Best value automatic cars

For a long time we have been penalised financially on the mobility scheme for needing to drive an automatic, you would think that as a scheme designed for disabled customers that cars with an automatic gearbox would be subject to the best offers – well that’s not been the case, all manufacturers offers are on cars with a manual gearbox. Well we at are on hand to give our opinion on the top offers for automatic cars. For more info on the different gearboxes see this post; Automatic gearboxes.


Smart ForFour Motability Car

Smart ForFour

Smart ForFour

The Smart ForFour has the engine in the rear and is rear wheel drive thus freeing up space for passengers and offering the smallest turning circle possible. The ForFour is very easy to drive and the six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox paired to the three cylinder petrol engine producing 70bhp can return a claimed 67 miles per gallon. The entry level Passion cars have automatic climate control, leather steering wheel with infotainment controls and cruise control.

 Winter Best Buy – Smart ForFour 5 door 1.0 petrol Passion 6 speed Automatic  –  £56.25 Per Week  (you receive £1.75 Mobility Payment per week)



Skoda Citigo

Skoda Citigo

The Skoda Citigo is a five door small car with room for four adults yet only 3.5 metres long.  A one litre three cylinder petrol engine with 74bhp and a five speed automatic gearbox is surprisingly agile and capable of 62.8 mpg. In ‘SE-L’ trim the Citigo has heated front seats, alloy wheels and a 5″ touchscreen sat nav media interface with bluetooth.

Winter Best Buy – Skoda Citigo 5 door 1.0 petrol SE-L 74bhp Automatic  –  £57.25 Per Week  (you receive £0.75 Mobility Payment per week)



Seat Ibiza

Seat Ibiza

The Ibiza, with its sharp creases, looks like a shrunken Leon, and that’s certainly no bad thing. The Ibiza is based on the VW Polo and is agile to drive and comfortable to be in and has been awarded super-mini of the year by Auto express.  The three-cylinder TSI 1.0-litre turbo-petrol (Manual or DSG Automatic) with 113bhp is competent and willing, 0-62 in 9.3 seconds and is only available in Sporty FR trim which comes with a flat bottommed steering wheel, sports seats, sports suspension, a driving mode selector along with an excellent 8 inch touchscreen.

 Winter Best Buy – Seat Ibiza 5 door FR 1.0 tsi (113bhp) petrol DSG Automatic – Nil Advance Payment (£59.48 wpms)



Toyoya Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

The Toyota Yaris is the only affordable Hybrid on the scheme, power comes from a petrol engine and an electric motor with the batteries under the rear seats, you do not plug the Yaris in to charge the batteries, they are charged from the petrol engine as you drive, you run on electric power alone up to 18 miles per hour giving the Yaris a claimed economy of 90 miles per gallon around town.

 Winter Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon’ Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.48 wpms)




Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

The latest VW Golf, the seventh, builds on the reputation of nearly 40 years of the Golf, the latest model is the biggest, most comfortable and best equipped yet, great to drive with a collection of cracking engines.  The three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol can produce 108bhp and return 60mpg with a 7 speed DSG automatic transmission yet still reach 62mph in a very respectable 10.1 seconds. The Golf has had a mid life pep up with new tech and light clusters just enough to keep it ahead of the competition.

 Winter Best Buy – Golf  ‘SE’ petrol 1.0 tsi (108bhp) 7 Speed DSG Auto 5dr  – £299 Advance Payment (£61.46 wpms)



Seat Arona

The Arona is based on the excellent Seat Ibiza, 15mm raised ride and 79mm longer, the taller cabin increases the interior space leading to more headroom and a better view for all and the 400 litre boot means the Arona has ample room for four adults and their luggage. The 1.0 litre petrol engine  will reach 62 mph in just under 10 seconds and economy is an excellent 57.6 mpg as a manual for both outputs or 56.5 as an Auto. The top Xcellence lux trim has everything: keyless entry and go, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, 18-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara upholstery, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and parking assistance.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Seat Arona Xcellence Lux 1.0 tsi (113bhp) petrol DSG Automatic – £299 Advance Payment (£61.46 wpms)




Mini Clubman

Described as a BMW 2-Series Active Tourer wearing a Mini suit by Top Gear as it shares engines and underpinnings.  The Clubman stands 1.44 meters high, 4.25 long and 1.8 wide with 6 doors and a 380 litre boot, it’s a fair match for a VW Golf or even a Nissan Qashqai for family carrying. It is, all ends up, a head turner – we are big fans. Cooper trim has Sat Nav, cruise control, keyless start and air conditioning but the addition of the Chili pack can be added to certain trim lines for £500 which adds half-leather upholstery, heated front sports seats, electric opening rear barn doors, Mini driving modes, passenger seat height adjustment, park distance control, automatic air-con and LED fog/headlights. The 1.5 litre petrol Cooper has 134bhp, can reach 62mph in 9.1 seconds and return 55.4 miles per gallon, The 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the Cooper D offers fuel consumption of 68.9 mpg and 0-62mph takes 8.5 seconds. The Cooper SD has a 2.0 litre engine producing 187bhp that can push the clubman to 62mph in 7.4 seconds yet still return 62.9 miles per gallon. The Cooper S is the most powerful and produces 189bhp from it’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds. The brilliant Bmw shared 8 speed automatic gearbox is excellent.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper  (134bhp 1.5 litre Petrol) Auto –  £499 Advance Payment (£62.79 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£749 (£64.45 wmps) as Cooper D (£148bhp diesel) Automatic




Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is a very comfortable car, the seats are supportive and the driving position and viability excellent. The major drawback to mobility customers is that the Mazda 6 is a saloon and not a hatchback so access to the 483 litres of boot space is compromised.  The SE-L Nav trim has a 5.8 inch touch screen with an integrated Satellite Navigation, 17 inch alloy wheels, push button start/stop, cruise control, manual air conditioning, auto air con, auto lights and windscreen wipers, heated and folding mirrors, front/rear parking sensors and privacy glass. The 143bhp 2.0 petrol has a claimed economy from the 6 speed Auto of 47.9 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 129 miles per hour.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy –  Mazda 6 2.0 petrol  SE-L  Nav Automatic Saloon   –  £699 Advance Payment (£64.11 wpms)




Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

Powered by a 1.6 litre 103bhp petrol engine in tandem with a 43bhp electric motor and paired to a dual clutch 6 speed Automatic Gearbox, the IONIQ can return a claimed 83.1 miles per gallon for Urban driving. The 5 door IONIQ offers a sizeable boot (443 litres) The entry level ‘Active’ makes the best financial sense as it is equipped with 15-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control and a 5 inch touchscreen. Autonomous braking, adaptive cruise and lane-keep assist are also standard.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  £199 Advance Payment (£60.80 wpms)




BMW X1 Motability Car frontBMW X1

The new X1 is sportier, lighter by up to 135kg and has more room due to the engine being turned by 90 degrees and changing from rear to front wheel drive. The X1 may be 36mm shorter but is 21mm wider and 53mm taller than its predecessor. A 90mm-longer wheelbase allows 37mm more knee room in the back. Boot space has also increased by 85 litres to 505 litres. There are now three engines avaialble two petrols and the pick being the automatic only 20d, a 2.0 litre diesel with 187 bhp with 4 wheel drive in Sport trim.

 Winter Best Buy – BMW X1 20d Diesel Sport X-Drive (4 wheel drive)  Automatic  –  £1399 Advance Payment (£342 wpms)




Toyota Verso – Compact seven seater

Toyota Verso

The Toyota Verso is a compact 7 seater, the third row of seats is really only suitable for small children thanks to its extremely limited leg room. Further forward, the middle row might boast three individual seats, but they’re all quite narrow. The 1.8 litre petrol produces 145 bhp which will see it sprint to 62 miles per hour in a respectable 11.1 seconds and the economy is ‘ok’ for a petrol CVT automatic at 42.8 miles per gallon. Icon trim is excellent with reversing camera, 16 inch alloy wheels, smart entry & push-button start, 7inch touchscreen, DAB & Bluetooth, cruise control and dual-zone automatic air conditioning.

 Winter Best Buy  –  Toyota Verso 7 seats 1.8 petrol Automatic  ‘Icon’  – £745 Advance Payment (£64.42 wpms)




Seat Alhambra motability car SE LuxSEAT Alhambra

The Seat Alhambra is the more affordable sister car to the VW Sharan, it is a large seven seater, with three individual seats in the second row and two rear seats large enough for adults. The 150bhp 2.0 litre diesel offers all the power you need and claimed economy of 54.3 mpg even as an automatic. The Xcellence trim offers heated electric front seats, full leather, sat nav, power rear sliding doors and tailgate and panoramic glass sunroof. The Ford Galaxy is the third large 7 seater on the Scheme, auto prices start at £2495 (£1488 wpms) in ‘base’ Zetec trim paired to the 2.0 150 bhp diesel engine.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Seat Alhambra ‘SE’ 2.0 148 bhp diesel Automatic –  £1499 Advance Payment (£442 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£2099 (£1042 wpms) in Xcellence trim




BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer – 7 seats

BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer

The BMW 2 Series is available as an Active Tourer with 5 seats or the Grand Tourer  (pictured) which is 21cm longer and 5cm higher and has the option to be a 7 seater.  The 187 bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel (220d) with the class leading 8 speed automatic gearbox can reach 62mph in 7.6 seconds can still return 57.6 mpg even with all wheel drive. The offers are excellent for the 2 Series, the Luxury trim line includes the sumptuous BMW leather seats.

 Winter Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer 220d 2.0 diesel ‘Luxury 4 wheel Drive’ 8 Speed Automatic   –  £1649 Advance Payment (£592 wpms)



The new generation of automatic gearboxes are designed to assist fuel consumption and not as is historically the case cause a 20% reduction in the miles per gallon of fuel, they are also very advanced indeed many with six, seven or even eight gears, these new gearboxes usually come with a (clutch-less) manual override too. All hybrid cars have an automatic gearbox as standard as the power comes from two sources, a motor engine and an electric motor.  If it’s been a while since you have driven an automatic or if  you have never driven one, arrange a test drive as you will be surprised by the advancements in the technology, they are smooth, effortless and can be great fun too.