Which Mobility Car http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk Advice & reviews on motability cars Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:58:21 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/favicon.gif Which Mobility Car http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk 32 32 News Feed http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/motability-news-feed/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/motability-news-feed/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:01:39 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=37448   NEWS FEED TIMELINE: March 14th 2018: 2786 vehicles avaialble 10.    1022 of which are automatic gearbox 4    […]

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March 14th 2018: 2786 vehicles avaialble reduced by 610.    1022 of which are automatic gearbox Increased by 254     362 Nil AP or less Increased by 251   (67 Automatics ).

March 10th 2018: BMW are making changes to the X1, changing the gearbox in the automatic front wheel drive cars to a 7 speed dual cutch, resulting in a reduction of X1’s on the scheme. The X1 xdrive 20i xline will also cease production in May. This gearbox change will be phased into Mini cars over the coming months.

March 6th 2018: SMMT announce February car sales decease by 2.8% year on year. 11 months in a row sales have decreased. We have a look behind the headline numbers: here

March 5th 2018:  Work and Pensions and Treasury Committees hold joint session on the Motability Scheme’s finances and executive pay. Upshot is the  National Audit Office will take a look.  Letter here or watch here

2796 vehicles avaialble Increased by 2525.    1018 of which are automatic gearbox      361 Nil AP or less reduced by 66   (67 Automatics reduced by 44).

March 1st – 3th 2018:  The ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma combine to bring snow, winds and freezing temperatures, closing motorways and roads across the UK.

February 28th 2018: Geneva Motor show lineup (First look at new models to be released later in the year or early 2019) Mazda 6, Mercedes A-Class, Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Rifter, Kia Ceed, Hyundai Kona Electric, Honda CRV and Toyota Auris.

February 27th 2018: Toyota CH-R prices return to 1st January 2018 level, Prices now start at £495 AP for 1.2 Petrol

February 26th 2018: Toyota CH-R price drop, a rare event prices change mid quarter, Prices start at £195 AP for 1.2 Petrol

2771 vehicles avaialble, 1018 of which are automatic gearbox. 367 Nil AP or less (71 Automatics).

February 23rd 2018: Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer added

February 21st 2018: Volkswagen Motability send an email stating that the 7 seat Tiguan allspace is avaialble only for it to be ‘fake news’ we suspect it will be avaialble for Q2 pricing on April 1st.

February 21st 2018: Peugeot 5008 GT Line Premium added

February 15th 2018: Lord Sterling, who co-founded Motability in 1977, wrote to Esther Mcvay outlining the “litany of inaccuracies” in the comments made by her and fellow MPs in a debate earlier this month to be “deeply troubling”. Neil Johnson, Chairman of Motability Operations writes an equally frank letter.  See Letters here.

February 13th 2018: Stratstone MINI Tyneside increase discount to up to £500. Amber Taylor 0191 234 5500 amber.taylor@stratstone.com (you have to travel to dealership to place an order)

February 8th 2018: Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calls for the the national audit office to look into the finances and pay policy of the Motability charity.

February 8th 2018: Labour’s John Mann MP (along with a collection of other MP’s) stands up in Parliament and makes an urgent request which is riddled with inaccuracies. Transcript 

February 5th 2018: Daily Mail publish a article where they confuse Motability the Charity and Motability Operations that causes division and hatred amongst readers.

30th January 2018: Hyundai Kona added

24th January 2o18: MG-ZS added

17th January 2018: Mazda CX-5 added

12th January 2018: £300 discount on MINI from Stratstone MINI Tyneside, Amber Taylor 0191 234 5500 amber.taylor@stratstone.com (you have to travel to dealership to place an order)

10th January 2018: VW Marshalls Oxford 01235 424242 chris.allsopp@marshall.co.uk or kitman.wong@marshall.co.uk offer £500 discount on VW Tiguan and discount on other VW cars too. (you have to travel to dealership to place an order) more info here: https://forum.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/forums/topic/cashback/

1st January 2018: New Prices released for Q1 2018 (Winter). New Pricing guidelines: vehicles with a retail value up to £35000 (Auto) can now join the scheme, BHP limits introduced at 200bhp and 225bhp for Hybrid cars, Advance Payments limit for Automatics increased to a maximum £3750 and £2999 for Manual Cars. Full details here: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-q1-winter-1st-january-2018/

