Which Mobility Car http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk Advice & reviews on motability cars Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:44:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/favicon.gif Which Mobility Car http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk 32 32 Ford Focus http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/all-new-ford-focus-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/all-new-ford-focus-motability-car/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:39:20 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=38094 The Ford Focus, now in its fourth incarnation, is a five door hatchback and estate, a slightly […]

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The Ford Focus, now in its fourth incarnation, is a five door hatchback and estate, a slightly higher riding Active will be released in 2019. The German built C-segment mainstay offers super kerb appeal and generally is a delight, room for a growing family, the 375 litre boot is on par for the class, and the interior is well designed and appointed. The Focus has always had a reputation as an engaging drive and the latest version has been roundly praised, the steering is precise, body roll minimal and it’s easy to raise a smile through the twisties. It’s something of a a surprise that the Volkswagen Golf, which is at the end of its life cycle and due to be replaced in 2019, is still outselling the brand new Focus.

 

To Motability customers the entry level is the well equipped Zetec, 16 inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, centre console with armrest, leather trimmed steering  and gear knob, cruise control, manual air conditioning and an 8 inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. The Titanium adds built in sat nav, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and all-round parking sensors, as well as keyless entry and go. Titanium X has part-leather seats, privacy glass, 6-way power adjust driver seat and 17-inch alloy wheels. The range topping Vignale (presently not on Scheme) has LED lights all round, heated steering wheel, rear-view camera, Bang & Olufsen Play stereo with 10 speakers including a boot-mounted subwoofer.

 

For those of a more sporty disposition The ST line (based on the Zetec trim) has an unmistakable bodykit with distinctive grille, front and rear spoilers and twin exhaust pipes, set off by 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, dark headlining and alloy pedals and gear knob set the mood, while the ST-Line X adds 18-inch alloys, red brake calipers, rain sensing wipers, partial leather trim with red stitching, heated front seats and dual zone climate control. We love the look of the ST Line X. The only thing to note is Adaptive Cruise Control (where your car sits a set distance from the car in front) is part of the Driver Assistance Pack  at £500 which also includes traffic sign recognition and auto high beam.

 

All engines have been carried over from the old Focus with an upgrade to Euro stage 6.2 from stage 6.  The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is available in two power outputs (100 and 120hp), while its three-cylinder 1.5 petrol comes in 150 and 182hp forms. The four-cylinder 1.5 diesel available with 120hp power outputs, and lastly, a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 150hp. All engines are either a 6 speed manual or a n 8 speed automatic. Both respond well, with the automatic being pleasantly smooth.

 

The 125hp 1.0-litre petrol is probably the pick, it’ll never feel off the pace (0-62 in 10 seconds) and will be cheap to run (claimed economy of 58.9 miles per gallon. That said, if you’re constantly slogging up and down the motorway, then one of the diesels will be a far better bet in the long run. In particular, the 120hp 1.5 diesel will have all the punch you need and comfortably achieve 60mpg.

Prices Start from £295 AP for the Hatch and £545 AP for the Estate in Zetec trim. The ST line X is our pick as it looks fantastic and a 1.5 diesel is avaialble to the under 25’s.

 Autumn Best Buy – Ford Focus Hatchback Titanium  1.0 litre Petrol (125 hp) Manual  –  £395 Advance payment (£63.69 wpms)  or £895 (£66.74 wpms +£40) as an Automatic (also 1.5 petrol)

 Autumn Best Buy – Ford Focus Hatchback ST line X  1.0 litre Petrol (125 hp) Manual  –  £545 Advance payment (£64.69 wpms)  or £845 (£66.74 wpms) as an Automatic

Best for under 25’s:

 Autumn Best Buy – Ford Focus Hatchback ST line X  1.5 litre diesel (120 hp) Manual or Automatic  –  £1045 Advance payment  (£66.74 +£190 wpms)

Estate:

 Autumn Best Buy – Ford Focus Estate Titanium X 1..0 Litre Petrol (125 hp) Manual  –  £795 Advance payment  (£66.34 wpms) or £1095 (£10 wpms) as an Automatic

Full pricing and range: Q4 prices reduced by £100, 1.0 litre Automatic now available

 

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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 Sun, 04 Nov 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 17 inch alloy wheels, sports seats and aluminium and gloss red interior trim. The same seven-inch infotainment screen as SE models also features satellite navigation as standard and the stereo comes with eight speakers instead of four. S-line models are the sportiest 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 and stainless steel pedals. Across the range Dual-zone electronic climate control is a £525 extra, rear view camera £350, heated front seats £300, Adaptive cruise control £375, Park assist £450 and the Virtual Cockpit (12.3″ LCD instrument cluster) is part of the Technology Pack a £1395 extra on Sport and S-Line trims.

 

Engines are the 1.0 litre 114 bhp three-cylinder turbo and the 1.6 litre 114 bhp diesel. The petrol is six speed manual only and the diesel can be had as a six speed manual or with Audi’s seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox.  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 1.6 diesel can sprint to 62 in 10.3 and return up to 68.9 mpg as an automatic on 17 inch wheels. In a new move the MY19 cars will no longer show the engine size on the badge but be badged as 30 TDI for the 1.6 diesel and 30 TFSi for the 1.0 litre petrol. All new Audi’s will be shown in this way, starting at 30 for engines up to 127 bhp then increases up to 70 for cars over 529 bhp. Strange.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy –  Audi Q2 1.0 (114bhp) Petrol ‘Sport’ Manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£63.05 wpms) 

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy –  Audi Q2 1.6 (114bhp) Diesel ‘Sport’ Manual  –  £599 Advance Payment (£65.04 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£1299 (£214 wpms) as an Automatic

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy –  Audi Q2 1.6 (114bhp) Diesel ‘S-Line’ Manual  –  £899 Advance Payment (£66.74 +£44 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£1749 (£664 wpms) as an Automatic

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Check your model year http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/check-your-model-year/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/check-your-model-year/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:42:06 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=38353 We wanted to clear up the confusion over MY (Model Year) and how to identify which Model […]

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We wanted to clear up the confusion over MY (Model Year) and how to identify which Model Year your Vehicle actually is.

What is a Model Year?

Firstly the Model Year (MY) does not indicate when the car was built, that is the build date.

The Model Year (MY) will change when the manufacturer changes the specification of the car, this will usually include some improvements such as a new infotainment system or, as we have seen with BMW, the changing of a gearbox. BUT, the rules are not set in stone (for Europe) so if a manufacturer adds a new colour to the range or a new bit of trim this can be enough to change the Model Year.

 

When do Model Year’s Change?

It’s a fluid thing but historically and generally they change in Quarter 3 after the factories have been re-tooled while production stops for the summer. So a car built in mid to late 2017 may have a 2018 Model Year. They generally change every year but when a car is nearing the end of production this may not be the case and likewise a new model such as the new Mercedes A class that is being built now has a Model Year MY19.

 

How do I know I which Model Year Car I am getting?

You need to ask the dealership two questions, the model year of the vehicle and the build date, do your homework and make sure, if there is a new Model Year coming, that you are assured you will be getting the most recent version.

