so much longer. The next big question about the family tree and the relationships between this and some of the other rear-wheel-drive cars from Korea. Well, the G 70, the G 80, the G 90, the stinger and the k900 are all obviously related to one another. But the familial relationships are a little bit interesting, because this is not just a Genesis: G 90 with Kia clothes on, because this actually shares very little with the G 90 directly.
The wheelbase is different. The overall length of the vehicle is different. The interior is completely different, no glass or sheetmetal are shared with the G 90, although we do get basically the same engine and the same 8-speed automatic transmission. The engineers tell us that you could argue that this is actually a little bit more closely related to the Genesis G 70 and the Kia stinger’.
Then the Genesis G 80 mg 90. So this really does not drive like a Genesis G 80 out on the road. Let’s digress for a moment and talk about resale value. I don’t expect resale value on the k900 to be any better in this generation than in the previous generation, maybe perhaps slightly better, but I actually don’t think that’s a problem for the because, generally speaking, resale value is not a big deal in the luxury category, because So many luxury cars are leased.
More than half of all luxury branded vehicles in the United States are leased and, as you work your way on up the size ladder, the bigger the luxury car, the more likely it is to get leased. And at that point the big thing is: what’s the least deal on the car? How much does it cost you monthly, and this is still going to be less expensive monthly than a 5 Series or an E Class or a 7 Series or XJ something along those lines. Now, if you do plan on buying the car and then for some reason trading it in after 3 or 4 years, then yes, this is likely going to have a bigger hit to your pocketbook than some of those other luxury cars.
On the flip side, if you’re in a different category of shopper and that’s the keep and hold category where you’re going to keep your car for 10 years or so then the canine hundreds resale value is not Material there either, because if you’re, the kind of person That drives the car into the ground. Bracelet value is just not a factor, and I would say that in that category the extraordinary long warranty that we have on the k900 is a bigger factor, because this has a 10-year hundred thousand mile powertrain warranty and a much longer bumper-to-bumper warranty than the average luxury Car so expected operational and maintenance costs on the k900 are a lot lower than many of the luxury competition. The first generation k900 had a variety of different engines under the hood, depending on the market that you purchased the vehicle in that’s true for 2019 as well, but for 2019 in America we only get one engine, we no longer get a v8. Instead, we get the same 3.3 liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that we find in the Kia stinger’, as well as the g9 D, but instead of rear-wheel drive being standard and all-wheel-drive being optional.
Like we see in the Stinger, they’ve made all-wheel-drive standard on all models that helps reduce the inventory complications in the u.s. for such a low volume model. It’s really the reason that kia has done that. One of the reasons that kia chose the twin-turbo 6 for america is that it actually gives the k900 a perfect 50:50 weight balance.
That’s a little bit different than the 5 liter v8 version of the k900 that we see in korea, which definitely is heavier on the front axle front seat. Comfort is excellent, whether you’re talking about this in relation to midsize or full-size luxury sedans. But there are some really comfortable seats in this category, so in terms of overall front seat comfort, I’m going to have to give these eight of 10 points driver’s seat. Comfort is definitely above the average in the midsize sedan segment and actually the full-size sedan segment.
If we’re talking about the bass seat packages but up level seats, that luxury segment will include massage they’ll include a little bit more ways of motion and, most importantly, the passenger seat would get the same range of motion as the driver’s seat. And we don’t see that in the k900, so the driver’s seat has inflatable bolsters. We also have an extending thigh cushion and those particular features are not present. On the passenger side for an American or a European luxury sedan, it’s a little unusual to have the passenger seat not have the same range of motion as the driver’s seat, but it’s a little bit more normal in some of the Asian countries.
The reason for that is that in Korea, you’re more likely to have someone sitting in the back right back there behind the front passenger seat, then actually in the front passenger seat itself. Because again this was a car designed for people to be driven in. That’s why? When I hop back here to the seat behind that front passenger seat, I actually have buttons to control that front passenger seat and move it all the way forward and out of the way, this gives me an awful lot more legroom than you’d find in the average Midsize luxury stand in America, so definitely more than a 5 Series or an E Class, as I said earlier. this is about the same size as a short wheelbase, Jaguar XJ.
