New Cars released onto the Motability Scheme

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. *Prices are at the point of launch, always check motability.co.uk price search for the latest pricing.

 

New cars released to the Scheme:

 

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life (7 seater)

The new for 2021 Caddy Maxi life is a van based people carrier that has the luxury of rear sliding doors. Powered by a detuned 2.0 litre diesel engine offering 120 bhp, the Caddy is now an option for under 25’s on the Scheme. Economy is a claimed 55.9 mpg as a six speed manual or 52.8 mpg as a 7 speed DSG Automatic. The Life trim is the top of the range and comes complete with an 8.25 inch touchscreen, roof rails, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, app connect (screen mirroring for phones), front and rear parking sensors. Priced at a competitive Advance Payment of £949 manual, £1449 automatic.

 

 

Golf GTE (PHEV)

The GTE is the Plugin Hybrid version of the fast VW Golf, sister to the GTi and the diesel powered GTD, the GTD is also in the Scheme. The Plugin Hybrid GTE pairs a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and gearbox-mounted electric motor working through a six-speed DSG gearbox. The Battery has a 13.0kWh capacity offering an electric only range of 38 miles. The GTE is a fast car, the combined power is 242 brake horse power, 94bhp coming from the electric motor, 0-62 miles per hour can be reached in 6.7 seconds and the top speed is 140 mph. Charging the battery takes 3hrs 40mins using a 3.6kW wallbox, or 5hrs from a traditional 3 pin mains socket. The Advance Payment is £3295 (£2172 wpms) as at Q2 2021. 

 

 

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona has a 64kWh battery, a range of 300 miles and fast charging from 10% – 80% in as little as 47 minutes on a 100kW DC rapid charger, charging from empty to full on a standard 7kW charger takes 9 hours 15 minutes. Progress is quick, if not Tesla sipped, 0-62 mph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 104 mph. The Kona is not a large car, similar in size to a Fiat 500x, Renault Captur of Ford Puma and the position of the batteries eats into the boot capacity leaving only 332 litres of space, by comparison the Ford Fiesta has a 311 litre boot. The top trim, Ultimate with electric seats, heated and cooled in the front and a glass roof, is astonishingly good value at £999 Advance Payment (Q3 price, up from £499 from Q2) which includes the instillation of a home charger or should you not have room you can opt to have membership to BP Pulse (usually £7.85 per month) with reduced rates from 12p per kW of charge. 

 

 

Golf GTD

The Golf 8 GTD is a delightful addition to the Scheme, the 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine can produce 197 brake horse power and sprint to 62 miles per hour in around 7 seconds and on to a top speed of 153 mph, the mid range grunt is fuelled by 400nm of torque while still returning a claimed 54.3 miles per gallon. There are a few peculiarities with the Golf 8, most notably the sliding feature for the air conditioning controls, you really should have a test drive as the car is a little lower than the standard car too. Priced at a very competitive £1799 (£676 wpms) Advance Payment. 

 

 

Mini Electric

The 33kWh batteries are positioned in ‘T’ layout to improve the weight distribution and to give you the full Mini go kart experience, 0-62 mph is achievable in 7.3 seconds. The Electric Mini is an absolute hoot to drive because Mini have sacrificed driving range for driving fun.  Batteries are heavy and weight is not good for throwing a car into a corner, as it is the Mini electric is 145 kg heavier than the petrol car, so there is the quandary: are you prepared to accept a limited range, 120-140, miles for an increased driving experience? Prices are £249 AP for a Level 1 trimmed car, £1249 for a level 2 and £2249 for a level 3. 

 

 

Volkswagen ID3

Full Electric Volkswagen ID3 joins the Scheme in two battery sizes and two power outputs. The 58kWh battery is available with either 145 or 204 horse power while the 77kWh is only avail with 204 hp. All cars have fast DC charging that can charge from 5% to 80% in 35 minutes (from fast charging stations). The 58kWh battery cars have a claimed range of 263 miles while the larger battery can cover a claimed 336 miles. Acceleration is brisk, 9.6 seconds to 62 mph in the 145 or 7.3 seconds in the 204 hp car, all ID3’s are limited to a top speed of 99mph. As a note, only Tour models come with wheels that are not steel, it’s £640 extra for Alloy wheels.

