Is the 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line The Epitome of Affordable Luxury?

When opting for the AWD model might not be the best move - unless you actually need AWD

The Kia K5 GT-Line is the definition of affordable luxury

and it looks good too!

The GT-Line is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission

Total power output is 180 HP and 195 LB-FT

It’s not impressively fast, but 0-60 mph happens in around 7.8 seconds

Outside of peppy acceleration, the cabin is very well appointed

The sports-like seats are comfortable and quite supportive, even on longer drives

The infotainment system is snappy and easy to use

Thanks to the semi-digital instrument cluster, you won’t feel the wear down associated with all-digital displays during overnight drives

The rear passenger area is quite comfortable and spacious, although not nearly as supportive as the front seats

Since this is a GT-Line you get more than the standard 16 cubic-feet of cargo room thanks to the 60-40 split rear seats

Kia doesn’t give a maximum cargo capacity, but we estimate you can comfortably carry 30 cubic-feet or more with the rear seat folded down

Our tester was an AWD model, which surprisingly didn’t feel any different from the FWD K5 EX we drove a few months before

The AWD system, however, isn’t exactly for everyone, and if you don’t need it, it’s not worth the $1,600 premium

It would make sense in places that experience seasonal snow, but if you live in Florida like us, there’s little use for it

In FWD for you’ll get 29 mpg city, 38 mpg hwy, and 32 mpg combined

AWD, however, drops these figures to 26, 34, and 29, respectively

Pricing for the GT-Line starts at $26,090 while the AWD model will cost you at least $27,690

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