So that’s why we don’t find integrated Ottomans in this rear seat. Although we do have a power rear seat with a decent amount of recline, and this passenger side seat has a tilting seat bottom cushion, which is very, very comfortable and a four-way adjustable electric headrests. So the electric functionality moves the headrest not only up and down, but in and out as well, and we have a four-way adjustable, lumbar support and seat heating and ventilation. One thing worth noting is that we don’t find any massage functionality back here, although we do have apparently speaker grilles right here on the seat bottom cushion.
If I lift that arm rest up, we have a center seat right back here and Headroom is very generous. That’s one of the big things to notice about the k900 up front is that even in this model, where it’s designed with two Thrones, basically on each side, I could actually still sit here in the middle put my head on the headrest and my hair is just Barely brushing the ceiling, there is considerably more Headroom back here than we find in the average vehicle. That’s used for passenger transport in America, definitely more back here than the Cadillac XTS and actually more usable Headroom than we Lincoln Continental as well or the Cadillac ct-6. If I move over to this side of the rear passenger area and lower this armrest, where I have my controls, then you’ll notice that I don’t have quite the same range of motion as the seat on this side of the vehicle.
Again because this car was designed for one person to be driven to work in so this seat does recline. It also tilts the headrest moves and I have four-way adjustable lumbar support, but I can’t raise the seat bottom cushion up-and-down on the front. One of the big changes between this and the Korean market k9 is that we don’t have a rear seat, entertainment system available back here and, unlike some of the European luxury cars, it’s a three zone automatic climate control system, not a four zone system. Building a new car is always a financial juggling act.
What areas of the interior can we cut costs on? What areas can’t we cut costs on, and the k900 has surprisingly few corners cut. It’s especially noticeable when you look at the rear passenger area, because again this was designed for passengers to be driven in the rear and that’s actually quite different than something like the Lincoln Continental, which ostensibly was also designed for the same thing. But in more of a commercial sense in the United States, so we take a look at these door panels out back.
For instance, we find leather on the top, a lot of stitched materials going down the door, an excellent attention to detail real wood trim right here with an interesting design, but we do find manual window shades, not powered window shades like we’d find in some of the European competition, but we also find high quality materials in unexpected areas like this portion of the door is actually a soft touch. Injection molded plastic, that’s quite unusual, and we have excellently done seams. All the way around. There’s.
Definitely a high level of attention to detail. It’s the little things like that, for instance, this plastic portion between the door opening and this rear seatback. That’s also a soft touch plastic. We have fairly liberal amounts of real wood in this interior from the seat backs right there to the center console between the rear seats right there by the seat, controls and even right there in the center console sticking out between the driver and the front passenger seat.
Although the majority of that console is a hard plastic, cargo capacity comes in just over 15 cubic feet and the cargo area itself is large and square. As we see in a lot of full-size sedans, we don’t have any fold down rear seats in the k900 because of those powered rear seats themselves. Although there is a small ski pass through, but Queen the two rear seatbacks. If we lift up the load floor, we find kind of an unusual feature for a modern luxury sedan, and that is enough room for a full-size spare tire.
If you wanted to put one back here after market a donut spare tire is standard on all models in the hunt for overall fuel efficiency standards. A lot of European vehicles especially have completely done away with the spare tire. So if you’re looking for a spare in your next luggage or car, this is going to be a good option. We find the battery back here in the trunk because it helps them last a little bit longer and also helps balance out the vehicles weight.
There’s a little bit of extra storage space right there around the tire iron and the jack as we look around this interior. Keep in mind that we are in the VIP package version of the k900, which means that we get those powered rear seats and we also get the up level interior that we see in this model with the Alcantara headliner. All models have those four-way adjustable headrests up front. The rear headrests are four-way adjustable, but they also include a butterfly functionality.
We have height adjustable shoulder belts for the driver and front passenger, something that we actually don’t even find on a lot of modern BMWs. The moonroof is a pretty standard sized moonroof right there, so we no longer have a panoramic roof. Kia says that was done in order to improve the torsional rigidity of the platform because they decided they wanted this vehicle to handle better than the previous generation model. Moving over to the front doors, we again find excellent, build quality.
