Kia K9: best buy or barking mad?

Thursday, 3 May 2012 8:35 AM

Kia K9

The K9 is a new big boy from Kia. But is it a good boy?!

Now, you'd think Kia's marketing types might have thought twice before calling its latest offering the K9 - mental images of doggy films abound and we're not sure whether that's a great association for the Korean automaker's new flagship saloon. But we like to keep an open mid here at TotallyMotor and the early material suggests that this is the latest sign of quality from the Far East.

The K9 has now gone on sale in Korea and export sales are scheduled for later this year. At present, there are no immediate plans to sell the K9 in the UK but if it does well in other markets, it could end up a new addition in British showrooms.

So what are we missing out on? It's a rear-wheel drive saloon, which certainly ups the fun factor in what could otherwise be a conservative beast. Add to this a 3.8-litre V6 286bhp petrol engine and an Audi-baiting eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission and it suddenly becomes something we might want to take for a spin. There are also plans to add a 3.8-litre 329bhp diesel to the line-up next year.

It's certainly roomy with overall length at 5,090mm, width at 1,900mm, height at 1,490mm and a 3,045mm wheelbase. It is clearly an attempt to take on the luxury saloon market given the impressive standard kit - adaptive LED headlights, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, 17-speaker stereo by Harman, cruise control and four cameras to ensure you can see all around the K9.

It certainly sounds like it offers plenty of promise for Kia. We eagerly await the K9's arrival in the UK but will Kia throw us a bone?

By Georgia Lewis

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