New Motability Prices 1st April 2019 (Quarter 2 Spring)

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1st April  – 2131 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 4343   845 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 77    444 Nil AP or less Increased by 4848  (95 Automatics Increased by 99)

15th April – 2059 Vehicles Avaialble reduced by 7272   823 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 2222    423 Nil AP or less reduced by 2121 (92 Automatics reduced by 213)

Ford Remove 29 C -Max and Grand C-Max as it is being removed from range, VW remove 22 cars from across the range.

News:

Toyota Rav4

Toyota’s new 5 seat big booted, 580 litres, SUV is only avaialble as a petrol hybrid. The 2.5 litre petrol engine is joined by a self charging electric motor that combine to give 215 brake horse power and return a claimed 52.3 miles per gallon, flags have been raised around the CVT Automatic gearbox however so a test drive is essential.  Trim lines are Icon, Design, Excel, Dynamic. Prices start at £1595 Advance Payment in Icon trim and rise to £2595 for the front wheel drive car in Dynamic trim. All wheel drive cars are £2295 in Design trim and £2745 in Excel.  

 

Mercedes B-Class – Added Q2

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. Click here for review  

 

Toyota Corolla

The new Corolla is powered by a 114bhp 1.2 litre petrol or one of two (self charging) hybrid options, a 1.8 litre petrol (120bhp) and a 2.0 litre petrol (175bhp). The rear legroom and boot (598 litres) can be increased by opting for the super looking estate version.  Apple Carplay/Android Auto are not avaialble and Toyota are frantically trying to add this following scathing feedback.  Four trim lines, Icon, Icon tech, Design and Excel. even the entry level cars have heated front and rear seats. Prices start for the 1.2 petrol at £245 Advance Payment and top out at £545 for the estate in Design trim. The 1.8 hybrid starts at £695 and rises to £1195 for the estate in Excel trim. The 2.0 litre hybrid is only in Design or Excel trim and prices start at £1095 and rise to £1395.  

 

DS DS3 Crossback

The kooky yet wonderful DS3 Crossback joins the Scheme, think of it as a DS version of an Audi Q2, expect diamond shapes, big comfortable seats and lots of wow factor and handles that pop out when you approach the car. The only engine presently is a 1.2 litre 3 cylinder petrol with 100, 129 or 153bhp, the 100 is manual only, the 129 and 153 outputs are fitted with the EAT8 proper automatic gearbox. Trim lines start with the Performance Line, through Prestige and onto Ultra Prestige. For a limited period (September 2019) there is the chance to bag a ‘La Premiere’ model. Prices start at Nil Advance payment and work their way up to £1299 for the La Premiere Auto 153bhp. Full Brochure click here. Full Pricing 1.2 100 manual 46.0 mpg Performance line – Nil Advance Payment, £449 Prestige 1.2 129 Auto EAT8 42.2 mpg – £249 Performance Line, £599 Prestige, £699 Ultra Prestige and £999 La Premiere 1.2 153 Auto EAT8 41.7 mpg  – £349 Performance Line, £849 Prestige, £799 Ultra Prestige and £1299 La Premiere  

 

Mercedes C Class

The Mercedes C Class has sneaked onto the Scheme. Only avaialble as a C180, powered by the 1.6 litre petrol engine shared with Renault, and only in base SE trim. This may sound a little disappointing but following the upgrades to the C-Class last year the SE trim is now very well appointed, Artico (man made) leather seats, 10.25 inch infotainment screen with Sat nav, DAB radio and reversing camera, 17 inch Alloy wheels, heated front seats, Active Park Assist, Cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, power folding wing mirrors and a driver select driving mode. The only extras you may need to add are the Apple Carplay/Android Auto at £275 and privacy glass at £385. The Premium packs are not available on the SE trim.  The engine is a surprise too, the 154 brake horse power 1.6 litre petrol can reach 62 miles per hour in 8.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 140 miles per hour, very impressive. Economy from the 6 speed manual gearbox is a claimed 47.1 miles per gallon or 44.1 mpg from the 9 speed automatic. This is the best video review, from RAC, here. Spring Best Buy – Mercedes C Class SE 1.6 litre 154bhp petrol Manual –  £2799 Advance Payment (£1697 wpms) or £3749 (£2647 wpms) as an Automatic  