The entire door is made from soft touch materials, except for the inside of that bottle, holder right down there. That is a harder plastic just as you’d expect. Moving from the doors on over to the dashboard, we again find more of that real wood, trimmed stitched leather. On top of the dashboard soft touch, injection, molded plastics, all the way down to the carpeted sections and the overall design theme is definitely one of restraint.
This is not trying to think outside the luxury car box. This is definitely trying to look very much like other luxury vehicles on the market. This is definitely a byproduct of the Korean domestic market, but I actually wish that Kia was a little bit more adventurous for some of the interior colors and allowed more contrasting wood designs. For instance, I think this interior would be really great if they put their lightest open, pour wood trim in here, but unfortunately we can’t get that color combination in the center of the dashboard.
We have a twin speaker arrangement. This vehicle has a 900 watt lexicon sound system. Lexicon is one of the premier brands in the Harman Kardon audio group, so this is definitely up there with the most expensive sound systems that we’ve in BMW and Mercedes models. Although it is worth noting that the overall power figure is actually a little bit lower than some of those top-end systems, but if you’re comparing this to a 5 Series or a 7 Series, this is above the base.
Harman Kardon sound system we find in those vehicles. In the center of the dashboard, we find a large twelve point. Three inch color touch screen system. This is a little bit different than we find in some of the luxury entries, because you can touch this screen.
As I mentioned earlier, the software is basically the same software that we find in other Kia models, so the mapping interface is very much the same. However, the overall display is definitely larger. We have direct access buttons below that they feature a proximity sensor. So, as you get your hand closer the buttons light up, as you pull your hand further away, they dimmed down at night continuing on down the dashboard.
We find our start/stop button there. Two large air vents an analog clock, because every luxury car somehow must have one of those find the controls for the heated and ventilated front seats, as well as the front 2 climate control zones. These buttons also dim, as you move your hand away and then brighten up. As you move your hand closer below that we have a small storage cubby with a Qi wireless charging mat, you can see, it’s charging there, a USB input and a 12-volt power outlet that just barely closes.
If I have an iPhone 10 in there, we have our digital shifter down here, which is pretty typical for a luxury vehicle drivers all the way back there there’s a park button up front behind that we have a drive mode button. This allows us to change between sport, eco comfort and a smart mode which will automatically adapt, auto brake hold and then the controller for that infotainment system. Again, you can just touch it. If you want to on this side, we have two large cupholders and you can really see the grain in this open pore wood trim.
This particular wood is not quite as textured as the engineered wood that is optional in the cabin, but it is still very attractive. Although again it is a little bit less exciting, I think than some lighter trims would be below that we have some buttons for the electric rear, sunshade, the auto start/stop system, the 360-degree camera system and a button to enable and disable the front and rear parking sensors. On the driver’s side of the cabin we find an LCD instrument cluster, that’s actually the same size as this large infotainment display in the centre of the dashboard. Although because of the overall positioning, it actually looks a little bit smaller that mainly due to the shape of the bezel, which cuts off the corners at the top, the display offers a few different looks.
They can be tied with the drive mode. So the sport look, the Eco look with some interesting gauges, that sort of toggle up and down as more of a vertical dial. We have a custom mode which brings up some gauges that look like that comfort mode right here and then, if we’re in the smart mode, we get basically the same display as Comfort. This display is a full LCD, but it’s not quite as configurable as some luxury cars out there.
For instance, we don’t feature a full moving map display. Instead, we just get turn-by-turn navigation directions, status of the vehicles, active safety systems, the ability to change the theme and then right back there to the trip computer. The steering wheel is a four spoke design. We have that Kia logo very prominent right there in the middle.
The airbag cover is leather wrapped, but in kind of an interesting touch on the steering wheel, we find the only piece of imitation wood trim inside this entire cabin, and it’s this eccentric shaped piece right here. There are a few reasons that this piece is on the steering wheel. Kia says that it was a little bit difficult to form this with real wood. I kind of understand that, but I also think one of the other reasons is likely going to be long-term wear, because this is likely going to wear better than a piece of real wood, especially some of the open pore designs we see in modern luxury cars.
