Best value automatic cars

Click on the picture or heading for a full review. For more info on the different gearboxes see this post; Automatic gearboxes. 

 

Toyoya Yaris Hybrid

Toyoya Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

The 1.5 litre petrol engine is helped along by a small electric motor operating in tandem for normal driving, no charging required the battery stores power from braking and when the engine is running. When traveling under 18 miles per hour the Yaris can run on battery power alone, using no petrol or producing any exhaust fumes. The Yaris offers a claimed 80.7 miles per gallon on a combined cycle but around town this car can reach over 90 miles per gallon.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon’ Automatic   –  £56.00 per week  (you keep £3.75 per week of DLA/PIP award)

 

 

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  –  £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 Summer Best Buy – Skoda Citigo  5 door 1.0 petrol SE-L 75bhp Automatic  –  £56.50 Per Week  (you receive £3.25 Mobility Payment per week)

 

 

Honda Jazz

 Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is a wonderful machine, built like a Swiss watch and offering space you would not think possible given its external dimensions.  Two petrol engines, a 1.3 not turbo offering 101 bhp and a 1.5 (only in sport trim) with 128 bhp and a turbo giving the Jazz an unexpected turn of pace, 0-62 in 8.7 seconds. Both come as a six speed manual or (well behaved) CVT automatic gearbox. EX trim has 16 inch alloys, a rear view camera, climate control and a 7 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay. Prices start at £58.00 per week but we feel the extra luxury of the EX trim is worth the extra £1.75 per week.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.3 petrol (101 bhp)  Automatic  ‘EX’  –  £59.75 per week (you keep the increase in mobility payments for year 2 and 3)

 

 

 

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, cruise control, start/stop button, 16 inch alloy wheels, auto lights, rear parking sensors, DAB radio, 7 inch touchscreen with built in sat nav and heated front seats.

 Summer Best Buy – Mazda CX-3 SE-L Nav 2.0 petrol 118bhp Automatic  –  Nil Advance Payment (£60.81 wpms)

 

 

 

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra 

The Astra offers excellent value in SRi trim which comes with a 7 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay, 17 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and cruise control, parking sensors are usually a £465 extra but are added to all Vauxhall Motability cars. The 148 bhp 1.4 litre petrol turbo unit can reach 60mph in 7.8 seconds and return 51.4 miles per gallon as a 6 speed automatic. Space is excellent upfront and for rear passengers and there’s plenty of headroom despite the car’s sloping coupe-like roofline. Boot space is 370 litres, 10 litres less than the VW Golf.

 Summer Best Buy – Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.4 petrol 148bhp Manual or Automatic  –  Nil Advance Payment (£60.81 wpms)

 

 

 

MG ZS

MG ZS

The MG ZS is a compact SUV offering a 448 litre boot with room to carry four adults in comfort. All cars come with an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, climate control, heated wing mirrors, front fog lights, 17 inch alloys, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The 109bhp 1.0 three cylinder petrol (Vauxhall shared) 6 speed automatic can reach 62 miles per hour in 12.4 seconds and return 44.9 miles per gallon.

 Summer Best Buy – MG ZS Excite (109bhp 1.0 litre petrol) Automatic  –   £95 Advance Payment (£61.44 wpms)

 

 

 

Renault Captur

Renault Captur

The Renault Captur is a compact SUV based on the Renault Clio and shares a platform and engines with its main competitor the Nissan Juke. The 377 litre boot is easy to load because there’s no lip between the boot floor and the opening. You can also drop the boot floor down to give 455 litres of space. Iconic trim has 17 inch alloys, 7 inch touchscreen with android auto link (no Apple carplay), automatic climate control, built in Sat Nav, privacy glass, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The 1.5 litre diesel has a six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox offering a claimed 72.4 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 13.5 seconds.

