KIA’s K5 is slowly becoming one of the best sedans on the market. This segment is really competitive so we give the K5 major props for standing out. The K5 comes with a 1.6 L engine that produces 180 horsepower and a more powerful 2.5 L engine that produces 290 horsepower. Its sleek exterior and well-appointed cabin set it apart from the competition, while its numerous advantages in terms of price and standard features make it a top pick in its class.
The 2022 Kia K5 comes with a 1.6 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. With 180 horsepower, the K5 provides ample power for your daily commute. It took us 8.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in our test. While this may not be considered quick, it is good enough for regular driving situations, such as commuting and highway cruising. The transmission of the K5 plays an essential role in providing a comfortable driving experience, as it shifts smoothly and seamlessly, contributing to a refined and enjoyable ride quality.
For those seeking more power, Kia offers the GT trim of the K5, which is equipped with a 2.5 L turbocharged engine. This larger engine generates 290 horsepower, providing a significant boost in performance compared to the standard 1.6 L engine. The GT trim caters to individuals who want a more performance-oriented driving experience, with its increased horsepower and enhanced acceleration.
The Kia K5 comes with a strong tech package, catering to the needs of modern drivers. The base model comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, which provides a clear interface for controlling the car’s various infotainment features. However, if you opt for the GT-Line trim, you can get the 10.3-inch display that includes built-in navigation. This larger screen not only enhances the interior but also provides a better experience when using the infotainment system and accessing navigation features. Regardless of the screen size, Kia has ensured that the touchscreen is responsive and user-friendly. Additionally, the physical buttons accompanying the touchscreen are thoughtfully placed and easy to use, allowing for convenient control of essential functions without the need to rely solely on the touchscreen. All trims also come equipped with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
The interior of the 2022 Kia K5 is designed with a focus on intuitiveness and functionality. The layout of the cabin ensures that everything is within easy reach and that the controls are user-friendly. Kia designers have put significant effort into creating an interior that feels well-planned unlike what we have seen from some other brands in recent years. One thing that really stands out in the K5 is how spacious the interior is. The car offers ample legroom, allowing both the driver and passengers to stretch out comfortably. Whether you’re in the front or the back, you’ll find generous legroom. Additionally, the K5 provides a decent amount of headroom, ensuring that even taller occupants can sit comfortably without feeling cramped.
When it comes to comfort, the K5’s suspension does a great job of providing a comfortable ride. It effectively absorbs bumps and imperfections on the road, ensuring a smooth and controlled ride quality. In terms of noise isolation, the K5 has a quiet cabin, even at highway speeds. The vehicle’s insulation and soundproofing measures effectively lower outside noise, providing occupants with a quiet ride. This level of quietness is comparable to what you would expect from high-end sedans, further enhancing the overall comfort and refinement of the K5.
The 2022 Kia K5 offers 453L of cargo space. This provides ample space to accommodate everyday cargo needs, such as groceries, luggage, and other items you may need to transport. The trunk is designed to be practical and versatile, allowing you to easily load and unload your belongings. To further enhance the convenience of cargo loading, Kia has positioned the seatback releases inside the trunk. This placement allows you to easily fold down the rear seatbacks from the trunk area, expanding the available cargo space and enabling you to transport longer items that may not fit in the trunk in their upright position. This feature is particularly useful when you need to transport larger items such as furniture or sporting equipment.
Inside the cabin, the K5 offers decent storage for your personal belongings. A rubberized phone tray provides a secure and slip-resistant spot to place your smartphone, preventing it from sliding around during the drive. Additionally, the K5 features a spacious bin in the middle armrest, allowing you to store various items within easy reach of both the driver and the front passenger. Whether it’s storing your phone, charging your devices, or storing small necessities, the K5’s interior design provides practical solutions to meet your storage needs.
The KIA K5 we tested is rated at 9.3/7.0 L/100km (city/highway). In our test we got slightly worse fuel economy, however, you can expect to achieve those numbers on your daily commute.