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In a Canadian auto market that often seems awash with anonymous SUVs, the Kia K5 offers an inspiring change of pace. Built to a mid-size sedan format, it's a car that marries great looks to high comfort and excellent levels of performance. The latest 2022 Kia K5 is now available for viewing and test drive, and here's why you should book your appointment without delay.
Every model in the K5 lineup is powered by a beefy turbo gas engine, with two configurations available. At the lower end, a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo makes an impressive 180 horsepower and 195lb-ft of torque, plenty enough to propel the sedan profile through accelerating corners and high straight-line speeds with ease. The high output can feed your choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with an eight-speed automatic transmission channelling the power in both cases.
But for a genuinely thrilling sedan experience, the high-end K5 GT model is equipped with a huge 2.5L turbo mill which pushes out fully 290 horsepower and 311lb-ft, an output to rival many much bulkier performance SUVs. Somewhat surprisingly, front-wheel drive is the only option with this engine, although the performance is greatly enhanced by a sports-optimized eight-speed dual clutch transmission that's exclusive to the K5 GT line.
Choose the lower-end engine with front-wheel drive and you'll be rewarded with excellent fuel economy figures of 8.1L / 100km in the city and 6.2L / 100km on the highway. Switching to all-wheel drive increases consumption a little, as you'd expect, and equally unsurprisingly the 2.5L turbo mill is thirstiest of all with a rating of 9.8L (city) and 7.4L / 100km (highway). Nonetheless, these economy figures show one of the great advantages of the streamlined sedan shape compared to the hulking SUV format.
The upscale feel of the K5 interior is signalled from the start with attractive features including real wood trim, heated and ventilated seats, and ambient interior lighting. But it's in the infotainment and technology options where the K5 really shines. Even at the entry level a large 8" touchscreen display is included, with 10.3" offered as standard on most of the higher trims.
Smartphones can be easily integrated through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with both corded and wireless versions on offer, while options include navigation, multiple USB ports, and a wireless charging pad. And lastly, the standard six-speaker audio can be upgraded to a premium 12-speaker Bose system.
As with other models in the Kia lineup, the 2022 K5 is generously equipped with an array of active safety systems and driver assist technologies. Key standard and available highlights include lane departure warnings, lane keep assist, forward collision warnings with emergency braking, and blind spot monitoring with intersection scanning.
Experience the pleasures of driving a stylish sedan by booking a test drive of the 2022 Kia K5 from Eastside Kia. If you're looking for a breath of fresh air in your daily driving, the exciting and feature-rich K5 deserves your full attention.