 Summer Best Buy – Renault Captur 1.5 Diesel (90)  ‘Iconic’ Automatic  –  £95 Advance Payment (£61.44 wpms)

 

 

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

The Ioniq draws its power from a 1.6 litre 103bhp petrol engine alongside a 43bhp electric motor, the two power units work in tandem, the electric motor will start the car off and will be joined by the petrol when required, you can drive solely on electric power for only very short distances before the batteries go flat, these are charged by both the petrol engine running and by regenerative powers like braking, there is no ‘Plug’ to charge the batteries. The IONIQ can return a claimed 83.1 miles per gallon for urban driving, compared to a Hyundai i30 1.6 petrol car that returns a claimed 34 mpg around town.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  £99 Advance Payment (£61.47 wpms)

 

 

Volvo V40

Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 is a delightful looking car and although nearing the end of its life cycle, the value for money this quarter is excellent. The luxurious Inscription trim has leather upholstery, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors, built in sat nav, LED daytime running lights as well as active bending xenon lights with a headlamp cleaning system. The 1.5 litre Petrol T3 with 150bhp can hit 60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds with a 6 speed automatic gearbox and can return a claimed 49.6 miles per gallon.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Volvo V40 Inscription T3 1.5 litre petrol 150bhp Automatic  –  £99 Advance Payment (£61.47 wpms)

 

 

 

Volkswagen Golf SV

Volkswagen Golf SV

The Golf SV, the SV stands for Sports Vancould be the perfect all rounder. It is as good to drive as the hatchback with the boot space of the estate (up to 590 litres). The SE trim has an 8 inch colour touchscreen with Apple Carplay, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, 16 inch alloy wheels, emergency braking, electrically foldable door mirrors and automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights. The 1.5 litre petrol with 130 bhp paired to a 7 speed dual clutch Automatic can return a claimed55.4 miles per gallon yet still reach 62 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy  – Golf  SV ‘SE’ 1.5 petrol (130bhp) Automatic   –  £199 Advance Payment  (£62.13 wpms)

 

 

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

The Swindon built Civic is a five door hatchback with excellent room front and rear, if a little low for some to get into, the 478 litre boot dwarfs the 380 litres on offer from the VW Golf. The SE trim is very well appointed with 16 inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, single zone climate control, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist, seven inch touchscreen display which integrates with DAB radio and Apple CarPlay. The 127bhp 1.0 litre three cylinder turbo charged petrol engine has received rave reviews with 60.1 mpg claimed from a well behaved CVT automatic that can reach 62mph in 10.8 seconds.

 Summer Best Buy  –  Honda Civic SE 1.0 Petrol CVT Automatic  –  £299 Advance Payment (£62.80 wpms)

 

 

Toyota Auris Hybrid

The Auris Hybrid uses Toyota’s familiar Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) set-up featuring a 1.8-litre petrol engine, 650v electric motor with nickel metal-hydride batteries paired to a CVT Automatic gearbox. The Auris offers good value and driving credentials and room for a family with a practical 360 litre boot. The new Toyota Prius (from Price reduced from previous quarter price£745 AP) has a claimed Urban economy of 97.4 miles per gallon compared to 83.1 mpg of the Auris.

 Summer Best Buy – Toyota Auris Hybrid ‘icon’ Automatic  –  £295 Advance Payment (£62.77 wpms)

 

 

 

Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X is based on the same platform as European Car of the Year (2017), the Peugeot 3008. The 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol with 128 bhp is a joy to drive around town, quiet and reasonably punchy, 0-62 in 11.1 seconds, it officially returns 55.3 mpg as a six speed automatic. SE models offer a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone electronic climate control, leather-covered steering wheel, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, steering wheel mounted audio controls and front fog lights.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘SE’ 1.2 litre 128bhp petrol Automatic  –  £399 Advance Payment (£63.46 wpms)

 

 

 

Skoda Karoq

The Karoq offers an excellent driving and passenger position with lot’s of glass and due to a softer suspension setup it can cope with the worst of the British roads in relative comfort. The boot has a wide opening and 521 litres of space, if you choose the SE-L trim you can slide the rear seats to increase this to 588 litres. SE has an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, DAB radio and dual zone climate control, the SE-L adds 18-inch alloy wheels, suede-like Alcantara upholstery, built in satellite navigation, heated front seats and a rear parking camera. The 1.6 litre diesel offers 113bhp and can reach 62 mph in 10.7 seconds and return 64.2 as a seven speed DSG Automatic.