We have paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel down on the left and up over there on the right on the left side of the steering wheel. We find buttons for the infotainment system, some dedicated phone buttons right there, volume scroll, toggle, it’s a little bit easy to accidentally click the mute button. That’s my one complaint about that design and then over here on the right side of the steering wheel. We find the buttons for the radar adaptive cruise control system.
We have a distance button right there and then this button and then this roller actually control that multifunction LCD right there in the middle of the instrument cluster in our 0 to 60 tests. This generation of the k900 was a little bit slower than the last model, because we don’t have that v8 engine under the hood anymore. However, this is about the same 0 to 60 time at 5.4 seconds as the G 90, with a 3.3 liter twin-turbo engine. Quite logically, since it’s very very closely related, this is also about the same 0 to 60 time as the top-end Lincoln Continental, with the most powerful turbo engine in that vehicle.
That’s because the Lincoln Continental has a six-speed automatic, not an 8 automatic and because of its front-wheel drive based architecture, they’re, really limiting torque an awful lot in first and second gears. So this has an awful lot more off the line shove than that Lincoln Continental, and it manages to actually match that same 0 to 60 time, despite having a little bit less power for the record. That makes this faster than an Audi a6 with a 3 liter engine and definitely faster than a BMW 530i, but not quite as fast as the next level up in the BMW family in our 60 to 0 braking test. This model stopped from 60 miles an hour back to zero in 120 feet, which is expected, of course, because we have all season low-rolling-resistance tires in this vehicle.
I am a little bit disappointed in the tire choice. Actually, on the k900, this uses some michelin primacy tires and they’re relatively similar, tires to what we see in top-end Camry and Accord models, it’s a relatively good factory, tire for a mainstream vehicle, but in a luxury vehicle like this, I was surprised that we didn’t get Something a little bit sporty er a little bit grippier and the reason I say that is because this chassis can actually handle it. This is a very, very well balanced car and it really wants you to drive it harder now, no question this feels bigger than something like a BMW 5-series, but this feels just about as nimble as a Jaguar XJ and that’s really saying something. This doesn’t have quite the same sharpness that we find in a Cadillac ct-6, but that really would be high praise for this segment.
I find the tire choice a little bit surprising, because key went out of their way to give this a staggered tire setup. So we actually have 275 live tires in the rear, even though this has standard all-wheel drive. So this has the ability to accommodate more grippy, tires aftermarket, and that’s definitely something that I would do if I got one of these when it comes to our overall handling score, I am going to have to give this a be as a result of these tires And that’s kind of a shame. Actually, I think, because this really has the ability to be an excellent handling vehicle in this segment.
It has a strong rear power bias. That is definitely obvious when you start pushing this in the corners, and it’s really obvious that this chassis is very well balanced in terms of overall driving dynamics. I place this above the Volvo s90. The Volvo s90 is a front wheel, drive based vehicle and even though volvo has done an ex job at moving weight around, it still has those dynamics now, and then I also place this above the Audi a6 for basically the same reason: the a6, maybe a rear, Biased system, but it has a lot of weight on the front axle.
The Hyundai Kia Motors rip recently hired away a number of drivetrain and suspension engineers from European competitors and their prowess really shows in this canine hundred, because this is more composed definitely than the G. 80 or G 90, the refinement that we see in this generation of the suspension design is obvious when you start pushing the k900 harder in the corners like that. We’re on a really poorly paved road surface right here and the k900 maintains its composure. Whether we’re in this comfort, suspension mode or whether I toggle it over to sport, which firms things up it doesn’t get bouncy over the road imperfections does a really good job of hunkering down and really giving us excellent grip. Now the suspension is still tuned a little bit towards the understeer side, rather than oversteer as you’d expect out of a luxury car, but because Kia has decided to give this a strong rear power bias.
If you really want to, you can definitely get this car to swing around when you get the k900 out on a rougher road like we’re on here, you’ll immediately notice the different tuning for the American market. I realized that I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually wish that they had kept the Korean market tuning for the k900, because that has a very soft, very supple ride. And we really don’t find that many vehicles in America that have a really soft cloudlike ride anymore. If you want a really supple ride, you have to move on up to something like a mercedes-benz s-class with an air suspension, and I had hoped the canon hunter would retain that sort of more floaty feeling, but they didn’t they actually decided to make this handle a Lot better, as I said before, the downside for that unfortunately, is that the ride is firmer to help compensate for that a little bit all k-9 hundreds get a standard adaptive suspension system.
