The best Motability cars

More than 400 cars are available - separate the wheat from the chaff with this list of the best motability cars

BuyaCar team
Oct 13, 2021

Around 200,000 new cars are leased every year through the Motability Scheme. It’s designed to help less able people get around, by allowing them to lease a brand-new car every three years. It’s eligible for people who receive a mobility allowance from the government, and the weekly payments can be put towards hundreds of cars of varying sizes and shapes

You can choose a more expensive car by making a one-off advance payment to cover the difference too.

The Scheme covers insurance, maintenance, servicing and breakdown cover, plus lets multiple people drive and has a high mileage limit. Adaptations can be made, too, which is handy if you need alterations to be able to drive. In most cases, if you’re eligible for Motability it’ll be cheaper to go through the scheme, but for small basic cars a PCP finance deal may work out a bit less - although you’d also have to take other running costs into account.

If you’re a member of the scheme, or are looking at signing up, you’ll probably want some help picking your car.

For the sake of this list, we’re picking a car that costs exactly the same as recipients of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) get - £62.55 per week, and have a DLA advance payment of £0.

BuyaCar does not offer Motability cars.

Best motability cars

1. Vauxhall Corsa

Used deals from £12,129
Monthly finance from £197*

The latest Vauxhall Corsa is often the UK’s best-selling car, and it’s sophisticated enough to compete with the very best superminis. We think it looks an awful lot smarter than before, and there’s a surprising array of technology on board too.

Most will probably choose the 1.2-litre petrol engine, which balances economy and acceleration with aplomb. An electric Corsa-e has joined the line-up this time around, as well, and impressively this can be had with nothing to pay upfront - even if you pick a top-spec model.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Hyundai Ioniq

Used deals from £15,600
Monthly finance from £268*

There are three flavours of Ioniq - electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid. Only the regular Hybrid is available with no money down.

As you’d imagine, it’s filled with tech that includes autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control (automatically adjusts speed on motorway) and blind spot detection.

The whole family can come along too - there’s room for five and the boot is decently sized - it’s larger than what the Toyota Prius can offer. The Ioniq also comes with a five-year warranty.

Interestingly, now the Hyundai Kona Electric in SE Connect trim is also available with no money paid upfront.

HYUNDAI IONIQ BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Suzuki Vitara

Used deals from £10,295
Monthly finance from £181*

The Vitara, in case you didn’t know, is Suzuki’s SUV. It used to be all rugged but now has got softer (and better for most people) - although there’s still a pleasingly chunky feel inside. Back seat space and headroom are surprisingly generous, and the boot’s a reasonably practical 375 litres.

The Vitara is reasonably good to drive. It now features a mild-hybrid 1.4-litre petrol engine across the range, which is quite sprightly. Pair that with light steering and the Vitara should be a doddle to pilot around town.

Two versions are available with no money down - SZ4 and SZ-T specifications. Both get digital radio, air conditioning and adaptive cruise control, but we’d pick the SZ-T for its touchscreen, smartphone mirroring and reversing camera.

SUZUKI VITARA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Citroen C3

Used deals from £5,995
Monthly finance from £123*

The Citroen C3 is a rival to the Ford Fiesta but, unlike the Ford, it doesn’t want to be sporty. It’s one of the comfiest cars on sale today, with suspension that smooths over Britain’s poorly surfaced roads, and equally settled engines.

You can expect fuel economy of around 45mpg from the 1.2-litre petrol engine, and there’s a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.

Both are available with no money down, as are a couple of different trim levels so you can pick how much equipment you’d like.

CITROEN C3 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Seat Arona

Used deals from £12,490
Monthly finance from £205*

The Seat Arona is the archetypal small SUV and does a great job of eeking out as much space from the cabin as possible.

It even does a good job of feeling responsive to drive. It’s composed in all situations and comfortable, and has a good mix fuel economy rating too– up to 48mpg.

Our pick of the range would be the petrol-powered 1.0 TSI engine, in 115hp specification - which is available with no money down.

SEAT ARONA BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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