New cars added: Skoda Kodiaq, VW Polo, Mini Countryman Hybrid, Audi Q2, Jeep Compass, BMW 2 Series Coupe, Renault Koleos, Skoda Karoq, Mitsibushi Eclipse Cross, Ford Mondeo Hybrid


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Vauxhall Grandland X http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/vauxhall-grandland-x-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/vauxhall-grandland-x-motability-car/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:14:26 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=37434 The Vauxhall Grandland X is based on the same platform as European Car of the Year, the […]

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The Vauxhall Grandland X is based on the same platform as European Car of the Year, the Peugeot 3008, following a deal between the two companies to jointly develop SUVs that preceded PSA’s eventual takeover. The Grandland X competes in a segment dominated by the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan. At 4477mm long, 1844mm wide and 1636mm tall with a 514 litre boot, the Grandland X’s dimensions put it in direct competition with the Tiguan (520 litres with the seats back and 615 forward), rather than the slightly smaller Qashqai. The Grandland X has a sporty, off-road look and a heightened seating position typical of an SUV, sadly there is no four wheel drive option, it’s front wheel drive only.


The Grandland X is comfortable and capable on the open road, with fine urban and motorway manners. The soft suspension wallows a touch through corners but is perfect to deal with the battered British roads. Space in the back is excellent, the flat floor together with ample head and legroom allows passengers to sit three-abreast. All cars come with Vauxhall’s excellent OnStar concierge package, which can help you get home, or call the emergency services in the event of an accident.


Trim lines to Motability customers are SE, Tech line, Sport and Elite. Entry-level SE models are the best value as they come with a fair amount of kit, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and rain sensing 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. The Tech Line adds built in sat nav and increases the touchscreen to 8 inches, 18 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, LED daytime running lights, an upgraded Safety Pack with automatic emergency braking and side blind spot alert and front and rear parking sensors. Sport trim adds some aluminium-effect bumper trims, rear privacy glass and interior mood lighting. The Elite adds partial leather heated seats, 19 inch alloy wheels, panoramic glass roof and automatic parking with 360 degree camera.


The Grandland X has two engine choices, neither of which are powerful enough to tow a caravan of any size, Max braked weight for the diesel is 1400kg and as low as 1100kg for an auto petrol. The 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol with 128 bhp, shared with the Peugeot 3008, is a joy to drive around town, quiet and reasonably punchy, 0-62 in 11.1 seconds, it officially returns 55.4mpg when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, managing a near-identical 55.3mpg if you choose the six speed automatic. If you cover higher miles or plan on using the Grandland X fully loaded the 1.6 litre 118bhp diesel engine is the better choice, the 0-62 time dips to 11.8 seconds but the 300nm of torque gives it more low rev pull, this officially gets 70.6mpg as a six speed manual or 65.7mpg as a six speed automatic. Prices start at £899 Advance Payment and very quickly rise, Automatic cars start at £1799, it’s hard to see past the Volkswagen Tiguan this quarter for value.

 Winter Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘SE’ 1.6 litre 118bhp diesel manual  –  £899 Advance Payment (£64.80 +£97 wpms)

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Audi Q2 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/audi-q2-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/audi-q2-motability-car/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:35:42 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=37418 The Audi Q2 is a small SUV, it shares its underpinnings with the similar sized Seat Arona and Volkswagen […]

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The Audi Q2 is a small SUV, it shares its underpinnings with the similar sized Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc as well as the Audi A3 and VW Golf. Audi has gone surprisingly off-piste in the styling department for the Q2, which makes for a look that will divide opinion, one comment being ‘the side profile has more lines than Clapham Junction’. At 4121mm long, the Q2 is 167mm longer than an Audi A1 and 116mm shorter than an A3. Among SUVs, it’s a smidge shorter than a Nissan Juke. The Q2 is comfortable up front as both the driver and front passenger seats come with manual height adjustment as standard, though lumbar support is £250 extra. The rear doors are small and access is tight, as is seating for three. The boot has a capacity of 405 litres which is pretty much on par for the class.



