Motability Car News For Quarter 3 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic will continue to affect the operation of the Motability Scheme this quarter, but the good news is that things are now starting to return to something approaching 'normal'.
Vehicle availability is still an issue though. Car industry bosses have been warning for a while that that the impact of Covid-19 and the worldwide semiconductor (or ‘chip') shortage will continue to affect new car production until the end of the year.
Your local Motability Specialist will be able to advise you on what’s currently available. If you want your next Motability vehicle quickly you may have to be flexible and choose a colour or trim that's not your first choice. The alternative could be a long wait for the delivery of your new vehicle.
Motability Scheme Highlights For Quarter 3 2021
Some of the vehicles removed from the Motability Scheme at the start of quarter 3 include the popular Audi Q2 Black Edition, the Audi A3 Saloon, the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake and the Peugeot 508.
In July the Volkswagen T-Roc, Tiguan and the majority of Golf models were all removed from the scheme, along with the Skoda Karoq, the Skoda Kamiq, the Peugeot Rifter and the Ford Tourneo Connect / Grand Tourneo Connect.
SEAT have also also removed the Ateca SUV, the 7-seat Tarraco and the majority of the Leon range (excluding PHEV models).
This is all happening because of worldwide supply issues in the motor industry, which experts say is likely to continue for the rest of 2021.
Popular Motability Car Deals For Quarter 3 2021
This guide was written on 1 July 2021. Unfortunately, many models and trim levels have since been removed from the Motability Scheme car list.
ALFA ROMEO – On 1 July 2021 there were no Alfa Romeo vehicles listed on the Motability Scheme price guide. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta was available at the start of quarter 2 but the Italian firm removed all their models halfway through the quarter.
AUDI – There's 4 Audi models to choose from on the Motability Scheme this quarter, and unfortunately prices have increased significantly on most of them. The entry level Audi A1 now requires £1350 Advance Payment (up from £150 last quarter), with the sporty Black Edition trim now up to a minimum of £1799. Audi Q2 prices have also increased, with the range now starting at £1949 (up from £349 last quarter). It also looks as though all of the popular Q2 Black Edition’s have all been removed. Prices for the Audi Q3 have also increased, with manual models now available to order from £2899 (was £1299) or pay £3299 for the lowest priced automatic. Prices for the Audi A3 Sportback look unchanged from quarter 2 but the Saloon models have all been removed. The A3 Sportback range starts at £1699 for the Technik trim.
BMW - This quarter the electric BMW i3 makes a welcome return to the Motability Scheme price guide, with versions available to order from £999. The BMW 1 Series range still starts at £1499 Advance Payment this month, with prices identical to the previous quarter. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is also unchanged, with 4 versions that start at £1999. Prices for the BMW X1 are also similar, with the entry Sport model now £1999, or £2299 if you want the automatic version. There's also a diesel model for the first time in a while. BMW X2 SUV prices have increased slightly, starting at £1999 for the Sport manual trim (up from £1849).
CITROEN – The all-electric e-C4 is better value this month, with the range now starting at £695 for the e-C4 Shine Plus trim (down from £1295). The Citroen C3 Aircross range starts at £0 Advance Payment for the Shine trim, and it's now £395 if you want the automatic version. Go for the C3 Aircross Shine Plus automatic for just £100 more at £495, 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 still start at £395 for the C5 Puretech Shine, or £595 if you want the diesel version. Unfortunately it’s a minimum of £1795 if you want an automatic. The Plug-In Hybrid versions of the C5 Aircross are no longer available. The seven seat Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer range starts at £1999 (was £1845), while the larger 8 seat Space Tourer range begins at £4595. The Berlingo starts at £595 Advance Payment this month for the 5 seat Feel trim, or it’s £895 if you want the larger 7 seat Feel XL version.
DS AUTOMOBILES – This month many DS3 Crossback models have come down in price, with the DS3 1.2 PureTech Prestige now £0 (was £499), and the 100% electric DS3 Crossback E-TENSE Prestige trim also reduced to £0 Advance Payment (was £699). The larger DS7 SUV is unchanged at £3999 for the Performance Line automatic trim.
DACIA – There’s no Dacia Sandero this quarter, but the new Dacia Duster is still there, priced from £0 Advance Payment (down from £249). New trim levels have also been introduced.
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. If you want to go 100% electric, the Fiat 500 Electric is a great option, priced from £495 for the Passion trim. It’s a shame though that the popular Fiat 500X Sport has gone up from £0 to £1149 Advance Payment, with the automatic version £500 more.
