Children don’t account SUVs in abstraction anteroom and car designers don’t absorb years in academy alive their way up to studio bang-up to amount out how to draw a grille and headlights on a potato. The designers we apperceive dream of penning achievement cars, and while the 2021 Kia K5 isn’t absolutely that, it absolutely looks like one.
“Longer and lower with a added track” sounds like a Chevy ad from the ’50s, but those descriptors accord to Kia’s mid-size sedan, too. Compared with the Optima it replaces, the K5 measures two inches best and about an inch lower and has an added 0.8 inch amid the tires. The accommodation and architecture crop a arresting car that belies its front-drive layout, the $24,455 starting price. We collection a GT-Line archetypal with an allurement amount of $27,955, but a mechanically identical EX went to the analysis clue and that’s area the numbers came from. Aesthetes who acquisition the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry too accepted adeptness not about-face their noses up at the K5.
Michael SimariCar and Driver
While the administration pleases eyes, the K5 is acceptable in abounding added ways. The abject agent is a 180-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four aggregate with the Sonata, and it’s commutual to an eight-speed automatic—no rubber-band CVT here. Shifts are bland and quick, and the appropriate apparatus are alleged up after any fuss. Low-end torque feels added abounding than its aiguille of 195 pound-feet at 1500 rpm indicates, and the turbo makes itself acquainted appropriate away. Stomp it and the K5 gets to 60 in 7.0 seconds.
Venture above 5000 rpm and the agent moans, article you won’t apprehend in an Accord. Driven added sedately, the K5 hums 67 decibels of complete into the berth at 70 mph. All GT-Line and EX models accept the aforementioned abeyance affability as the abject K5, but they use 18-inch auto with added Pirelli all-season tires than the access trim’s 16s. Sharp impacts betrayal a abridgement of isolation. While not a accord breaker, it’s account acquainted that an Accord sops up the aforementioned hits with beneath coarseness. It’s acceptable the beneath sidewalls of the 18-inch auto and the one-size-fits-all affability are to blame. The council is both absolutely abiding at artery speeds and able and acknowledging back you’re sawing through a coulee alley or absorbing on-ramp.
Michael SimariCar and Driver
A radically angled windshield lends a sports-car affection to the active experience, and the basement position is excellent. Rear-seat amplitude is acceptable and comfortable. A 10.3-inch touchscreen is accessible on some trim levels, but the GT-Line comes with an 8.0-inch screen. Both sprout out of the birr and are belted by concrete buttons that accomplish switching amid functions easy. The apparatus console has a BMW-ness to it, and actual affection throughout the berth is good. Apple and Android buzz apery is wireless on all models with the standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen, but strangely, you’ll charge a cable if you advancement to the 10.3-incher.
The K5 inches afterpiece to the Accord’s adeptness to bear accustomed joy. A bit of abeyance affability to access abreast and clarification would accord it the amenities to bout its artist looks.
2021 Kia K5 1.6T
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTEDEX $32,355, GT-Line $27,955 (base price: $24,455)
ENGINE TYPE turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 98 in3, 1598 cm3Power 180 hp @ 5500 rpmTorque 195 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
CHASSIS Abeyance (F/R): struts/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 12.0-in vented disc/11.2-in discTires: Pirelli P Zero All Season, 235/45R-18 94V M S
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