2020 Kia K900 vs. 2020 BMW 7 Series

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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 7 Series 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 7 Series.

Both the K900 and the 7 Series 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, around view monitors, 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 7 Series’ 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 7 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 7 Series 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 7 Series’ 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 30 more horsepower (365 vs. 335) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 330) than the 740i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

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 7 Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The K900 has 8.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 7 Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 12.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the K900’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the 7 Series:

K900

7 Series

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.7 inches

The K900 stops shorter than the 7 Series:

K900

7 Series

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the K900 has larger rear tires than the 7 Series (275/40R19 vs. 245/50R18).

The K900’s 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 7 Series’ standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the K900 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 7 Series.

Suspension and Handling

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The K900 handles at .87 G’s, while the 745e xDrive pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The K900 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 745e xDrive (25.7 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.1 seconds @ .73 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the K900’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the 740i’s (39.2 feet vs. 42 feet). The K900’s turning circle is 3.2 feet tighter than the 7 Series xDrive’s (39.2 feet vs. 42.4 feet).

Chassis

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The K900 is 5.1 inches shorter than the Alpina B7, making the K900 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The K900 is 5.8 inches shorter than the 7 Series.

The design of the Kia K900 amounts to more than styling. The K900 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the 7 Series (.27 to .31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the K900 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The K900 has 1.2 inches more front headroom and 4.3 inches more front legroom than the 7 Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The K900 has a larger trunk than the 7 Series (15 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the K900 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the K900 will cost $1135 to $6415 less than the 7 Series over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia K900 will be $15096 to $76198 less than for the BMW 7 Series.

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