 

When I pick up my car how do I know it is the correct Model Year?

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) holds the information. Modern cars have a 17 digit VIN number and the 10th digit refers to the Model Year.

Here is a breakdown of the VIN number information:

 

And here is the Decoding information for the 10th Digit:

 

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New Motability Prices 1st October 2018 (Quarter 4 Autumn) http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-1st-october-2018-quarter-4-autumn/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/new-motability-prices-1st-october-2018-quarter-4-autumn/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:37:05 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=38265 Q4 News. Electric and Hybrid Cars Q4  Click on the photo or here to open full information […]

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Q4 News.

Electric and Hybrid Cars Q4 

Click on the photo or here to open full information on the Electric/Hybrid cars avaialble on the Scheme, now starting from Nil Advance Payment for the excellent Hyundai Ioniq.

 

 

 

Top offers for Q4

Mini Countryman

The excellent 1.5 litre petrol Countryman has been reduced by £400, now Nil Advance Payment for the manual and £499 for the Automatic. The 134bhp (220Nm of torque) on offer can propel the Mini to 62 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds and return a claimed 51.4 miles per gallon.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – MINI Countryman Cooper (134bhp 1.5 litre Petrol) Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£499 (£64.38 wpms) as Automatic

 

 

Mercedes GLA

The new GLA is due in 2019 and as a passing shot Mercedes have been through the parts bin and cobbled together the GLA180 Urban Edition, and it is superb value. Powered by the 1.6 litre 120 bhp petrol engine from the B-Class the 0-62 time of 9 seconds time is excellent and the option of a 6 speed manual or 7 speed Auto make for comfortable progress, it’s not quick and if you push it the claimed mpg of 51.4 will quickly head towards the low 30’s. You do get 18 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, front fog lights, LED head and tail lights, privacy glass, auto wipers, off road comfort suspension (raised by 30mm), keyless go, air conditioning, reversing camera, fake leather seats, cruise control, driving mode selector, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, twin chrome exhaust and an eight inch media display with Apple Carplay and Android auto.

Autumn Best Buy –  Mercedes GLA 180 1.6 petrol Manual ‘Urban Edition’ –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms) or £499 (£64.38 wpms) as an Automatic

 

 

 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 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. Sport cars have 16 inch black alloy wheels, LED headlights and more athletic bumpers with a red stripe front and rear.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.3 petrol (101 bhp) Automatic  ‘EX’  –  £58.50 per week (you keep £1.25 of DLA/PIP per week) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£59.00 per week (you keep £0.75 of DLA/PIP per week) as a Manual

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.5 petrol (128bhp) Manual ‘Sport’  – £49 Advance Payment (£61.39 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£99 (£61.72 wpms) as an Automatic

 

 

Toyoya Yaris Hybrid - from Nil Advance Payment

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.

 Autumn Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon’ Automatic   –  £56.00 per week  (you keep £3.75 per week of DLA/PIP award)

 

 

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 six speed manual or 7 speed dual clutch Automatic can return a claimed 55.4 miles per gallon yet still reach 62 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy  – Golf  SV ‘SE’ 1.5 petrol (130bhp) Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£99 (£61.72 wpms) as an Automatic

 

 

Seat Ateca 

The Ateca is the sister car to the VW Tiguan and Skoda Karoq, the Seat is a little smaller (boot is 510 litres compared to 615 in the VW with the seats slid forward) but as is the way with Seat cars is a a little more sporty by design. The SE Tech is the trim of choice as the touchscreen is 8 inches in size and includes a sat nav. The 1.6 113bhp diesel engine is shared with the Karoq and is more than adequate, 62 mph can be reached in 11.5 seconds and claimed economy is up to 65.7 mpg.  If you are after a manual diesel SUV,  the Ateca is an excellent choice, the auto version starts at £499 advance payment if you step down to the SE trim.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘SE Tech’ 1.6 113 bhp diesel manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£62.80 wpms) or £699 as an Auto

 

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Cross is a five-seater SUV, 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.  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. ‘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. ‘3’ brings a heads-up display, front & rear parking sensors, 18 inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, electric, heated & folding mirrors and keyless operation. The sole engine presently 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.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy  –  Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ‘2’ 1.5 petrol Manual  – £199 Advance Payment (£62.39 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£599 (£65.04 wpms) in trim ‘3’

 

 

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 Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£199 (£62.39 wpms) in Premium trim

 

 

Mazda CX-5

The smooth looking 2019 CX-5 is powered by a turboless 2.0 litre petrol.  Two trim lines: SE-L+ has 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors, climate control and a 7 inch touchscreen with sat nav. Sport+ trim adds 19 inch alloys, reversing camera, power tailgate, heated power leather seats and heated steering wheel. The 2.0 litre petrol is front wheel drive six speed manual or Auto gearbox, 163 bhp (0-62 in 10.4 seconds and 44.1 mpg)

 Autumn Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 SE-L+  2.0 litre Petrol (163 bhp) Manual  –  £649 Advance payment (£65.38 wpms) or £949 (£66.74 +£94 wpms) as an Automatic

 

 

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 (though we would like to see 17″ wheels on a car this size) cruise control, chrome window surrounds, roof rails, 3 zone climate control, under seat storage, leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel, a small in dash multi function computer, automatic lights and parking sensors for the rear and front. All models now come with a 6.5″ touchscreen media system that can stream media from your mobile phone and Apple Carplay. The pick of the engines is the two litre 150 brake horse power diesel, which as a six speed manual or DSG automatic offers an excellent combination of power and economy, 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 but you can get mid 40’s if you are very careful.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy  –  Volkswagen Sharan 150bhp Diesel Manual ‘SE’ –  £1099 Advance Payment (£14 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy  –  Volkswagen Sharan 150bhp Diesel DSG Automatic ‘SE’ –  £1799 Advance Payment (£714 wpms)

 

 

Motability search http://www.motability.co.uk/cars-scooters-and-powerchairs/search/

474 cars removed, 214 diesel.

The all electric Smart EQ Fortwo and ForFour joins the Scheme- Hoorah. From only £149 Advance Payment or £299 as ForFour, limited range and slow charging may be a barrier to many. Manufacturer claimed 96 mile range and recharging from 10-80% takes 3.5 hours at a wallbox and six hours at a domestic wall socket, opt for the extra of the smart charger and this can be decreased. Hey ho, it’s a start, more electric car choice is called for.

Two new PHEV, Kia Niro and Optima, both too much AP £3,699 and £3749, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV down to £1999AP

Biggest news Hyundai i800 Style, no thrills Van with 8 seats from £699 AP or better still Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle 2.0TDI 102 £740AP

Alfa Giulia back, hopefully longer than the week it was on last quarter. £3695 Advance Payment

 

 

Q4 Price lists:

Volkswagen Q4 Pricing

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Peugeot Q4 Prices

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Citroen Q4 Prices

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Click here or on logo to open the Car price Guide, a magazine containing a collection of new quarter prices.