The Audi Q2 comes in three trim lines, SE , Sport and S-Line. The SE has a seven-inch infotainment screen, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, rear parking sensors, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels and automatic emergency braking. Sport models offer larger 17 inch alloy wheels, sports seats and aluminium and gloss red interior trim. The same seven-inch infotainment screen as SE models also feature satellite navigation as standard and the stereo comes with eight speakers instead of four. S line models are the sportiest in the Q2 range. They come as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, remodelled bumpers and side skirts and matt grey exterior trim. Inside, you’ll find the same seven-inch infotainment screen with sat nav as Sport models, part-leather sports seats with embossed S logos, brushed aluminium trim, stainless steel pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Dual-zone electronic climate control is a £525 extra, rear view camera £350, Park assist £450 and the Virtual Cockpit (12.3″ LCD instrument cluster) is a whopping £1595 extra.


Petrol engines are the 1.0 litre 114 bhp three-cylinder turbo and the 1.4 148 bhp turbo four-cylinder. There are two diesel engines, a 1.6 litre 114 bhp and a 2.0 148bhp. All models bar the 2.0 TDI get a six-speed manual, while all engines bar the 1.0 TFSI can be had with Audi’s seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox. Quattro four-wheel drive is standard on the 2.0 TDI, along with the seven-speed S tronic. The entry-level 1.0 TFSI turbo three cylinder has claimed economy of 55.4mpg and a 0-62 time of 10.1 seconds. The 1.4 petrol can cut the 62mph sprint time to 8.5 seconds and still return 51.4 miles per gallon and is the pick if you can justify the extra Advance Payment. The 1.6 diesel can sprint to 62 in 10.3 and return 64.2 mpg. The 2.0 litre diesel with all wheel drive and auto gearbox reruns excellent figures of 8.1 seconds for the sprint and 58.9mpg. Prices start at £399 and rise to £2749 for the 2.0 litre diesel.

 Winter Best Buy –  Audi Q2 1.0 (114bhp) Petrol ‘Sport’  Manual  –  £599 Advance Payment (£63.45 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy –  Audi Q2 1.4 (148bhp) Petrol ‘Sport’  Manual  –  £1499 Advance Payment (£442 wpms) or £1999 (£942 wpms) as an Automatic

 Winter Best Buy –  Audi Q2 1.6 (114bhp) Diesel ‘Sport’  Manual  –  £1099 Advance Payment (£42 wpms) or £1899 (£842 wpms) as an Automatic

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mitsubishi-eclipse-cross-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mitsubishi-eclipse-cross-motability-car/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:55:30 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=37067 We love Mitsubishi, a car manufacturer led by engineers and cars built to an exacting standard. Sadly […]

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We love Mitsubishi, a car manufacturer led by engineers and cars built to an exacting standard. Sadly these qualities do not amount to big sales and they have fallen into the arms of the Nissan/Renault alliance where they will donate their PHEV and four wheel drive excellence and will receive engines and platforms in return. So the Eclipse Cross will be the last car Mitsubishi build alone. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is an all-new small SUV that competes with the Peugeot 3008, Seat Ateca and Toyota C-HR. 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.


The Eclipse Cross is a five-seater only, although the rear seats can slide back and forth to change between extra legroom and more boot space, with the seats all the way back there’s 341 litres of space, but slide them forward all the way and it opens up to 448 litres. A Peugeot 3008 has 520 litres in the back all the time. The front is spacious enough, with a decent driving position and plenty of storage cubbies within easy reach. Visibility is good front and rear, although the split rear windscreen means there’s a solid line straight through your main mirror that could get distracting. The side mirrors are nice and big, though, which helps when you’re changing lanes on the motorway.


The Eclipse Sport comes in simple to comprehend trim Lines – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’, all cars have a seven-inch touchscreen display (Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatible) that sits on top of the dash like in a BMW. There’s also a trackpad controller on the centre console, but it’s easier to use the display itself to select the functions you need – and there are heater and air-con controls as physical buttons, unlike in the Peugeot 3008.  ‘2’ trim also includes a rearview camera, keyless entry, automatic lights, auto high beam, auto wipers, cruise control, 16 inch alloy wheels, cruise control and Privacy glass. Moving up to ‘3’ brings a Head-up display, front & rear parking sensors, 18 inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, electric, heated & folding mirrors and keyless operation. The top ‘4’ trim adds leather seats, powered driver’s seat, powered panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, 360° parking camera, lane change assist, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and automatic only versions have adaptive cruise control.


