Although the previous version of the Kia Sorento looked like a Mercedes-Benz M-Class, it proved that it was not a cheap imitation. It was overall winner of last year’s Caravan Club Towcar of the Year and remains a favourite among caravanners for its good towing dynamics and low price.

Now Kia has revised it, giving it more power, better suspension and sharper steering. Inside, there is a more user-friendly instrument panel. But is the new Sorento such a big improvement on its predecessor? We’ve put a lot of miles on a 2004 model, so we’re well-placed to compare the two.