 

 

Peugeot 3008 (PHEV Hybrid)

The 3008 has received a midlife freshen up, the new front and grille makes quite a statement externally as does the electronic dashboard inside. The engines are carried over, 1.2 petrol (£999 -£2999 AP) and 1.5 diesel (£1399 -£3399 AP), there is also now a PHEV (Plugin Hybrid) version added (on 25th Feb) not only the 225hp front wheel drive version in trims from Allure (£2899 AP) to the range topping GT Premium (£3799 AP), but the 4 wheel drive 300hp version in Allure (£3349 AP) and GT trim (£3599 AP). The Hybrid can travel 32-40 miles on electric power alone and the 300hp version (when the batteries are charged) can hit 62mph in an astonishing 6.1 seconds and the torque is an astounding 520 Nm.  Full Brochure here.

 

 

 

Hyundai Tucson

The new Tucson has caused a bit of a stir, it’s a great looker and is full of useful features. Full Brochure here. Sadly the full hybrid is not on the Scheme and the PHEV not released until late 2021, what is left is a 148bhp 1.6 petrol and 1.6 148bhp 48v mild hybrid petrol, both offer questionable fuel economy, 41.5 mpg for the petrol manual and a small boost of 42.8 for the 48v hybrid, reality on the road is mid 30’s. 

Full Pricing: 1.6 Manual SE Connect – £999 (£69.50 +£80 wpms), 1.6 Manual Premium £1899 (£833 wpms), 1.6 48v SE Connect Manual £2199 (£1133 wpms), 1.6 Manual Ultimate £2499 (£1433 wpms), 1.6 Automatic 48v SE Connect £2599 (£1533 wpms), 1.6 Manual 48v Premium £2799 (£1733 wpms), 1.6 48v Automatic Premium £3199 (£2133 wpms)

 

 

Hyundai i20

The new Hyundai i20 is a sharp look contender to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa dominated segment. The 1.0 turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, 48v mild-hybrid, delivers 99bhp and an impressive 172Nm of torque available as a six-speed automated manual or a seven-speed dual clutch Automatic. Trim lines are SE Connect with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, 8 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 10.25in instrument display, air-conditioning, cruise control, a leather wrapped steering wheel and gearlever, rear parking sensors with rear view camera and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. Premium adds 17 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED rear combination lamps, front fog lamps, power folding door mirrors and privacy glass,  automatic wipers, automatically dimming rear view mirror, climate control, interior mood lighting, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and front arm rest. Ultimate trim adds a two-tone roof, keyless entry and start, wireless charging, blind-spot alert and Forward Collision Assist with cyclist detection, plus a Bose audio system. Prices start at Nil AP manual and £299 Auto for the SE connect trim which is the only value point, Ultimate are are £1299 and £1599 AP!

 

 

Vauxhall Crossland

The mid life freshen up of the Crossland X has seen a host of changes, most notably the dropping of the X in the name. The other changes are a more modern-looking grille, sharper bumpers and headlights and new wheel options. Inside there have been some changes to trims and upholstery and Apple Car play has been added to the touchscreen. As well as the new look, Vauxhall has also updated the Crossland with new suspension and steering in a bid to make it feel better to drive, more comfortable and more stable on motorways. The Engines remain the 1.2 petrol and 1.5 litre diesel. Trim lines are SE, SE Nav Premium, Sri Nav, Elite, Elite Nav and Ultimate. The 1.2 petrol with 128bhp manual or automatic in Elite trim is Nil Advance Payment and the top trim Ultimate is only £99 Advance Payment.

 

 

Vauxhall Mokka 

The new Mokka is quite the looker. It is 2.5cm shorter than the old car but 1cm wider than the car it replaces, the boot is not the largest and takes a further hit if you choose the electric car. All cars have twin screens, 7 inch in lower trims or up to 10 and 12 inch in the top trims. Three power options, 1.2 litre petrol, 1.5 litre diesel or full electric. Prices start at £999 Advance Payment for the petrol and £2149 Advance payment for the Electric. This is a good video: watch video

 

 

 

