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.

 Summer Best Buy – Smart ForFour 5 door 1.0 petrol Passion 6 speed Automatic  –  £55.00 Per Week  (you receive £3.00 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 75bhp 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.

 Summer Best Buy – Skoda Citigo 5 door 1.0 petrol SE-L 75bhp Automatic  –  £57.00 Per Week  (you receive £1.00 Mobility Payment per week)




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.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Design’ Automatic   –  £95 Advance Payment (£59.93 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.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Golf  ‘SE Nav’ petrol 1.0 tsi (108bhp) 7 Speed DSG Auto 5dr  – £349 Advance Payment (£61.62 wpms)




New Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

The latest Ford Focus is the perfect all rounder, good to drive, practical and cheap to run.  The excellent Powershift gearbox is fitted to the 125 brake horse power 123bhp 1.0 litre petrol engine that will return 51.4 miles per gallon or the 1.5 118bhp diesel that can return 67.3 mpg. The new Focus has an upgraded interior complete with 8″ touchscreen.

Summer Best Buy – Ford Focus Titanium  1.0 123bhp petrol powershift Automatic  – £245 Advance Payment (£60.92 wpms) or £345 Advance Payment as an estate (£61.59 wpms)




Skoda Octavia VRS Hatchback

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is a medium sized hatchback (disguised as car with a boot) and an Estate, it is bigger than its rivals, the Ford FocusVolkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra, with a class leading 590 litres of luggage space on top of excellent legroom for rear passengers. The 1.4 petrol with 150bhp offers good performance with a 0-62 time of 8.2 seconds and economy of 54.3 mpg. The new vRS comes with either a 227bhp petrol engine that can hit 62 miles per hour in a blistering 6.7 seconds or the 181bhp diesel that is available with two or all wheel drive, this is not a slow car with a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds. Both engines can be paired to the hatchback or the estate car as a Manual or DSG Automatic.

 Summer Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback or Estate ‘SE’ 1.4 petrol 150 bhp 6 speed Automatic  –   Nil Advance Payment (£59.29 wpms) 

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Skoda Octavia vRS 184 diesel or 230 petrol Estate or Hatch Manual   –  £1695 Advance Payment (£641 wpms) Or Price reduced from previous quarter price£1795 (£741 wpms) as Automatic Diesel estate




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.

 Summer Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  £499 Advance Payment (£62.67  wpms)





Vauxhall Zafira Tourervauxhall-zafira-2017-motability-car-front

The new 2017 Zafira Tourer has a new front and a clean interior dominated by a 7 inch touch screen. The 1.4 litre 140bhp petrol turbo offers combined economy of 42.2 miles per gallon and can reach 62mph in 9.9 seconds and a 126mph top speed. The Design trim has 17 inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, front centre armrest, steering wheel audio controls, usb and bluetooth, air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights and cruise control, The Energy trim adds a sat nav, front fog lights, dark tinted rear windows and silver roof rails. The SRi has 18 inch alloy wheels (apart from 1.6 diesel) sports seats and leather-covered steering wheel

 Summer Best Buy  –  Vauxhall Zafira Tourer SRi Nav Leather 1.4 Petrol 140bhp  6 speed Automatic  – £849 Advance Payment (£64.80 + £23 wpms)




Seat Alhambra motability car SE LuxSEAT Alhambra

The Seat Alhambra is the 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 SE Lux trim offers heated electric front seats, full leather, sat nav, power rear sliding doors and tailgate and electric panoramic sunroof. Despite the £400 increase this quarter and the £700 increase from the previous quarter the SE-Lux remains an awful lot of car.

Summer Best Buy – Seat Alhambra ‘SE’ 2.0 148 bhp diesel Automatic –  £1299 Advance Payment (£245 wpms) or £1899 (£455 wpms) in SE Lux trim



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.