Here it is, the all-new Kia Sorento. So, what’s new?

Plenty. This is no facelift, it’s a new-generation Sorento. Kia says it offers more space, better fuel economy and more equipment than before. It’s an altogether more sophisticated car, Kia claims – hence the more ‘sophisticated’ price tag.

The range begins from £28,795, and our KX-3 manual test car costs £35,845. Go for the top-spec KX-4 and you’ll pay over £40,000.

We want to see whether the improvements justify the higher price. Those seeking a no-nonsense 4×4 at a bargain price will be disappointed. Can the Kia be a creditable rival for prestige-badged SUVs? What tow car ability does it have? And will today’s Sorento live in the shadow of the much-loved original?