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Of the cars I am interested in is this and a Jetta gli.
I am liking the K5 but its a long car. Used to a 185” length.
So curious that now this car out a few months how do you like the car (or not)...
Thx.
 

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Of the cars I am interested in is this and a Jetta gli.
I am liking the K5 but its a long car. Used to a 185” length.
So curious that now this car out a few months how do you like the car (or not)...
Thx.
I have only had mine for a few days but so far, I like it. I used to drive a Hyundai Sonata (2018) so this is about the same size. I wanted a sedan with AWD which is why I decided to go with Kia instead of Hyundai. It has yet to snow in my area so I haven't had the chance to figure out how it'll handle in the snow. There is a lot to learn with the technology of this car but this forum is helping a lot. The one thing that makes no sense to me (and many others) is that if you upgrade to the 10.25" screen, the Apple Car Play/AA doesn't connect without a wire. However, it DOES connect without a wire on the smaller screen. It's not a deal breaker but it is hard to understand why they made it like this.
 

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So what I like and don't like (I bought the car within a week of it coming out, didn't even know it was a new car, just happened to be showing for an optima) I came from a 2016 Nissan Sentra

Pros:
The turbo is definitely a nice little feature, it does provide the "oomf" you'd like to see coming out of a sportier car, and I thought it wouldn't come close to the feel of my old Sentra and surprisingly, it does.

I have the front wheel drive version of the GT-Line (my car salesman neglected to tell me an AWD is coming out, even after asking him he told me he didn't know, I was pissed). Since I have gotten it, we had days with 1/2" of snow, and we have had days with 8" of snow. As long as the roads are kind of maintained, the handling is good on it, and unfortunately I can't say I can't go to work because my car isn't good in the snow :LOL:

Mine does not have the sunroof which I really wanted, but from what I'm hearing, it can be noisey(rattle-y) so im happy I opted out of that

I have the interior lighting with mine, I like it, but I wouldn't be upset if I didn't have it

The safety features are pretty awesome. Lane keep assist, blind spot, swerve assist all work as expected, my commute is 40 miles either way and having them on, on the highway is like I'm not even driving. I didn't get smart cruise which I really regret honestly. The auto stop (press the brake all the way to floor when stopped and the car holds the car stopped for you without foot pressure until you press on the gas) feature I love especially when in traffic.

Standard. Heated. Mirrors. Its the little things sometimes. You know?

I bought my was an A/T but honestly I drive it like a standard. I really like this because it makes the car more fun to drive in my eyes at least.

My car is white, and I got the windows tinted 15% all around aside from the windshield and let me tell you, it makes the car really look sharp.

Cons:
Wind noise, you can really hear it on the highway.

Steering column, my steering column was rubbing since the first day I got the car, turns out it was no good. It was replaced under warranty (took 6 weeks). Im sure this is not common though.

Transmission, the auto transmission tends to lag when taking off, or when trying to say, pass a car on the highway if you are in normal or even sport mode. This is why I dont use it and I use the tectonic so I can make the transmission downshift as needed, even with this it has a delay but not nearly as much as the automatic.

With the winter weather, at least up here in the northeast, if you dont keep the bumpers and grills uncovered you'll have "error" messages because the sensors can not see past the snow, not a big deal, but it can be annoying.

My 2 biggest pet peeve:
I can not go to the store, leave the car running, and lock it. Kia has this disabled. Why? Because their stupid. :rolleyes:

Autostart is worse than me when I was 16. It lasts for 10 minutes, doesn't get hot and is a total disappointment. :cautious:

Kia keeps it at 72 for autostart, all well and good in the summer, not the winter. Rear defroster doesn't turn on, therefor heated mirrors don't turn on, and you can not adjust the temp or length of start. I often find myself starting the car in the am when I wake up, then again 15 mins before I'm going to leave for work in order to have the car warm enough to be comfortable.

Off the top of my head thats all that I have.


TL/DR:its a good car nothing major to cons aside the transmission lag (its a preference in my opinion)

Any questions/comments.....give it to my baby :cool:

I KNOW I'm missing some stuff that I know some of the other active members on here can add to it.
 

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I have only had mine for a few days but so far, I like it. I used to drive a Hyundai Sonata (2018) so this is about the same size. I wanted a sedan with AWD which is why I decided to go with Kia instead of Hyundai. It has yet to snow in my area so I haven't had the chance to figure out how it'll handle in the snow. There is a lot to learn with the technology of this car but this forum is helping a lot. The one thing that makes no sense to me (and many others) is that if you upgrade to the 10.25" screen, the Apple Car Play/AA doesn't connect without a wire. However, it DOES connect without a wire on the smaller screen. It's not a deal breaker but it is hard to understand why they made it like this.
This was the reason I didn't get the upgraded screen, I LOVE my wireless android.
 

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I picked up an AWD GT-Line in Passion Red 2 weeks ago, I was coming from an '06 Lexus ES330 w/ 190K miles.

Likes
  1. AWD
  2. Heated steering wheel and seats
  3. Remote start on both the keyfob as well as using the UVO app which allows me to set temp as well as heated seats/wheel and can be set to autostart on a schedule.
  4. Wireless CarPlay/Android Auto with Qi wireless charging is cool.
  5. It has 5 different engine maps and they really make a difference, in Sport vs Normal it accelerates harder and holds shifts up to the redline, in Normal it drives like a grandma.
  6. I think the car looks amazing, the lightning bolt DRL is sex.
  7. Full LED headlights, fog lights, signals and tail lights are sweet.
  8. The huge sunroof is really nice
  9. Better MPG than my old Lexus
Dilikes
  1. No homelink, I had to find my garage door opener
  2. No memory seats
  3. No power passenger seat
  4. No sunglasses holder
  5. There is wind noise from the drivers window that I need to figure out, very slight whistling
  6. Would have liked to have the 12 speaker audio but the 6 speaker is still very good, not sure I would like to trade wireless CarPlay though
New to me so have to get used to it
  1. Driver aids, self steering, radar cruise, nanny alarms -- I'm having to relearn how to drive somewhat to play nice with the new systems.
I liked my ES330 but I was putting more into repairs than it was becoming worth so I went looking, cross shopped the Subaru Outback, Mazda CX5, new Sorrento and the K5 -- yes diverse but they all had AWD and were in a similar price range. The K5 just clicked, I would have loved to get a Stinger but that wasn't in the budget. Overall, aside from the admittedly minor issues I really like this car.
 
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