The only car Kia could benchmark new Sorento against, is the old Sorento. It really is that good.

Location: The Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

A cool, leafy, mountain top is the perfect place to reveal the mid-life makeover of Kia’s biggest SUV, the Sorento.

It wasn’t all bluster and breeze, the meat and potatoes was all good news.

It is a little longer by 20mm, and all where it counts, inside. The petrol V6 was given a tweak, apparently.

There is that flash new 8speed auto too. Yes, the one from Stinger.

The diesel is as reliable as ever.

2018 Kia Sorento GT Diesel.

The exterior was given a bit of spit and polish, and the cabin has been given a zhoosh. I like it, I like it a lot.

Kia’s COO, Damien Meredith said that there had been one or two criticisms of the pre-facelift car, and Kia had listened.

That is usually followed by a load of old PR flummery to explain why things are exactly the same, but not here. No, no, no.

Of the old model: We said we liked the steering, but it was still a trifle wooden, and now, the rack-mounted unit has extra calibration, and it is smarter too. It adjusts with speed, and feels great.

The new 8speed auto is as smooth a Bublé ballad.

The extra cogs are where it counts. It sorts out the big space between the previous 2nd and 3rd