2021 Kia K5 GT first test review: Front wheel burning machine

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“Power is nothing without control.” This is not a quote from a prominent historical figure or philosopher. It’s part of Pirelli’s marketing message, with the logo plastered on billboards during Formula 1 races. The point is well taken, but it seems Kia didn’t get the memo while working on the 2021 Kia K5 GT.

It’s funny how the Korean manufacturer ships the 2021 Kia K5 GT on Pirelli P Zero All-Season tires instead of the high-performance rubber they order. And those frames pop like pimples on a teen’s face – you just want to make them pop. However, it’s an excellent, fast family car that sits atop those four blocks of rubber.

Did someone say strength?

Much like the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N we tested earlier this year, the formidable 2021 Kia K5 GT comes with a turbocharged 2.5-liter I-4 with 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. These types of shapes tend to be too much for the front wheels of most cars, and Kia is no different.

If you can avoid unnecessary wheel jumps and perform a clean launch, the K5 GT accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, just ten times the Sonata N Line. The 0.1-second advantage remains correct all the way up to the quarter-mile mark as Kia crosses the line in 14.0 seconds at 101.8 mph. While the all-season tires probably didn’t restrict the GT significantly during accelerations, the rubber made a huge difference in braking and rounded out our track as a number eight.

Handling and braking

The 2021 Kia K5 GT needed 127 stopping feet from 60 mph, a modest result for what is supposed to be a somewhat sporty sedan. Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a yacht-sized SUV weighing 2,715 pounds more From the K5 GT, it stops 20 feet shorter. Of every 2021 sedan we’ve tested to date, only one stopped a longer distance: the Honda Accord EX-L, which needed 129 feet.

The Sonata N Line also stopped a much shorter distance, just 110 feet, and the difference between the two cars is even more pronounced around the figure-eight test. The 2021 Kia K5 GT’s time of 26.3 seconds at an average of 0.69 grams was slower and less complex than the Sonata In Line’s 25.8 seconds at 0.72 grams. Of course, the Hyundai we tested had more viscous rubber.

How do you feel about it?

Without available all-wheel drive options or a limited-slip differential, the 2021 Kia K5 GT sells itself quite a bit. After the riotous first five minutes behind the wheel, the charm of the ridiculously powerful quad and the ridiculous lack of grip on the driven wheels tend to frustrate. You want to stop screaming your way through every intersection and away from every stop sign, but at anything over 50 percent of the throttle, the GT is either misusing its front tires or throttling with traction control—down to the third Come on.

But perhaps the most telling number in terms of how fast the K5 GT is can be is how fast acceleration. You only need 2.5 seconds to get from 45 to 65 mph; This is 0.2 seconds faster than the Mercedes-AMG GLA35 and is on par with the 2022 VW Golf GTI. It’s also faster than the Honda Accord Sport 2.0, the mid-size family sedan that everyone wants to steal the gold medal from. The moment the K5 GT was no longer limited in traction, its character changed from a finger-pull exhaust machine to something more like a legitimate sports sedan.

How about comfort?

Furthermore, the rest of the 2021 Kia K5 GT doesn’t lose anything which makes the K5 one of the best sedans in its class. The eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is surprisingly fast, and it shreds shifts without hesitation when the driver demands it. It’s almost as geared as the DSG in the new Golf GTI, and it’s standard for mass-market dual-clutch transmissions. The car’s ultra-light steering doesn’t provide much feedback, but that doesn’t matter when there’s little control at first.

However, all-season tires may offer one advantage over sports tires: comfort. Despite sharing a platform with the Sonata N Line, the Kia K5 GT’s ride is noticeably better than Hyundai’s. Around town, supple suspension and foam tires provide a kind of quiet that contrasts with the brutal character lurking under the hood. The ride quality isn’t what you call quiet all the time, and a fair amount of wind noise can creep into the cabin via the driver’s side mirror. But the K5 GT’s poise and the way it handles the bumpy grooves makes it easy to believe you’re driving something more expensive.

the interior

The interior of the K5 GT features a lot of plastic, but it does not reduce the attractiveness of the car. Kia uses some nicer materials for cabin contacts, and breaks down the plastics used elsewhere. The dashboard is cool and features a beautiful screen that integrates with the dashboard rather than looking like a tablet PC installed. The cabin is spacious for both front and rear passengers, and the boot offers 16.0 cubic feet and a wide opening.

With all of Kia’s excellent driver aids, a supportive pair of front seats, and easy road manners, the 2021 Kia K5 GT is definitely worth considering if you want a sedan with some hot sauce under the hood. Budget your budget for some decent summer tires over the car’s base price of $35705, and you’ll unlock their potential.

Look well! More details?

to specify 2021 Kia K5 GT (DCT FWD)
Base Price / As tested $31585 / $35585
Energy (SAE Network) 290 HP @ 5800 rpm
Torque (net SAE) 311 lb-ft @ 1650 rpm
Acceleration, 0-60 mph 5.4 seconds
quarter mile 14.0 seconds @ 101.8 mph
Braking, 0-60 mph 127 feet
lateral acceleration 0.85 g (medium)
MT number eight 26.3 seconds @ 0.69 g (average)
EPA City / Hwy / Comb 24/32/27 mpg
car design Front engine, front wheel drive, 5-lane, 4-door sedan
Engine / Transmission 2.5-liter turbo-port, direct-injection DOHC 16-valve I-4, 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Appropriate weight (front and rear distance) 3,527 lbs (61/39%)
wheelbase 112.2 inches
Length x width x height 193.1 x 73.2 x 56.9 inches
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