2019 Kia K900 Just when it seems the automotive industry has lost its means with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Kia K900.
Often derided by fanatics as home equipment, the no-frills commuter automotive will get the overwhelming majority of shoppers the place they wish to go in the manner they want to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Kia K900 does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a little nuts: the typical transaction worth for a new automobile is more than $37,000, in response to Kelley Blue Guide. Straightforward responsible the automakers on this period of no accountability however we are the ones paying those large prices for big automobiles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Kia K900 puts each dollar to purposeful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Kia K900 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems to be extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that attempted too hard to be totally different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is extra streamlined and fewer offended, and the whole look is smoother entrance to again. However nonetheless, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Kia K900 in the US is built on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust warmth to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which may very well be significant for cold-weather shoppers wary of the chilly vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a shocking bit of pop. More importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg mixed, similar as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids without a plug, the 2019 Kia K900 trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around city, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Kia K900 averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round town. Setting EV mode helps preserve vitality below low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there is enough cost in the battery.
The battery is located under the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load flooring. Rear seat room is sufficient sufficient to fit two teens, and overall it felt roomy enough for a family of 4.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works each at highway cruising speeds and in commuter visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a stop. It additionally comes with the eight-inch contact display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain aggressive.
Priced at solely $three,000 more than the 2019 Kia K900 and $1,200 less than a similarly equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Kia K900 is the perfectly sensible, remarkably reasonable around-town automobile.
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