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The Kia Mentor 1996 comes in Hatchback.
The Kia Mentor 1996 is available in Unleaded Petrol. Engine sizes and transmissions vary from the Hatchback 1.5L 4 SP Automatic to the Hatchback 1.5L 5SP Manual.
High oil usage in a 2019 Kia Carnival
Some oil consumption is normal for engines, and modern engines seem to use a little more than some older designs. That's because modern engines are designed with low-friction piston rings which are great for fuel economy but can lead to slightly higher oil consumption. However, 700ml per 1000km does seem high for what is not an especially high-performance engine, and one that has not travelled very far in the scheme of things.
It wouldn't be the first time a dealer (of any brand) has tried to fob off a customer concern with such a response, so I reckon you're on the right track by contacting Kia Australia's customer service division. I'd also follow up with a phone call as well as an email, but experience suggests Kia is one company that takes customer satisfaction seriously.
Your car is still covered by the factory seven-year warranty, so provided it's been serviced correctly, if there is a fault, it should be covered. Further investigation is warranted, including a compression and leak-down test to show if there's any deterioration in the performance of the engine's piston rings. Your local state motoring club is a good source for these tests, particularly as manufacturers tend to take the clubs and their mechanical inspections seriously.
What is the towing capacity for a 2021 Kia Sportage?
So, in no particular order, the Sportage with front-wheel-drive can tow up to 1600kg with a braked trailer, the AWD petrol can tow 1500kg, the AWD diesel has a towing maximum of 1900kg and the facelifted 1.6-litre petrol with the dual-clutch transmission can cope with 1650kg (all with the same braked trailer).
With a trailer with no brakes, the maximum towing capacity for any 2021 Kia Sportage is 750kg.
What is the best second-hand SUV I can buy with 8-10K?
The smart money says go with a Toyota. The RAV4 is popular but within your budget, you'll be buying a 12- or 14-year-old car with at least 200,000km on its odometer. Which still means it's probably a pretty good thing in terms of reliability, provided it's been serviced correctly up to now, but you'd have to buy carefully. A second-hand Kluger can also be a good deal if you can afford the fuel, but comes with the same caveats.
A Honda CR-V won't be much different to the RAV4 in terms of its price versus model year, but you stand a slightly better chance of finding a CR-V with relatively low kilometres. Don't be afraid to get a bit alternative and look at things like the Kia Sportage. Your ten-grand gets you into a Sportage of around the same vintage as the RAV4, but is likely to have as many as 100,000 fewer kilometres on board. Again, check for a full service history.
And given your usage pattern, don't be temped to stump up more for a hybrid SUV; there's just not the pay-off at the pump for a car that does mainly highway and open-road work.
* Price is based on Glass's Information Services third party pricing data for the lowest priced Kia Mentor 1996 variant.The Price excludes costs such as stamp duty, other government charges and options.
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