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 5 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 Audi Q3 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 a 460-litre boot space, which extends to 1,365 with folded seats, the Q3’s SUV characteristics also make it an extremely practical vehicle.
Additionally, a 2.0-litre TDI engine with 62.8 mpg and 117 g/km CO2 emissions result in a low cost, yet powerful, runner.
Renowned for its practicality and safety, the Honda Jazz is ideal if you’re searching for a great Motability car of the hatchback variety. With a surprisingly spacious interior for a car of its size, the Jazz doesn’t waste an inch of space.
The Jazz comprises of leg room for rear passengers that could rival a luxury saloon, along with its famous “Magic Seats” function which will allow you to collapse and adjust the rear seats in a variety of combinations at the press of a button. Unlike many of its competitors, the seats can fold completely flat to create 1,314-litres of boot space.
What’s more, the Honda Jazz is now available with no advance payment required.
As well as a slick exterior, the Leon ST comprises a stylish and intricately designed cabin with the comfort and usability of the passengers clearly in mind.
An adjustable boot floor allows for even more storage than your average estate, whilst a dual shift gearbox means far less effort when it comes to gear changes.
Additionally, great safety features such as Front Assist, Lane Assist plus Automatic Post-Collision Braking System make for a brilliant Motability car that is also available with no advance payment required.
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 manoeuvrability and parking, the Smart Forfour excels in its class; as it does in terms of fuel efficiency.
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.
A 7 seater MPV, the Volkswagen Sharan is a larger, and ultimately pricier, Motability option. Along with all the practical benefits you’d expect from an MPV, one aspect that makes the Sharan a particularly great Motability car is its versatile interior, allowing the car to be converted into a WAV (Wheelchair Access Vehicle) if required.
Sliding doors on each rear passenger side also ensures easy access, and a five-star safety rating due to an extensive range of safety features provides much needed peace of mind.
Furthermore, the Sharan’s 2.0 litre engine balances high-performance and economy. So you’ll never be short of power, but running costs will remain low at the same time.
Here at Jardine Motors, we’re extremely proud to be a partner of the Motability Scheme. And for every Motability car we sell at one of our dealerships, we also donate £25 to our charity partner Whizz-Kidz.
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.