New Cars – Coming Soon

Manufacturers like to keep new cars a secret in order to maximise impact on launch and to keep the outgoing model sales up for as long as possible so exact dates can be hard to nail down. From a retail perspective, it is often possible to order a new car a couple of months prior to release (pre order) to ensure you get one of the first production models, this is not usually an option to Motability customers, the cars will have been released, in showrooms and available for a test drive prior to them being added to the Scheme. The date they join the Scheme can depend on a number of factors and there are no hard and fast rules, but any delay is usually due to production scheduling.

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – Q1 2018

The Eclipse Cross is similar in size to the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai. Mitsubishi already make two SUV’s, the ASX and the Outander, the Eclipse Cross is slightly larger than the ASX and slightly smaller than the platform sharing Outlander, if this seems strange it’s because the next generation ASX is to be smaller and the next Outlander to be larger, making a clearer differential within the stable. First impressions of the Eclipse Cross is that the front half is all Outlander and the rear half ASX with a spoiler, it can be a little odd looking from certain angles. Powered by an all new 1.5 litre petrol engine producing 16o bhp, 0-62 mph in 10.3 seconds and economy of 42.8 mpg as a six speed manual. The automatic gearbox is a CVT, but it does have an ingenious 8 speed manual override which will require a test drive to see if it is to your liking. Trim lines are 2, 3, and 4. All cars get a 7 inch touchscreen with apple carplay and android auto (wired) with DAB radio and touchpad, cruise control and reversing camera, move up to level 3 for heated seats and 18 inch alloy wheels in place of the 16 inch and front and rear parking sensors and up to 4 for leather and a panoramic glass roof. Prices to start from £399 AP.

 

Kia Stonic – Now On Scheme

The Stonic clearly shares a look with its Rio supermini sibling and from the front in particular has the appearance of a slightly raised hatchback rather than a full SUV. Kia has kept it simple by offering just two trim levels – 2 and First Edition  priced at £49 and £699 respectively when paired to the pick of the engines the 1.0 litre petrol which is a highlight. The diminultive three cylinder unit can boast 118bhp and enough pep to reach 62 mph in 9.9 seconds and a claimed economy of 56.5 miles per gallon.

 

Ford Ecosport – Early 2018

Despite looking like an all new model, the 2018 Ecosport is actually a facelift of the outgoing car. The grille and front lights have been reshaped and now appear less fussy. The rear end has been tidied up with a new, more sculpted bumper and improved technology includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system for some versions. The new ST line models have lower suspension, sportier bumpers, a rear spoiler, darkened headlight units, black roof rails and new 17-inch alloy wheels. The 1.0 litre petrol engine will be carried over alongside an all new 1.5 litre diesel.

 

Seat Arona – Now On Scheme

New to the Scheme the Arona is a compact SUV with a high driving position and room for the family with a 400 litre boot. Built up form the new Ibiza the Arona is only avaialble presently with the three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine with either 93 or 113 bhp. The Auto is an excellent Dual Clutch gearbox and economy is an impressive 56.5 mpg even as an Auto. The Mazda CX-3, also an excellent car, takes the opposite approach offering a 2.0 litre petrol without turbo assistance. Prices for the Arona start at Nil Advance Payment for an Auto or Manual car.

 

Volkswagen T-Roc – Early 2018

The new compact SUV from Volkswagen shares the chassis and engines from the Audi A2. The Scheme will see the 1.0 and 1.5 litre petrols alongside the 1.6 diesel.  The 445 litre boot is generous in this class and the high riding drive is perfect for those that like SUV’s but don’t need the size of the Tiguan. The T-Roc is very ‘on trend’ – two tone paint, colour dashboard and a 6.5 inch touchscreen (8 inch in higher spec models). The success of the compact SUV such as the Nissan Juke and Audi Q2 has led to most every manufacturer adding one to their range.

