Kia K5 GT-LINE AWD is a game changer

We don’t know what it is exactly, but every time we drive a Kia, we have the same initial reaction — it’s like driving on air. And, that was certainly the case with the Kia K5 GT-Line AWD, but there is so much more to this amazing mid-size sedan. First off, we are big fans of sedans  — period — but this offering is a game changer!
   The K5 was redesigned to make it thinner with a wider front grille. It sort of looks like a grinning cat with its sleek design with dual-chrome exhaust tips. The look is a stunner and gives hints of its power, athleticism and coolness.
   Before we even venture inside, let’s talk about the ride, which as we said was sublime. The all-wheel drive system is front wheel based, the first in any Kia sedan. It has an electro-hydraulic system that brings about a faster response and more precise control. Again, this car is liking driving a flying carpet that would make any genie jealous.
   The comfort level inside was much more akin to a luxury vehicle instead of one that retails for about $30,000. The car features heated front seats with optional 10-way power-adjustable driver seats. The red leatherette seating and satin chrome metallic finishes brought a wanted element of cool. There was plenty of head room for both front seat and rear seats, which boasts 35.2 inches of legroom. We drove this car for several hours at a time and exited it refreshed with our knees not complaining — something that doesn’t always happen, even in larger vehicles.
   This beauty runs on a 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The K5 GT can go from 0.28 seconds faster than the BMW 330i, thanks to its best-in-class 195 lb.-ft-torque. We didn’t clock it ourselves but it did have an amazing acceleration when entering the interstate and passing trucks. It gets 29 miles per gallon combined.
   We especially like the All-Weather Drive, which is available on the all-wheel drive cars, such as this one, the provides all-weather capabilities and enhanced driving performance. For those dealing with icy weather, the “snow” drive mode enhances driver security and all-weather confidence.
   There really is so much to like about this car. It has a seamless infotainment display layout and voice command system so you’re not distracted when driving. The 8-inch touch screen offers high-resolution color that was clear, and we enjoyed the Bose Premium sound system that delivered a rich sound experience.
   Would we purchase this car? You bet! You get a lot — great looks, ample technology and comfort — for an amazing price. The value is incredible and you’re driving a car that looks like a million bucks.

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