Motability Car News For Quarter 2 2021
The Coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect the Motability Scheme this quarter, but things should slowly start returning to something approaching 'normal' as the third nationwide lockdown comes to an end and Motability-accredited car dealership showrooms begin to open their doors to the public again.
Motability Scheme Highlights For Quarter 2 2021
With showrooms set to open again this will be a very busy quarter for Motability Specialists. Motability customers who have extended their vehicle lease will finally be able to visit showrooms, test drive cars and order their next vehicle in the dealership.
New models added to the Motability Scheme on April 1 include the Fiat 500 Electric, the Peugeot 508 (including the 508 SW estate), the Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV, the DS7, the Mercedes-Benz A Class PHEV, the Hyundai Kona N-Line, the Volvo XC40 Recharge PHEV, the Volkswagen Passat saloon, the Volkswagen Golf estate, the Volkswagen Golf GTD and the Ford Mondeo.
Vehicles that were no longer available to order on April 1 included the Audi A1 Citycarver. the Dacia Sandero, the Nissan X-Trail, the Renault Kadjar, the Mini Countryman PHEV, the Volkswagen Sharan MPV and diesel versions of the 8 and 9 seat Vauxhall Vivaro Life.
At this time it may be possible for vehicle handovers to go ahead and new applications to be placed (including via a telephone or video call with your Motability Specialist), however this will be subject to local restrictions and the ability of your Motability-accredited dealership to safely operate within these restrictions.
Popular Motability Car Deals For Quarter 2 2021
ALFA ROMEO – Yet again Alfa only have the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 5 door hatch available to order, but this model now starts at £1295 Advance Payment, down from £1995 the previous quarter. That's for the Sprint trim, which can be ordered by drivers aged under 25.
AUDI – Again this quarter there's 4 Audi models to choose from on the Motability Scheme. The Audi A1 can be ordered with £150 Advance Payment (up from £0 last quarter), with the sporty Black Edition trim available from £599. Prices for the Audi A3 Sportback and Saloon look like they have all increased by £1000. The A3 Sportback now starts at £1699 for the Technik trim (up from £699 in quarter 1). Audi Q2 prices have come down £100 on most models, with the range now starting at £349. The Q2 35 TSi Black Edition is now down to £1199. Prices for the Audi Q3 range look the same, with models priced from £1299 (or £1699 for the lowest priced automatic).
BMW - The BMW 1 Series range still starts at £1499 Advance Payment this month with prices pretty much the same as quarter 1, but the have added 2 new diesel Sport trims to the list, increasing the number of models available 6. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has increased in price again. It’s now a minimum of £1999 if you want to order this model, up from £1799. Prices for the BMW X1 have come down a little, with the entry Sport model now £1999, or £2149 for the automatic version. X2 SUV models have also dropped a little, starting at £1849. Unfortunately, the electric BMW i3 didn’t make it back onto the scheme this quarter.
CITROEN – The Citroen C3 Aircross range starts at £0 Advance Payment for the Flair and Shine trim, and it's now just £295 if you want an automatic. Go for the C3 Aircross Shine Plus automatic at £295 (down from £795), which comes with 17 inch 'Origami' Diamond Cut Alloys, Keyless entry and start and a reversing camera. Advance Payment prices for the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV now start at £395 (was £495) for the C5 Puretech Shine or Flair. It’s a minimum of £1745 if you want to order an automatic version. The Plug-In hybrid version of the C5 Aircross is back, priced at £4895! The seven seat Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer range now starts at £1845 (was £1995), while the larger 8 seat Space Tourer starts at £4595 (down from £4895). Prices have also come down on the 5 and 7 seat Berlingo range, which now begins at £595 Advance Payment for the 5 seat Feel trim (or £895 for the 7 seat Feel XL). There's also the new C4 and electric E-C4, both of which were added towards the end of 2020 quarter. Prices for many trims have come down, with the C4 Sense Plus automatic great value at £295 (down from £495). The electric e-C4 is also better value this month, with the range now starting at £1295 for the e-C4 Shine Plus trim (down from £1595).
DS AUTOMOBILES – This month some DS3 Crossback models have come down in price, with the DS3 1.2 PureTech Prestige now £499 and the 100% electric DS3 Crossback E-TENSE Prestige trim £699. The larger DS7 is also back on the scheme, priced from £3999 for the Perfoemance Line version.