 

Vauxhall Crossland X – Out Now

The Crossland X is the Meriva replacement, similar in size to the Mokka X with more of a MPV slant. The rear seats slide on rails to either maximise rear legroom or give the most possible boot space. When slid fully forward the Crossland X has a 520-litre boot – 143 litres larger than the Renault Captur. The first car to be launched by Vauxhall since joining the Citroen/Peugeot stable the Crossland will take the excellent 1.2 litre petrol engine used across the smaller French cars. A Larger Grandland will follow in 2018

 

Hyundai Kona – November 2017 Retail expected on Scheme Q2 2018

Hyundai is late to the small SUV party but it’s arrived in style – the Kona is definitely head-turning. At the front it sports two-level headlights, first seen on the Nissan Juke and subsequently the C3 Aircross. Unlike the C3 Aircross’ lovable shape, the Kona has a more aggressive look, wide and low and the plastic body cladding hints at some off-road potential.

 

Citroen C3 Aircross – Now On Scheme

The C3 Aircross is the replacement for the present C3 Picasso and looks set to offer a more fun and desirable exterior design to take on rival compact SUVs, including the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. The Aircross is 20cm longer and 20cm higher than the standard Citroen C3, with a 410 litre boot and room for four adults in comfort.

 

 

Kia Niro – Now on Scheme

The Kia Niro is the sister car to the Hynudai Ioniq hybrid. As apposed to the saloon shape of the Ioniq, the Niro is a compact crossover, shorter and lower than the Kia Sportage but with a 30mm longer wheelbase to allow for more room in the rear. A large tailgate opening and low loading lip mean it’s easy to make the most of the Niro’s 427-litre boot space. The Niro hybrid comes with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine, and an electric motor capable of producing 43 hp. Combined, it makes 139 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. While the Hyundai starts at £349 AP the Niro is a lot more expensive starting at £1699 AP.

 

vauxhall-insignia-grand-sport-motability-carVauxhall Insignia Grand Sport – Available to order now

The new Insignia adds ‘Grand Sport’ to its moniker in a bid to take it more upmarket.Everything about the model is new from the ground up. It will debut a new platform that’s designed to make the most of interior space but also gives a more ‘athletic’, hunkered-to-the-road appearance. 175kg lighter than the old car with a longer wheelbase offering improved cabin space.

 

toyota-c-hr-motability-car-sideToyota C-HR – Now on Scheme

The Toyota Coupe High Rider (C-HR) with its angular design and hidden rear door handles is causing quite a stir. Bigger than the Nissan Juke with a 370 litre boot moving it towards the Qashqai for size. Powered by a 1.2 litre 114bhp petrol or 1.8 petrol / electric motor taken from the platform sharing Prius. There is no diesel offering from Toyota. Our advice would be not to pass a Toyota Showroom without taking a look.

 

 

mazda-cx-5-2017-motability-carMazda CX-5 – Summer 2017 (not on Scheme)

The new CX-5 is a case of evolution, sitting on a slightly revised platform it’s 10mm longer and 15mm lower and the A-pillars at either side of the windscreen sit 35mm further back, giving it a overall more stretched profile than the existing car. Inside the infotainment system has grown to 7 inches with a sharper display and the unit now sits high up on top of the fascia. The excellent 2.o litre petrol and 2.2 diesel are carried over but with tweaks to improve performance and economy.

 

volkswagen-golf-2017-motability-carVolkswagen Golf – Avaialble to order now

To say the Golf is an important car for VW is an understatement, it dominates its class, up to September 2016 across Europe it sold more than double the number of cars (382 thousand) to its nearest competitor, the Astra (189 thousand).  The facelift therefore does not see wholesale changes to the present car, lightly reprofiled bumper and grille, LED daytime running lights and a new full LED main beam. The rear receives full LED tail-lights and a newly designed bumper. Inside the main change is to the infotainment system, Entry level cars get a new 6.5 inch screen though you can move up to a 9.2 inch screen featuring touch, voice command and gesture control operation. A new 1.5 litre petrol engine with 148bhp will replace the current 1.4 litre with the same power output, which will increase the economy by 3.4 mpg to 57.7mpg. The new Version 8 VW Golf is planned for the end of 2018.