It’s obvious that Kia was really dedicated to creating a quiet cabin in the K. 900, this model came in at 67 and a half decibels at 50 miles now we’re making this one of the quietest cabins that we have ever tested. This is actually a little bit quieter than the last Lexus LS that we tested and just about as quiet as the last mercedes-benz s-class. This is a very, very quiet cabin that quietness level is even more impressive. When you compare this against mid-size luxury sedans, it is definitely quieter than something like a 5 Series in eClass and s90 a6 etc.
I think it’s a pity that the k900 is not destined to sell in large numbers in America, because if this were able to sell in large numbers, then perhaps Kia would give us a performance version. And this is the kind of car that I think actually would do really well with the next 200 horsepower under the hood and some grippy tires all the way around for 2019. Kia has undoubtedly priced the k900 aggressively, but i would say arguably not quite as aggressively as the first-generation k900. There are only two different models: there’s the luxury model which starts at fifty nine thousand nine hundred dollars in the VIP model, which is what we were driving and that’s sixty three thousand nine, as a brand kia, is definitely interested in inventory control.
That’s one of the ways that you can get to good value pricing is by controlling the inventory, making sure that unsold cars don’t hang out on dealer lots, and we see that too really in extreme in the K. 900. That’s one of the reasons that the Canon hundred is just not as customizable as the average luxury car in America, even some of the Japanese luxury car brands, which are less customizable than the Europeans. So if you want a red k900, for instance, or a blue k900, you can’t get one you’d have to paint one yourself on the flipside. We have all the laundry list of standard equipment.
You see here, including heated and ventilated, front seats. The heads up camera the 360-degree camera system driver attention, monitoring the auto dimming side mirrors the 20 way power driver seat, heated, steering wheel, the lexicons surround sound audio system, the steering LED headlamps apple, carplay, Android, auto etc. But if you want the twelve point, three inch instrument cluster, which was in the model that we were driving this weighted headliner power, rear seats with the upgraded headrests rear, ventilated seats in the three is on climate control. Then you do have to bump up into that VIP trim, but I have to say that the base model k900 is still incredibly well equipped, and most people will definitely be very happy with that model.
But I would say, if you’re looking for a vehicle for executive transport, if you’re in the livery industry, for instance, then definitely get the VIP package, because it’s a very good buy compared to a lot of the other executive transport vehicles out there. We get more room in the back and we really get a lot of special touches back there that we don’t see in the competition. Speaking of the comput. The k900 is such an odd duck that comparisons are really very, very difficult here.
So we’re not going to do our usual comparison section. Instead, let’s go over some of the key takeaways. We have all those luxury touches like you’d expect inside the cabin. We also have some luxury touches at the dealer.
For instance, complimentary, scheduled maintenance with loaner cars you’ll either get a k900 or a Kia cadenza, which is not bad sort of like getting a Lexus ES. If you take your Lexus LS in for service and of course, we have that long standard warranty much longer than the average warranty in the luxury segment, we also have maintenance and repair costs that are projected to be significantly less expensive than especially the European competition. So if you do plan on keeping your vehicle for say, eight or nine or ten years, this is going to be a lot less expensive to keep around than a 5 Series in any class etc. But you will still be buying your k900 at a Kia dealer.
So if you really want that luxury brand experience, that luxury dealership experience and you aren’t going to find it in this model and as I said before, you are going to have the same customization ability. But the k900 is going to be significantly less expensive. When you really start taking a deep dive into those features and trying to find those features in competitive models, let’s take a look at that right now we have vehicles like the Lincoln Continental, 74 thousand nine hundred five dollars when approximately closely equipped to the K. Nine hundred, I think the Continental is a really really good competitor here, because the Continental was designed for executive transport in America, whereas the k900 was designed for executive transport increase.
The two vehicles have very similar original missions, but we get a lot better interior trappings in the k900 than we find in the Continental, especially in the rear passenger area, which is theoretically the main reason for the vehicles existence. Even though the Continental appears to have more power out of its three litre twin-turbo engine about 400 horsepower doesn’t actually manage to get 0 to 60 any faster because of the older transmission and the overall design. We get basically the same story in the Cadillac XTS. The interior is not as premium in the rear, it’s not as comfortable, and it is gon na be fantastically more expensive at 73 thousand nine hundred.
