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.

Spring Best Buy – Smart ForFour 5 door 1.0 petrol Passion 6 speed Automatic  –  £56.25 Per Week  (you receive £3.50 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.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Skoda Citigo 5 door 1.0 petrol SE-L 74bhp Automatic  –  £57.00 Per Week  (you receive £2.75 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.

 Spring Best Buy – Seat Ibiza 5 door FR 1.0 tsi (113bhp) petrol DSG Automatic – Nil Advance Payment (£60.87 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.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon’ Automatic   –  £58.25 per week (you keep £1.50 per week of DLA/PIP award)




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.

 Spring Best Buy – Golf  ‘SE’ petrol 1.0 tsi (108bhp) 7 Speed DSG Auto 5dr  – £299 Advance Payment (£62.85 wpms)



Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

As well as being quite a looker from the pavement the Mazda CX-3 really stands out from behind the wheel, it’s possibly the best small crossover to drive, the turbo-less 2.0 litre petrol with 118bhp is an excellent all rounder, 0-62 in 9.0 seconds and while the claimed economy of 47.9 miles per gallon is unrealistic real life figures suggest 42 mpg is achievable. Standard equipment is fantastic, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, start/stop button, 16 inch alloy wheels, auto lights, rear parking sensors, DAB radio, 7 inch touchscreen with built in sat nav, heated front seats. The Sport adds a Bose stereo, keyless entry, 18 inch alloy wheels LED lights front and rear, reversing camera, half leather seats, heated steering wheel and a ‘heads up’ driving display.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Mazda CX-3 SE-L Nav 2.0 petrol 118bhp Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£60.87 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.

 Spring Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper  (134bhp 1.5 litre Petrol) Auto –  £499 Advance Payment (£64.18 wpms) or £749 (£65.84 wmps) as Cooper D (£148bhp diesel) Automatic



The Iconic Citroen Berlingo

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Jeremy Clarkson said of the Berlingo: Sadly, with the Berlingo, they’ve tried to disguise the window cleaner origins with chrome this and flared that. What they’ve ended up with is a plumber in a tux. It looks and feels completely wrong. Almost certainly, then, you will see it and immediately decide to buy something else. This would be a very big mistake…..It rides more smoothly than a Jaguar XJ8 – they should have called it the Aeroglisseur…. There are so many cubbyholes and oddment stowage boxes that you could hide a priest in there and never find him again.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Citroen Berlingo ‘Feel’ 100bhp Diesel 6 speed Semi-Automatic  –  £295 Advance Payment (£62.83 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.

 Spring Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  £199 Advance Payment (£62.19 wpms)




VW Tiguan, the pick of the SUV’s

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Tiguan is the perfect allrounder, large enough to carry the family and powerful enough to tow a twin axle caravan. The 148 bhp 2.0 litre diesel can reach 62 mph in 9.3 seconds as a front/all wheel drive manual/Automatic and fuel economy is a claimed 60.1 miles per gallon as a 2wd manual or 50.4 as an all wheel drive auto. The SE Nav trim has everything you need: 18 inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, privacy glass, three zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and sat nav through the excellent 8 inch touchscreen.

 Spring Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘SE Nav’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel Automatic 2wd  –  £1199 Advance Payment (£117 wpms)



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 excellent 218i SE, 1.5 litre three cylinder manual petrol with 134 bhp (0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds with economy figures of 57.6 mpg).  The 187 bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel (220d) with the class leading 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.

 Spring Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer 218 SE  Automatic   –  £999 Advance Payment (£66.75 + £113 wpms) or £1649 Advance Payment (£567 wpms) as 220d Luxury 4wd.



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.

 Spring Best Buy  –  Toyota Verso 7 seats 1.8 petrol Automatic  ‘Icon’  – £745 Advance Payment (£65.81 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.