 

peugeot-5008-motability-carPeugeot 5008 – Joining Scheme in November 2017

The 5008 has changed from a people carrier into a chunky SUV, it’s a whopper too at 4.64 meters in length with a 2.84 metre wheelbase, a full seven seater with three matched sized seats in the second row and two removable seats in the third row which once removed create a cavernous 1060 litres of boot space. Inside, the beautiful I-Cockpit with its compact steering wheel, a large 8 inch touchscreen dashboard and a 12.3 inch high-resolution digital head-up display creates an airplane like experience. We are not sure about the look of the rear end though.

 

mini-countryman-2017-motability-carMini Countryman – Avaialble to order now

Based on a platform shared with the Mini Clubman and BMW X1 the new Countryman is 200mm longer and 30mm wider than the out going model. It’s the largest MINI ever; a 75mm-longer wheelbase gives it 50mm more rear legroom and 100 litres of extra boot space, at 450 litres or 1,309 litres when the seats are folded. Engines are carried over from the existing car but the price increases by £3740 at retail. OUCH!

 

 

ford-fiesta-2017-motability-carFord Fiesta – Avaialble to order now

The top selling car in the UK, the Ford Fiesta, is being replaced in 2017. There are no official pictures we ‘lifted’ this one off some foreign website. The 2017 Fiesta won’t change dramatically in overall size or shape as it remains on the same platform as the current version. The most notable updates will be sharper headlamps and a lower nose featuring a wider grille, plus new horizontal tail-lights. Changes inside offer a more premium feel and a new touchscreen infotainment system.

 

suzuki-s-cross-2017-motability-carSuzuki S-Cross – Out Now

The facelifted S-Cross has a significantly restyled front end, featuring a more prominent chrome grille that’s been moved further up the bonnet. The headlamps have also been completely redesigned. New 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre turbo petrol engines, replace the old 1.6-litre unit. The three cylinder 1.0 litre produces 109bhp and can hit 62mph in 11 seconds and return a claimed 56.4 miles per gallon. The entry-level SZ4 boasts DAB digital radio, air-conditioning and cruise control with a speed limiter.

 

skoda-kodiaq-motabiity-carSkoda Kodiaq – In Showrooms now (Not on Scheme)

The much anticipated Skoda Kodiaq has been officially released and retail prices announced, first deliveries are due early 2017. The Kodiaq is longer and bigger than the platform sharing Seat Ateca and VW Tiguan meaning that the Kodiaq has seven seats. The engine choice is a 1.4 petrol or 2.0 litre diesel both offering 150bhp, or a auto 190 diesel in 4×4 auto only. The Kodiaq has more than a passing resemblance to the Audi Q7, albeit a little smaller and half the price.

 

renault-scenic-2017-motability-carRenault Scenic – Avaialble to order now

The New Scenic and Grand Scenic are in true ‘Renault style’ a bold bid to breathe new life into the MPV sector. 2o inch wheels (ouch) are standard as is a 8.7 inch infotainment screen positioned in portrait that completes a futuristic cabin layout.  The chap from Renault sums up the new Scenic as “If a car can breathe some life into the MPV sector, then this is it. If it doesn’t sell what else can we do? We cannot do the same as our competitors”

 

nissan-micra-motability-carNissan Micra – Avaialble to order now

The fifth-generation Micra is taking on the Ford Fiesta (best selling car in the UK), built in the same factory and using the same platform as the Renault Clio, the new Micra is larger and sleeker than the outgoing car, we love hidden rear door handles. Inside, the dash is dominated by a new seven-inch infotainment screen that features sat-nav, Bluetooth telephone preparation, a range of apps and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

 

 

New Ford Kuga Ford Kuga – Out Now

The new Kuga boasts revised design on the inside and out, the 2017 facelift sees a new front to the car with LED running lights integrated into the big new grille. Zetec and Titanium trim remain but the new top trim is the ST-Line to ‘warm up’ the look of the Kuga. Titanium trim and above get a superb 8 inch infotainment system with Sat Nav and SYNC 3 integrated. The new brochure can be opened HERE.