Audi Q3

Two years we have been waiting for the Audi Q3 to join the Scheme. It is most welcome. The Compact SUV is a challenger to the BMW X1  and in some regard the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga, it is slightly smaller in the metal but you still get a comparable boot at 530 litres, but the Q3 is a lot lower so you do loose out on cabin height and space. Two engines offering 148bhp are available, a 2.0 litre auto only diesel with 2 or 4 (quattro) wheel drive or a 1.5 litre petrol as a manual or automatic. The auto is fitted with a 48v mild hybrid system and the 1.4 kWh battery is positioned in the boot, not the usual destination of under the passenger seat, and as such decreases the load capacity to 410 litres. Four trim lines, Technik, Sport, S-Line and Black Edition are offered onto the Scheme, all cars have an electric tailgate and digital virtual cockpit in place of traditional dials and a 10 inch touchscreen along with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning. Sadly to enjoy heated seats you have to add the £1195 ‘Comfort and Sound’ Pack which also adds a beefed up sound system, rear view camera, parking plus and cross traffic rear assist. Prices are excellent – starting at £1299 Advance Payment for the 1.5 petrol manual Technik and rising to £2649 for the 2.0 litre Auto diesel in Sport trim with 4 wheel drive. The sweet spot is the 1.5 petrol auto in S-Line trim at £1999 Advance payment. 

 

Audi A3 Hatchback

The sister car to the Volkswagen Golf 8, the Audi A3 Sportback (5 door hatch) is available with 3 engines, none are an option for under 25’s due to the starting insurance group 17, The 1.0 litre petrol manual only 108 bhp badged 30, the ’35’ 1.5 litre 148 bhp petrol as a manual or auto, opt for the auto and it comes with a 48v mild hybrid system, lastly a 2.0 litre diesel with 114bhp as a manual badged 30 or 148bhp badged 35 as an automatic. Trim lines in order are Technik, Sport, S-Line and Edition 1. Prices start at £699 Advance Payment and work their way through the trim and engines to £2349 for the 35 diesel auto in Edition 1 trim.

 

Audi A3 Saloon

The A3 Saloon is direct competition for the BMW W 2 Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes CLA. The Engine and trims are the same as for the Sportback but the Saloon is a little more expensive starting at £1249 Advance Payment and topping out at £3149 for the 2.0 litre Diesel in edition 1 trim. The sweet spot is the 1.5 petrol S-Tronic (Auto) in S-Line trim at £2199 AP

 

 

Citroen C4

The new for 2021 Citroen C4 and fully electric ë-C4 is available to order as a Motability vehicle. The C-Segment hatchback offers a 380 litre boot, the same size as the class leading Volkswagen Golf and five litres up on the Ford Focus. There are four trim levels: Sense, Sense Plus, Shine and Shine Plus.  All cars have LED headlights, ‘V’ signature daytime running lights, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electric parking brake, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control. Petrol’s start at £95 Advance Payment, Diesel £595 and electric £1495. Full review and prices here

 

Honda E

The Electric city car from Honda is a futuristic trip, the dash is dominated by multiple screens including two that provide images from the cameras that operate as wing mirrors. Power comes from a compact 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, which drives the rear wheels, The entry-level car gets 134bhp while the Honda e Advance gets its electric motor tweaked up to 152bhp that can shoot the E from standstill to 62mph in 8.3 seconds. Official range varies from 127 to 136 miles depending on whether you go for 17 or 16-inch wheels, on a cold, fast driving day, you could expect this to drop as low as 80 miles. Fast charging from a 50kw point can revive your honda from 10-80% in 31 minutes or a full charge from a 6.6kw home charger takes just over 4 hours from empty to full.  Prices are £1849 (£735 wpms) Advance Payment for the base car and £3099 (£1985 wpms) for the more powerful Advance car. Brochure here.

 

MG5 Electric Car

The first electric estate car to hit the market comes from the Chinese manufacturer MG. Range up to 214 miles and a realistic Retail price should transfer into a reasonable Advance Payment for Motability customers. Prices from £699 AP. Full Prices here

 

 

 

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

The four door Gran Coupe is front-wheel-drive as its built upon the same transverse-engined architecture as the 1 series, same wheelbase, similar nose, virtually the same cabin in the front. At the back there’s a 430 litre saloon boot with the addition of split folding rear seats, but the sloping roofline limits headroom for rear passengers.  Trims are Sport or M-Sport and the only engine on the Scheme is the 1.5 litre 3 cylinder petrol 218i offering 140hp and 220 nm of torque which will get you to 62mph in 8.7 seconds. Fuel economy range is a claimed 42.2 – 47.1 mpg, expect mid – late 30’s in the real world. Prices are excellent, particularly when compared to the Mercedes CLA, with the BMW 218i manual starting at £749 Advance Payment. full prices here.

