The Kia K5 made a splash last summer during its official debut. Although SUVs and crossovers are everywhere these days, some folks (myself included!) would still rather drive a sedan. And when it comes to sedans, the 2022 Kia K5 is one of the nicest on the market! Although the car was brand new as of 2021, there are a few minor changes for the 2022 model year.
Kia K5: What’s New In 2022?
The exterior styling is mainly unchanged, although the 2022 K5 will feature the new Kia logo on the hood. A surround-view monitor, extra wireless chargers, and navigation are now standard on the GT-Line, EX, and GT trim levels. The new GT-Line AWD Premium package includes a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, LED projection headlights, and additional driver assistance features.
Trim levels include the LX, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT.
2022 Kia K5 Safety Features
Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, and a Driver Attention Warning are standard on all K5 models. Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist are standard on every trim level except the entry-level LX.
Engine & Powertrain
Under the hood of every K5 – except one trim level – is a 1.6-liter turbo GDI four-cylinder. The engine, connected to an eight-speed automatic, creates 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque. Kia’s Continuously Variable Valve Duration technology helps increase performance and efficiency. The 1.6-liter turbo is the standard engine for the LX, LXS, GT-Line, and EX.
The K5 GT receives a spicier 2.5-liter turbo with 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with a new eight-speed “wet” dual-clutch transmission Kia developed in-house. As a result of the more powerful engine and new transmission, the K5 GT hits 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
2022 Kia K5: All-Wheel Drive Availability
The new K5 is standard with front-wheel drive. However, all-wheel drive is available, but only for certain trim levels. The trim levels with all-wheel drive are as follows:
- LX: No
- LXS: Yes, all-wheel drive is available.
- GT-Line: Yes, all-wheel drive is available.
- EX: No
- GT: No (bummer, given the more powerful engine).
2022 Kia K5 Fuel Economy
- LX FWD: 29 in the city, 38 on the highway (32 combined).
- LXS FWD: 27 in the city, 37 on the highway (31 combined).
- LXS AWD: 25 in the city, 33 on the highway (28 combined).
- GT-Line FWD: 27 in the city, 37 on the highway (31 combined).
- GT-Line AWD: 25 in the city, 33 on the highway (28 combined).
- EX FWD: 27 in the city, 37 on the highway (31 combined).
- GT FWD: 24 in the city, 32 on the highway (27 combined).
Warranty & Maintenance
Kia’s bumper-to-bumper warranty is five years/60,000 miles with a 10-year/100,000-mile coverage period on the powertrain. Our full review of Kia’s warranty will give you a better understanding of what is and isn’t covered. According to RepairPal, the annual maintenance cost of a typical Kia is $474.
2022 Kia K5: Pricing By Trim Level
The figures below include the $995 for destination and handling.
- LX FWD: $24,685
- LXS FWD: $25,685
- LXS AWD: $27,485
- GT-Line FWD: $27,085
- GT-Line AWD: $28,685
- EX FWD: $29,585
- GT FWD: $32,085
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Photos & Source: Kia Motors America.
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