2025 Kia K5 Debuts With Bold Style, Updated Safety Tech & Expected New 2.5L Engine

2025 Kia K5 Debuts With Bold Style, Updated Safety Tech & Expected New 2.5L Engine


2025 Kia K5 Overview 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 desirable 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that replaces the outgoing 1.6-liter turbo engine.
  • The K5 has standard front-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is optional for the GT-Line.

2025 Kia K5: What’s New?

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

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

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

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 shod with 245/40R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires.

2025 to K5. Photo: Kia Motors America.

2025 Kia K5 Powertrain

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

New Naturally Aspirated Engine

For the 2025 model year, the expected new 2.5-liter engine is standard on the LXS, EX, and GT-Line. The new engine produces 191 horsepower, 11 more than the 1.6-liter turbo, but pushes out less torque at 181 lb-ft. (the 2024 K5’s 1.6-liter turbo 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 drive.

GT engine

While the LXS, EX, and GT-Line will see engine changes, the 2025 K5 GT will troop on with a 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 available exclusively with front-wheel drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Fuel Economy

The EPA has yet to reveal fuel economy estimates for the new 2025 Kia K5 2.5-liter gas engine. Despite having more horsepower, we reckon the 2.5-liter return the same EPA numbers as a 1.6-liter engine with front-wheel drive (about 27/37 city/highway and 31 combined).

2025 to K5
Photo: Kia Motors America.

More Convenience & Technology Features

New for the 2025 Kia K5 is a curved single-pane display that houses a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen, all powered by Kia’s high-fidelity Connected Car Navigation Cockpit and navigation software. (ASK) an update.

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

Additionally, Kia updated the center console to include larger cup holders and a wireless charging pad. Below the new infotainment screen is an updated HVAC/audio display with physical knobs.

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

The GT-Line Premium package is available for the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive Kia K5. It adds LED interior lighting, a 12-speaker Bose stereo, and a sunroof.

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

Interior layout of 2025 Kia K5.
Interior layout of 2025 Kia K5. Photo: Kia Motors America.

Advanced Driver Support Features

The 2025 Kia K5 comes standard with the updated Drive Wise system and more advanced driving aids. The base LXS has intelligent cruise control with stop-and-go connectivity, forward-collision assist with intersection detection and turning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Other standard or optional safety nets include highway driver assistance, blind spot monitoring, and surround view monitoring.

2025 Kia K5 Starting at MSRP

Kia hasn’t announced official MSRP figures for the 2025 Kia K5, though we think base prices will run from $27,000 for the top-of-the-line LXS to $32,000 for the top-of-the-line GT. The first shipments should arrive at dealers by the summer of 2024.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog columnist and sports and performance car expert. He studied aviation, aeronautics, and accounting in his younger years and still has a passion for his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.

Photo & Source: Kia Motors America.