 

Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI Static photo, Colour: Tukan YellowAudi Q3 – Out Now

Audi Press release: The updated Audi Q3 differentiates more sharply than ever before between the trim lines and packages. In the sport trim line, the premium SUV gets a new front end. The outer air inlets are larger; the blade beneath the center inlet is finished in the body color and the Singleframe grille in stone gray. The new S line exterior package sports a new, honed look. Diamond-pattern inserts fill the air inlets; a new strut spans the full width of the front skirt, dividing it into two segments 

 

vauxhall-mokka-x-motability-carVauxhall Mokka X – Out Now

The Mokka has a mid life update and a new name. Externally there are new headlights (all-LED in upper trims) bolted into new front wings, a wider grille, and fresh front and rear bumpers. Inside, there’s a complete new dash. Touchscreen’s (7in or 8in) are standard. The instruments are new, nicely backlit in LED white. A new 1.4 petrol with 152bhp replaces the 0ld 140bhp unit but only in the 4×4 automatic .

 

honda-civic-2017-motability-carHonda Civic – Avaialble to order now

The 10th generation Honda Civic is released in early 2017 and unlike the previous generation all models sold worldwide will be built in Swindon. Longer by 130mm and wider by 30mm means more room inside the car for driver and passangers. Load space is unchanged at 478 litres – 118 litres larger than the Volkswagen Golf. The engine range is refreshed with two brand new turbocharged petrol units, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit makes 127hp, with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder making 180hp. The 1.6-litre diesel is re-tuned to boost power and economy

 

citroen-c3-motability-car-2017Citroen C3 – Avaialble to order now

The New Citroen C3 is a cross between a DS3 and a C4 Cactus, complete with ‘airbumps’ and is an attempt to make the C3 more fashionable so expect lots of individual personalisation options for the roof, light surrounds mirrors, and dashboard and power to come from small three cylinder petrol engines. Avaialble to order at retail from 10th October and should trickle into showrooms before the end of the year.

 

Skoda Octavia vRS Motability carSkoda Octavia vRS – Available Now

The Skoda Octavia vRS has been added to the Scheme this quarter as a saloon or estate, engine choice is between a 181bhp 2.0 litre diesel or a 217bhp 2.0 litre petrol. The vRS is only avaialble with a twin clutch DSG gearbox. The petrol saloon car can reach 62 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 154mph and a claimed economy of 45.6 miles per gallon. The Diesel car can cut the tape in 7.9 seconds and returns a claimed 60.1 mpg. All Cars are priced at a competitive £1995 Advance Payment

 

Peugeot 3008 2016 motability carPeugeot 3008 – Avaialble to order now

Peugeot have moved the 3o08 away from the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) and into the SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) class, the raised ride height, upright nose, long bonnet and wide grille add a dose of style. Built upon the EPM2 platform shared with the 308 and the Citroen Picasso, the new 3008 will ride well and be very comfortable.

 

 

BMW X1 Motability carBMW X1 – Out Now

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.

 

Mrecedes CLA Motability CarMercedes CLA – Available Now

The CLA is the 4 door saloon version of the A Class, it is similar in size to an Audi A3 Saloon only better looking, it is a real eye catcher.

 

 

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Motability CarMercedes CLA ‘Shooting Brake’ – Available Now

The Shooting Brake is a cross between an estate and a coupé and there are few better looking cars on the market, not as practical as a full estate and rear headroom may be a little compromised but the rear tailgate adds practicality.

