2025 Kia K5 Debuts With Sharper Styling, Updated Safety Tech & New Naturally Aspirated 2.5L Engine (2024)

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2025 Kia K5 Summary Points

  • The 2025 Kia K5 debuted at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show with new styling, a revised interior, and more driving aids.
  • New for the 2025 Kia K5 is a more potent 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder to replace the outgoing variant’s 1.6-liter turbo engine.
  • The K5 has a standard front-wheel drivetrain, although all-wheel drive is optionalfor the GT-Line.

2025 Kia K5: What’s New?

The 2025 Kia K5 has received a mid-cycle refresh to keep it savvy in the company of its popular Accord, Camry, and Sonata competition.

The mildly facelifted Kia K5 debuts more angular styling cues with new Star Map LED front daytime running lights that slice through the fenders and front bumper. The Star Map theme extends to the rear with redesigned taillights, a standard rear spoiler, and dual or quad muffler tips.

Meanwhile, the K5 GT gets upward-pointing fins in the lower front bumper for a more aggressive maw.

There are new 16-inch (K5 LXS) and 18-inch (K5 EX and GT-Line) wheel designs, while the K5 GT has redesigned 19-inch wheels garbed in high-performance 245/40R19 Pirelli P-Zero tires.

2025 Kia K5 Powertrain

Gone is the 180-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo that came standard in the 2024 Kia K5 LXS, EX, and GT-Line. Kia believes there’s no replacement for displacement, so it gave a new naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-banger a tour of duty in the 2025 Kia K5.

New Naturally Aspirated Engine

For the 2025 model year, the new 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine is standard for the LXS, EX, and GT-Line. The new engine produces 191 horsepower, 11 more than the 1.6-liter turbo, but pumps out less torque at 181 lb-ft. (the 1.6-liter turbo of the 2024 K5 is rated at 195 lb-ft. of torque).

For the 2025 model year, the 2.5-liter four cylinder connects to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that drives the front wheels. The K5 GT-Line has an optional all-wheel drivetrain.

GT Engine

While the LXS, EX, and GT-Line will see an engine change, the 2025 K5 GT will soldier on with its turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. With 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft. of torque, the K5 GT is Kia’s most powerful sedan.

The K5 GT is exclusively available with a front-wheel drivetrain and a quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Fuel Economy

The EPA has yet to unveil the fuel economy ratings of the 2025 Kia K5’s new 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated gas engine. Despite having slightly more horsepower, we reckon the 2.5-liter will return similar EPA numbers as the 1.6-liter engine with front-wheel drive (around 27/37 city/highway and 31 combined).

More Convenience & Tech Features

New for the 2025 Kia K5 is a single-pane curved display that houses the 12-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, all powered by Kia’s high-fidelity Connected Car Navigation co*ckpit software with over-the-air (OTA) updates.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard fare, along with front and rear USB-C charging ports.

Furthermore, Kia updated the center console to house larger cupholders and a wireless charging pad. Below the new infotainment screen is an updated HVAC/audio display with physical knobs.

The mid-tier K5 EX gets more standard features like a 10-way power driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support, a heated steering wheel, power-folding wing mirrors with integrated turn signals, Digital Key 2.0, and a Bose premium stereo with active sound design.

The GT-Line Premium Package is available to both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants of the Kia K5. It adds LED interior lighting, a 12-speaker Bose stereo, and a panoramic sunroof.

Meanwhile, the GT-1 Package for the K5 GT adds 19-inch wheels, Digital Key 2.0, 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels, park distance warning, and a blind view monitor.

Advanced Driver Assist Features

The 2025 Kia K5 is standard with an updated Drive Wise system with more advanced driving aids. The base LXS has fusion-type smart cruise control with stop and go, forward collision avoidance assist with cyclist detection and junction turning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Other standard or optional safety nets include highway driving assist, blind view monitoring, and surround-view monitoring.

2025 Kia K5 Starting MSRP

Kia has not announced the official MSRP figures for the 2025 Kia K5, although we reckon the base prices will start from $27,000 for the entry-level LXS to about $32,000 for the range-topping GT. The first deliveries should arrive at dealerships by the summer of 2024.

