The South Korean company's flagship SUV is offered with hybrid and diesel power.

The all-new Kia Sorento family SUV is now on sale in the UK with prices starting at just under £39,000. At first, customers will get a choice of three trim levels and two engines – a petrol-electric hybrid and a diesel – while a plug-in hybrid version is set to arrive later this year.

At the foot of the line-up is the £38,845 ‘2’ model, which comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and a black front grille, as well as silver-coloured front and rear skid plates. LED headlights are included, too, along with front and rear fog lights.

Inside, there’s black cloth upholstery on all seven seats, two-zone climate control and heated front seats. There’s also a heated steering wheel, while the windscreen wipers and lights are automatically controlled, switching on when the car decides they are needed. Customers looking for more of a tech ‘fix’, however, will be more interested in the digital instrument cluster, eight-inch touchscreen and reversing camera, which is backed up by front and rear parking sensors.

The only engine currently available with the ‘2’ trim is the 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid, which Kia says will produce 226 bhp. That’s enough for a 0-62 mph time of 8.7 seconds and fuel economy of 40.9 mpg on the official test.

Moving up to the ‘3’ model, which starts at £41,245, gets you the option of a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which claims to churn out 199 bhp. Although it’s slightly less powerful than the hybrid, it’s less than half a second slower to 62 mph and it’s more economical, returning 42.2 mpg.

All-new Kia Sorento

But the diesel engine isn’t the only goody that comes with the more luxurious trim level. You get larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a glossy radiator grille and a satin chrome finish on the door handles. Privacy glass is thrown in, too, hiding the black leather interior and the heated seats in the middle row. Up front, there’s a larger 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment system, wireless phone charging and Kia’s UVO Connect telematics system, which gives drivers information about the vehicle and route through their phones and the on-board screens.

In addition, the ‘3’ gets push-button ignition and keyless entry, as well as a power-operated tailgate and self-levelling rear suspension. And to make motorway miles easier, there’s a system designed to reduce “driver burden” by controlling the car’s steering, acceleration and deceleration to keep the car in its lane and a safe distance behind the vehicle in front.

All-new Kia Sorento

Finally, the ‘4’ model crowns the Sorento range, with prices starting at £46,945. That money buys you Nappa leather upholstery, black roof lining and a 10-way power-adjustable driving seat with an integrated position memory system. The front seats are both heated and ventilated, while there’s an opening panoramic sunroof and a head-up display that projects information onto the windscreen.

There’s a Bose speaker system, too, and a 360-degree manoeuvring camera that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the car and its surroundings. However, the only engine currently offered with that particular model is the 1.6-litre hybrid.

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