Ninety, it’s a ten thousand dollar Delta between that and the top-end k900. We were driving the top-end Acura RLX, which doesn’t have nearly the same kind of feature. Content we find in the k900 is a little less expensive at 60. $ 1,900 begets significantly less performance and significantly less really of everything in that vehicle. That’s also why the RLX doesn’t sell very well in the u.s.
how about a full-size luxury car, a Jaguar, XJ short wheelbase will set you back 88,000 dollars approximately comparably equipped, but it actually will still be lacking features that we find in the k900. The Genesis g90. Even is about $ 70,000, so it’s still more expensive than the k900. Now that is logical, of course, because the Genesis, even though related to the k900, is a luxury branded vehicle.
So you have to pay extra for that luxury experience both at the dealer and, of course, the separate branding and marketing that we see in that vehicle and the expanded ability to customize. So if you’re really wondering what that Delta is, I think we can see it pretty clearly here the model of selling the Canon hundred and a Kia dealer versus that a separate dealer is probably worth right around $ 7,000 or so just in case you were wondering, Then we have the Mercedes Benz C 400, which is $ 85,000, went comparably equipped actually almost about as expensive. As that short wheelbase Jaguar XJ. Now we will find a few features in the e 400 that we don’t find in the K. 900, like soft closed doors, but then again, we’ll also find a lot of features in the K 900 that we don’t find in the e 400 and actually better zero-to-sixty performance as well.
BMW 530i is relatively inexpensive, but it will still set you back 72 thousand dollars, which is a decent bump over the k900. Of course, as I said in the beginning, a value luxury car is almost an oxymoron because for some people there is a lot of value wrapped up into how much you paid for the car and strangely enough, there also seems to be a little Bit of value in complaining about the repair costs for your European luxury vehicle as well, and that’s what makes the canon hundred so unusual here, because normally, when we’re talking about a value luxury vehicle, we’re talking about something like a Volvo s90, which i think is an Excellent value in the luxury segment, sixty nine thousand six hundred ninety dollars will get you an S 90 long wheelbase with the same kind of features and trappings that you’ll find in a mercedes-benz e-class for about ten thousand dollars more, so that’s a definite discount. Taking a look at the Volvo, but the Volvo is a luxury branded vehicle, it’s built in Europe. It has more legroom, it has a panoramic.
Moonroof has excellent, fit and finished quality and, of course, it’s being sold at a Volvo dealer, and the Volvo dealer only sells luxury cars in this country. On the flip side, oddly enough, we have the same kind of drawbacks that we find versus the rest of the luxury car competition that we’ve been talking about. We don’t have the rear power seats, we don’t have the rear headroom, it’s not rear-wheel drive it’s slightly slower. Zero to 60 it has a shorter warranty, likely going to be less reliable and a smaller infotainment screen as well.
But on the flip side there is definitely something more exclusive about driving around a Volvo s90 and I really like the way that the s90 is designed to both inside and out. Although I don’t think that parts quality is necessarily as high as the k900, especially in the rear passenger area of the Volvo, I like the design of the Volvo better than what we see in the k900 and therefore deciding between something like the k900 and the Volvo S90, which I think has been my top pick or one of my top picks in the mid-size luxury sedan segment – is really really tricky. I love the way that the Volvo looks inside and outside, but I have to admit that we tend to keep our cars a little bit longer, so the k900 is gonna be less expensive. It also has a slightly different driving dynamic.
It has that really strong rear powered bias and a very, very comfortable rear seat. Personally, I am definitely a shopper that is looking for the bargain in luxury segments and that’s why I’ve actually owned Volvo’s in the past. That’s why I currently own a Kia Soul. Eevee!
That’s actually, arguably why I also have a Dodge Durango at the moment, and the Volvo is definitely a value in the luxury segment, but it’s more of a traditional luxury value brand. So the question is what I get that or when I get the actual value entry and I’m actually really torn on that one. I don’t know. If I have a decision, I could see myself shopping for either one of them.