FORD – This month the Ford Puma range starts from £95 Advance Payment (down from £195) for the Titanium trim, with the automatic version now £695. The sporty Puma ST-Line X 125PS is £395 (down from £495) while the top spec ST-Line X Vignale is just £150 more at £545. The Puma ST-Line X Vignale gets great extra features like a heated steering wheel, driver and passenger heated and massage seats and unique ‘Vignale’ styling. Advance Payment prices for the petrol versions of the Ford Kuga SUV are similar to last quarter, with the range now beginning at £1095 for the Zetec petrol trim. The Titanium Edition is the better option though at just £100 more (£1195). Plug-in Hybrid versions of the Kuga have gone up in price by around £800. The popular Ford Focus range now starts at £345 Advance Payment (up from £95), with estate versions available from £445. The Ford Focus Estate ST-Line X Edition diesel automatic is £995. Prices for the large seven seat Ford Galaxy and S-Max ranges have increased by a few hundred pounds and now start at £2745 and £2845 respectively. The 7 seat Ford Grand Tourneo Connect now starts at £1345 (up from £1095), while the lowest-priced Ford Tourneo Custom is unchanged £3845. Prices for the Ford Mondeo saloon and estate hybrids – added is back onto the Motability Scheme last quarter – have increased by £100. It’s now £2995 for both versions of the Titanium Edition automatic trim.
HONDA – The Honda Jazz SE automatic is still £0 Advance Payment this quarter, but the higher-spec SR is now also £0 Advance Payment (down from £399). The SR trim adds part leather trim, Apple Carplay, an improved touchscreen and 15-inch alloy wheels. The Crosstar trim is still £899. Honda’s CR-V hybrid range starts at £1399 for the S automatic trim. Honda Civic prices have not changed, with the range starting from £1399. The all-electric Honda E is £749 for the standard Honda E (it was £1849 back in quarter 4 2020), or pay £2249 for the better Advance trim.
HYUNDAI – The recently facelifted electric Hyundai Kona can now be ordered with nothing to pay upfront as two new trims – the SE Connect (£0) and Premium (from £199) – have been added, while the top-spec Ultimate has increased by £500 to £999. We think these are great value for money, especially the 64kWh models which have an advertised range of up to £300 miles. The updated Kona (with the new MHEV mild-hybrid petrol engine) and the Kona Hybrid both now start at £0 Advance Payment, with the newly-introduced N-Line trim now £699 (was £1299). 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 i20 Premium automatic now £599 Advance Payment (down from £1099). The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid range starts at £0 Advance Payment, with the full electric version of the IONIQ still priced from £499. Prices for the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson SUV still start at £999, with prices for the rest of the range down by £100.
JEEP – Advance Payment prices for the Jeep Renegade range have increased this quarter. The Jeep Renegade Night Eagle special edition is now £945, up from £195 last quarter. The automatic version is £1595, up from £1295. Jeep Compass prices have also increased on most trims.
KIA - The popular Kia Sportage SUV ‘2’ is still priced at £299 Advance Payment this quarter, with the all-wheel-drive version of the '2' now £799 (down from £999). Prices for the Kia Niro self-charging hybrid - one of the Motability Schemes bestselling vehicles – are the same, with the range starting at £199. The Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid is now £3599 for the ‘2’, or £3899 for the higher ‘3’ trim. The all-new Kia Soul EV ‘First Edition’ is better value at £999 this month, £1000 less than last quarter
MG MOTORS - The MG HS Crossover is still one of our best buys this quarter, with the HS Excite trim still competitive £0 Advance Payment. It comes with satellite navigation, a reversing camera system and keyless entry. It’s £249 if you want the automatic version. Plug-In Hybrid HS models still start at £3395. The electric MG ZS EV Excite is £0 Advance Payment, with better Exclusive trim now £99 (reduced from £199). Pricing for new MG5 EV electric estate is the same, with the range starting from £499.
MAZDA – There’s been another drop in the Advance Payment prices of the new electric Mazda MX-30, with the range now starting at £0 (was £299) for this impressive (if low range) EV from the Japanese carmaker. The better Sport Lux trim is now £299, £300 less than last month with the First Edition £399 (down from £999). The price of models from the Mazda CX-30 range has increased slightly, with the range now starting at £499 for the SE-L trim (was £299. Unfortunately the Mazda CX-5 range isn’t available this quarter.