The sole engine presently, a diesel with a traditional auto gearbox will be joining later, is a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 161bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s refined and smooth, 0-62mph takes 9.8 seconds in the CVT model, and 10.3 in the manual. Fuel economy is a little disappointing, 42.8mpg as a front wheel drive with a manual gearbox, while the CVT version with 4WD returns 40.4mpg. The six speed manual gearbox is excellent, however the CVT Automatic, while it has supposed fake gears to mimic a traditional Auto and the paddle shifters are lovely, put your foot down and the revs soar noisily as the gearbox resists the need for a higher ratio. Wait for the Diesel if you want an Automatic is our advice. The Manual car is front wheel drive only and the Auto can be either front or four wheel drive, prices are £1399 and £1799 in 3 trim.

 Winter Best Buy  –  Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ‘2’ 1.5 petrol Manual  – £399 Advance Payment (£62.13 wpms) or £699 (£64.11 wpms) in trim ‘3’ or £1799 (£742 wpms) in trim ‘4’

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Skoda Kodiaq http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/skoda-kodiaq-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/skoda-kodiaq-motability-car/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:31:20 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=37204 The Skoda Kodiaq is a five or seven seat mid sized SUV that shares the VW MQB […]

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The Skoda Kodiaq is a five or seven seat mid sized SUV that shares the VW MQB platform with the smaller Volkswagen Tiguan and Seat Ateca.  The Kodiaq is 19.3cm longer, 4.3cm wider and 3.3cm taller than a Tiquan but the extra 11cm between the front and back wheels (wheelbase) means Skoda can squeeze in two extra seats, albeit only designed for carrying children. The second row however offers plenty of room, and because the seats sit on runners (60:40 split rather than the 40:20:40 of some rivals) it is possible to juggle leg room between passengers, please note only the two outside seats have Isofix points so three (modern) car seats is a no. Boot space is a reasonable 270 litres even with all seven seats in place, comparable to that found in a Ford Fiesta, drop the two rear seats and the space increases to 630 litres or if you opted for the 5 seat only car 720 litres, by comparison the Nissan X-Trail offers 550 litres of storage.


Considering its size, the Skoda Kodiaq is enjoyable to drive. Its steering is accurate and well controlled when cornering, yet not at the expense of comfort, as the Kodiaq’s suspension copes well with bumps. It’s not quite as smooth-riding as the Peugeot 5008, but it’s sharper as a result and the suspension also works better than the Nissan X-Trail’s.  The Kodiaq has been picking up awards since its launch in early 2017, Whatcar, TopGear and AutoExpress all awarding it best in class.


To Mobility customers the Kodiaq comes in three trims ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘SE-L’, the entry level car is well equipped with a 6.5 inch infotainment screen that is compatible with your smartphone (Carplay and Android Auto), DAB radio, automatic emergency braking, air conditioning, keyless entry and 17-inch alloy wheels. Moving up the SE brings 18 inch alloy wheels,  headlight washers, 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, four extra speakers, climate control, rear-parking sensors, auto lights and wipers and tinted rear windows. The SE-L had the delightful 9.2 inch ‘Columbus’ touchscreen with built in Sat Nav, 19 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Alcantara upholstery, heated front seats, foldable door mirrors and a powered tailgate.


A 123bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is the entry level engine, best suited to short trips without a loaded car, the economy as a six speed manual is a claimed 46.3 mpg and 0-60 takes 10.2 seconds. Opt for the 1.4 tsi petrol with 148bhp and 60 can be reached in 9.3 seconds and a claimed economy of 44.8 mpg. This engine can be a front wheel drive DSG Automatic or in all wheel drive as a Manual or DSG Auto. The 178bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine has four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic and can hit 60 in 7.9 but economy dips to 38.2 mpg. Unless you are a low mileage user a diesel engine is better suited to a large car intended for carrying people and luggage, the 2.0 litre 148 bhp unit is a perfect match, 60mph in 9.9 seconds and an economy of 56.5 mpg as a front wheel drive automatic, as with the petrol engines, you can specify a manual gearbox if you choose four-wheel drive, this  decreases the fuel economy to 52.3 mpg. The Kodiaq is an excellent tow car (2018 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year) as an all wheel drive Automatic the max towing weight increases from 2000kg to 2300kg. Prices are high for the Kodiaq, 5 seat petrol engines start at £1595 (S trim) and diesels at £2995 in SE.