 

 

New Ford Kuga added 28th Feb 2020

Ford Kuga

The New Ford Kuga has been added to the Scheme but it will not be in dealerships to see/test drive until the end of March. The new Kuga is longer, wider and has a bigger wheelbase than the car it replaces, this time around the Kuga leans heavily on the Ford Focus, both in looks and interior build, the same 8 inch touchscreen sits atop the dash. The engines are a 118bhp 1.5 diesel (manual or Auto) which can be driven by under 25’s and makes a wise choice for those older too.  The 1.5 petrol is Manual only and not as good as the diesel. The Auto Only 190 2.0 litre diesel is an option for caravan tuggers and the 2.0 litre diesel with a mild hybrid but the 2.5 litre Petrol Plug In Hybrid will get the bulk of attention. Prices start at £1295 and are generally his, as to be expected for a new car. Forum Thread on new Kuga Here..

 

 

 

MGZS Electric car joined 14th Feb

MG ZS EV Electric 

The Chinese built budget Electric compact SUV comes to the Scheme. The 448 litre boot and seating for five (4+1 really) makes it a huge step in the right direction for those looking for a practical Electric car.  The numbers are quite impressive too, 0-62 in mph in 8.7 seconds with a limited top speed of 87 miles per hour. The ZS EV has a 44.5 kWh lithium-ion battery (liquid cooled) that equates to a ‘real world’ range of around 140 miles (official rating 163 miles WLTP) per full charge. Charging times are 6 1/2 hours on a typical home charger (7kW) from zero to full. Using a 50kWh public rapid charger 80% battery capacity can be reached in only 45 minutes. Two trim lines Excite and Exclusive, we are swayed towards the Exclusive for the panoramic glass roof and heated front seats. Prices are £999 Advance Payment for the Excite trim and £1499 for the Exclusive. 

 

RAV4 rejoins 6th Feb 2020

Toyota Rav4  – Back again

Toyota’s 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 219 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 Design and Excel and only the AWD car is available. Following a holiday from the Scheme the Advance Payments have increased by £650 and £500 for the two cars that are available.  

 

 

New 2008 joined Scheme 4th Feb 2020

Peugeot 2008 

The New 2008, is based on the excellent 208, as with the smaller car there are petrol, diesel and a full electric version available. The new car is 140mm longer than its predecessor and 20mm lower. At 4.3m, the new 2008 is only 150mm shorter than the larger 3008 SUV.  A 60mm longer wheelbase helps boost boot space by 10 litres up to 434 litres across all versions including the electric e-2008, while also increasing rear passenger legroom over the outgoing model. Prices start at £299 (manual) £599 (Automatic) or £1799 As an Electric car. 

 

 

MG HS Added 1st January 2020

MG – HS

The MG HS is the new replacement the GS, it is developed in Longbridge and built in China and boasts a 450 litre boot and room for five adults. Powered by a 1.5 litre petrol, six speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, that produces good power at 160 bhp (0-62 in 9-9 seconds) but the fuel economy is a tad disappointing at 37.2 miles per gallon.  Two trims, Excite and Exclusive both well equipped but the Exclusive has nice touches such as reversing camera, LED headlights and a panoramic glass roof. Prices for the manual car are Nil in Excite and £799 in Exclusive and as an auto £199 and £999 Advance Payment for the two trims.

 

 

Toyota CH-R 2020 added 14th December 2019

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota Coupe High Rider (C-HR) has been updated for 2020 with new trim lines and new engines. In the UK the C-HR is now only available as a self charging hybrid, the engine choices are 1.8  or 2.0 litre petrol paired to the electric power. The power output is 120bhp and 182 bhp respectively, all cars are front wheel drive CVT automatic and the larger engine has a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and returns a claimed 49.50mpg. The 2.0 litre has a larger battery back offering 32 additional bhp compared to 23 in the 1.8. Front lights are upgraded to premium LED technology, with the daytime running lights and indicators combined into one frontal projector that emits a single smooth line above the main beam. At the rear, the new combination lights are connected by a gloss black spoiler creating a single clean shape. The 2020 Toyota C-HR includes a new multimedia system that upgrades the vehicle’s connectivity. This system now allows full smartphone integration and offers the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Customers may then choose from Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Dynamic and Excel, the range-topping Orange Edition is limited to 500 units in the UK and is not avaialble on Motability. Trim Line info Here. The new C-HR Starts at £495 Advance Payment and prices quickly rise through the trims to £3545 for the 2.0 litre Dynamic with leather and an upgraded JBL Sound system. 2.0 litre cars start at £2095 AP in Design trim. Full Prices Here.

