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.

 Autumn Best Buy – Smart ForFour 5 door 1.0 petrol Passion 6 speed Automatic  –  £56.00 Per Week  (you receive £2.00 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 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.

 Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Citigo 5 door 1.0 petrol SE-L 74bhp 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 Autumn Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon’ Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 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.

 Autumn 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.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Ford Focus Titanium  1.0 123bhp petrol powershift Automatic  – Nil Advance Payment (£59.41 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.

Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia Hatchback or Estate ‘SE’ 1.4 petrol 150 bhp 6 speed Automatic  –   £195 Advance Payment (£60.71 wpms) 

 Autumn Best Buy – Skoda Octavia vRS 184 diesel or 230 petrol Hatch Automatic   –  £1995 Advance Payment (£942 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 Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  £349 Advance Payment (£61.73 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.

 Autumn Best Buy  –  Toyota Verso 7 seats 1.8 petrol Automatic  ‘Icon’  – £745 Advance Payment (£64.38 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 Xcellence trim offers heated electric front seats, full leather, sat nav, power rear sliding doors and tailgate and panoramic glass sunroof. Despite the big increases for the second quarter in a row it is still the best value large 7 seat car on the Scheme. The Ford Galaxy is the pick if you can afford it at £2745 (£1692 wpms) in ‘fully loaded’ Titanium X trim with the super powershift Auto paired to the 2.0 150 bhp diesel engine.

Autumn Best Buy – Seat Alhambra ‘SE’ 2.0 148 bhp diesel Automatic –  £1599 Advance Payment (£546 wpms) or £2199 (£1146 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.