2020 Kia K900 vs. 2020 BMW 5 Series Sedan

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia K900 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the K900. But it costs extra on the 5 Series Sedan.

Both the K900 and the 5 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The K900 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 5 Series Sedan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the K900 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 5 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 5 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Kia dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the K900’s warranty.

Reliability

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The battery on the K900 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the K900’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The 5 Series Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 8 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

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The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 117 more horsepower (365 vs. 248) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 258) than the 530i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 331) than the 540i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia K900 is faster than the 530i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder:

K900

5 Series Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.2 MPH

94.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia K900 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 5 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The K900 has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 5 Series Sedan (20.3 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the K900’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 5 Series Sedan:

K900

5 Series Sedan

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the K900 has larger rear tires than the 5 Series Sedan (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R18).

The K900’s 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 5 Series Sedan’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the K900 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 5 Series Sedan.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the K900’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the 5 Series Sedan (122.2 inches vs. 117.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the K900 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than on the 5 Series Sedan.

The K900 handles at .87 G’s, while the 530i pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The K900 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 530i (25.7 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the K900’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (39.2 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The K900’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (39.2 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the K900 a Large car, while the 5 Series Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The K900 has 11.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 5 Series Sedan (110 vs. 98.8).

The K900 has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 4.3 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 5 Series Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the K900’s available rear seats recline. The 5 Series Sedan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics

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The K900 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the K900 has standard extendable sun visors. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The K900 has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The K900 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the 5 Series Sedan.

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