Motability is a charitable organisation that provides an easy way for those with disabilities to lease a car in exchange for some or all of their mobility allowance. It’s so easy that, with thousands of models included in the scheme, the trickiest part might be picking the ideal car. To find out more about the scheme – how it works, who is eligible and which cars are available – take a look at our full Motability guide.
Here are the 10 best cars available through Motability:
- Suzuki Vitara
- Mazda MX-5
- Mini Hatchback
- Hyundai Tucson
- Audi A3
- Renault Captur
- Vauxhall Astra
- Ford Grand Tourneo Connect
- Skoda Citigo
- Nissan X-Trail
1. Suzuki Vitara
The Suzuki Vitara makes excellent sense whether you’re looking to order a car through Motability or simply buy it outright. The chunky styling makes it look every inch the mini-SUV, while there’s loads of space inside and a sturdy feel to all of the controls. Sharp handling with precise steering means it’s great fun to drive and all the engines on offer feel perky.
The 1.6-litre petrol model is available without an advance payment through Motability. We’d go for the well-equipped SZ-T trim that features 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, automatic headlights and wipers as standard.
2. Mazda MX-5
The fact the Mazda MX-5 is available through Motability shows users of the scheme needn’t feel limited to sensible family hatchbacks. It’s the only two-seat roadster offered in the scheme and, with the engine’s power sent to the rear wheels, it offers the perfect formula for driving fun.
Engine choices include 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrols, the faster of the two slinging this tiny drop top from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. Advance payments cost from £699 for the 1.5-litre SE and rise to £1,499 for the 2.0 Sport.
3. Mini Hatchback
The Mini Hatchback’s charming looks might be what set it apart from more humdrum superminis but there’s plenty of substance to back up the style, too. The cabin is full of retro touches while the level of fit and finish is up there with the best in class. The huge range of customisation means you’ll be unlikely to spot another Mini exactly like yours, too.
If you’d rather not make an advance payment on your Motability option, you’ll need to stick to one of the 1.5-litre petrols in Cooper trim. That’s no bad thing, though – it’s a revvy unit that delivers relaxed, strong performance. Buyers who cover higher mileages might prefer the 83.1mpg-rated Cooper D which costs from £299.
4. Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is a family SUV that, thanks to a huge boot and roomy cabin, makes a great choice as a motability car. It looks great too – the bold face helps it look upmarket while the chunky wheelarches and plastic cladding make it look every inch a tough 4×4.
The most basic 1.6-litre petrol is available without an additional advance payment through Motability but we’d recommend stretching an extra £99 for the more relaxed 1.7-litre diesel. Equipment levels are generous across the board with even the entry-level S models offering alloy wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth and DAB digital radio as standard.
5. Audi A3
The Audi A3 is one of the go-to choices in the premium hatchback class but, through Motability, it’s surprisingly attainable. It’s priced from a modest £99 through Motability or £199 if you’d prefer the extra practicality of the five-door Sportback model.
For the money, you’ll be getting an SE-trimmed car with the smooth and refined 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol model that hits a claimed 67.3mpg. Standard equipment includes a seven-inch infotainment system with a DAB digital radio, air conditioning and 16-inch alloy wheels. A composed, relaxing driving experience and one of the most stylish cabins on the market come free of charge.
6. Renault Captur
If you find the Suzuki Vitara just a little too plain, the eye-catching Renault Captur might just be the perfect alternative. Look beyond the striking looks and there’s plenty more to like – the high riding position makes it easy to get in and out of along with lending it a confidence-inspiring lofty driving position.
We’d go for one of the 1.5-litre diesel models – the 0.9-litre petrol models are better suited to city drivers but do feel a little underpowered. Dynamique Nav models are available without the need to pay anything up front, offering a standard kit list that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and a sat nav system operated via touchscreen.
7. Vauxhall Astra
If a sensible family hatchback fits your needs, little else on the market will top the Vauxhall Astra. Comfortable, refined and genuinely fun to drive, the Astra comes with a wide selection of engines to suit petrol and diesel buyers at all budgets. The cabin is spacious and the 370-litre boot is average for the class.
The 1.4-litre turbo petrol in SRi trim is one of the finest in the lineup and there’s no advance payment required to secure one through Motability. If the regular hatchback doesn’t quite cater to your needs, the Astra Sports Tourer – complete with an enormous 540-litre boot – is also available without any up-front bills.
8. Ford Grand Tourneo Connect
If space is the number one requirement in your Motability search, the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect deserves a place on your shortlist. The Grand Tourneo’s most eye-catching stat is the 2,620 litres of space it offers with all but the front two seats folded – pretty much enough room for a game of rugby in the back. With five adults on board, the boot is still easily big enough for almost any situation and, with all seven seats in place, it’s on par with a Ford Focus hatchback.
The cheapest available through Motability is the 1.5-litre diesel engine in Zetec trim. For an £895 advance payment, it offers air conditioning and a heated windscreen as standard.
9. Skoda Citigo
The Skoda Citigo is one of the best city cars available today and is one of the very cheapest available through the Motability scheme. It’s not even pricey enough to warrant taking up the entire DLA weekly allowance – you only need set aside £49.50. This cheeky little hatchback offers a great mix of comfort and fun while delivering a level of quality that feels anything but bargain basement.
The budget will be enough for an S-trimmed 1.0-litre petrol that can return a fuel-sipping 62.8mpg in official tests. Standard equipment includes a CD player with AUX and USB inputs, electric windows and remote central locking.
10. Nissan X-Trail
The Nissan X-Trail mixes seven seat practicality with 4×4 style. Unlike many full-size SUVs, though, the X-Trail is powered by a choice of small, frugal engines – the 1.6-litre diesel returns 56.5mpg – impressive for a car of this size. It has plenty of torque too so, if you need to lug plenty of stuff around, it’s more than up to the task.
The X-Trail’s large frame means there’s plenty of storage space inside. If you don’t need to carry six passengers all the time, the two rear seats can fold away to reveal a 550-litre boot – more than enough for a chair and some luggage or shopping bags. An X-Trail in mid-level Acenta trim is available with an advance payment of £799.
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