 

 

Toyota Prius Motability car

Toyota Prius – Out Now

The new Hybrid Prius has a more angular look that could divide opinion but what remains constant is the combination of a 98hp 1.8-litre petrol engine and a 72hp electric motor allowing it to return a quoted fuel economy of 94mpg and CO2 emissions of just 70g/km. If you want to go green and need the range that a full electric cannot give then Hybrid is the way forward. The smaller Toyota Yaris Hybrid (74 mpg) does not match the economy of the Prius but is available without an Advance Payment.

 

Seat Ateca Motability CarSeat Ateca – Out Now

SEAT claim the Ateca is not just another compact SUV, but one that will offer a proper driving experience too, with “light-footed, precise handling” and a design that echoes design features from the Leon. Based on the VW MQB platform, the Ateca is about the same size as a Nissan Qashsqai, and shares its wheelbase with the Leon

 

New Volkswagen Tiguan Motability carVolkswagen Tiguan – Avaialble to order now

After selling over 2.64 million units of the first generation the new Tiguan will be released in spring 2016. Smoother lines and a weight loss of up to 50kg the new car is larger too with boot space increased to an impressive 615 litres and the towing capacity set to be be up to a whopping 2500kg.

 

Volkswagen Touran Motability Car - 1Volkswagen Touran – Out Now

The seven seat Touran an unashamedly sensible car that puts functionality over style, but there’s still a lot to like about the design. The front end has angled features that are similar to those of the latest Golf, while sharp creases down the flanks and LED tail lights give some extra visual appeal, rivals like the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer are more distinctive, but the VW is neater.

 

Volkswagen Golf Estate GTDVolkswagen Golf GTD – Out now

Hot on the heels of the Golf Alltrack comes the Golf GTD, powered by the 181bhp 2.0 litre diesel and available as a manual or DSG automatic it can reach 62 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds and go on to reach 143 mph yet can return up to 64.2 miles per gallon. Sports suspension, bi-xenon headlights, 18″ alloy wheels and a 604 litre boot.

 

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer motability carVauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – Available to order now

The all-new Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer estate is bigger than ever and will offer 80 litres more boot space than the previous model. Yet despite the increase in size, the Astra Sports Tourer will also be up to 200kg lighter than its predecessor. Built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire and SRi and above models come with the new onstar service free for a year.

 

Renault Megane motability carRenault Megane – Early 2016

The new Megane is 25mm lower than the previous model, as well as being 47mm wider at the front and 39mm wider at the rear a large diamond logo sitting between slim headlight clusters and distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights makes the car look much sportier and more purposeful, alongside the arrival of the excellent new Vauxhall Astra the VW Golf and Ford Focus now have some tough competition.

 

Kia Sportage Motability carKia Sportage – Out Now

The new Sportage is no bigger but the bold ‘tiger nose’ grille, striking LED headlamps and daytime running lights make it really stand out. Inside the soft-touch surfaces and a large, classy touchscreen dominate the dashboard. The diesel engines will be carried over along with a with a brand new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

 

Hyundai i20 Active motability carHyundai i20 Active – Avaialble to order now

Raised ride height, beefier bumpers and chunky side skirts, we are not talking Citroen C4 Cactus but the new i20 Active. The Active has a ride height rise of 20mm over the standard i20, and new 17-inch alloy wheels sit beneath the chunkier wheel arches. The seating position has been raised which, combined with the boosted ride height, gives the i20 Active better forward visibility and makes it easier to get in and out of.

 

Honda HRV Motability carHonda HRV – Avaialble to order now

Honda is looking to target the Nissan Juke with the HRV. New features and some neat practical touches boost its family appeal. The centrally located fuel tank helps to free up more boot space and Honda’s Magic Seating arrangement gives greater flexibility. What Car readers Car of the year for 2015 and a surefire success when it ‘eventually’ joins the Scheme.