 

 

 

Nissan Q4 Pricing 

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BMW Q4 Prices

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Ford Q4 Prices

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Mazda https://www.mazda.co.uk/buying-owning/buying/motability/

Seat https://www.seat.co.uk/offers/motability/overview.html

Mitsubishi http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/motability/motability-prices/

Honda https://www.honda.co.uk/cars/new/motability/models.html

Fiat https://www.fiat.co.uk/motability/motability-offers

Alfa Romeo https://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/motability#WHYALFAROMEOMOTABILITY

 

 

New Motability Prices

New Prices (Autumn) released Monday 1st October 2018

The new Motability prices will be published on Monday 1st October 2018. Quarter 4 (Autumn) prices run from 1st October through to December 31st 2018.

We will update you on all the new vehicles, price adjustments and best new offers on this page as they come to us. Every movement up or down on the previous price can be tracked with our little arrows.  means the price has increased (if you place your mouse on the arrow you can see by how much the price has increased) and if the price has decreased you will see a green arrow Price reduced from previous quarter price or if there is no change in price the arrows are side by side . We will continue to post the War Pension (WPMS) prices alongside the DLA/PIP/AFIP prices. WPMS weekly payments are £66.75 compared to £59.75 for DLA/PIP/AFIP. Advance Payments for WPMS are around £1000 less than those of DLA/PIP/AFIP.  Even with this additional award there are no extra vehicles available to War Pensioners.

 

The future of Diesel powered cars.

There used to be two options of engine, diesel made up the lions share of sales and petrol power was all but being eradicated from the range, following the news that diesel engines, while producing less CO2, were producing worrying levels of nitrogen oxides there has been a change in direction from manufacturers, Toyota, Nissan and Volvo have all stated that all new models will not include a diesel offering in their range. We are seeing new cars released only offering petrol engines and not cars you would expect, the new Honda CR-V and Mitsubishi Outlander are big heavy cars that would suit the extra torque provided from a diesel engine, but both have been released without a diesel option, instead offering a petrol only or a petrol hybrid, the Honda will add a hybrid to their range in 2019 though it will not be a plug in as in the case of the Outlander.  This is a trend that will continue, diesel power is on the wane and even though many new engines are already Euro 6d-temp compliant, engines so clean the Germans will allow them into their cities, the writing is on the wall for diesel.

 

Mid quarter arrivals:

There have been a number of arrivals onto the Scheme throughout the Q3 (Summer) pricing:

Citroen Berlingo – From £195 AP

The new Citroen Berlingo retains the styling of the old car but the Peugeot 5008 shared platform increases the length and width but the roofline is a little lower than the old car, meaning there is even more room for up to five (you are not aware of the decrease in height) the boot has increased by 100 litres to a whopping 775 litres, still with no load lip.  The ‘M’ Berlingo will be joined by an XL car in 2019 that is 35cm longer and will offer seven seats. Two trim lines, Feel and Flair, all cars have an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay / Android Auto, active lane keep, active safety braking, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, height adjustable driver seat and manual air conditioning, Flair models add rear electric windows (worth the upgrade alone), rear parkings sensors, three individual rear seats, electric parking brake, sat nav, alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. Two engines, a six speed manual 1.2 litre petrol with 108 bhp that returns a claimed 51.4 mpg and a 1.5 litre diesel available as a manual with 100bhp or a manual or 8 speed full automatic with 127 bhp, all claim over 65 miles per gallon. Prices range from £195 Advance Payment for the small diesel up to £895 for the Auto 127bhp car in flair trim.

*The Berlingo is the sister car to the new Peugeot Rifter and following the purchase of Vauxhall/Opel by the PSA group, the Vauxhall Combo Life. All are on the Scheme and the Vauxhall in XL variant with 7 seats.

 

Mazda CX5 – 2019 models now from £649 AP

The smooth looking 2019 CX-5 is with us powered by a turboless 2.0 litre petrol. Two trim lines: SE-L+ has 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors, climate control and a 7 inch touchscreen with sat nav. Sport+ trim adds 19 inch alloys, reversing camera, power tailgate, heated power leather seats and heated steering wheel. The 2.0 litre petrol is front wheel drive six speed manual or Auto gearbox, 163 bhp (0-62 in 10.4 seconds and 44.1 mpg). Prices start at a very competitive £649 Advance Payment.

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Outlander – Avaialble now from £1299 AP

The 2019 Outlander is now on the Scheme, read more here: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mitsuibishi-outlander-motability-car/ Two cars are available, the 4 wheel drive seven seat 2.0 petrol Automatic with 148 bhp that can return 37.7 miles per gallon in either Juro (£1299 Advance Payment) or fully loaded ‘4’ trim (leather seats, 360° parking camera, LED headlamps, heated steering wheel and power tailgate – £1799 Advance Payment). The five seat Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) only in Juro trim, the new 2.4 litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels produces more torque and improves fuel economy. The Electric motor attached to the rear wheels is now 10% more powerful and the battery pack capacity has increased to 13.8 kWh, (the mini countryman phev has a 7.6kWh battery and the Toyota prius phev 8.8 kWh) The electric only range is quoted at 33 miles, WLTP quote it at 28 but the reality is closer to 20 miles. The petrol engine is improved but remains very thirsty and the moment it kicks in you are draining the tiny 45 litre tank faster than you would believe, we can only recommend the Outlander PHEV to those that have access to charge the cars batteries regularly. Outlander PHEV £2249 Advance Payment

Note. The Diesel Outlander has been discontinued, the cars listed on the Scheme are only stock vehicles and not Model Year 19.

 

Seat Ateca – 2019 model now released starting at £299 Advance payment

The Ateca is the sister car to the VW Tiguan and Skoda Karoq, the Seat is a little smaller (boot is 510 litres compared to 615 in the VW with the seats slid forward) but as is the way with Seat cars is a a little more sporty by design. The SE Tech is the trim of choice as the touchscreen is 8 inches in size and includes a sat nav built in. The 1.6 113bhp diesel engine is shared with the Karoq and is more than adequate, 62 mph can be reached in 11.5 seconds and claimed economy is up to 65.7 mpg.  If you are after a manual diesel SUV,  the Ateca is an excellent choice, the auto version starts at £499 advance payment if you step down to the SE trim or £699 AP in SE Tech.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘SE Tech’ 1.6 113 bhp diesel manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£62.80 wpms) or £699 as an Auto

 

New for Quarter 4

Nissan Leaf – Not Again!

Nissan had promised us the Leaf would be joining for Q4, this is not the case it seems. We are not sure what is holding up the arrival of a full electric car to the Scheme; charging infrastructure, home charging points, range anxiety, developments in battery technology, uncertain residual values or a combination of all these.  We do know that Nissan are bringing out an upgraded Leaf next year with larger batteries and as a result is hardly promoting this version.  The only other realistic electric car available to join the Scheme, the Renault Zoe, is also not making an appearance.

 

 

Honda CR-V – In showrooms, hopefully joining Q4

Initial release is a 1.5 litre petrol with 170bhp as a six-speed manual and 190bhp as an Auto. The manual is available with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, but the Auto is all wheel drive only. The Auto is a CVT, but we have it on good authority that it is a good as a twin clutch auto with no lag and high revs scuppering the enjoyment and you feel it changing from gear to gear, it has seven (fake) gears. 2019 will bring a hybrid (not a plug in Hybrid) version. There is to be no diesel. The option is for the new CR-V to have two extra (child only) seats in the third row (SE trim and above).

