Motability Car News For Quarter 1 2021
In December Motability warned that trade negotiations with the European Union could seriously affect Motability Scheme vehicle pricing in the New Year.
The deal that the UK government secured with the European Union reduced the risk of both price rises and availability issues for customers who want to order a vehicle that’s imported from Europe, however increases in manufacturing costs and the forced shutdown of many car factories and part suppliers around the world because of the pandemic means that the Advance Payment price of many Motability cars increased on January 1.
Motability Scheme Highlights For Quarter 1 2021
This month there are more than 60 cars that cost less than the weekly Mobility Allowance and around 140 vehicles with no upfront Advance Payment at all, including the new Volkswagen Golf 1.5 150 TSi R Line, the Suzuki Vitara SZ-T SUV and electric cars like the MG ZS EV Excite and the recently introduced Vauxhall Corsa-e SRi NAV Premium.
Hyundai have added their new i10 and i20 to the Motability Scheme this quarter. Mitsubishi reintroduced the popular Outlander PHEV.
Vehicles dropped from the price guide in quarter 1 2021 include the Ford Mondeo, the Vauxhall Insignia, the Honda HR-V, the BMW 3 Series Saloon, the electric BMW i3 and the Toyota Proace Versa.
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 more
Popular Motability Car Deals For Quarter 1 2021
ALFA ROMEO – Once again Alfa Romeo have decided to not list their Giulia saloon this quarter. The only model available is the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 5 door hatch, which now starts at £1995 Advance Payment, up from £595 the previous quarter. That's for the Sprint trim, which can also be driven by customers under 25.
AUDI – This quarter there's 4 Audi models to choose from on the Motability Scheme. The Audi A1 is available from £150 Advance Payment (up from £0 last quarter), with the more rugged A1 Citycarver version now £549 (up from £399). Black Editions have been added for the first time. Prices for the recently updated Audi Q2 look pretty much the same as last quarter. As do the prices for the recently added new Audi A3 Sportback and Saloon, which starts at £699 (for the Technik trim). Another model added in quarter 4 2020, the Audi Q3, is still available to order, priced from £1299.
BMW - The BMW 1 Series range now starts at £1499 Advance Payment, and the number of models available to order has been cut to 4. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe starts at £1799, up from £1249 last quarter (it was £749 when it first appeared in summer 2020). BMW have also removed most 3 Series models. All that remains this quarter is the 318 Touring Sport automatic, priced at £3449. The German carmaker has increased the price of their X2 SUV models by £100, starting at £1949 for the sport trim. The X1 still starts at £2099. Unfortunately the electric BMW i3 is no longer available.
CITROEN - Motability Advance Payment prices for the popular C5 Aircross SUV now start at £495 for the C5 Puretech Shine, but it’s £1895 for the lowest-priced automatic model. The Plug-In hybrid version of the C5 Aircross is no longer available. The seven seat Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer range starts at £1995, while the large 8 seat Space Tourer now starts at £4895 (up from £4695). Prices are also up a little for the 5 and 7 seat Berlingo range, which starts at £895 Advance Payment for the Feel trim. Citroen C3 Aircross range starts at £0 Advance Payment for the Shine trim, or £495 if you want an automatic gearbox. There's also the new C4 and electric E-C4, both of which were added last quarter. Prices for many trims have dropped £100, with the range now starting at £0 Advance Payment.
DACIA - The cheapest Motability car on the scheme is now the Dacia Sandero 1.0 SCE Essential 5 door, which can be ordered with £0 Advance Payment and £52.75 weekly rental. By choosing this model you would get around £10 of your Mobility Allowance back every week. Dacia have removed the Logan and the Logan Stepway this quarter. The Bi-Fuel Dacia Dusters have also gone.
DS AUTOMOBILES - The DS3 Crossback now starts at £999 Advance Payment for the 1.2 PureTech Performance Line, up from £799 last quarter. The larger DS7 hasn't made a reappearance this month. The DS3 Crossback E-TENSE electric starts at £1999.
FIAT – Fiat prices look pretty competitive again this quarter, with versions of the recently updated 500, the larger 500L and the rugged 500X all available to order with £0 Motability Advance Payment. The Fiat 500 Star automatic is £195, or £395 if you’d prefer the 'convertible' 500c version. The Fiat 500X Sport is great value again at £0 Advance Payment, or £495 if you want it with an automatic gearbox. Prices for many Fiat Panda models look to have come down a little. You can now order the Panda Wild 4x4 with £0 to pay upfront.
FORD – From January 1 the Ford Puma range starts from £495 Advance Payment for the Titanium manual trim. Automatic versions are added for the first time, with prices starting at £895. Advance Payment prices for the all-new Ford Kuga SUV still start at £1295 this quarter for the Zetec diesel, but they've now added the option of a 1.5 EcoBoost 150PS petrol engine as well. There's a 2.5 Duratec 225PS PHEV plug in hybrid option too on certain trims. The popular Ford Focus range now starts at £95 Advance Payment (up from £45 last quarter), with estate versions available from £195. The Ford Focus Estate ST-Line X Edition is priced from £745, and comes with 18 inch alloy wheels, power driver seat, heated front seats and dual zone air conditioning. Prices for the seven seat Ford Galaxy and S-Max start from £2495 and £2795 respectively. The Ford Grand Tourneo - the only seven seat car on the scheme that can be driven by people aged under 25's - now starts at £695
HONDA - Prices for the new electric Honda E have come down. It's now £999 for the standard model (was £1849) or £2499 for the Advance trim. The new Honda Jazz SE automatic is now £0 Advance Payment. The better SR version is £399, down from £499. The Crosstar variant is £1199. The Honda HR-V is no longer available.