DACIA – There’s no Dacia Sandero this quarter, but the new Dacia Duster is available, priced from £249.
FIAT – Fiat prices are competitive again this month, with versions of the new 500, the larger 500L, the 500X, the Panda and Tipo all available to order with £0 Advance Payment. We think the Fiat 500X Sport is great value again at £0 Advance Payment. If you want to go 100% electric, the Fiat 500 Electric is available for the first time, priced from £495 for the Passion trim.
FORD – From April 1 the Ford Mondeo (saloon and estate) is back on the Motability Scheme, priced from £2895 for the hybrid Titanium Edition automatic trim. The Ford Puma range now starts from £195 Advance Payment (down from £495) for the Titanium trim, with the automatic version £795. The sporty Puma ST-Line X 125PS is £495, down from £795. Advance Payment prices for the Ford Kuga SUV now start at £1045 for the Zetec diesel trim (down from £1295), with the Titanium Edition perhaps the better option at just £100 more (£1145). Petrol versions are just £50 more. The Ford Focus range starts at £95 Advance Payment, with estate versions available from £195. The Ford Focus Estate Active X Vignale Edition diesel automatic is £945, down from £1095. Prices for the large seven seat Ford Galaxy and S-Max ranges start at £2345 and £2645 respectively. The 7 seat Ford Grand Tourneo Connect now starts at £1095 (up from £695), while the best-value Ford Tourneo Custom is now £3845.
HONDA – There’s been some great Honda price reductions this month. Honda E prices have come down again. It's now £749 for the standard honda E (it was £999 last month and £1849 in quarter 4 2020) or pay £2249 for the better Advance trim. The new Honda Jazz SE automatic is still £0 Advance Payment, but the higher-spec EX has come down by £200 to £599 Advance Payment. The Crosstar trim is £899, down from £1199. Honda’s CR-V hybrid range now starts at £1399 for the S automatic trim (down from £1999 last month). Unfortunately, it looks like Honda Civic prices have all increased by around £1000.
HYUNDAI – This month Hyundai i10 and i20 models can still be ordered with nothing to pay upfront. Prices have dropped on many of the i20 trims as well, with the SE Connect automatic now £0 Advance Payment (down from £299). The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid range starts at £0 Advance Payment, with the full electric version of the IONIQ now available for £499 (reduced by £1000 compared to the last quarter). The 100% electric Kona is now £399, a whopping £2300 less than last month. We think this is for non-facelifted model, but it’s still great value (with an advertised 270+ mile electric range). The updated Kona (with the new MHEV mild-hybrid petrol engine) starts at £399, with the newly-introduced N-Line trim £1299. Prices for the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson SUV are unchanged, with the range starting at £999.
JEEP – Advance Payment prices for the Jeep Renegade range have come down on many models, notably the popular Jeep Renegade Night Eagle special edition, which you can now get for £195, (down from £495 last quarter). The automatic version is £1295, reduced from £1695. Jeep Compass prices have also come down, with the Night Eagle trim reduced from £1995 to £1295 this month. You’ll have to find almost £3000 for a Compass with an automatic gearbox.
KIA - The popular Kia Sportage SUV ‘2’ is now priced at £299 (reduced by £350), with the all-wheel-drive version of the '2' £999. The Kia Niro self-charging hybrid - one of the Motability Schemes most popular vehicles last year – is now available for £199, reduced from £799 last quarter. The Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid is still £3049 for the ‘2’, or £3699 for the higher ‘3’ trim. The all-new Kia Soul EV ‘First Edition’ is £1999 this month, down from £3499.
MG MOTORS - The MG HS Crossover remains one of our best buys this month. The popular HS Excite trim is still £0 Advance Payment, which we think is fantastic value for money when you consider it comes with satellite navigation, reversing camera system and keyless entry. It’s just £249 for the automatic version, down by £50. The Exclusive automatic trim is now £899 (down from £999). The electric MG ZS EV Excite is also £0 Advance Payment, with better Exclusive trim £199 (reduced from £299). The all-new MG5 EV electric estate is also a little bit cheaper, with the range starting from £499 this month (was £599).