 

 

Jeep Renegade – 2019 model

The upgraded Jeep Renegade will be joining for Q4, the refreshed car sports very subtle design updates – new LED headlights and tail lights plus new wheels and slightly altered front bumpers on Limited cars. The big news is the new engines, Two new turbocharged all-aluminium petrol engines have been developed by Fiat: an entry-level 118bhp 1.0-litre petrol replaces the gutless 108bhp 1.6 and a new 1.3 (available in both 148bhp and 169bhp configurations) replaces the 138bhp 1.4.  Jeep/Fiat have finally upgraded their in car Tech and apart from the entry Sport trim the Renegade gets an excellent 8.4 inch touchscreen.

 

 

Skoda Fabia  – 2019 model

The Fabia has received its mid live pep up. All cars will now be powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine in three different power outputs – 75PS, 95PS and 110PS – with the 110PS coming with the option of seven-speed DSG transmission. Every version of the new car will come with LED daytime running lights as standard along with Front Assist and a Multifunction trip computer.

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Jeep Renegade http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/jeep-renegade-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/jeep-renegade-motability-car/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:57:23 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=7211 The Jeep Renegade may not have the best name in the industry or have looks that everyone […]

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The Jeep Renegade may not have the best name in the industry or have looks that everyone will like but small crossovers do divide opinion, we are thinking Nissan Juke and Kia Soul.  Jeep are owned by Fiat and the Renegade is built on the same platform as the yet to be released Fiat 500x, but the more boxy credentials of the Renegade do make for excellent space, the front doors open to seventy degrees and the rear to eighty degrees, easing access. While the car’s lofty ride height improves forward visibility, the large pillars do obscure your sideways view, but the climb into the cabin is not an uncomfortable one. The boot offers a competitive 351 litres with the seats up, and up to 1297 litres with them folded. To drive the Renegade is a little less fun than a Mini Countryman and a little noisier too but it is very comfortable.

 

The Jeep renegade is available to Mobility customers in Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim. The entry level Sport comes with a 5 inch touch-screen system as standard, which you use to control the DAB radio, Bluetooth and general settings but the Longitude and Limited have an 8.4 inch system complete with Apple Carplay/Android Auto and a built in sat nav. Entry-level Sport models get 16-inch wheels, multi-function steering wheel, air-con, cruise control and push button start. Longitude cars add dual zone climate control, 17 inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, roof rails, rear parking sensors and second-row USB ports. Limited Renegades add heated leather seats and a 7 inch full colour instrument panel replacing the traditional dials. Trailhawk cars are 4WD only and come with 18 inch alloys, 9 speed automatic gearbox, hill decent control and selectable terrain settings.

 

The new engines are a 1.0 three cylinder and a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo good for 148 or 178bhp. Only the top-rated 178bhp 9 speed auto can be specced with 4×4 drive, a six-speed manual is standard on the 1.0, while the 1.3 gets a six-speed dual-clutch. The 1.0 litre engine can reach 62mph in 11.2 seconds and return 46.3 miles per gallon, the 1.3 auto increases this to an impressive 9,4 seconds and still return 44.1 mpg. The 1.6 litre diesel produces 118 bhp and can hit 62mph in 10.2 seconds and return a claimed 57.6 mpg The all wheel drive car is a 2.0 litre diesel with 170bhp paired to a 9 speed Automatic gearbox in Trailhawk trim at £2995 Advance Payment.

Autumn Best Buy – Jeep Renegade 1.0 Petrol 118bhp  ‘Longitude’ Manual   –  £95 Advance Payment (£61.70 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Jeep Renegade 1.3 Petrol 148bhp or 1.6 118bhp diesel ‘Longitude’ Automatic  –  £495 Advance Payment (£64.35 wpms)

 

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New Cars – Coming Soon http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/coming-soon/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/coming-soon/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:13:45 +0000 http://whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=130 Manufacturers like to keep new cars a secret in order to maximise impact on launch and to […]

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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.

 

New cars coming soon to the Scheme

 

Mercedes B-Class – In Showrooms February 2019 – Probably Q2 for the Scheme

The new B Class will have a sleeker and lower design while still retaining its practicality; room for 5 and a useful sized boot, 445 litres extendable to 705 litres if you slide the rear seats forward. The major interior change will be the A-class style twin screens; standard models get a pair of 7 inch displays, with higher models being offered with a single 7 inch and 10.25-inch display and, in the widescreen version, a pair of 10.25 inch displays. The new 2.0 litre diesel B200d (148 bhp) and B220d (187 bhp) will be offered alongside the 1.3 litre petrol from the A Class.

 

Seat Tarraco – In Showrooms February 2019 – Probably Q2 for the Scheme

The sister car to the excellent Skoda Kodiaq the Tarraco steels the march being 7 seats as standard, not an extra. It is 1839mm wide (not including door mirrors), 4735mm long and 1658mm tall and with the two rear seats folded the luggage space is 700 litres. Four engines: a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol unit, a 187bhp 2.0-litre turbo and two 2.0-litre choices producing either 148bhp or 178bhp. Trim lines are SE and Xcellence. In realty the only thing to separate it from the Skoda will be pricing.

 

 

BMW 3 Series – On sale March 9th 2019

We are being asked about the new 3 series and when it will be avaialble on the scheme. This is the situation. The 3 series is being launched in phases, the first tranche is the 320d and 330i, only the 161bhp 320d is permissible on the Scheme trough power restrictions and as it has a starting price of £33610 which is above the upper limit and according to present guidelines can not be made avaialble on the Scheme.

The smaller engines, 318d and 318i, will be released later in the year and we will have to see if these fall under the pricing restrictions, unless the restrictions are changed by Motability.

 

Citroen C5 Aircross – Available for sale January 2019 – Should Join Scheme through Q1 2019 (earliest)

The C5 Aircross shares its underpinnings with the DS7, Peugeot 3008/500 and Vauxhall Grandland X, and it is a late to the party, at least for Europe as its been on sale in China for a year. At 4.5 m long and a 580 litre boot it ticks a lot of boxes (but not a 7 seat one) and it promises to offer unrivalled comfort, the seats are thicker than the competition and it offers ‘progressive hydraulic cushions’ which soften out the imperfections in the road.  Perfect for the UK. All cars have a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen as standard, as well as wireless smartphone charging. Three time levels will be offered Feel, Flair and Flair Plus. Two petrol powered cars, the 128bhp PureTech 130 three-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 178bhp PureTech 180 four-cylinder gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The base diesel is the 128bhp BlueHDi 130, available with either a manual or automatic gearbox, while the BlueHDi 180 is equipped with the eight-speed automatic.

