Enthusiasts The New Kia K8 Has A Lot Going On With Its Front End
2021 Kia Telluride review: One of the best SUVs you can buy
Handsome and upscale, spacious and refined, this Kia is easily one of the nicest three-row utility vehicles available today.With a welcoming front end, curt backside and elegant flanks accentuated by interestingly stepped brightwork surrounding the side glass, Kia's Telluride SUV is seriously attractive. To my eyes, it's far prettier than its sibling, the equally compelling if more interestingly styled Hyundai Palisade .
This is the new Kia K8, the successor to the Kia K7, which is known in the U.S. as the Cadenza,in this part of the world. It looks like a fairly generic big sedan, certainly not ugly but also not particularly memorable in the way the is, either. I’ve already seen Ford Fusion comparisons, and I think they’re reasonable to make.
Kia isn’t sharing details on the K8's nuts and bolts quite yet — today’sreveal consisted of all of three photos and a couple of paragraphs on the car’s design. This will be the first new Kia to tout the brand’s new logo front and center, for what it’s worth, but I think things get more interesting as you pan around the car.
Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards names Kia Seltos cream of 2021 crop
The car nerds at Kelley Blue Book are done nerding it up for another year. And, honestly, thank God for these geeks. For the last seven years, KBB’s experts have compiled Best Buy Awards that, in their words, seek the best “blend of comfort, quality, dependability, low ownership costs, and affordability in a package that is easy and fun to drive.” Luckily, these aren’t the kind of nerds you need to pin up against a locker in order to get a look at their homework—they give it away willingly! This year, after the vehicles were reviewed in a series of controlled tests at the brand’s HQ in Irvine, California, it was an SUV, the Kia Seltos, that was given the top honour of Best New Model.
I do think the grille deserves some attention. Kia has a name for this diamond lattice pattern on the front — it’s called a “tiger nose.” My eyes are having a bit of a hard time decoding how it’s structured, going off the one image it’s fully present in. Yes, there are little chrome accents at the base of each diamond, which I think is a little bit much, but in the upper middle section there where the grille goes all concave, it seems like the diamonds skew inward to allow ingress for passing air. That creates a progressive, 2D-to-3D effect that works well from this chosen angle, though I’m curious as to how it fares with brighter and non-metallic colors.
Then, just to hammer home that this car is all about diamonds, there are these streaks trailing off from the bottom side vents and flanking the lower grille. This, again, seems excessive to me, particularly with the upper application — it almost looks like someone took a Bedazzler to the car’s cheeks.
Car Review: 2020 Kia K5 GT-Line
The all-new 2021 Kia K5 replaces the Optima in the automaker’s lineup, giving shoppers a compelling choice on a modern sedan with many strengths and few weaknesses. After about 1,200 kilometres at the wheel, I think I’ve found the recipe behind the K5’s secret sauce — that is, the key attributes that help set it apart from its competitors . Below, I’ll explain those attributes and what they mean to the driver, as experienced from behind the wheel, in real life. My tester was the K5 GT-Line — second from top in the K5 family, with a 180-horsepower turbo-four, an eight-speed automatic, four doors, five seats, and All-Wheel Drive (AWD).
Look to the sides of the K8 and you’ll see the diamond motif crop up again, this time ahead of the C pillar of all places.
Texturing surfaces on car exteriors seems to be a growing trend, particularly within grilles because newer cars require less space for airflow (or, in the case of electric vehicles, almost none at all.) The K8 isn’t an EV of course, but that doesn’t necessarily bother me. The patterns just seem frivolous and unnecessary on a car that otherwise happens to look really good from certain angles.
The K8 really all comes together in the back. I like the way the “K” shape of the headlights seamlessly trails down to the silver trim below, and how that cut line diagonally slashes through the rear wheel well to the lower door sill. The subtle protrusion of the light bar within the upper portion of the decklid also strikes me as an attractive and uncommon use of negative space. I think the K8 has much more going for it around the rear third, where Kia’s designers have used these graphical tricks to neatly taper things off.
Head on, though? It looks both unimaginative and like it’s trying too hard at the same time, save for that nice center grille trickery. I suppose full-size sedans from volume brands are the wrong place to look for inventive design, but until Kia cares to tell us more about the K8, all we can really do is look.
2017 Kia K900: What You Need to Know .
The 2017 Kia K900 ranks toward the bottom of the luxury large car class. It has mundane performance compared to its rivals, but it boasts a quality interior with lots of features and ample passenger space. The 2017 Kia K900 is ranked: #6 in 2017 Luxury Large Cars #39 in Used Luxury Large Cars under $30K Is the 2017 Kia K900 a Good Used Car? The K900 is a decent luxury large car for those who want a roomy and upscale interior. It provides luxury that you might not expect from a brand like Kia. Even the base model comes chock-full of comfort and convenience features. There's room for passengers to stretch out wherever they sit.