Another plus point is the amount of equipment and technology the Quoris is offered with, although not all of the gizmos come as standard. There’s a TFT instrument cluster, 9.2in monitors for the rear passengers, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lights, seats that can be adjusted in a dizzying array of combinations and a multitude of safety-related features, such as a four-camera around-view monitor that’s particularly useful when squeezing into parking spaces on city streets.
Even with plenty of kit, the overall cabin ambience isn’t a match for German rivals. The quality of the plastic toggles, buttons and switches doesn’t look or feel as plush, even if there are loads of them in both the front and back.Nevertheless, it is extremely comfortable, with cosseting air suspension – standard on high-spec models – capably soaking up the bumps; and the lack of noise intrusion into the cabin is very impressive too.
Our drive through the permanently congested centre of Seoul offered few opportunities to exploit the full power of the 3.8-litre V6, although it did prove capable of shifting away from traffic lights with a pleasing amount of gusto. Ultimately, the Quoris is tuned for comfort and not dynamic prowess. The steering is numb and the car has a tendency to wallow rather than waft around corners.
2014 Kia Quoris Specs
Price £37,000 (est) Top speed 149mph 0-62mph 7.3sec Economy 30mpg CO2 192g/km Engine V6, 3778cc, petrol Power 329bhp at 6400rpm Torque 291lb ft at 5100rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic
Different driver modes are available at the touch of a button, but when the most dynamic Sport mode was engaged we didn’t discern much of a difference during our (admittedly slow-speed) drive.
The five-metre-long, rear-drive machine is predominantly angled at the USA, Middle East and Russia, as well as the domestic South Korean market. In some countries, the Quoris is also known as the K900 or K9.
Built at Kia’s Sohari plant in South Korea, where the Sedona and Rio are also created, the 2014 Kia Quoris introduces a wide range of technology that isn’t normally seen on the brand’s products.
Already on sale in Kia’s homeland, the US market 2014 Kia Quoris will be unveiled at the LA motor show in November.
2014 Kia Quoris concedes that the prospect of an executive offering bearing its badge might seem incongruous to those European consumers who are more used to its range of competitively priced compact cars and SUVs.
However, it has been encouraged by healthy US sales of top-of-the-range versions of cars such as the Cadenza saloon, which suggests there is a consumer acceptance of Kia-branded high-end cars in America.