New Motability Prices 1st April 2018 (Quarter 2 Spring)

April 27th 2018: 2560 vehicles avaialble reduced by 1515   943 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 77   376 Nil Advance Payment or less    (73 Automatics ).

The continued drop is for a few reasons and nothing terminal:

  1.  Mini and BWM are changing the automatic gearbox fitted to their cars from an eight speed torque convertor to a seven speed dual clutch. Number of MINI cars on scheme last quarter 78, this quarter 55. BMW 84 last quarter 70 this.
  2. Models are being updated and production of outgoing model stops prior to launch of new model: Honda CR-V last quarter 34, this quarter 19, new Mercedes A-Class pending, Mercedes cars dropped from 118 in Q1 to 106 now, Renault Megane last quarter 49 this quarter 6.
  3. VAG (Audi, VW, Skoda, Seat) are changing their 1.4 petrol engine to a 1.5 litre petrol and trimming lines, Skoda 156 cars last quarter 141 now, Seat 119 Q1 105 now.
  4. Nissan drop Pulsar and trim Qashqai and X Trail lines. Q1 Nissan 82 Q2 Nissan 45.


Vehicles Avaialble as at 18th April 

2575 vehicles avaialble reduced by 4444   950 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 8585   376 Nil Advance Payment or less Increased by 66   (73 Automatics  Increased by 44).


Vehicles Avaialble as at 3rd April 

2617 vehicles avaialble reduced by 190190   1035 of which are automatic gearbox reduced by 7676   370 Nil Advance Payment or less Increased by 99   (69 Automatics  Increased by 252).

New For Q2

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 (our choice) 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.


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 (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. Prices start at £1595 Advance Payment (Auto).



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. Koleos is 5 seat only, unlike the X-Trail there is no option for 7 seats.




Volvo XC40

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

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, the resultant 4-5 month delivery schedule may yet be a factor for its delay. The XC40 is an expensive car, retail prices start at a whopping £26 800.



New Golf SV – Perfect all rounder

The Golf SV, the SV stands for SportsVancould 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 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.



Welcome back – The Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 

The 4wd plug-in hybrid is powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine and a 12kWh lithium-ion battery, (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, the reality is 15 miles. The 2.0 litre petrol engine is very thirsty and the moment it kicks in you are draining 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 times 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 at £2999 Advance Payment, 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.


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




Mobility car price search

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April 1st 2018

The Motability search tool can be found here. It should be live now but as of 1.30 am and even 5.30 am 1st April it is not. It appears to be propagation issues. Search working intermittently at 6.55 am.



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This is not a full price guide but an abridged version. The full search and full pricing will not be released until 1st April.


Mini Prices Q2

Click on logo to open new Mini prices. Little change, which is a good thing. The Clubman PHEV is still from £1749 Advance Payment.



Volvo Q2 Prices

There are three XC40’s on the Scheme, XC40 T3 R Design Manual AP £2,999, XC40 T3 Momentum Manual AP £2,999 and XC40 T4 AWD Momentum Automatic AP £3,749. full info here 


Ford Q2 Prices

Click on logo to open new Ford prices. Good pricelist, balanced and graded increases through the range and logically laid out. Price increases for the Kuga but some good prices on the Focus and the Max’s.



Vauxhall Q2 Prices

Click on the Griffin logo to open the Q2 Vauxhall prices. Some of which leaves us scratching our head, particularly the Automatic cars.




New BMW Prices

Click on the logo to open the BMW price list. The 1 series is trimmed down, the 2 coupe remains and is joined by its topless sibling from £1599 AP. The 2 (Grand) tourer remains good value. The X1 sees a price hike but does have the new engine/gearbox.



New Volkswagen prices

click on logo to open new VW price list. The T-roc does not make it for the start of the quarter but the Golf SV does. Tiguan prices remain excellent.




New Mitsubishi prices

Click on logo to open the new Mitsubishi prices. Increases for Eclipse Cross. The surprise of the Quarter is the addiction of the Outlander PHEV, plug in hybrid, in entry level Juro trim at £2999 AP or £3299 with leather seats.



New Mazda Prices

Mazda do not produce a price list. We can confirm the arrival of the 2 seat sports car MX5 for £999 AP and the ‘targa top’ RF at £1499 AP. The super Mazda CX-3 has been reduced in price, now avaialble as a manual or automatic from Nil Advance payment.


New Kia Prices

The Kia Niro hybrid has been reduced by up to £1000 for Q2. Prices for the ‘2’ trim are now £899 Advance Payment.


 New Motability Prices 1st April 2018 (Quarter 2 Spring)

New Motability Prices

New Prices (Spring) released 1st April 2018

New Motability prices will be published on Sunday 1st April 2018. Quarter 2 (Spring) prices run from 1st April through to June 30th 2018.

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. WPMS weekly payments increase on 9th April 2018 by £1.95 per week to £66.75 compared to a £1.75 weekly increase in DLA/PIP/AFIP to £59.75. This 3% increase is based on the CPI (Consumer Price Inflation) figure from September of the previous year. The 2017 increase was 1%.  Advance Payments for WPMS are around £1000 less than those of DLA/PIP/AFIP.  Even with this extra award there are no extra vehicles available to War Pensioners.

As of 26th March there are 2807 vehicles avaialble on the Scheme, 1035 of which are have an automatic gearbox. There are 361 vehicles that do not require any Advance payment (or use less that your full DLA/PIP award) of which 67 ore offered with an Automatic gearbox. With the qualifying awards increasing by a record 3% we would expect to see an increase in the number of vehicles not requiring an Advance Payment for Quarter 2.


Price Cap

January 2018 gave us an increase in the pricing ceiling to £29,000 for manual cars and £30,500 for automatic models, there is a caveat for an increase which was explained by a poster on the Forum:

For any car to qualify, the base model has to come under £29k manual / £30.5k Auto. As long as that’s the case, other variants of that car up to £35k auto can be included. If the base model is above £29k manual / £30.5k Auto then NO models will qualify for the Motability scheme.

So, because the entry level X1 is under £29/30.5k, other models up to £35k can appear on the Motability scheme (although, in reality, very few do). If the cheapest variant of any car is, say £30k manual / £31k Auto then the whole of the range is excluded from Motability.