MAZDA – There’s been a very welcome drop in the Advance Payment prices of the all-new electric Mazda MX-30, with the range now starting at just £299 for this impressive (if low range) model from the Japanese carmaker. The Sport Lux trim is now £599, £1400 less than last month. The price of most Mazda CX-30 models has also reduced significantly. The CX-30 range now starts at £299 for the SE-L trim (down from £699), or pay £499 for the higher-spec SE-L Lux. It looks like the biggest price drop though has been on the Mazda CX-5 range, with the SE-L now £499 Advance Payment - a huge £2200 reduction on last quarter. More CX-5 trims have also been added, including Sport and GT Sport versions.
MERCEDES BENZ – Some Mercedes-Benz Motability prices have improved this month. The starting price for the Mercedes Benz A-Class hatch is now £1749 (for the A180 AMG Line Executive), while the A-Class Saloon range now begins at £1549 for the A200 Sport (down from £1949). A Class plug-in hybrids have been introduced this month, priced from £5499. Mercedes-Benz GLA Advance Payment prices start at £2599 for the GLA 180 Sport automatic trim (reduced from £2899), rising to £3299 for the GLA 200 Sport automatic. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 AMG Line Premium automatic is still £3499 this quarter.
MINI – Mini updated quite a few models towards the end of March. The 3 door and 5 door Mini can both be ordered in the Cooper Classic trim and you’ll have £0 to pay upfront, with an extra £249 required if you want the automatic version of either model. Pricing for Countryman SUV starts at £749 for the Mini Countyman Cooper Classic. Again, it's an extra £250 for the automatic version. Prices for the all-new Mini Electric – also added to the Motability Scheme during March – are unchanged, starting at £249 for the entry Mini Electric ‘Level 1’.
MITSUBISHI – One of the bargains of quarter 2 will undoubtably be the popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug in hybrid, priced from £899 this month for the Verve trim (down from £2999). The Dynamic at £1499 may well be the one to go for though, as it comes with extra features like black leather seats, a power driver’s seat and additional safety kit. The conventionally powered Outlanders are still available, priced from £2499. The starting price for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is £0 Advance Payment. Go for the Dynamic automatic trim at £0 Advance Payment (was £699), or if you want the 4-wheel-drive version it’s only £249. This model features 18 inch alloy wheels, head up display, Apple Carplay and Android Auto support, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, climate control and heated front seats.
NISSAN – The Nissan Qashqai is still one of the best value SUV’s on the scheme, with the Qashqai Acenta Premium 1.3 DIG-T 160 automatic competitively priced this month at £199 Advance Payment. The number of Qashqai models available has come right down this year as we wait for the arrival of the next-generation Qashqai in the autumn (hopefully). Nissan’s two 100% electric models – the 5 door Leaf and the E-NV200 Combi MPV - now start at £0 and £4099 respectively. Nissan have also introduced longer range versions of the Leaf this month. The Nissan X-Trail SUV is no longer available.
PEUGEOT - The electric Peugeot e-208 range begins at £599 (was £999), while the e-2008 range starts at £999 (was £1899). Check out the impressive e-208 GT Premium at £899, reduced from £1999 last quarter. Prices have also come down little on the conventionally-powered 2008 range. The recently refreshed Peugeot 3008 SUV now starts from £549, while the larger 7 seat 5008 range begins at £999 (was £1699). The 8 seat Peugeot Traveller is also better value this month, with models priced from £3399. The Rifter range can be ordered with £599 Advance Payment, with 7 seats versions available from £799. The 508 'Fastback' and SW estate have also joined the scheme.
RENAULT - The 100% electric Renault Zoe Iconic can still be ordered with £0 Motability Advance Payment this month, plus there’s 5 other models to choose from including sporty GT Line trims and rapid charge options. The Renault Clio 5 door range looks good again this month, with the RS Line E-TECH Hybrid automatic at £195 (down from £245) a great buy in our opinion. The Renault Captur range starts at £195, with plug-in hybrids versions now priced from £2495 (for the Launch Edition). The Renault Kadjar SUV is no longer available to order.
SEAT – Advance Payment prices for the new SEAT Leon hatchback start from £0 Advance Payment this month. The Leon 1.5 TSI EVO FR at that price looks a great option, as does the FR Sport eTSi automatic at £349, £50 less than last quarter. The Leon XCELLENCE eTSi automatic estate is now £599. Ateca prices have increased a little bit. The recently refreshed SEAT Ateca SUV range now starts with the SE Technology at £299 (an increase of £50), and we like the look of the Ateca EVO FR DSG automatic at £1149. If you need something a bit bigger, the 7 seat SEAT Tarraco range now starts from £1749 (for the SE trim).
