For almost 40 years, the Motability Scheme has given people with disabilities the opportunity to exchange their government-funded mobility allowance for a brand new car on 3 year lease contracts.
Joining the Motability scheme has no effect on any other allowances you may receive, and those eligible can choose a car from a large variety of major car brands. As a result, Motability cars come in all shapes and sizes and can be hugely beneficial to disabled motorists in various ways.
We’ve put together a selection of 6 of the best Motability cars that vary across different vehicle types but which are all hugely practical and strong performers.
As a compact SUV, the GLA is easy to manoeuvre around town yet has enough room inside to enjoy the drive. Large and continuous door openings make it easier to get in and out of the car for a comfortable experience from start to finish.
Inside, you benefit from a feeling of space and airiness with a higher seating position, whilst the front seats also allow lots of scope for adjustment. As well as this, the rear seats can be slid back and forth by up to 140mm, providing plenty of space for any passengers.
The boot offers up to 495 litres of space (or 385 litres when opting for the plug-in hybrid model) and is easily accessed via the Easy-Pack tailgate which lets you open and close the lid electrically by touching a button. Optionally, Hands-Free Access uses a sensor to enable you to open the boot with your foot.
There’s no shortage of intuitive tech, either. MBUX is Mercedes’ multimedia operating system which can be navigated by voice control: simply say ‘Hey, Mercedes’ or press the button on the steering wheel to activate it. Using voice control is not only more convenient but also safer, allowing you to keep your hands on the wheel. Alternatively, you can use either the touchpad or Touch Control buttons.
The MINI Countryman is a real all-rounder and an ideal SUV to enjoy the freedom that the Motability Scheme offers. It’s the brand’s most versatile and spacious model, with enough space to seat five comfortably.
Offering ample room for luggage and equipment, the boot offers 450 litres of space which can be expanded to a huge 1,390 litres when the rear seats are down. The Easy Opener feature gives you hands-free access to the boot by waving your foot under the tail of the car to open it.
The Countryman also offers a range of handy tech, including a 5” digital screen that clearly displays key driver information (such as speed, fuel level and navigation instructions) and a Head-Up Display to help keep your eyes on the road. Features such as the adaptive LED headlights ensure a safe drive, whilst elements including top grain soft leather seats offer luxurious comfort.
Performance-wise, the Countryman uses a 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine to deliver a smooth experience yet high-performance torque should you want it. As well as this, styling accents such as Union Jack LED rear lights and interior colour lines mean you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort or practicality.
In the MINI Countryman, style, comfort, practicality and performance are all offered in equal measures.
As a compact SUV coupé, the Audi Q2 really is an all-rounder when it comes to the qualities that make a great Motability car. Not only does it contain an interior that oozes the class you’d expect from an Audi, but with pre sense city, MMI Navigation and 405-litre capacity (1,050 with the seats folded flat) the Q2’s SUV characteristics make it an extremely practical vehicle.
Additionally, the Audi Q2 is available in three petrol and three diesel engine options, allowing you to decide how you run your car. Optional safety systems like adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, lane departure warning, blind spot detection and speed zone recognition help protect you on the road.
With an advance payment starting from £299, the Audi Q2 is an affordable option in the Motability Scheme.
Finding the ultimate mix between passengers and luggage, the BMW X1 is ideal for motability users requiring more space. The X1 boasts features including rear sliding seats, 505 litres boot space, under seat storage and the BMW navigation as standard. Since all servicing, maintenance, windscreen and tyre replacement costs are built in on the Contract Hire Scheme, you can feel secure knowing that you are always covered when out on the road.
With advance payments starting from £899, the BMW X1 is a luxury motability vehicle oozing style and functionality. Better yet, our dealerships welcome part exchange, so if the X1 is everything you're looking for, enjoy a BMW motability deal and trade in your old model for a new one - that you can also upgrade every 3 years.
Recently featured in our 5 great city cars blog, the Smart Forfour is also a perfect Motability vehicle for those who are more at ease driving in a much smaller car. With wide-opening doors and just under 1000-litres of rear storage space when the rear seats are folded, the Forfour is surprisingly spacious and accessible despite being characteristically small.
For those requiring effortless maneuverability and parking, the Smart Forfour excels in its class; as it does in terms of fuel efficiency too.
Additionally, anyone eligible for the Motability Scheme can lease a Smart Forfour for less than your mobility allowance with no advance payment required – meaning you pocket the difference every week. You are also able to nominate up to two other drivers and pay a little extra for a third if you aren't able to drive.
TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID
Motability users who enjoy embarking on thrill-seeking adventures, look no further than the Toyota RAV4. Designed to have a strong road presence, added storage space and off road capabilities makes this the perfect transitional vehicle between city and country. This "go anywhere" SUV has an extended five year warranty, class-leading fuel consumption and emissions as well as E-four all wheel drive, making it both safe and economical drive.
From £1,345 Advanced Payment, the RAV4 includes all the essential motability benefits such as fully comprehensive insurance from RSA Motability (RSAM) with up to two named drivers, free tyres and windscreen replacement as well as complimentary RAC breakdown cover. Explore further with the Toyota RAV4 motability scheme.
If you would like to know more we can arrange an appointment for you to meet one of our Motability specialists at your nearest dealership who will give you all the information and advice you’ll need. Alternatively, you can search all of our Motability car offers online.
Here at Jardine Motors, we are extremely proud to be a partner of the Motability Scheme. That is why, for every Motability car we sell at one of our dealerships, we donate £25 to our charity partner Whizz-Kidz.