 Summer Best Buy – Skoda Karoq ‘SE’ 1.6 litre diesel DSG Automatic 113bhp  – £495 Advance Payment (£64.10 wpms) or £795 Advance Payment (£66.14 wpms) in SE-L trim

 

 

BMW 2 Series Active tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW’s are all about desirability and the Active Tourer hits the mark, excellent driving credentials, superb design and powerful engines, but with practicality at its core, wide opening doors and a 468 litre boot. The SE trim comes with built in Sat Nav, an electric tailgate, rear parking sensors, electric folding rear seats operated from a button in the boot (but you do have to pull them up by hand), engine start stop button, 16″ alloy wheels, automatic wipers and lights, dual zone climate control, DAB radio and a 6.5″ colour screen centrally mounted display. The Automatic only 220i petrol offers 189bhp and can reach 62 mph in 7.4 seconds and return 50.4 miles per gallon, quite a package.

Summer Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 220i 2.0 Petrol ‘SE’ Automatic   –  £749 Advance Payment (£65.78 wpms)

 

 

 

Volkswagen Golf Estate

Volkswagen Golf Estate

The VW Golf Estate offers a 605 litre boot and in SE trim has an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay, parking sensors front and rear, adaptive cruise control and 16 inch alloy wheels. When paired to the 148 bhp 2.0 litre diesel DSG Auto it can reach 62 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds and return a claimed 64.2 miles per gallon. It also excels as a tow car with a braked tow weight of 1600 kg and a tow bar load limit of 80kg.

Summer Best Buy  – VW Golf  Estate ‘SE’ 2.0 diesel (148bhp) DSG Automatic   –  £799 Advance Payment  (£66.14 wpms)

 

 

 

New Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A Class

The new A-Class sits on a revised platform with sublime twin 7 inch digital screens and a super new petrol engine. The sleek exterior moves the old car’s aerodynamics into a new dimension. Although it’s a similar size to the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, the Mercedes A-Class is an alternative to more ‘premium’ models, such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. The 1.33 litre turbo charged petrol engined A200 has 161bhp and can hit 62mph in 8 seconds and return a claimed 53.3 miles per gallon paired to a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. The Sport trim has LED headlights, 17 inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, black man-made leather seats and climate control.

Summer Best Buy – Mercedes A-Class A200 1.33 petrol Automatic   –  £899 Advance Payment (£66.74 wpms)

 

 

Volkswagen touran Motability car front

Volkswagen Touran

Volkswagen Touran

The Touran has three individual seats in the second row, that can house three car seats, and two good sized seats in the third row and even with all seats in position it has room in the boot for a pushchair, not something all cars trading as seven seaters can offer.  Top-of-the-range SEL gets three-zone climate control, 8 inch Touchscreen with built in Sat Nav and Apple CarPlay, 17 inch Alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors front and rear and auto wipers and lights. The 1.4 litre petrol is being phased out by VW in favour of a new 1.5 litre offering, if you can get hold of one this quarter it offers excellent economy at 51.4 mpg as a DSG auto and 0-62 mph in 9.5 seconds.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Volkswagen Touran 1.4 Petrol 148bhp SEL Automatic  –  £999 Advance Payment (£66.74 + £106 wpms)

 

 

 

VW Sharan – Large 7 Seater

Volkswagen Sharan

The Volkswagen Sharan is a large MPV with seven individual seats for adults, and is able to offer 300 litres of luggage space with all seven seats in use. SE models have 16″ alloys wheels, cruise control, chrome window surrounds, roof rails, 3 zone climate control, under seat storage, leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel, automatic lights and parking sensors for the rear and front, 6.5 inch touchscreen media system that can stream media from your mobile phone and Apple Carplay. The two litre 150 brake horse power diesel is a perfect companion as a DSG automatic 9.9 seconds from standstill to 62 miles per hour and a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Official economy figures suggest 57 miles per gallon is not achievable but you can get mid 40’s if you are very careful.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy  –  Volkswagen Sharan 150bhp Diesel DSG Automatic ‘SE’ –  £1849 Advance Payment (£769 wpms)