 

Audi A1 – Available to order at retail now – Should Join Scheme Q1 2019

The New A1 is a 5 door ‘Sportback’ only and is less rounded in shape adding more ‘designer’ creases a la Q2. The all-new Audi A1 is based on the same mechanical underpinnings as the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza, The petrol only engine choice is the three cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with 94bhp or 114bhp or the four-cylinder 1.5 TFSI with 148bhp. The boot is one of the largest in this class with 335 litres of luggage space. Entry-level SE models get LED headlights, heat-insulating glass, electric rear windows and a digital instrument cluster, along with a smart 8.8-inch colour infotainment touchscreen. Top spec models also get leather upholstery, LED ambient light and the same 10-inch infotainment system as the Audi A8.

 

Ford Focus Active – First delivers into Showrooms January 2019, joining Scheme in Q1 2019

The Focus Active adds 30mm to the ride height and cladding to the wheel arches, twin exhaust pipes, SYNC 3, Sat nav and privacy glass. It’s targeting the group that want SUV styling without going all out SUV, think Volvo V40 Cross Country or Merc GLA. The Focus Active will available as a Hatchback or more excitingly an Estate. Trims are Active and Active X The X adds an extra inch to the Alloy wheels (now 18 inch), keyless entry, heated front seats and a panoramic roof. The engines are a 1.0 litre 123bhp petrol, 1.5 148bhp petrol and a 1.5 118 bhp diesel. The 2.0 litre diesel with 148 bhp is Active X only. All engines are front wheel drive and avaialble as a 6 speed manual or 8 speed Automatic.

 

 

Honda CR-V – In showrooms, hopefully joining Q1 (1st January 2019)

Initial release is a 1.5 litre petrol with 170bhp as a six-speed manual and 190bhp as an Auto. The manual is available with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive, but the Auto is all wheel drive only. The Auto is a CVT, but we have it on good authority that it is a good as a twin clutch auto with no lag and high revs scuppering the enjoyment and you feel it changing from gear to gear, it has seven (fake) gears. 2019 will bring a hybrid (not a plug in Hybrid) version. There is to be no diesel. The option is for the new CR-V to have two extra (child only) seats in the third row (SE trim and above). The full brochure can be found here: https://www.honda.co.uk/content/dam/local/uk/brochures/cars/2018%20Honda%20CR-V%20Brochure.pdf

 

Cars released onto the Scheme

Citroen Berlingo – Avaialble now from £195 AP

The new Citroen Berlingo retains the styling of the old car but the Peugeot 5008 shared platform increases the length and width but the roofline is a little lower than the old car, meaning there is even more room for up to five (you are not aware of the decrease in height) the boot has increased by 100 litres to a whopping 775 litres, still with no load lip.  The ‘M’ Berlingo will be joined by an XL car in 2019 that is 35cm longer and will offer seven seats. Two trim lines, Feel and Flair, all cars have an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay / Android Auto, active lane keep, active safety braking, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, height adjustable driver seat and manual air conditioning, Flair models add rear electric windows (worth the upgrade alone), rear parkings sensors, three individual rear seats, electric parking brake, sat nav, alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. Two engines, a six speed manual 1.2 litre petrol with 108 bhp that returns a claimed 51.4 mpg and a 1.5 litre diesel available as a manual with 100bhp or a manual or 8 speed full automatic with 127 bhp, all claim over 65 miles per gallon. Prices range from £195 Advance Payment for the small diesel up to £895 for the Auto 127bhp car in flair trim.

*The Berlingo is the sister car to the new Peugeot Rifter and following the purchase of Vauuxhal/Opel by the PSA group, the Vauxhall Combo Life. All are on the Scheme and the Vauxhall in XL variant with 7 seats.

 

Mazda CX5 – 2019 models now from £649 AP

Click here for full review: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mazda-cx-5-motability-car/. The smooth looking 2019 CX-5 is with us powered by a 2.0 litre petrol or 2.2 litre diesel the CX-5 is a very welcome addition. Two trim lines: SE-L+ has 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors, climate control and a 7 inch touchscreen with sat nav. Sport+ trim adds 19 inch alloys, reversing camera, power tailgate, heated power leather seats and heated steering wheel. The 2.0 litre petrol is front wheel drive six speed manual or Auto gearbox, 163 bhp (0-62 in 10.4 seconds and 44.1 mpg) The 2.2 diesel is 150 bhp front wheel drive only (0-62 in 9.4 seconds and 56.5 mpg) or 6 speed automatic (0-62 in 10.1 seconds 50.4 mpg) The 4WD 181bhp version of the diesel tops the billing, Prices start at a very competitive £649 Advance Payment right up to £3699 for the 4WD 181bhp Auto Diesel.

 

 

Mitsubishi Outlander – Avaialble now from £1299 AP

The 2019 Outlander is now on the Scheme, read more here: http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mitsuibishi-outlander-motability-car/ Two cars are available, the 4 wheel drive seven seat 2.0 petrol Automatic with 148 bhp that can return 37.7 miles per gallon in either Juro (£1299 Advance Payment) or fully loaded ‘4’ trim (leather seats, 360° parking camera, LED headlamps, heated steering wheel and power tailgate – £1799 Advance Payment). The five seat Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) only in Juro trim, the new 2.4 litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels produces more torque and improves fuel economy. The Electric motor attached to the rear wheels is now 10% more powerful and the battery pack capacity has increased to 13.8 kWh, (the mini countryman phev has a 7.6kWh battery and the Toyota prius phev 8.8 kWh) The electric only range is quoted at 33 miles, WLTP quote it at 28 but the reality is closer to 20 miles. The petrol engine is improved but remains very thirsty and the moment it kicks in you are draining the tiny 45 litre tank faster than you would believe, we can only recommend the Outlander PHEV to those that have access to charge the cars batteries regularly. Outlander PHEV £2249 Advance Payment

Note. The Diesel Outlander has been discontinued, the cars listed on the Scheme are only stock vehicles and not Model Year 19.

 

New Ford Focus – Avaialble now from £395 AP

Ford claim the new Focus will be the best car in its class to drive, with more cabin space and is safer and packed with the latest technology. Deliveries of the hatchback begin in September, with the estate and Vignale high-end trim versions coming to showrooms in October, and the more rugged Active spec car arriving in January. Ford has not matched the likes of Toyota or Volkswagen and brought hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the new 2018 Focus to showrooms initially. Ford claims the new model – built in Germany using modern production techniques – will offer the “best-ever Focus quality and craftsmanship”.

 

 

Ford Fiesta Active – Available now from £295 AP

The Fiesta Active will go someway to plug the gap left by the passing of the B-Max, it’s a bit more rugged and nods it’s head to the SUV class without treading on the toes of the Ecosport. It is a Fiesta raised by 18mm with black plastic cladding, a black decal on the boot and a different grille, in attempt to live up to the Active title there are three driving modes, Eco, Normal and Slippery which optimises the steering and stability systems for maximum traction and safety. The Active has no extra weight and despite being taller is as engaging to drive as the Fiesta, but soaks up the bumps in the tarmac a little better. The three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol is on offer in four variants 85PS, 100PS, 125PS and 140PS, allied to a six-speed manual gearbox or automatic in the 100 only, the 1.5 diesel comes with 85 or 120PS.

