2020 Audi A6 vs. 2019 Kia K900

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A6 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia K900 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The K900 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The K900 doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The A6 has standard Audi Connect Care, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The K900 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the A6 and the K900 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A6 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The K900 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The A6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the K900’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the A6 55 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the K900 (22 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the A6 45 TFSI Auto gets better fuel mileage than the K900 (24 city/32 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the A6’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The K900 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

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The A6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The K900 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The A6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the K900 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the A6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the K900 (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R19).

The A6 Prestige’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the K900’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The K900’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the K900’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

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The Audi A6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Kia K900.

The A6 is 7.2 inches shorter than the K900, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The A6 has .1 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear legroom than the K900.

Cargo Capacity

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The A6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The K900 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Towing

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The A6 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The K900 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 32% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The A6’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The K900 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A6 Premium Plus/Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The K900 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the A6 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A6 will cost $800 to $2660 less than the K900 over a five-year period.

The A6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the A6 will retain 35.72% to 36.55% of its original price after five years, while the K900 only retains 27.93%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Audi A6 will be $2178 to $9811 less than for the Kia K900.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A6 third among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The K900 isn’t in the top three.

The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Kia K900 by over 44 to one during the 2019 model year.

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