 

Mercedes C Class Estate

The C Class estate is only avaialble as a manual gearbox car due to pricing restrictions, and again as a C180 with the 1.6 litre petrol engine and only in SE trim. The Estate car has an electric tailgate and a higher roofline, it also increases the load carrying capacity from 480 litres in the saloon to 490 litres with the advantage of easier access. Drop the rear seats, which you can do from the boot, and you open up 1510 litres of space. Spring Best Buy – Mercedes C Class Estate SE 1.6 litre 154bhp petrol Manual –  £2999 Advance Payment (£1897 wpms)  

 

Seat Tarraco

The new SEAT seven seater is a cracking deal, Prices starting at £799 Advance payment for the 1.5 litre petrol (Manual Only). Open Tarraco brochure here. The Standard equipment list is huge, all cars have seven seats, digital cockpit, 3 zone climate control, LED lights and cruise control. At £1199 Advance Payment the Xcellence 2.0 litre diesel manual (£999 as 1.5 petrol) adds 19 inch Alloys, Sat nav, wireless phone charging, rear camera, alcantara sports seats, adaptive cruise control, park assist, keyless entry, electric tailgate and privacy glass. Automatic Tarraco’s are limited to 4WD 2.0 lite diesel cars starting at £1999, the VW Tiguan Allspace is a better offering this quarter, the same engine in match trim is £1449 AP.  

 

Seat Ateca

Seat have returned to us the option of the 2.0 diesel engine and the 187bhp 4wd auto petrol. The prices are good too.  Spring Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘FR Sport’ 2.0 148 bhp diesel manual  –  £799 Advance Payment (£67.40 wpms) or £999 (£68.35 +£57 wpms) as an Auto (also £999 Xcellence trim for Auto).    

 

Volvo XC40

The XC40 was previous only avaialble in entry trim Momentum, this trim is now not on offer only the sporty R-Design or the luxury Inscription trims.  The prices remain at the top end of what is permissible, but now offers better value. The T3 Manual R-Design is £2899, inscription £2999. The Auto T3 is £3499 for the R-Design and £3749 for the Inscription trim. The T4 Auto R-Design is £3749 Advance Payment.    

 

Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq has been reduced, you can now get a Premium trimmed Ioniq hybrid for Nil Advance payment, there are also reductions on other Hybrid / Electric cars. Read more here. Sadly the excellent Kia Niro Hybrid and PHEV are not listed so far this quarter.  

 

 

Prius + (7 Seater)

Toyota Prius Plus

The Prius + has re-emerged onto the Scheme. 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. With three separate seats in the middle row and two more (children’s) 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. Priced from Nil Advance Payment is an excellent price and £995 cheaper than the last time it was avaialble.  

 

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda Cx5 returns to the Scheme, turns out the insurance issues that caused it to disappear can be rectified by increasing the Advance Payment by £700. Now Starting at £1499.      

 

 

Kia Pro Ceed

Starting at £1699 Advance Payment the sleek new Pro Ceed is cracking new edition. Could the old Skool Estate car be making a comeback? ‘ You won’t buy the Kia Proceed for the way to drives or for its so-so infotainment system, but you might be persuaded to part with your cash for its slinky body and massive boot ‘ Matt Watson  

 

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Another Yo Yo car, but it is always welcome. If we had £3750 for the Advance Payment and if we could live with the tiny front doors we would dash off to the Alfa dealership, love this car. Hopefully the Alfa Dealerships will be able to take orders this time, Hopefully.    

 

 

Price Lists

Peugeot Q2 Prices

Click on Logo or Here to open Q2 Peugeot Prices. Some reductions on the 3008.    

 

 

Nissan Q2 Prices

Click on Logo or Here to open Q2 Nissan Prices. No return for the X-Trail.  

 

 

Volkswagen Q2 Prices

Click on Logo or Here to open the somewhat confusing VW pricing brochure.    

 

 

Ford Q2 Prices

Click on Logo or here to open new Ford prices. Good reductions on the Kuga.  

 

 

BMW Q2 Prices

Click on Logo or Here to open new BMW Prices. 2 series Coupe increased in price (summer is coming) other prices remain pretty static. No BMW 3 Series.    