VTN Full Description DLA/PIP/
KODIAQ S (5 seat)
720348 KODIAQ S (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 125PS £1595 £538
KODIAQ SE (5 seat)
720347 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 125PS £1995 £938
720346 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS DSG £2395 £1338
720345 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 £2395 £1338
720344 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 DSG £2995 £1938
720343 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG SCR £3495 £2438
720342 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 2.0 TDI 150PS 4×4 SCR £2995 £1938
720341 KODIAQ SE (5 seat) 2.0 TDI 150PS 4×4 DSG SCR £3750 £2693
KODIAQ SE L (5 seat)
716193 KODIAQ SE L (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS DSG £2995 £1938
716192 KODIAQ SE L (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 £2995 £1938
716191 KODIAQ SE L (5 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 DSG £2995 £1938
716190 KODIAQ SE L (5 seat) 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG  £3750 £2693
KODIAQ SE (7 seat)
720340 KODIAQ SE (7 seat) 1.4 TSI 125PS £2295 £1938
720339 KODIAQ SE (7 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS DSG £2595 £1538
720338 KODIAQ SE (7 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 £2595 £1538
720337 KODIAQ SE (7 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 DSG £3295 £2238
720336 KODIAQ SE (7 seat) 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG  £3295 £2238
KODIAQ SE L (7 seat)
718829 KODIAQ SE L (7 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS DSG £2995 £1938
716186 KODIAQ SE L (7 seat) 1.4 TSI 150PS 4×4 DSG £3495 £2438
716185 KODIAQ SE L (7 seat) 2.0 TSI 180PS 4×4 DSG £3750 £2693
716184 KODIAQ SE L (7 seat) 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG  £3750 £2693


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Volkswagen Polo http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/volkswagen-polo/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/volkswagen-polo/#comments Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:59:34 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=1752 The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is a 5 door hatchback, for the first time there is no 3 […]

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The 2018 Volkswagen Polo is a 5 door hatchback, for the first time there is no 3 door Polo being produced, If you like cut of the VW Golf but wanted something a little smaller and easier to park, the new Polo is the car for you.

There is so much to like about the new Polo, the build quality in particular stands out as does the size, the boot at 351 litres makes it a match for the Ford Focus let alone the Ford Fiesta. The only complaint that can be levied at the Polo is that its sister car, the Seat Ibiza has a little more kerbside va va voom and to Mobility customers a wider choice of trim lines and engines.


To Mobility Customers three trim lines are available; ‘S’, ‘SE’ and ‘beats’, The entry level car is well equipped with an 8 inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, automatic headlights, and Front assist with pedestrian monitoring and automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The SE, which is the pick, adds 15 inch alloy wheels, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel and Carplay/Android Auto. The funked up ‘beats’ has a 300 watt sound system, front fog lights, sports seats, 16 inch Alloy wheels, rear tinted glass and ‘Herbie’ style stripes that run the length of the car. Sadly certain items that should be included are now on the extras list, cruise control £285, parking sensors £315 and climate control £415.


The engine range is limited for Mobility customers this quarter, the only engine avaialble is a 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol with either 64bhp or 94bhp, we would recommend the turbocharged 94bhp version over the limp non turbo offering as the extra grunt will help you achieve a better miles per gallon as you will not have to work the engine so hard, the official economy for the 94bhp car is 64.2 mpg. The same engine can hit 62 miles per hour in very respectable 10.8 seconds as a five speed manual or seven speed DSG automatic, which is super smooth but prices start at an un-competitive £799 Advance Payment, the Seat Ibiza is on offer at Nil Advance payment as an Automatic car this quarter.

