Kia made its mark at the 2024 Chicago auto show with the debut of the updated 2025 K5, reaffirming its commitment to the midsize sedan market. With subtle design tweaks, a revamped engine boasting increased horsepower, and an expanded array of standard and optional driving aids, the brand aims to elevate its presence in this competitive segment.
A Modernized Exterior and Enhanced Interior
If the refreshed design of the 2025 K5 seems familiar, it’s because it mirrors the alterations introduced in the South Korean market version. Notable changes include the introduction of Star Map daytime running lights, a sleeker grille, and a redesigned lower bumper. The GT trim model particularly stands out with its distinctive fin-shaped inserts in the air dam. Updates extend to the rear, where the light bar now extends into the bumper for a cohesive look.
Inside, every trim level boasts a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with select variants featuring a curved, single-pane display that seamlessly integrates the touchscreen with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. The K5 also introduces over-the-air updates, along with wireless connectivity for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Kia has also revamped the center console and stack for improved usability.
Contrary to the trend of downsizing engines, Kia bucks the trend by replacing the 2024 K5’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a more potent turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Delivering 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, this upgrade surpasses the previous turbo-four’s output. Standard on all models is front-wheel-drive paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive remains an option for the GT-Line trim.
At the summit of the lineup, the K5 GT boasts a performance-oriented 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, generating an impressive 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, this powerhouse propels the front wheels with gusto.
Enhanced Features Across Trim Levels
The base LXS trim receives a boost in standard features, including front and rear parking sensors, as well as adaptive cruise control with forward collision-avoidance assist, featuring junction turning and cyclist detection. Moving up, the GT trim offers a premium Bose sound system, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, digital key access, a heated steering wheel, and power-folding door mirrors. Standard safety features include Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Highway Driving Assist technology, Surround-View Monitor, and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist – Reverse. Additionally, Kia offers a Premium Package for the GT-Line, bundling a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Details regarding pricing and availability for the 2025 K5 will be disclosed closer to its on-sale date, which is yet to be announced. With its comprehensive updates, Kia positions the 2025 K5 as a compelling choice in the midsize sedan segment, catering to drivers seeking enhanced performance, advanced technology, and modern design.