 

 

 

Vehicles added To Scheme For Q2 2018 (prices at Q2)

Toyota Prius + (seven seats)

Toyota Prius +

The Prius+ is the seven seat MPV version of the popular hybrid. It’s been around since 2012 and is based on the old 3rd Generation Prius not the new version so it does look a little dated, upgrade due next year. With three separate seats in the middle row and two more in the third row and even with these in place there’s still around 200 litres of space for luggage. The Prius Plus is a super option for those that need space and want a hybrid car. Prices start at £1595 Advance Payment.

 

 

Volkswagen T-Roc small SUV

Volkswagen T-Roc

The VW T-Roc may be 10cm shorter than the Volvo XC40 and perceived to be a class below in terms of size so it is something of a surprise that it offers a larger boot, 445 litres v 432 litres. The Seat Arona is the stablemate to the T-Roc but the Arona is smaller, being built up from the VW Polo and the T-Roc (Audi Q2 too) from the VW Golf. The high seating position,. Three petrol engines are avaialble, the 1.0 litre petrol with 113bhp, 1.5 petrol with 148 bhp (lour choise) and the only way to get an automatic T-Roc is to have the 2.0 187 bhp petrol in the top SEL trim at £3749 AP  (no we are not joking) Prices start at £399 for the SE trim with the 1.0 litre petrol and it has all you need to enjoy the T-Roc, is it worth the extra £800 on the AP for the 1.5 engine, probably not.

 

 

Renault Koleos

Renault Koleos

Last quarter the sister car to the Nissan X-Trail was only avaialble in 4×4 Auto with a 2.0 diesel. This quarter that car has been cut by over £1000 but still requires a hefty Advance payment (£2745). 5 other models have joined the Scheme for Q2 starting with the 1.6 litre diesel manual at £1895 AP. The Koleos, unlike the X-Trail, is only avaialble with 5 seats. The Seats have been singled out for their comfort.

 

 

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is a new compact crossover SUV awarded European car of the year and what car magazine car of the year.  The XC40 has been been universally praised by reviewers and has been performing well at retail, despite its high price tag. There is a delivery estimate for new cars of between 4-5 months. But good things come to those who wait.

There are now two XC40’s on the Scheme, XC40 T3 R Design Manual AP £2,999 (Removed) , XC40 T3 Momentum Manual AP £2,999 and XC40 T4 AWD Momentum Automatic AP £3,749.

 

 

New Golf SV – Perfect all rounder

Volkswagen Golf SV

The Golf SV is as good to drive as the hatchback with the boot space of the estate (up to 590 litres). The only drawback is there aren’t individual rear seats, so it isn’t quite as flexible with its space as the Citroën C4 Picasso. The rear seats do slide in a 60/40 split to maximise boot space (at the cost of rear legroom) and the doors are wide opening making the fitting of car seats easier. The excellent range of engines from the Golf are carried over and a body long crease in the metal does a good job of masking the extra height of the SV. An excellent addition to the Scheme.

 

 

BMW 2 Series Convertible

BMW 2 Series Convertible

The fabric roof folds neatly into the boot in around 20 seconds at speeds up to 30mph. The rear two seats are small – adults will struggle for knee room and, if the roof is up, head room is restrictive too. The 2 Series Convertible is more about style and enjoyment for two. And it delivers the goods, with a classy, high quality finish and thoroughly enjoyable, yet still very comfortable driving experience. Trims avaialble are the SE and Sport paired to the 1.5 litre 3 cylinder 134 bhp petrol, 0-82 is a respectable 8.8 seconds. Advanced payment prices start at £1599 and rise to to £2399 for the Automatic Sport model.

 

 

Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 has joined the Scheme, this two seat sports car is available in two body styles, the standard car with a fabric roof, plus the Targa-roofed MX-5 RF.  Power comes from a 129 bhp 1.5 litre petrol engine which has been roundly praised for its high revving and smooth acceleration. Prices for the MX5 in SE-L trim are £999 AP and the ‘targa top’ RF in the same trim line is £1499 AP

 

 

Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is ultimately a replacement for the ix20 but the Kona has a boot size of 334 litres compared to the 440 of the ix20, but it is certainly a better looking car. The Compact SUV sector is becoming a crowded space, the Nissan Juke gave us the segment and the Citroen C3 Aircross can compete on quirky looks but the Seat Arona with its 400 litre boot offers much better value this quarter. The single engine for the Kona is a 118bhp 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol presently only with a 6 speed manual gearbox. Trim lines are S, SE, and Premium. SE and above come with a reversing camera paired to the 8 inch screen that includes a link to your smartphone.

 

 

MG ZS – From £45 – £195 Advance Payment

The Seat Arona sized Compact SUV from MG (ZS) has a 448 litre boot, 48 litres larger than the Arona, and an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay link. The 1.5 petrol manual car with 5 gears is eclipsed by the 1.0 three cylinder (Vauxhall shared) 6 speed automatic. The top trim Exclusive has leather seats and 17 inch Alloy wheels and reversing camera.

 

 

 

 

Renault Grand Scenic (7 Seat)

The new Hybrid Assist Grand Scenic uses the same 108bhp diesel engine but is fitted with a 10kW electric motor and a 48v 150kWh battery to power it. That provides an extra 15Nm of torque at the most, and is charged up using the powertrain, so there’s no need to plug in. This is a mild Hybrid system where the battery power provides a little shove along from the power generated from the deceleration process, the fuel economy is increased to an excellent 80.7 miles per gallon but the extra weigh makes the car slower to reach 62mph (12.9 as apposed to 12.4 seconds for the non assisted car) As the hybrid system offer only assistance and not a separate powertrain Renault are able to make the Scenic a manual gearbox car.

 

 

Ford Mondeo TiVCT Hybrid Titanium

Combining a non turbo 2.0 litre petrol engine and two electric motors (one used for recharging the batteries)  The Mondeo has a power output of 184 bhp, which can see it reach 62 miles per hour in 9.2 seconds and return a claimed economy of 70.6 miles per gallon. The problem arises when you want to do anything other that accelerate slowly or cruise on the flat, the poor mid range torque paired to the CVT gearbox makes progress in the Mondeo very noisy and presumably thirsty in reaching your cruising speed.

 

 

Volkswagen Polo

The new for 2018 super sleek VW Polo is avaialble in SE or down with the kids ‘Beats’ trim complete with 300 watt sound system and ‘Herbie stripe’ should you choose. The 95 bhp 1.0 litre engine can ht 62 mph in 10.8 seconds and the claimed economy is 62.8 mpg.

 

 

 

Mini Countryman PHEV – £1749 Advance Payment

The Mini Countryman Plug in Hybrid has a 1.5 litre 3 cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels and an 88hp electric motor powering the rear wheels, the total power avaialble combining the two engines is 224 brake horse power and a 0-62 miles per hour can be achieved in 6.8 seconds. More importantly you can drive up to 25 miles on electric power alone from a fully charged car. Charging can be as fast as two hours fifteen minutes and it is also possible to charge from a household 3 pin plug, though does take longer.