 

MG GS motability carMG GS – September 2016 (not on Scheme)

Could this Qashqai rival be the car to revive the fortunes of MG?  With a retail price tag rumoured to be fifteen thousand pounds and new beefy engines, add to this the sleek lines and it certainly has the potential to do very well.  Fingers crossed the UK designed car will live up to the hype when it arrives on the forecourt.

 

 

Audi Q1 motability carAudi Q2 – Out now at retail, presently not on Scheme

Built up from the A3 platform the Q2 will offer high end competition to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. The booming small SUV sector will see the Q2 being a very popular choice for mobility customers with high driving position and increased interior space. Update: Initially named Q1 this has now been changed to Q2 as Audi have purchased the trademark of ‘Q2’ from Fiat.

 

 

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Mini Clubman – Out Now

The new Mini Clubman certainly has a lot of doors, clearly Mini learned from the disaster of having one rear door which was on the road side of right hand drive cars as was the case in the previous Clubman, this new car is the largest Mini available as it shares a platform with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and will compete against the likes of the Fiat 500x as well as the Ford Focus and VW Golf.

 

Ford Galaxy Motability car

Ford Galaxy – Out Now

The biggest Ford gets the new Ford nose and a general all round update with extra space for second and third row passengers. There is now an option to have your Galaxy with all wheel drive and the excellent 150 and 180 power 2.0 diesels are shared with the new S-Max. Titanium models and above have a built in Sat Nav, LED running lights and keyless entry.

 

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Hyundai Tucson – Out now

The ix35 replacement offers a whopping 513 litre boot and is an improvement on the outgoing car5 in every way, sadly the engines are carried over  aside from a euro 6 compliant tweak and consequently the competition can offer greater economy.

 

Suzuki Vitara Motability carSuzuki Vitara – Out Now

The Vitara is built on a slightly shorter platform than the S-Cross, it is therefore slightly smaller but externally looks more rugged and has more than a whiff of the Land Rover Evoque from the front. Two 1.6 litre engines offer 120bhp, a non turbo petrol takes a bit of revving to get going but performs well, the more expensive diesel offers superior mpg (70 v 53) but is a little noisy. Good valve and very well equipped, all but the entry model have a 7″ touchscreen with built in sat nav.

 

Honda CR-V Motability carHonda CR-V – Out now

The CR-V gets new headlamps, front grille, fog lights, skid-plate, bumpers, LED combination lamps and tailgate design and an all new 7″ infotainment system. A new 9 speed automatic gearbox and a 160bhp version of the 1.6 litre diesel along side a 2.0 litre petrol and the existing 120bhp 1.6 litre diesel.

 

 

SsangYong Korando Motability carSsangYong Korando – Out Now

The Indian owned Korean built SsangYong are joining the Scheme. The Korando is a mid sized SUV available with either front or all wheel drive, the 2.0 litre diesel engine is punchy; 0-62 in 9.9 seconds with 360nm of torque which as a manual can return a claimed economy of 47.1 mpg, the Korado has a super trick up its sleeve in that it can tow up to 2000kg of caravan.

 

SsangYong Turismo Motability car

SsangYong Tursimo – Out Now

The Tursimo is set to become the largest car on the Scheme eclipsing the VW Sharan and Ford Galaxy but it does not have the luxuries afforded by the European built competitors, the seats do not fold flat and you are aware that this is a price conscious car, retail prices start at under 17k. The 2-2-3 seating layout offers room in abundance and a neat walkway through to the rear seats and boot space of up to 875 litres with all 7 seats up. The single 2.0 litre diesel engine is thirsty at 37.1 miles per gallon but the Tursimo can also tow up to 2000kg of braked trailer or caravan.

 

Mazda CX-3 motability carMazda CX-3 – Out Now but not on Scheme

The CX-5’s baby brother and Nissan Juke rival will use an extended version of the forthcoming Mazda 2’s chassis and the firm’s SkyActiv engine technology, most likely in 1.5-litre form as a petrol and diesel.