SKODA - Some Skoda KAROQ SUV prices have fallen. The entry model - the 1.0 TSi 110 SE – is still £0 Advance Payment, while the Skoda KAROQ SE Technology is now £195, £200 less than last month. The smaller Skoda KAMIQ range has come down in price, with the KAMIQ TSi SE L DSG automatic now £245, down from £595 last quarter. There’s also a new KAMIQ Monte Carlo special edition – which gets 18 inch black alloys, ‘Amundsen’ satellite navigation, virtual cockpit and a panoramic glass roof – for just £195 Advance Payment. Skoda KODIAQ models are also down in price by around £400.
SMART - smart only produce electric cars these days, and again this quarter both the smart FORTWO and FORFOUR can be driven away with £0 Motability Advanced Payment. There’s also a new smart FORTWO bluedawn special edition available this month, which comes with unique BRABUS styling and a velvet blue matte finish. They can all be leased by Motability drivers under the age of 25.
SUZUKI – The Suzuki Vitara SZ4 and SZ-T Boosterjet 48v hybrid trims are again both very competitively priced at £0 Advance Payment. The SZ5 trim is £499. The Suzuki Swift Hybrid SZ-5 automatic looks decent value again this quarter at £0 Advance Payment, while both Suzuki Swace estate models – new additions during the previous quarter – have gone up by £300.
TOYOTA - The Toyota C-HR Hybrid range - a very popular crossover with Motability customers partly because it comes with an automatic gearbox as standard – now starts at £495 Advance Payment (up £200) for the ICON trim. Other trim levels have also increased in price, many by more than £1000. The new Yaris Hybrid 5 door still starts at £0 Advance Payment this month. Toyota Corolla prices also begin at £0 for the hatchback and saloon versions, while the touring sports estate models start at £245. The RAV4 range starts at £2345 this month for the ICON trim, down from £2645. Toyota Proace Verso prices start at £5195.
VAUXHALL - This quarter the 100% electric Vauxhall Corsa-e automatic can again be ordered through the Motability Scheme with nothing to pay upfront. Choose the SRI Nav Premium or the Elite Nav Premium trim: both are £0 Advance Payment. The Elite Nav Premium trim comes with extra features like a panoramic rear view camera and heated front seats. The next generation Vauxhall Mokka now starts at £699 (down from £999), or £1199 if you want an automatic. It’s now a minimum of £1849 if you want the all electric Mokka-e, down from £2149 last month. Prices for the Vauxhall Grandland X range start at £499 Advance Payment for the SE Premium and SRi Nav diesel trims. It’s £799 for the lowest-priced Elite Nav trim. Prices have come down a little on some of the recently facelifted Vauxhall Crossland models. We think the Ultimate Nav automatics (choose from petrol or diesel) are amazing value at £49 Advance Payment. The Vivaro Life (with 8 or 9 seats) is no longer available with a diesel engine, but you can now order the electric Vivaro-e Life with £1249 Advance Payment, down from £3999 last quarter.
VOLKSWAGEN – The Volkswagen Passat saloon is back on the scheme this month, priced from £2099 for the TSi R Line trim (or £2299 for the automatic version). The Volkswagen Golf now starts from £199 Advance Payment for the impressive 1.5 TSi R Line, but at £599 the Golf eTSi 150 R Line automatic is probably the one to go for (despite going up in price by £199). The Volkswagen T-Roc 1.5 TSi EVO SEL automatic at £499 and the T-Roc R Line at £999 are still great value for money. The seven seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is slightly better value this month, with the range now starting at £1649, while the recently updated Tiguan SUV range now starts at £799. It’s also great to see that the electric Volkswagen ID.3 is still available to order, priced from £999.
VOLVO – The Volvo XC40 T3 R-Design is up to £2599 Advance Payment (it was £2499), while the T3 Inscription is now £2699 (up from £2599). It’s £300 extra if you want the automatic version of either model. Volvo have also added new Plug-In PHEV versions of the XC40 this month. These new XC40 PHEVs – known as the XC40 Recharge – start at £2899 Motability Advance Payment and boast an electric only range of up to 28 miles.
New Motability Manufacturer Price Guides For April 2021
Here you'll find a selection of the printable Motability price guides that vehicle manufacturers have published in quarter 2 2021.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has gone down in price this quarter. It can now be ordered from £899 Advance Payment.
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