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Polo 5 door 1.0 petrol 94bhp ‘SE or ‘beats’  Manual   –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.48 wpms)

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Ford Ecosport http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/ford-ecosport-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/ford-ecosport-motability-car/#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:40:56 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=6792 The Ecosport is Ford’s first foray into the Mini-SUV sector and despite sluggish initial sales and rotten […]

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The Ecosport is Ford’s first foray into the Mini-SUV sector and despite sluggish initial sales and rotten reviews Ford have persevered with the Brazilian designed, Romanian built small high rider. As the market and the Ecosport has developed (no more boot mounted spare wheel) sales have increased and the new for 2018 Ecosport, while still not a lot of fun to drive, finally has the look and the equipment to compete in the hottest sector in the industry.



A facelift can’t work miracles and the same space and practicality gripes that tripped-up the old EcoSport remain. Space up front is par for the course, but rear legroom is particularly tight. The 355-litre boot doesn’t place the EcoSport near the front of the pack on practicality either. Despite the sweeping changes, the boot is still a side-opening affair rather than a hatch and this can prove awkward at times. The new Interior is excellent, the SYNC 3 eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is fitted at the centre of the dash, complete with sat nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a rear view-parking camera. Zetec models get a slightly smaller 6.5 display.


Even the entry-level Zetec spec comes with a long list of standard equipment, including a DAB radio, two USB sockets, 16 inch alloy wheels, air-con, electric front and rear windows and a leather steering wheel and gear lever. Titanium models get 17 inch alloys, built-in sat-nav, a rear-view camera, partial leather seats, keyless start, climate and cruise control, as well as automatic headlights and wipers. The range-topping ST-Line with its skirts, spoilers, dark alloy wheels and contrasting roof colour is the best looking car in our opinion and the sports suspension does help a little with the ride quality too.



Two engines are available, an upgraded (manual gearbox only) 1.5 litre diesel with 99 bhp which offers a claimed 68.8 miles per gallon but as the 0-62 time of 14 seconds would suggest it is a little lacking in ‘punch’. The better option is the lightweight 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol engine avaialble in 123 or 138 bhp variants, The larger only being a manual gearbox while the 123bhp unit is a six speed manual or six speed automatic. The manual cars can return 54.3 mpg and the auto 48.7, the 123bhp unit reaches 62 mph in 12.6 seconds compared to 11.8 for the 138bhp. The new all wheel drive Ecosport (manual gearbox only) would be the best option, if it was avaialble to Motability customers, as as it has a new 123bhp 1.5 litre diesel that can reach 62 miles per hour in 10.9 seconds and return 62.7 miles per gallon.

 Winter Best Buy – Ford Ecosport ‘Zetec + Nav’ 1.0 123bhp petrol manual   –  £195 Advance Payment  (£60.77 wpms) or £395 (£62.10 wpms) as an Automatic

 Winter Best Buy – Ford Ecosport ‘ST Line’  1.0 123bhp petrol manual   –  £595 Advance Payment  (£63.43 wpms) or £695 (£66.09 wpms) as an Automatic

 Winter Best Buy – Ford Ecosport ‘ST Line’ 1.0 138bhp petrol manual   –  £695 Advance Payment  (£64.09 wpms)

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Volkswagen Tiguan http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/volkswagen-tiguan-motability-car-2/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/volkswagen-tiguan-motability-car-2/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:57:52 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=20021 The latest Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform that underpins everything from the firm’s Golf […]

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volkswagen-tiguan-s-motability-carThe latest Tiguan is based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform that underpins everything from the firm’s Golf to its Touran MPV – it’s even shared by sister brand Audi for the sporty TT. As a result, the Tiguan is longer and wider than the old version, but also lower, which makes it more practical. The boot is 520 litres but you can slide the rear seats forward to increase space to 615 litres if you need to carry more luggage. The Tiguan is comfort over thrills, as you would expect from an SUV, but it is a leap forward from the old model, the car has little body roll in corners and glides over the challenging British roads.