 

 

Audi Q2

Audi have removed the Q3 and A4 from the Scheme, so the Q2 is their flagship product on the Scheme. It is a compact crossover, likeable if a little un-Audi like in design, it is a little, dare we say it, radical for the Bavarians. Prices start at £349 for the super 1.0 litre petrol and rise through the 1.6 diesel and 1.4 litre petrol up to the 2.0 litre diesel 4wd auto at £2699 AP. Sadly Automatic Q2’s start at £1499 AP.

 

 

 

Jeep Compass petrol from £495 Advance Payment

Before the Volvo XC40 arrives (if it ever does) we can marvel at the delightful Jeep Compass, certainly from side on, the front has a bit of an aggressive grille for our taste. Engines are a 1.4 litre petrol and two diesels, a 1.6 and 2.0 litre. Prices for the petrol manual car are excellent, starting at £495 AP for a well equipped Longitude trim. Automatic cars are two, a 1.4 petrol at £1845 and a 2.0 litre diesel at £3495

 

 

 

BMW 2 Series Coupe from £799 Advance Payment

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 134 bhp petrol or 148 bhp diesel. Prices start at £799 for the petrol Manual or £1299 as an Auto for SE trim, Sport and MSport are also on offer.

 

 

Skoda Kodiaq

The much anticipated and frankly overdue big Skoda is here. The five and seven seat cars are avaialble with either the 1.4 litre petrol or 2.0 litre diesel, both producing 148bhp. The entry level S trim is on with a 123bhp 1.4 petrol at £1595 Ap but we would go for the SE trim with the additional power starting at £1995. Prices then rise through the range up to a whopping £3750 AP for the diesel Automatic in SE-L trim with seven seats. Four wheel drive Manual and Automatic cars are avaialble.

 

 

Skoda Karoq

The smaller and brand new Karoq is also added with a full range of engines, the 1.0 litre and 1.5 litre petrol and the 1.6 and 2.0 litre (all wheel drive manual) diesel. Prices range from £1195 for the 1.0 litre manual SE all the way up to £3750 for the 1.5 petrol Automatic in First Edition trim.

 

 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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 – Now on Scheme

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 – Now on Scheme

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 (now 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.

 

 

Mini Clubman Motability Car - 1

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.

 

Hyundai Tucson Motability car - 1 (1)

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 – Now 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.

 

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Alfa Romeo Giulia http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/alfa-romeo-giulia-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/alfa-romeo-giulia-motability-car/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:18:01 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=38022 The rear wheel drive (with 50/50 weight distribution) four door sports saloon is a welcome addition for […]

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The rear wheel drive (with 50/50 weight distribution) four door sports saloon is a welcome addition for those with deep pockets, the 8 speed automatic only with a 148bhp or 178bhp 2.2 litre diesel or a 2.0 litre petrol with 197 bhp is now available with an Advance Payment of £3745. You do get a lot of performance, looks and equipment for your money, 0-62 mph for the diesel is 7.1 seconds and 6.6 seconds for the petrol, economy for the diesel is a claimed 67.3 miles per gallon and 47.1 mpg for the petrol. The sole trim line avaialble is ‘Super’ which  includes 17 inch alloy wheels, aluminium door sills, part leather seats, 8.8 inch touchscreen with sat nav, cruise control, rear parking sensors, chrome exhaust pipe, LED rear lights, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, leather clad steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and lights.

 

A word of caution. Alfa have recently changed their trims and engines for MY19 and the diesel engines have an extra 10 bhp, the models listed on the Scheme are therefore model year 18. When placing an order, make sure to talk to the dealership about model year and have it confirmed in writing the model year of the car prior to ordering. Ordering a vehicle should ensure the latest model so you should be getting model year 19. Information on checking the model year when you pick up your car here.

We have had lengthy discussions with Alfa who were initially reluctant to confirm the Giulia was actually on the Scheme, we have had it confirmed that it is avaialble to order and they will be updating their Motability page shortly.

 Autumn Best Buy – Alfa Romeo Giulia ‘Super’ 2.2 diesel 178 bhp 8 Speed Auto  –  £3745 Advance Payment (£2660 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Alfa Romeo Giulia ‘Super’ 2.0 petrol 197 bhp 8 Speed Auto  –  £3745 Advance Payment (£2660 wpms)

For a 45 minute review from the RAC with the 2.0 petrol being driven click here

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Mitsuibishi Outlander http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mitsuibishi-outlander-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/mitsuibishi-outlander-motability-car/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 13:33:04 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=5639 The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a four wheel drive SUV with the added advantage of seven seats, […]

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The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a four wheel drive SUV with the added advantage of seven seats, the Japanese manufacturer has an excellent reputation for making four wheel drive cars and if you want the assurance of a family mover that is the best in class off road then the Outlander is the car for you.  There is plenty of room for tall passengers in the front while the second row has less headroom and the third row seats are suitable only for children, these two rearmost seats can be folded independently into the boot floor. The second row seats also feature a tilting backrest and offer a sliding function allowing owners to adjust rear passenger leg room as required. When all five rear seats are folded the Outlander offers 1,608 litres space, down on the 1,982 litres offered in the Nissan X-trail.  The Outlander has three drive options, 4WD Eco will offer maximum economy, while 4WD Lock mode keeps feeding the power to each of the four wheels for maximum traction. Sitting between the two is the 4WD Auto mode for normal driving conditions.

 

Two trim lines are avaialble, Juro and ‘4’.  Juro cars have 18″ alloy wheels, keyless operation system with engine start/stop button, heated windscreen, privacy glass, auto lights, electric folding heated door mirrors, steering column-mounted shift paddles, electronic parking brake & brake auto hold, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, reversing camera, heated front seats and Mitsubishi’s new SDA (Smartphone Link Display Audio) system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with DAB and Bluetooth. Move up to ‘4’ trim and you add black leather seats & powered driver’s seat, LED headlamps & front fog lamps, power tailgate, 360-degree camera, heated steering wheel and blind spot warning & rear cross traffic alert.

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander is only available with a 148 bhp 2.0 litre petrol engine (Or PHEV) paired to a CVT Automatic gearbox. With only 195nm of torque, drive being sent to all four wheels and with a kerb weight of 2225kg,  progress is not rapid, 0-62 takes 13.3 seconds and the top speed is 118 miles per hour. Towing capacity is also compromised with a maximum braked weight of 1600kg compared to the 2000kg of the old diesel engine. As suspected the fuel economy is not stellar, claimed economy of 37.7 miles per gallon or  32.5mpg under the new WLTP testing, means that the 60litre fuel tank will not keep you on the move for long.

The choice of automatic, all wheel drive, seven seat cars on the Scheme is far from lengthy, if you can offset the fuel consumption against the low Advance Payments then it’s the Outlander makes an excellent choice providing you test drive the CVT gearbox first.

 Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander  2.0 Petrol CVT Auto 4wd ‘Juro’  –   £1299  Advance Payment (£214 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander  2.0 Petrol CVT Auto 4wd ‘4’  –   £1799  Advance Payment (£714 wpms)

 

 

 

The Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 

The 2019 Outlander PHEV is all wheel drive plug-in hybrid powered by a new 2.4 litre petrol engine that produces more torque and improving fuel economy. The motor attached to the rear wheels is now 10% more powerful and the battery pack capacity has increased to 13.8 kWh, (the mini countryman phev has a 7.6kWh battery and the Toyota prius phev 8.8 kWh) The electric only range is quoted at 33 miles, WLTP quote it at 28 but the reality is closer to 15-20 miles. The petrol engine is improved but remains very thirsty and the moment it kicks in you are draining the tiny 45 litre tank faster than you would believe. If you do long journeys or can’t keep your batteries topped up then the Outlander is not for you. If you drive 15 miles to work and can charge the car at home and work then it’s perfect. Charging time from a 13amp domestic plug is 5 hours, from a fast AC charger it’s 3.5 hours and from a DC fast charger 80% of battery power can be gained in 25 minutes.  The Outlander PHEV is on the scheme in Juro (entry level) trim – heated front seats, smartphone link and the ability to pre heat the car are all standard, Mitsubishi also fit rear parking sensors to all their Motability cars.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2.4 Plugin Hybrid 4wd PHEV ‘Juro’  –   £1999  Advance Payment (£914 wpms)

 

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Peugeot Rifter http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/peugeot-partner-tepee/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/peugeot-partner-tepee/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 12:52:42 +0000 http://whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=305 The Peugeot Partner Tepee has been replaced with the new Rifter, it is a sister car to […]

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The Peugeot Partner Tepee has been replaced with the new Rifter, it is a sister car to the Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life. As with the old model the Rifter has sliding rear doors, LED daytime-running lights, Peugeot’s latest slimline grille and its i-Cockpit interior (small steering wheel and high-set dials), three individual and easily folding back seats, flat boot floor and large rear tailgate with virtually no loading lip, new for this model is electric rear windows. On the road it deals with imperfections in the road well and it takes the worst surfaces or holes in the road to really send shudders through to the occupants. In 2019 Peugeot will add an XL version which is longer and has seven seats, for now only the five seat version is available which still boasts a 775 litre boot, which grows to 3,000 litres if you drop the rear seats.

 

Three trim lines are avaialble, Active, Allure and GT-Line, Active cars have 16 inch steel wheels, black front and rear bumpers, aluminium roof bars, electric front windows and door mirrors, air-conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB connection and automatic lights and wipers, Allure trim is the pick as you add, 16 inch alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers, LED daytime running lights, electric parking brake, electric front and rear windows, rear parking sensors, 8.0-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, height adjustment for driver’s seat with under-seat storage and armrest, tray tables for second-row passengers and storage compartment between front-row seats. The (sporty) GT Line has 17 inch alloy wheels, Sat-nav, panoramic glass roof, three independent seats on second row, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, power-folding door mirrors, tinted rear windows and an opening rear window in the tailgate.

 

The Rifter shares its engine range with the Citroën Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life, and it starts with a 109bhp 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine, the 128 version due for 2019. There are also two 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel engines with 99bhp and 128bhp. The 128bhp engine is a surprisingly smooth and punchy performer, never emitting more than a background hum around town and even fading into the background completely at higher speeds 0-62mph in just 10.4sec as a six speed manual and 10.8 as an 8 speed auto. The 99bhp diesel (five speed manual only) is also quiet and smooth, and despite being around two seconds slower from 0-62mph, it’s still a nice torquey engine that pulls well from low revs, all three return a claimed 65.7 miles per gallon, If you opt for the EAT8 automatic, a rotary dial selects the gears just like in a Jaguar or Land Rover.  The 1.2-litre PureTech petrol, with 109bhp, can return a claimed 51.4 miles per gallon and reach 62 in 11.7 seconds as a 6 speed manual only.

 Autumn Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter ‘Allure’ 1.5 diesel (99 bhp) 5 speed Manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£63.05 wpms) or £499 (£64.38 wpms) with 6 speed 128 bhp engine

 Autumn Best Buy – Peugeot Rifter ‘Allure” 1.5 diesel (128 bhp)  8 speed Automatic  –  £799 Advance Payment (£66.37 wpms)

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Suzuki Vitara http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/suzuki-vitara-motability-car/ http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/suzuki-vitara-motability-car/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:17:59 +0000 http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/?p=7425 The Suzuki Vitara has been with us since 1988 and has been updated for the 2019 model, […]

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The Suzuki Vitara has been with us since 1988 and has been updated for the 2019 model, new design alloy wheels are available, a redesigned front grille and lower bumper is utilised and the rear of the car features new design and distinctive LED combination lamps. For the interior, the upper instrument panel now incorporates a soft touch material for added quality and the instrument cluster has a new design with colour central information display. The Vitara is built on a shortened platform shared with the super value stablemate, S-Cross. The Vitara, despite being smaller, has more of a rugged presence than the straight laced S-Cross, parked next to a Land Rover Evoke it is easy to see where Suzuki gained its inspiration for the Vitara, it really is a very good looking car.

 

Not many rivals come with more standard equipment than the Vitara. Even entry-level SZ4 cars have 16″ alloy wheels, climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth, four powered windows and cruise control, while SZ-T models add desirable items like sat-nav, reversing camera, 17″ alloys wheels and rear privacy glass. The SZ5 adds part-leather upholstery, LED headlamps, automatic lights and wipers, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof and radar cruise control to the roster, SZ5 models also include Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Traffic Sign recognition, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear cross traffic alert.

 

Suzuki Vitara Motability car boot

A 375-litre boot means the Vitara’s capacity falls in-between the Nissan Juke’s 352-litre boot and comparable with the Renault Captur, additional practicality comes in the form of underfloor storage, while no load lip means sliding heavy items in should be easy. Internal space is excellent, the driving position commanding with excellent visibility and entry to the car is aided by light doors that open to 90 degrees.

 

 

The Vitara SZ5 has a 1.4 litre petrol turbo that produces 138bhp and can reach 62mph in 10.2 seconds and return a claimed 52.3 mpg as a manual or automatic both can be two or four wheel. The SZ4 and SZ-T are powered by a 1.0 litre petrol that produces 109 bhp and can reach 62 mph in 11.5 seconds and return 53.2 miles per gallon as a two wheel drive manual and 49.5 mpg as an automatic. This engine is avaialble in all wheel drive but only with a manual gearbox (49.5 mpg). There is no diesel option for the Vitara.

2 wheel drive Vitara

 Autumn Best Buy – Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Petrol 109 bhp 5 Speed Manual SZ-T 2 wheel drive  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms) or £299 (£63.05 wpms) as an Automatic

 Autumn Best Buy – Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Petrol 138 bhp 5 Speed Manual SZ5 2 wheel drive  –  £299 Advance Payment (£63.05 wpms) or £599 (£65.04 wpms) as an Automatic

4 wheel drive Vitara

 Autumn Best Buy – Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Petrol 109 bhp 5 Speed Manual SZ-T All wheel drive  –  £199 Advance Payment (£62.39 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Suzuki Vitara 1.4 Petrol 138 bhp 5 Speed Manual SZ5 All wheel drive  –  £599 Advance Payment (£65.04 wpms) or £999 (£66.74 + £144 wpms) as an Automatic

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