 

Peugeot 208 and E-208 added 10th December

Peugeot 208

The New 208 comes as a petrol, a diesel and a full electric, E-208. Sharing many of the components of the Vauxhall Corsa (chassis, engines, gearbox, electrical architecture, dimensions) the 208 has the edge on design, inside and out the little Peugeot is incredibly pleasing on the eye. The engine choices are 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol with either 75bhp, 99bhp and 128bhp, a 1.5-litre diesel with 99bhp or a 134bhp (100kW motor and a 50kWh battery 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds) BEV version offering a WLTP range of 211 miles with no loss of space as the electric motor sits under the bonnet and the batteries under the rear seats.  Charging times from empty to full are 20 hours using a conventional three-pin household socket, eight hours when using a dedicated home charging point, while a 100kW fast charger will provide an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. Trim Lines are Active, Allure, GT-Line and GT. Prices for the E-208 start at £1499 Advance Payment for either the Active or Allure, rising to £1699 for the GT line and topping out at £1999 for the GT trim only available as an E-208. The petrol and diesel cars offer a much smaller Advance Payment starting at Nil and rising through the grades to £849 AP for the Automatic 1.2 litre petrol with 128bhp.  

 

 

Mazda CX-30 added 10th December

Mazda CX30

Mazda’s new SUV, sits between the CX-3 and CX-5 for size. (Why is it not called the CX-4? The number 4 is considered unlucky in Japan) Powered by their excellent turbo less 2.0 litre petrol front wheel drive engine producing 120bhp (badged Skyactiv-G) or 178bhp (Skyactiv-X). The larger engine delivering improved fuel economy, 47.7 combined mpg compared to 45.6 for the lower powered car and an improved 0-62 time of 9.0 seconds compared to 10.2 seconds, The CX30 also incorporates a mild hybrid system but it is so mild Mazda do not make reference to it in their literature. Trim lines are SE-L , SE-L Lux, Sport Lux and GT Sport. Even the entry level car has 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, a head-up display, air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control and an 8.8-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, SE-L Lux adds adds front parking sensors, electric tailgate, reversing camera, heated front seats and keyless entry. It would be our pick of the range. Prices start at £799 Advance Payment and rise to £3199 for the large engine Automatic in GT Sport trim. The prices are quite high, and Automatic cars are £600 more, the sweet spot is the Skyactiv-X SEL Lux at £1599 manual or £2199 Automatic. 

 

 

Volkswagen T-Cross added 5th December

Volkswagen T-Cross

Finally the VW Polo based T-Cross is added to the Scheme, bumper retail sales and the resultant build delays have kept it off until now. Sadly as demand is high, the Advance Payment prices (starting at £1149) do not make it anything like a bargain – but if you want what is generally perceived as the best small crossover then the price is worth paying. Trim Lines are S, SE, SEL and R-Line, to have parking sensors (front and rear) you have to choose the SEL trim, equipment is excellent aside from this; 8 inch touchscreen with CarPlay / android auto alongside automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping assist. Two engines, a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol, with 95 or 115 bhp (go for the 115 if you want six manual gears or a 7 speed dual clutch Automatic) or a 1.6 diesel with 95bhp with 5 manual gears or a 7 speed Auto. Prices for the 115 manual T-Cross are £1299 SE, £1699 SEL £2199 R-Line or as an Auto: £1599 SE, £1999 SEL and £2499 R-Line. Told you it was expensive!  

 

 

Skoda Kamiq Joined 23rd November

Skoda Kamiq

The Skoda Kamiq is a small crossover (SUV) and the sister car to the Seat Arona and (sadly not on the Scheme) VW T-Cross. The Kamiq is largest of the three and offers a conservative looking alternative to the Nissan Juke. The 400 litre boot is 22 smaller than the Juke but the wide opening makes it a more practical solution. The 1.0 litre petrol is available with 94bhp (manual only) or 113bhp (manual or DSG Automatic). The larger 1.5 litre petrol offers a148bhp and genuine pace, 0-62 in 8.4 seconds. Two trims SE and SE L, The SE has 17 inch alloys, rear parking sensors, cruise control, wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play (wired for Android Auto and mirrorlink) to the 8 inch Touchscreen, the SEL adds 18 inch alloy wheels ambient interior lighting, privacy glass, 9.2 inch Touchscreen and a virtual cockpit.  Prices start at Nil Advance payment, the 113bhp car starts at £195 manual and £795 Auto. The 1.5 litre cars starts at £995 manual and £1595 automatic.

