New Kia K9 luxury saloon

Jay Nagley

It probably won't come to the UK (and certainly not with that name), but Kia has launched a 3.8 litre V6, rear drive saloon.

The K9 (we are going to restrain ourselves and leave the pet-based puns to you) is the new Kia flagship, and is a long way upmarket from the current UK range-topping saloon, the Optima. The design is what we have come to expect from Kia. Design supremo Peter Schreyer is ex-Audi and it shows. Modern Kias are remarkably calm, confident designs, with none of the little fripperies Korean cars used to feature in a vain attempt to look upmarket.