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Trim levels are the ‘S’, ‘SE (Nav)’, SE-L and R-Line. The S has 17-inch alloy wheels, roof-rails, a chrome grille, air-conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats and an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen that has Bluetooth phone connectivity and can display text messages. The SE trim adds 18 inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rails, front fog lights, privacy glass, three zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and compatibility to mirror and control your mobile phone through the touchscreen, SE-L has 19 inch alloy wheels, 12.3” TFT colour display screen in place of regular dials, adaptive cruise control (ACC), Discover Navigation System (DNS), panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and Front sports seats with driver’s ergoComfort seat including cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support, electric backrest adjustment and massage function. The Sporty R-Line has 20 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and R-Line sportiness with wheel arch extensions and side skirts. Leather seats are an upgrade option across the trim lines.


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Two diesel engine’s are available, both 2.0 litre in size, one with 150 bhp in either two or four wheel drive (4Motion), or a 190 bhp all wheel drive automatic only version. The 150 is the perfect pairing, reaching 62 miles per hour in an excellent 9.3 seconds and as a manual front wheel drive car with 17 inch wheels can (according to Volkswagen) return 60.1 miles per gallon. This drops to 58.9 with 18 inch wheels. The 4Motion car can return 53.3 mpg as a manual or 50.4 as a seven speed dual clutch Automatic. The Auto 190 bhp can reach 62mph in 7.9 seconds and pump out 400nm of torque compared to 340 for the 150 bhp yet still return 49.6 mpg.

Two petrol’s are available, a front wheel drive 1.4 litre with 123 bhp Manual only and a 2.0 litre 180 bhp 4 wheel drive Auto only. The 1.4 fares well for normal driving but does run out of puff when overtaking, it returns a claimed 46.3 miles per gallon, the 2.0 litre has the extra grunt but the fuel consumption dips to 38.2 miles per gallon.

As a tow vehicle the diesel Tiguan is fantastic, tow bar weight of 100kg and a braked towing capacity of 2000kg as a 2 wheel drive, 2200kg as a manual all wheel drive and a whopping 2500kg as a 4Motion Automatic.

The Tiguan is an excellent choice in the SUV sector, it offers quality of build on a par with the BMW X1 and as a complete package it is as good as anything on the Scheme. If you can bear to live without the VW badge and 13cm in length then the platform and engine sharing Seat Ateca offers an alternative but not the pricing this Quarter.

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘SE Nav’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel manual 2wd  –  £699 Advance Payment (£64.12 wpms) or £999 (£64.80 +£197 wpms) in 4motion

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan ‘SE Nav’ 2.0 litre 150 diesel Automatic 2wd  –  £1199 Advance Payment (£142 wpms) or £1999 (£942 wpms) in 4motion

For an in-depth hour long review from RAC, click here: https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/car-reviews/volkswagen/tiguan/1262/

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Mini Clubman http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mini-clubman-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mini-clubman-motability-car/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:05:35 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=8570 The all new Clubman is 4.25 metres long and 1.8 metres wide making it 27 cm longer and 7.3 […]

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Mini Clubman Motability car sideThe all new Clubman is 4.25 metres long and 1.8 metres wide making it 27 cm longer and 7.3 cm wider than the Mini 5 door, with 10 cm added to the wheelbase. The new Clubman has retained the two barn doors for the boot but has sensibly done away with the single rear-hinged ‘clubdoor’ from the old model (which was roadside for UK customers) in favour of two conventional rear doors. The new car is based on the new front-wheel-drive architecture that’s shared with the three and five-door Mini and the new BMW X1, and once inside, the car’s increase in size is immediately noticeable, with far more knee and headroom, the Clubman is now fair, if somewhat quirky, competition to the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra.


Mini Clubman Motability car rearOn the road the Clubman still drives like a Mini should, but the softer suspension takes away some of the fun and engagement of the three-door model. The upside is it’s very comfortable over long distances. The dashboard is dominated by a large screen that sits where the speedometer used to be in older Minis and can be 6.5 or 8.8 inches should you wish to upgrade. The controller on the central console operates most of the car’s systems so there’re less buttons to clutter up the dashboard. The 360-litre boot can be raised to 1,250 litres if you fold the rear seats down making it similar in size to the Golf.