 

 

New Vauxhall Corsa added November 20th

Vauxhall Corsa 

The new Vauxhall Corsa is 108kg lighter, 44mm lower, 39mm longer and 19mm wider that the outgoing car. The boot capacity has increase by 24 litres to 309 litres and unlike the previous Corsa, the new car is 5 door only. Power comes in the form of a 1.2 petrol with either 74bhp, 5 speed manual only or a much better 99bhp turbo charged version with a six speed manual or 8 speed automatic, a 1.5 litre 101bhp manual diesel is also avaialble. The 99bhp petrol being the pick.  Trim lines are SE, SE Premium, SRi, Sri Premium, Elite and Ultimate with nav versions of each adding a built in Sat nav. Prices start at Nil Advance payment and the best value is £99 Advance payment for the top of the range Ultimate trim with the 8 speed Automatic paired to the 99bhp 1.2 litre petrol. The Ultimate trim includes sat nav, 10 inch touchscreen infotainment, adaptive cruise control, 17 inch alloy wheels, leather trim with electronic driver’s massage seat, LED headlights and keyless open and start.

 

 

All Electric E-Corsa added 20th November

Vauxhall E-Corsa (Electric Car)

The all electric E-Corsa has a 50kWh battery paired to a 100kW motor equating to 134bhp in old skool numbers. 0-62 mph can be achieved in 8.1 seconds but more impressive is 0-30mph in 2.1 seconds, top speed is limited to 93 mph. Range from a fully charged battery is 205 miles according to WLTP, Rapid charging from 15-80% can be achieved in 30 minutes from a 100kW rapid charging station, charging from an 11kw AC outlet takes five hours fifteen minutes from empty to full. Two trim lines, SE Nav and Elite Nav, SE cars have a 7 inch colour touchscreen with sat nav, rear parking sensors and an 11kw 3-Phase charger, Elite cars add a black roof, tinted rear windows and a 10 inch touchscreen. Prices are £1499 for the SE and £1699 Advance Payment for the Elite trim .

 

 

DS3 Crossback Electric added 20th November

DS3 Crossback E-Tense (Electric)

The DS3 Crossback was designed with electrification in mind and as such the batteries are littered around the underside of the car meaning that the 350 litre boot is the same regardless of powertrain. The 50kWh battery paired to a 100kw electric motor offer a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds, a top speed of 93 mph and a WLTP driving range of 199 miles. The fast charging DC mode will charge from empty to 80% in 30 minutes, if you have access to a public 100kW charger, standard AC 7kW charging will take nearly 8 hours to go from empty to full. Prices start at £1999 Advance payment for the well appointed Prestige trim, for an extra £500 you can move up to the Ultra Prestige or for £2749 Advance Payment you can have the sumptuous La Premiere trim. 

 

 

Ford Puma Joined Scheme 15th November

Ford Puma

The new Ford Puma is a compact crossover, similar in size to the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3 and sits between the Ecosport and Kuga in the Ford stable and as with the previous Puma from the 1990’s it is based on the Ford Fiesta. The 456 litre boot is largest in class and by comparison the Ford Focus offers only 370 litres. The only engine option presently is a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol manual booted by a mild 48v hybrid system to offer either 123bhp or 153bhp, both offer a sub 10 second 0-62 mph time, 9.8 and 8.9 seconds respectively. Economy is a claimed 67.3 mpg for the 123 car and 64.2 mpg for the larger output, realistically if you get 50 mpg you are doing well. The only trims are Titanium, ST- Line X and STLine X + with the first edition packs making them very well equipped indeed. Prices start at £545 Advance Payment for the Titanium first edition and rise to £1395 for the higher output ST Line X +. 