MERCEDES BENZ – Mercedes-Benz Motability prices haven’t improved this month. Mercedes-Benz GLA Advance Payment prices look unchanged, with the range starting from £2599 for the GLA 180 Sport automatic trim. The starting price for the Mercedes Benz A-Class hatch is now £1999 for the A180 AMG Line Executive (up from £1749), while the A-Class Saloon range starts at £1549 for the A200 Sport. A Class Plug-In Hybrids (introduced for the first-time last quarter) are priced from £5499. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe 180 AMG Line Premium automatic is still £3499 this quarter, while the CLA Shooting Brake has been removed from the scheme list altogether.
MINI – Prices for the all-new Mini Electric (added to the Motability Scheme list back in March) have all dropped by £250, which means the range now starts at £0 Advance Payment for the entry-level Mini Electric ‘Level 1’. The ‘Level 2’ trim is £999, while the top-spec ‘Level 3’ is now £1999. 3 door and 5 door Mini models can both be ordered in the Cooper Classic trim with £0 to pay upfront, with an extra £249 required if you want the automatic version of either model. The Mini Convertible – one of the only soft tops currently available to order through the scheme - starts at £1999 Advance Payment this month. Pricing for Countryman SUV looks the same as last quarter, starting at £749 for the Mini Countyman Cooper Classic. Again, it's an extra £250 if you want an automatic version. Plug-In Hybrid versions of the Countryman are no longer available to order.
MITSUBISHI – Mitsubishi have announced that they’ll shortly stop selling cars here in the UK. For this reason, Advance Payment information and the latest vehicle availability details can be obtained from your local Mitsubishi dealer.
NISSAN – The next-generation Nissan Qashqai has been added to the Motability Scheme this month, with 6 models available to order priced from £699 Motability Advance Payment. Many Juke models have increased in price, with the range now starting from £199 for the N-Connecta trim. Nissan’s two 100% electric models – the 5 door Leaf and the E-NV200 Combi MPV - start at £0 and £4099 respectively. The 7 seat Nissan X-Trail SUV isn’t currently available to order.
PEUGEOT – This quarter Peugeot’s EV prices look the same as they were, with the electric Peugeot e-208 range beginning at £599 and the larger e-2008 range starting at £999. The recently refreshed Peugeot 3008 SUV now starts from £749 for the Active Premium diesel, while the larger 7 seat 5008 range has all increased in price by £200, starting from £1449. No petrol versions of the 3008 or 5008 can currently be ordered, but it’s good to see that the Plug-In Hybrid 3008 models have all come down by £500. The van derived Rifter range can be ordered with £749 Advance Payment, with 7 seats versions available from £949. The 8 seat Peugeot Traveller range has 8 models priced from £3399. It’s a shame to see that the 508 'Fastback' and SW estate are no longer available.
RENAULT – This month the 100% electric Renault Zoe Iconic can still be ordered with £0 Motability Advance Payment, plus there’s 5 other models to choose from (including the sportier GT Line) for less than £499 Advance Payment. The Renault Clio 5 door range starts at £0 Advance Payment, with the sportier RS Line now £395. The larger Captur range also starts at £0, with Plug-In Hybrids versions now priced from £2595. The recently-introduced Captur RS Line 90 can be driven by under 25s and is priced at £495. It’s good to see that the Renault Kadjar SUV is back on the scheme, but there’s just two models to choose from (priced from £2295).
The all-new Nissan Qashqai has been added to the Motability Scheme list, priced from £699 Motability Advance Payment .
SEAT – Plug-In Hybrid versions of the SEAT Leon hatchback and estate have come right down in price. For example, the Leon FR E-HYBRID automatic hatchback has dropped from £3399 in quarter 2 to £0 Advance Payment this quarter. It’s £649 if you’d prefer the estate version. Advance Payment prices for the petrol versions of the Leon are still great value, with around 12 models available for less than £499 Advance Payment. The Leon FR Sport eTSi 150 automatic at £499 looks a great option. The recently refreshed SEAT Ateca SUV range starts with the SE Technology at £299, but we like the look of the Ateca EVO XPERIENCE DSG automatic at £1249 (up from £1149). If you need something a little bit bigger, the 7 seat SEAT Tarraco range begins at £1749 for the SE trim, or it’s an extra £250 if you want the automatic version.