Mini Clubman Motability car interiorThe Cooper and Cooper S are available to mobility customers, The Cooper has 16″ alloy wheels, Sat Nav, cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth handsfree system for your mobile phone and keyless start. Upgrading to Cooper S (or SD) gives you 17″ alloy wheels, twin exhausts, sports seats and a ‘Performance Control’ system to tweak the car’s driving characteristics. The Chili pack, which retails at £2785, can be added to either trim for a value £250 – £500, it features half-leather upholstery with heated sports seats, electric opening for rear barn doors, Mini driving modes, passenger seat height adjustment, park distance control, automatic air-con and LED fog/headlights.


Mini Clubman Motability Car - 1The 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the Cooper D offers fuel consumption of 68.9 mpg and 0-62mph takes 8.6 seconds or a tenth quicker with the auto. 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 7.2 seconds (7.1 with the auto) and it maxes out at 142 mph. With the brilliant 8 speed automatic gearbox it can return 48.7mpg and 45.6 mpg as a six speed manual. The three-cylinder 1.5 litre Cooper produces 134 bhp and accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 127mph. Fuel economy is 55.4 mpg. The new BMW shared 8 speed Automatic is highly recommended it flicks through the gears with ease, makes urban driving effortless, at retail this is a £1700 extra but to mobility customers it is £3-500 extra on the Advance Payment.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper  (134bhp 1.5 litre Petrol)  Manual –   £249 Advance Payment (£61.13 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£499 as Automatic (£62.79 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper S (189bhp 2.0 litre Petrol) Manaul  –   £499 Advance Payment (£62.79 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£999 as Automatic (£64.80 +£197 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – MINI Clubman Cooper D (148bhp) or Cooper SD (187bhp) Manual   –   £499 Advance Payment (£62.79) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£749 (£64.45 wmps) as a Cooper D (148bhp) automatic

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BMW 2 Series Coupe http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/bmw-2-series-coupe-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/bmw-2-series-coupe-motability-car/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:25:49 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=37165 Previously known as the 1 series Coupe, the 2 series Coupe is built up from the BMW […]

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Previously known as the 1 series Coupe, the 2 series Coupe is built up from the BMW 1 series. The current 2 Series better looking than the 1 Series Coupe, it’s also longer, wider and more practical than before. It feels like a standalone model in its own right, rather than simply a two-door version of the 1 Series. In fact, it looks and feels like a junior 4 Series. BMW facelifted the 2 Series in 2017, fitting new air intakes, a larger radiator grille and LED lights as standard. Only the 218 is avaialble as a 1.5 litre 3 cylinder 134 bhp petrol or a 2.0 litre 148 bhp diesel. The petrol performs well hitting 62mph in 8.8 seconds and returning up to 52.3 miles per gallon. The diesel cuts the tape in 8.4 seconds and returns up to 65.7 miles per gallon. Both are excellent engine, the Diesel costs an extra £2000 at retail so it offers the better value but the petrol does suit a sports car better, and the 3 cylinder makes an nice noise when pushed.


The base SE spec includes: 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, climate control, bluetooth phone connectivity with USB connectivity, BMW Professional radio, with DAB and single CD player, 6.5-inch infotainment screen with BMW ConnectedDrive Services, including BMW Emergency Call, BMW Navigation System (with Real Time Traffic Information), BMW Online Services and BMW Teleservices, drive modes – Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport, multi-function sports steering wheel, Rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlights and automatic windscreen wipers. Upgrade to mid-range Sport trim you get, switchable ambient interior lighting, Drive Performance Control including Sport+ mode, sports front seats, chrome exhaust tailpipes. Opt for the M-Sport trim you’ll get 18-inch alloy wheels with run flat tyres, headlight wash, hexagon cloth/alcantara upholstery, M exterior styling with M designation badges, M Sport multifunction steering wheel, and M Sport suspension.

 Winter Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Coupe 218 (Petrol or Diesel) SE Manual  –   £799 Advance Payment (£64.80 wpms) or £999 (£64.80 + £197 wmps) in Sport or £1199 (£142 wmps) in MSport

 Winter Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Coupe 218 (Petrol or Diesel) SE Automatic  –   £1299 Advance Payment (£242 wpms) or £1499 (£442 wmps) in Sport or £1699 (£642 wmps) in MSport


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