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2025 Kia K5 Debuts With Sharper Styling, Updated Safety Tech & New Naturally Aspirated 2.5L Engine (2024)


What are the changes to the Kia K5 in 2024? ›

2024 Kia K5 Review

There were rumors that the K5 might be due for a major refresh this year, but instead it returns mostly unchanged. The only difference is the GT-Line trim now comes with heated seats as standard equipment.

Does the Kia K5 hold its value? ›

When new, a typically-equipped KIA K5 sells for $30,201 on average. After 5 years of depreciation, the average residual value will be $24,735.

Is the Kia K5 easy to steal? ›

In most vehicles if the key is not present in the ignition the steering wheel will remain locked or the vehicle cannot be started. Immobilization technology varies by vehicle manufacturer but the lack of this feature makes vehicles manufactured by Hyundai and Kia easy to steal.

What's different about the 2024 Kia K5? ›

Kia doesn't change much for the K5 for 2024, but what they have done is sweeten the equipment for the GT-Line trim level. For 2024, the K5 GT-Line gets heated front seats as standard equipment.

What is the difference between the 2024 and 2023 K5? ›

The only difference between the 2024 Kia K5 and the 2023 Kia K5 is you get heated front seats as standard equipment for the GT-Line.

Is A Kia K5 A Good car to buy? ›

Is the 2024 Kia K5 a Good Car? Yes, the 2024 K5 is a good midsize car. The K5 has a well-built and roomy cabin that's packed with technology, and it's easy to live with in terms of performance. Acceleration and handling are satisfying, while more practical considerations like ride quality and fuel economy shine, too.

What is the best Kia K5 to buy? ›

Our Recommendation: The Kia K5 GT-Line offers the best combination of value, features, and safety. Toss in the optional Premium Package, and you get adaptive cruise control and more driver-assist systems while keeping the price under $28,000. The GT-Line also is the only trim with optional AWD.

How many miles does a K5 last? ›

How many miles will K5 last? With the proper care from Kia-trained technicians the K5 can last between 200,000 to 250,000 miles.

Which Kia gets stolen the most? ›

Theft claims for the Kia Sportage were five times more frequent than the average for all 2020-22 models, relative to their numbers on the road.

Which Kia is prone to theft? ›

Less expensive versions of vehicles such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson and the Kia Forte and Sportage equipped with turn-key ignitions — as opposed to cars that only require a button press to start – are roughly twice as likely to be stolen as other vehicles of a similar age.

How are thieves stealing Kias? ›

If you leave your car key fob by the front door or even in an interior room, thieves might be able to steal your car. By amplifying the radio frequency of your fob, they may trick your car into unlocking and starting the engine, according to a letter sent to Kia Motors by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in 2022.

What car is equivalent to a Kia K5? ›

Cars similar to 2025 Kia K5. Related to the K5, the refreshed Hyundai Sonata stands out with sleek styling and the most efficient hybrid powertrain in the segment, exceeding 50 mpg.

Is Kia K5 a luxury car? ›

The EX trim of the 2024 Kia K5, priced at an MSRP of $29,290, redefines luxury and comfort in the K5 lineup. This trim level is all about pampering the driver and passengers with its high-end features.

What is Kia discontinuing? ›

Kia is discontinuing the Rio in the U.S. after the 2023 model year, as reported by Automotive News. The Rio subcompact was offered as a sedan and a hatchback, with both starting under $20,000. It's possible that the new Kia K3 will serve as a replacement for the Rio, but it will surely be more expensive.

Will there be a Kia K5 2024? ›

Entering its fourth model year, the boldly styled K5 sport sedan carries over into 2024 with only one change: the GT-Line FWD trim adds heated front seats standard.

Will the K5 be redesigned? ›

The 2025 K5 exterior features a new honeycomb grille and updated appearance at the front, with red LED lights highlighting the new trunklid and now-standard rear spoiler. Kia refers to its new LED front daytime running lights as “eyebrows” intended to give the K5 a more aggressive look.

Will the Kia K5 be redesigned? ›

Kia has revealed an updated version of the K5 mid-size sedan in Korea. The front and rear ends are restyled, and the interior receives new features including a rotary shifter and a digital gauge cluster. We expect to see the refreshed K5 arrive in the U.S. for the 2025 model year.

How much is the Kia K5 2024? ›

$26,745. Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer may vary.

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