 

 

New Kia X-Ceed joined 12th November

Kia Xceed

The Kia Xceed is so much more than a Kia ceed with pumped up suspension, it is a sleek and attractive SUV styled car. Internally all but base trim (2) get a wonderful 10.25 inch touchscreen which sits on top of the dash that incorporates Apple Carplay/Android Auto alongside a built in Sat Nav. Trim ‘3’ also includes keyless operation, 18 inch alloy wheels, LED lights, heated seats and steering wheel, cruise and climate control, a reversing camera and parking sensors. The top trim ‘First Edition’ has a 12.3 inch TFT replacing the dials, panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, heated rear seats ad park assist. The boot is a useable 426 litres. Engines start with a 3 cylinder 1.0 litre petrol (118bhp) that claims 52.3 mpg and a 0-60 time of 10.9 seconds, the turbo charged 1.4 litre petrol has 138 bhp and can propel the Xceed to 62mph in 9.1 seconds and return a claimed 45.6 mpg. The 1.6 litre diesel, avaialble with either 114 or 134 bhp (depending on trim) offers a claimed 68.9 mpg as 114 or 64.2mpg for the 134bhp version. The only Automatic presently is on the 1.4 petrol and prices start at £799 Advance Payment in trim 3 or a whopping £2099 AP in first edition trim.  Kia Official video

 

 

New Nissan Juke joined 26th October

Nissan Juke

Production began on 14th October in Sunderland first deliveries in Showrooms and now avaialble to order on the Scheme – good work. The 1.0 litre 3 cylinder petrol producing 115bhp will hit 62mph in 10.4 seconds and will return a claimed 45.6 miles per gallon. 422 litre boot is 20% larger and the rear seat knee room has been increased by 5.8cm and rear head room by 1.1cm.  Review video here. Prices start at Nil Advance Payment in N-Connecta trim for the manual or £399 as an automatic. Tekna trim is £699 manual or £1099 for an Auto.    

 

 

 

New Renault Clio joined 14th October

Renault Clio

The mark 5 Renault Clio, new for 2020, is 85% a new car but it looks surprisingly similar to the old one, which says more about how good the old Clio looks than any neglect from the designers, this is evolution not design revolution. Underneath and inside, however, the Clio has undergone a ground-up rethink. Three engines are avaialble, a 1.0 litre three cylinder petrol with 99 bhp as a manual or automatic, a 1.3 litre four cylinder petrol with 128 bhp which is automatic only and a manual only 1.5 litre diesel offering 85 bhp. The small petrol can reach 62 miles per hour in 11.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 116 mph, economy is a claimed 54.3 miles per gallon. The 1.5 litre diesel offers more midrange torque but is not sprightly, 0-61 mph takes 14.7 seconds and while the economy is a claimed 67.2 miles per gallon it is just a little too sedentary to recommend. The 1.3 litre petrol only avaialble in RS Line as an automatic is a hoot, 0-62 miles per hour in 9 seconds a top speed of 124 miles per hour puts it firmly in the ‘warm hatch’ category, economy is also an impressive 49.6 miles per gallon.

 

Toyota C-HR

The Toyota Coupe High Rider (C-HR) is being updated with new trim lines and new engines. The C-HR will now be self charging hybrid only, the engine choices will be the 1.8  or 2.0 litre petrol paired to the electric power the power output is 120bhp and 182 bhp respectively. The 2020 Toyota C-HR includes a new multimedia system that upgrades the vehicle’s connectivity. This system now allows full smartphone integration and offers the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Front lights are upgraded to premium LED technology, with the daytime running lights and indicators combined into one frontal projector that emits a single smooth line above the main beam. At the rear, the new combination lights are connected by a gloss black spoiler creating a single clean shape. The new C-HR will be in the showrooms at the end of October, we expect to see it back on the Scheme shortly afterwards.  

 

Volkswagen Passat

VW Passat now on the Scheme as a saloon or Estate. The R-Line trim is avaialble with the 2.0 litre diesel 187bhp as a Saloon but not an estate as it tips over the cap limit. Other engines are the 1.5 148bhp and 2.0 187bhp petrol (Estate R-Line available £2799) and the 1.6 diesel with 118bhp or the 148 bhp 2.0 litre diesel. Prices start at £1899 Advance Payment for the 1.5 litre petrol but the real value is to be had in SEL and R-Line trim with the 2.0 litre diesel, prices top out at £2899 AP for the Saloon DSG auto 187bhp 2.0 litre Diesel in R-Line trim.    (As at Q2 2021 only the 1.5 petrol is avaialble on the Scheme)

 

 