SKODA - Some Skoda KAROQ SUV prices have increased this quarter. The entry model - the 1.0 TSi 110 SE – has gone from £0 to £99 Advance Payment, while the Skoda KAROQ SE Technology is now £395, £200 more than last month. Many of the smaller Skoda KAMIQ models have also gone up in price, with the KAMIQ TSi SE L DSG automatic now £345 (up from £245). The recently-introduced KAMIQ Monte Carlo special editions – which get 18 inch black alloys, ‘Amundsen’ satellite navigation, virtual cockpit and a panoramic glass roof – can be ordered from £395 Advance Payment (up from £195). Skoda KODIAQ models aren’t available this month as the brand prepares for what we think will be the imminent release of a facelifted version onto the scheme.
SMART - smart only make electric cars these days, and again this quarter both the smart FORTWO and FORFOUR can be driven away with £0 Motability Advanced Payment. They can both be leased by Motability drivers under the age of 25.
SUZUKI – The Suzuki Vitara SZ4 and SZ-T Boosterjet 48v hybrid trims are both very competitively priced this quarter at £0 Advance Payment. It’s £499 is you want to order the SZ-T with an automatic gearbox. The better SZ5 trim is £499, or £999 if you want the automatic. The Suzuki Swift Hybrid SZ-5 automatic looks decent value again this quarter at £0 Advance Payment, while both Suzuki Swace estate models – the SZ-T automatic and SZ5 automatic – have come down by £500, which means the range can be ordered with a competitive £499 Advance Payment.
TOYOTA - Prices have increased again this month on the entry-level CH-R trim. The Toyota C-HR Hybrid now starts at £1095 Motability Advance Payment (up from £495 last quarter) for the ICON Hybrid spec with the 122 BHP engine. Other trim levels have also increased in price. The new Yaris Hybrid 5 door still starts at £0 Advance Payment this month, but some of the higher trims have increased in price slightly. Toyota Corolla prices also begin at £0 for the hatchback, saloon and touring sports estate versions, the latter of which has come down by £245 versus the previous quarter. The impressive RAV4 range is better value this quarter, starting at £2345 this month for the ICON trim, down from £2345. Other RAV4 models have dropped by the same amount.
VAUXHALL - The next-generation Vauxhall Mokka now starts at £199 (down from £699), or £399 (down from £1199) if you want an automatic. Even better, it’s now only £399 Advance Payment if you want the all electric Mokka-e, down from £1849 last month. That’s got to be one of the best deals for this new quarter. The well-appointed 100% electric Vauxhall Corsa-e Elite Nav Premium can still be ordered with nothing to pay upfront. The Elite Nav Premium trim comes with handy extra features like a panoramic rear-view camera and heated front seats. Prices for the Vauxhall Grandland X range start at £499 Advance Payment for the Elite Nav trim, down from £799. The updated ‘Grandland’ model should be available to order through Motability in a few weeks’ time. Prices have gone up a little on some Vauxhall Crossland models, but at £299 we still think the Ultimate Nav automatic is great value (despite going up in price by £250). The electric Vivaro-e Life with 8 or 9 seats can still be ordered with £1249 Advance Payment, which is much less than its £3999 price tag in quarter 1.
VOLKSWAGEN – The big news from Volkswagen is the addition of the electric ID.4. It’s not cheap though, with models starting from £2849 Advance Payment. The smaller Volkswagen ID.3 is still available to order, priced from £0 Advance Payment. Many of the higher spec models have come down in price this quarter, including the ID.3 Family Pro Performance 58kWh which drops from £2949 to £449 Advance Payment. This month the Volkswagen Golf range starts from £499 Advance Payment, but unfortunately the R-Line trim hasn’t come back onto the list. The popular Golf GTD diesel trim has increased from £1799 to £2099 Advance Payment, while the Plug-In Hybrid GTE is unchanged at £3295. Volkswagen T-Roc models have all increased by between £500 and £600, with the T-Roc R-Line range now starting at £1499. The seven seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is no longer available to order (there’s a facelifted version due out soon), while the recently updated Tiguan SUV range now starts at £1199 (up from £799). There are more versions of the Volkswagen Passat to choose from this quarter, including estate models which start from £2249 for the SEL trim (or £2349 if you want the automatic version). It’s also great to see that the recently introduced new 7 seat Caddy Maxi Life is still there, priced from a competitive £949 Advance Payment.
VOLVO – If you like the look of the Volvo XC40, the new XC40 Plug-In Hybrid range – known as the XC40 Recharge – starts at £2899 Motability Advance Payment and boasts an electric only range of up to 28 miles.
The new 100% electric Volkswagen ID.4 has joined the Motability Scheme list this month, priced from £2849 Motability Advance Payment.
New Motability Manufacturer Price Guides For July 2021
Here you'll find a selection of the printable Motability price guides that vehicle manufacturers have published in quarter 3 2021.
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