 

 

Smart Q2 Prices

Click on Logo or here to open Q2 Smart Prices    

 

 

Mitsubishi Prices Q2

Click here or on logo to open new Mitsubishi prices. £300 discount on Outlander PHEV, now £3449 and a £300 increase on the Petrol Outlander. Up to £200 price reduction on the Eclipse Cross.    

 

 

Volkswagen Vans

VW Vans

Volkswagen Vans Q2

The Transporter Shuttle increased by up to £1000 to £3699 as an SE trim Automatic. Now starting at £999 Advance Payment (increased by £300) in ‘S’ Trim and £2699 in SE trim (increased by £700) The Caddy and Caddy Maxi are both reduced in price.    

 

New Motability Prices 1st April 2019 (Quarter 2 Spring)

New Motability Prices

New Prices (Spring) are released 1st April 2019

The full new Motability prices will be published on Monday April 1st 2019. Quarter 2 (Spring) prices run from 1st April through to June 30th 2019. We will post all information as it comes to us on this page. We will update you on all the movements (up and down) on this page. 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.  Advance Payments for WPMS are around presently £1085 less than those of DLA/PIP/AFIP.  Even with this extra award there are no additional vehicles available to War Pensioners.

Award Increase

Increases in benefits aimed specifically at disabled people and carers will continue to be linked to CPI inflation, resulting in a 2.4% increase for the year from 8th April 2019. The increase was 3% last year and 1% the year before. WPMS weekly payments will increase on 8th April 2019 by £1.60 per week to £68.35 compared to a £1.45 weekly increase in DLA/PIP/AFIP to £61.20 per week.  

Motability Update

2018 was a turbulent time for the Scheme, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) made supply of vehicles patchy and Scheme registrations took a dip (September 2018’s 18855 registrations was 5209 fewer than September 2017). The National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into the Scheme’s financial model resulted in the chief executive of Motability Operations, Mike Betts, announcing he would stand down by May 2020 and the group’s chairman, Neil Johnson, will retire in April 2019. Following the investigation the good condition bonus, the payment the customer receives handing back a vehicle in good condition, increased to £500 (previously £250) for a three year lease and  Motability Operations also donated £400 million to Motability Charity who oversee the award of grants to customers of the Scheme. 2019 has started well for the Scheme, 708 more registrations over January and February than in 2018. While Quarter 1, January to March 2019, bought us a number of new cars there maintains an under representation in Electric and Hybrid vehicles. Many customers hoped that the Scheme would be at the forefront of alternative fuel cars, the profile of customers is perfect for electric vehicles, low annual mileage with predominately short journey usage but changes in the Government grants for electric vehicles has taken its toll. The complete removal of the £2500 grant for Plug in Hybrids (PHEV) that can travel less than 70 miles on electric power alone and the reduction of the grant for Electric cars from £4500 to £3500.  The Renault Zoe (full electric) has joined the Scheme but the Advance Payment starting at £3999 is not realistic, the top selling PHEV, Mitusibushi Outlander, has remained on the Scheme but the AP increased by £1750 to £3749.  

Jaguar / Range Rover

JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) are not represented on the Scheme. Flashback to Summer 2016 and there was a surprise announcement that from October 1st 2016 the Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XE would both be made avaialble, this was posted on both the Jaguar and Land Rover websites weeks before. When the prices were updated neither car was listed. The official line was that ‘negotiations broke down and prices could not be agreed’. JLR quickly announced that they would operate their own leasing scheme for eligible customers but it never materialised.  

Q2 New Vehicles

Seat Tarraco – To be added through Q2, probably 1st April

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 for the Tarraco are SE, SE Technology, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux, but the top trims may not be avaialble.    

Volkswagen T-Cross -To be added through Q2, probably 1st April

The new T-Cross is the littlest Volkswagen SUV in the line-up, borrowing its floorpan from the VW Polo. It’s built on the same platform (MQB A0) as the Seat Ibiza and Audi A1, and it’s a sister car to the Seat Arona and the upcoming Skoda Kamiq.  Although the T-Cross is actually very similar in size to the VW Golf based T-Roc the T-Cross is the more practical, family-oriented car of the two and looks great. the 1.0 litre petrol engine is the pick. Trim lines are S, SE, SEL and R-Line.    