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

The new 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric has an increased battery size of 38kWh (134 bhp) offering a range of 165 miles. Charging is via a Type 2 connector, maximum 7.2 kW, this charges a fully depleted battery back to full in around 6 hours 15 minutes or 19 hours 45 minutes using a three pin domestic plug. Rapid charging is possible through a CCS connection, maximum rapid charge power is 47 kW, this charges the battery from 10% to 80% in around 50 minutes. The new IONIQ features Bluelink that can remotely control the temperature of the car, lock or unlock and charging can be remotely controlled and scheduled. The Ioniq Electric has a useable 350 litre boot and comes well equipped with adaptive cruise control, heated seats, climate control, auto LED lights, rear view camera, wireless phone charging, 10.25 inch touchscreen with sat nav and Apple Carplay/Android Auto. For £500 extra the Premium SE adds leather seats, electric (drivers only) and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and privacy glass. Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai Ioniq Electric 38kWh Premium’ Automatic  –  £1749 Advance Payment (£636.84 wpms) add £500 for Premium SE trim  

 

BMW 1 Series

The 1, as BMW are calling the new 1 Series is added to the Scheme in SE, Sport or M Sport trim, Manual or Dual Clutch Automatic. The only version presently is the 118i, a 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol which is shared with the Mini, X1 and 2 series BMW. It offers 138bhp and can return a claimed 46 ish MPG, the reality is mid to high 30’s from our experience. 0-62 is 8.5 seconds and the 3 cylinder makes a nice rasping noice when pushed hard.   The major change is the move from rear to front wheel drive which does away with the propshaft tunnel making more foot room for the rear passangers, other changes are a larger boot, up to 380 litres and a long options list. Upgrade from SE to Sport trim and you have 17 inch alloy wheels and one years Apple Pay free, year two and three are chargeable -Disgusting. Full brochure and specs here. Prices are excellent for a new car and despite the retail price increasing by over £1000 the Advance Payments are less than the outgoing car. Prices start at £499 for the SE, £749 for Sport and £999 for the M- Sport in Manual. Auto cars are £749, £999 and £1249 across the trims.  

 

Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 Joins the Scheme, powered by the Skyactiv G engine a 2.0 litre non turbocharged petrol engine with 120 brake horse power.  This car is suitable for under 25’s as it is insurance group 16 up to Sport Lux trim. Sadly GT Sport and GT Sport Tech jump to group 17 so these are out of bounds. The more powerful and economic Skyactiv X engine is not represented, which is a shame. The trim lines are SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech. Prices start at £199 and rise to £899 for the manual car, add £200 for an Automatic gearbox.  

 

 

Kia Niro PHEV

Kia Niro PHEV

The Niro PHEV has an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery teamed with a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine. It’ll charge from empty in two hours fifteen minutes and offers an electric only range of 30 miles according to Kia and 22 miles in reality. But even when the batteries are depleted, the car operates as a mild hybrid and claims up to 55.4 mpg. The gearbox is a six speed twin clutch and the 0-62 time is a respectable 10.4 seconds. Based on the ‘3’ trim (but 16 inch wheels in place of 18 inch) the Niro is well appointed, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the 10.25 inch touchscreen and adaptive cruise control. The Extra battery does take a chunk out of the boot capacity reducing it from 382 litres to 324 for the PHEV. The price is excellent and over £3000 cheaper than the last time the Niro PHEV was on the Scheme in Quarter 1 2019.  Autumn Best Buy – Kia Niro 1.6 litre petrol Plugin Hybrid  Automatic  –  £699 Advance Payment (£67.33 wpms)  

 

 

BMW X1

July 26th the 2019 X1 is added to the Scheme. This is not a new car but a facelift of the outgoing model. Changes include a larger kidney grille, redesigned taillights and an automatic tailgate. Three engines, a 1.5 litre petrol with 136bhp badged 18i, a 2.0 litre petrol with 189bhp badged 20i, both claiming over 50mpg but the 18d 2.0 litre diesel is the pick, 148 bhp and enough grunt to move the x1 seamlessly, claimed economy is 61mpg. The new trim lines to the Scheme are SE, Sport and xLine. All cars have a 6.5 inch infotainment screen with DAB and sat nav built in and the xLine has leather seats. Full brochure here. Prices start at £749 for the 18i SE front wheel drive. Autumn Best Buy – BMW X1 xLine 18d s-drive 2.0 litre diesel 148bhp Automatic –  £1999 Advance Payment (£898.71 wpms)  

 

 

BMW I3 Electric car

The all electric BMW I3 has been added to the Scheme in ‘S’ trim. The WLTP range is quoted as 193 miles and real life users are suggesting around a 145 mile, the I3 can move quickly from the single speed Automatic gearbox, o-62 as fast as 6.9 seconds. The battery offers 37.9 kWh and is able to fast charge from 20 -80% battery power in as little as 40 minutes.