New DLA rates, grab a bargain

From 6th April 2012 the higher rate mobility element of Disability Living Allowance will increase from £51.40 to £54.05, an increase of £2.65 per week or £137.80 for the full year. If you already have a car on the Mobility scheme and even if you did not have to pay an advance payment you will not receive this money as the three year lease of your car factors in an increase in DLA when the pricing is set. However if you did take a car or intend to take a car that does not use all your DLA payment then the extra money will be yours to keep.

We have taken a look at the best offers around the scheme that do not take the full DLA payment and here are our top offers.


Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is a three and five door supermini and has the honour of being the cheapest car on the Mobility car scheme at £43.95 for the three door car.  The three cylinder one litre petrol engine is punchy and very economic offering up to 67.3 miles per gallon, no air conditioning in entry level trim but a well designed car inside and out.

Best Buy – Kia Picanto 5 door 1.0 petrol 1 air (with air con)


Fiat 500 from £46.46

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 just oozes style, a little stunner inside and out, it just puts a smile on your face and still attracts a crowd some years after it first hit the streets. The Fiat 500 was European Car of the Year 2008 and even though it is small it has a 5 star NCAP safety award.  If you need a small, stylish runabout with great engines, particularly the new 0.9 litre twin air – here it is.

Best Buy – Fiat 500 1.2 Pop 3dr


Citroen C1 Automatic or Manual

Citroen C1 (Manual or Automatic)

The Citroen C1 is a 5 door small car with good looks and surprising levels of comfort and space. The sparkling one litre 3 cylinder engine is powerful enough to reach 98 miles per hour and return 61.4 miles per gallon. In VTR+ trim the C1 has air conditioning, lateral front airbags, alloy wheels and electric windows.

Best Buy – Citroen C1 VTR+ automatic (EGS)  1.0 petrol 

Alfa Romeo MiTo

Alfa Romeo MiTo

Alfa Romeo MiTo

The MiTo is all Alfa, sporty inside and out, the seats and suspension a little stiffer than a normal car, the engine a little more noisy (but only in a good way) and the general feel of a ‘race you off the lights / guilty pleasure’ kind of car.

Best Buy – Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 Sprint 3dr (78bhp)



Vauxhall Corsa from £49.90

Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is a three and five door compact car, it may have been with us since 2006 but it still looks fresh and stylish. Available in eight trim levels and seven engines choosing the best Corsa can be daunting but Vauxhall are offering some excellent offers this quarter, our pick is the top trim with the biggest engine.

Best Buy – Vauxhall Corsa SE (5 door) 1.7 diesel (130 bhp)


Kia Cee’d

Kia Cee’d

The Kia Cee’d is a mid sized 5 door hatchback that looks good inside and out, drives well, and is very well equipped across the range. The small diesel ‘ecodynamics’ only has a 89 bhp but it drives well and has plenty of pull, 0-62 in 13.5 seconds and to a top speed of 107 miles per hour but it is the fuel sipping qualities that set this car apart, officially it can return 72.4 miles per gallon.

Best Buy – Kia cee’d 2 ecodynamics 1.6 diesel (89bhp) 5 door