BMW 3 Series – Retail sales from 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.   Quote from Motability: From 1 April 2019, all car Scheme customers will be able to choose a lightweight manual wheelchair, when they lease a new car. There is a choice of two different lightweight manual wheelchairs which can be ordered in a number of frame sizes and set up as self-propelled or attendant-controlled. Regardless of which model is most suitable, each wheelchair costs £100. The lightweight wheelchairs collapse into a compact package and should fit comfortably into the boot of most vehicles. VAN OS Excel G-Logic or  Karma Ergo Lite 2. Both wheelchairs can be set up as self-propelled or attendant-controlled and will be covered for maintenance issues throughout the term of the vehicle lease. The customer will need to return the wheelchair at the End of Contract  

New cars added for Q1 – January 1st 2019

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

The on – off situation regarding the Allspace continues, the latest news is that it is now back on the Scheme in the new ‘Match’ trim which includes, adaptive cruise control, sat nav, parking sensors, front and rear, 19 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, privacy glass, electric tailgate, three zone climate control and park assist with rear view camera. The 148 bhp 2.0 litre diesel is nothing short of fantastic. Three cars are on the Scheme, a six speed manual (£1149 AP) or a 7 speed DSG automatic with either two or four wheel drive, bizarrely the 4wd car is cheaper, £1449 AP compared to £1649 for the front wheel drive car.  This is the stand out offering this quarter, the order books will be filling up quickly.      

Ford Focus Active 

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. Prices range from £345 AP for the 1.0 litre petrol Hatch in Active trim up to £2595 or the 2.0 litre diesel Auto in Active X trim    

Renault Zoe Electric car

The 40kw battery will provide a top speed of 84 mph and range a claimed 250 miles but recalculated at 148 under WLTP. Price – Advance Payment £3995, no really!        

BMW X2

The X2 is the X1 with a sloping roof and a BMW badge on the side. It looks great however. The S-Drive (2 wheel drive) 2.0 lite petrol Automatic is the only option. £1499 in SE or £1799 in Sport trim.      

Honda CR-V

The 2019 Honda CR-V 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, the CVT Auto is all wheel drive only. HONDA CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO S 2WD 5DR £1,899 HONDA CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO SE 2WD 5DR £2,099 HONDA CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO SE AWD 5DR 5 SEAT £2,299 HONDA CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO SE AWD CVT 5DR 5 SEAT £3,099 HONDA CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO SR AWD 5DR 5 SEAT £2,999 HONDA CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO SR AWD CVT 5DR 5 SEAT £3,749  

Peugeot 508 Fastback

The New Peugeot 508 is added, prices starting at £2799. The SW (Estate) is released in a few months. The Fastback is low, sleek and pleasing on the eye, inside it has a 12.3 inch digital dash and is very appealing. The 508 has already been bestowed carwow’s style award in their car of the year competition – saying: Making a normal mainstream family car look this achingly beautiful both inside and out isn’t easy 508 FASTBACK Allure 1.5L BlueHDi 130  £2799  (£1714 WPMS) 508 FASTBACK GT-Line 1.5L BlueHDi 130 711852 £2999 (£1914 WMPS) 508 FASTBACK Allure 1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 £3499 (£2414 WPMS) 508 FASTBACK GT-Line 1.5L BlueHDi 130 EAT8 £3699 (£2614 WPMS) 508 FASTBACK Allure 1.6L PureTech 180 EAT8 £3499 (£2414 WPMS)  

Citroen C5 Aircross – Available now to order, not in showrooms until Feb 2019

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 trim levels are offered, Feel, Flair and Flair Plus. Two petrol powered cars, the 1.2 litre 128bhp PureTech 130 three-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 178bhp PureTech 1.6 litre 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. click here for full review and prices. http://www.whichmobilitycar.co.uk/citroen-c5-aircross-motability-car/  

Mazda MX-5

For the more flexible the MX-5 is fantastic fun, it’s great to see it back and the prices are realistic too. Mazda MX-5 1.5 132bhp SE+ Petrol £599 Mazda MX-5 1.5 132bhp SE-L Nav Petrol £899