Which Mobility Car top 10

We have been looking long and hard at the figures, the spec, the mpg the mph and all the other bits and bobs to bring you our top 10, please let us know if you feel we have missed something, we will start with the small cars and work our way up. Click on the picture of the car for a more in-depth review.



Q1 2019 Winter best deals:


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 Winter Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.5 petrol (128bhp) Manual or Automatic  ‘Sport’  – Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)



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.

 Winter Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon Tech’ Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)



Seat Arona

The Arona is based on the excellent Seat Ibiza, 15mm raised ride and 79mm longer, the taller cabin increases the interior space leading to more headroom and a better view for all and the 400 litre boot means the Arona has ample room for four adults and their luggage. FR trim has 17 inch alloy wheels, full LED headlamps, dark-tinted rear windows and twin exhaust pipes and ambient interior lighting in a range of user-selectable colours, FR Sport adds 18-inch wheels, black Alcantara suede upholstery and dynamic chassis control. The 113bhp three cylinder petrol engine is excellent, reaching 62 mph in just under 10 seconds and power is delivered seamlessly, with little of the lag you sometimes get with turbocharged engines, economy is an excellent 57.6 mpg as a six speed manual.

 Winter Best Buy – Seat Arona FR Sport or Xcellence 1.0 tsi petrol (113bhp)  Manual – Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Seat Arona FR Sport 1.0 tsi petrol (113bhp)  Automatic – Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or £299 (£63.09 wpms) in Xcellence lux



Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 does not show its age, it is growing older with dignity, helped by a few ‘fresh up’s’ along the way. This quarter the T3 is the only engine choice, as a manual car it is a 2.0 litre with 150 bhp, 62 miles per hour in 7.8 seconds and on to 130 mph with a claimed economy of 46.3 mpg. As a 6 speed Automatic the engine shrinks to 1.5 litres but matches the power output of the manual car and return 47.9 miles per gallon. The only trim line is the sports R-Design Edition with 18 inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and rear camera, active LED headlights, cruise control, power driver seat with memory function, climate control, auto wipers, leather seats, twin exhaust pipes and a 7 inch screen with sat nav, there is no Apple Carplay/Android Auto. £400 will add the winter pack with heated front and rear seats and windscreen

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Volvo V40 R-Design Edition T3 2.0 litre petrol 150bhp Manual  –  £99 Advance Payment (£61.77 wpms) or  Price reduced from previous quarter price£199 (£62.43 wpms) as the 1.5 T3 Automatic



Mini Countryman

The excellent 1.5 litre petrol Countryman has remained competitive this Quarter, 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. The Classic trim has a 6.5 inch screen with sat nav and Apple Carplay, DAB radio and rear parking sensors. The option exists to add the Comfort Nav+ which adds Automatic air conditioning, rear parking sensors, passenger seat height adjustment storage compartment pack, floor mats, front centre armrest, heated seats, wireless charging and an upgraded touchscreen to 8.8 inch. This adds £900 to the Advance payment price.

 Winter Best Buy – MINI Countryman Cooper Classic (134bhp 1.5 litre Petrol) Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£249 (£62.76 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.

 Winter Best Buy –  Mercedes GLA 180 1.6 petrol Manual ‘Urban Edition’ –  £299 Advance Payment(£63.09 wpms) or £699 (£65.75 wpms) as an Automatic



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 Winter Best Buy  – Golf  SV ‘SE Nav’ 1.5 petrol (130bhp) Manual   –  £49 Advance Payment (£61.43 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy  – Golf  SV ‘SE ’ 1.5 petrol (130bhp) Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)



Honda HRV

The HRV may not be the cheapest compact SUV on the scheme but if you are after a diesel manual it is probably the best option. This quarter price reductions of up to £400 have made it more appealing. The SE trim has 17 inch alloys, parking sensors front and rear, automatic wipers, seven-inch colour touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, Driver Assistance Safety Pack which comprises Collision Warning, intelligent Speed Assist which reads road signs and alters your speed accordingly and Lane Departure Warning. All cars come with the rear ‘magic seats’ where the seats flip up like cinema seats to give additional room. The 1.6 litre is only avaialble as a six speed manual, but it’s a peach, producing 118bhp with 300Nm of torque from 2,000rpm making it a joy to drive, the 0-62 time of 10 seconds pays testament to its pull. The quoted economy figure of 70.6mpg is clearly unachievable but you should see close to 50mpg in the real world.

 Winter Best Buy – Honda HRV ‘S’ 1.6 118bhp Diesel Manual  –  £549 Advance Payment 



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.

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 diesel 148bhp Manual ‘Match’ 2wd  –  £1149 Advance Payment (£64 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 diesel 148bhp Automatic ‘Match’ 4wd  –  £1449 Advance Payment (£364 wpms)



Peugeot 5008

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. All 5008 models come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display alongside smartphone mirroring, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. A new 1.5 litre diesel (68.9 miles per gallon) replaces the 1.6 litre, the new engine has an extra 10bhp, now 128, as a six speed manual or new this quarter as an 8 speed automatic. The new 2.0 litre diesel offers caravan puller an option with 178 bhp, 8 speed auto only.

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot 5008  ‘Active’ 1.5 litre/ 1.2 Petrol 128bhp diesel Manual  –  £1299 Advance Payment (£214 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Peugeot 5008  ‘Active’ 1.5 litre 128bhp diesel Automatic  –  £1899 Advance Payment (£814 wpms)



Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X is based on the same platform as European Car of the Year (2017), the Peugeot 3008. The 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol with 128 bhp is a joy to drive around town, quiet and reasonably punchy, 0-62 in 11.1 seconds, it officially returns 55.4 mpg when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, or 55.3mpg as a six speed automatic. Entry-level SE models are the best value as offer a  seven-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone electronic climate control, leather-covered steering wheel, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, steering wheel mounted audio controls and front fog lights. Prices have been reduced by up to £1849 over the last two quarters with the manual car now Nil Advance Payment with further reductions across the range. Full review here.

 Winter Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘SE’ 1.2 litre 128bhp petrol manual  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or £299 (£63.09 wpms) for 1.5 litre diesel



Seat Ateca 

The Alteca 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.

 Winter Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘SE Tech’ 1.6 113 bhp diesel manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£63.09 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£599 (£65.08 wpms) 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.

 Winter Best Buy  –  Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ‘2’ 1.5 petrol Manual  – £199 Advance Payment (£62.43 wpms) or £599 (£65.08 wpms) in trim ‘3’ or £1499 (£414 wpms) in trim ‘4’



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.

Winter Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£149 (£62.10 wpms) in Premium trim



Mini Countryman PHEV

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 (around 17 in reality) 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.

 Winter Best Buy – Mini Countryman PHEV Cooper S ‘E’ Classic  –   £1749  Advance Payment (£664 wpms)



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)

 Winter Best Buy – Mazda CX-5 SE-L+  2.0 litre Petrol (163 bhp) Manual  –  £799 Advance payment (£66.41 wpms) or £1299 (£214 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 Winter Best Buy  –  Volkswagen Sharan 150bhp Diesel Manual ‘SE’ –  £599 Advance Payment (£65.09 wpms)

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