HYUNDAI – This month Hyundai have added their new i10 and i20 models. Both can be ordered with nothing to pay upfront. The Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid range still starts at £0 Advance Payment, with the full electric version of the IONIQ £1499. The Hyundai Kona Hybrid starts from £999 Advance Payment for 1.6 GDi Hybrid SE automatic. The 100% electric version of the Kona is £2799. The standard Kona now starts at £199 for the SE trim. Prices for the larger Hyundai Tucson SUV begin at £299 (down from £899 last quarter), but bear in mind there is a new 2021 Tucson coming out soon.
JEEP - Prices for the Jeep Renegade have gone up, with the popular Jeep Renegade Night Eagle special edition now requiring £495 Motability Advance Payment, up from £0 last quarter. The automatic version is now £1695. Jeep also added 3 new Plug In Hybrid models on January 1, but these were removed a few days later. Jeep Compass prices have also increased, with the Night Eagle special edition trim up from £1295 to £1995 this month.
KIA - The popular Kia Sportage SUV ‘2’ is now priced at £649 (up by £350), with the all-wheel-drive version up to £1149. The Kia Niro self-charging hybrid - one of the most popular Motability cars in 2020 - is £799 Advance Payment (up from £399), while the Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid will now set you back a minimum of £3049. The Kia Soul EV ‘First Edition’ is up £350 to £3449 Advance Payment.
MG MOTORS - The MG HS Crossover remains one of our best buys this month. The popular HS Excite trim is priced at £0 Advance Payment, great value for money when you consider it comes with satellite navigation, reversing camera system and keyless entry as standard. The price of the automatic version has dropped slightly to £299 (down from £399 in quarter 4 last year), as has the top-spec Exclusive automatic (down from £1199 to £999). The MG ZS EV Excite electric is still £0 Advance Payment, making it another one of our best buys this quarter, while the better Exclusive trim is priced at £299. The new MG5 EV electric estate has also come down in price a little, starting from £599 (was £699).
MAZDA - The price of most Mazda CX-30 trim levels has increased, with the exception of the entry SE-L trim which has come down £100 to £699 Advance Payment this quarter. Pricing for the Mazda3 hatchback looks very similar, though it looks like a few trim levels have been pulled.
MERCEDES BENZ - Mercedes-Benz have removed quite a few A Class trims from the scheme this quarter. The starting price for the Mercedes Benz A-Class hatch is now a whopping £2149 (for the A180 AMG Line Executive), while the A-Class Saloon range now starts at £1949 for the A200 Sport (up from £1399). On January 1 they also introduced a Plug-In Hybrid option for the A Class (that would have set you back a minimum of £6495!) but this was pulled after a few days. Prices for CLA Coupe aren't much better. The CLA 180 AMG Line Premium automatic is £3499. Mercedes-Benz GLA Advance Payment prices start at £2899 for the GLA 180 Sport automatic trim, rising to £3999 for the GLA 180 AMG Line Premium Plus automatic version.
MINI – Mini prices have increased this month. The 3 door and 5 door Mini now require a minimum £249 Advance Payment. It’ll cost you an extra £250 if you want the automatic version of either vehicle. The larger Mini Clubman ‘estate’ starts at £499, while the pricing for Mini Countryman SUV now starts at £749 for the Mini Countyman Cooper Classic. Again, it's an extra £250 for the automatic version. The Plug-In PHEV version can be ordered with £2999 Advance Payment, rising to £3899 for a top-spec version.
MITSUBISHI - The popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug in hybrid is back on the Motability Scheme, priced at £2999 for the Verve, Design and the Dynamic trims. The Dynamic is the one to go for, 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 there, also priced from £2999. The starting price for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross range is £0 Advance Payment. That gets you the Verve trim. The better model is probably the Dynamic automatic at £699. 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 – Nissan’s two 100% electric models – the Leaf and the E-NV200 Combi MPV - are now priced from £299 and £2999 respectively. The starting Advance Payment for an E-NV200 has come down by £1000. The Nissan Qashqai is still one of the best value SUV’s on the scheme, with the Qashqai Acenta Premium 1.3 DIG-T competitively priced at £0 Advance Payment. The automatic version is just £299. The number of Qashqai models available has dropped to 6 as we wait for the arrival of the next-generation Qashqai later this year. Pricing for the popular Nissan Juke looks the same as last quarter, with the range starting at £0 Advance Payment. Nissan X-Trail prices have increased by quite a bit.
PEUGEOT - If you were thinking about switching to an electric Peugeot, we're sorry to report that prices have increased significantly. The e-208 range now starts from £2949 (was £1299) while the e-2008 range begins at £3999 (up from £2099). Prices look pretty much the same this quarter for the petrol and diesel powered Peugeot 208 hatchback and 2008 SUV. The recently refreshed Peugeot 3008 SUV starts from £999, while the 7 seat 5008 range begins at £1699. 8 new Peugeot Traveller models have been re-introduced, priced from £3799 Advance Payment for the 8 seat Active version. The Peugeot Rifter starts at £699 Advance Payment, but it's a minimum of £2499 is you want a 7 seat version.
RENAULT - The 100% electric Renault Zoe Iconic is still £0 Motability Advance Payment, plus there’s now 6 other models to choose from including a new Play trim at £399. The all-new Renault Clio 5 door is great option again this month, with 9 models available for less than £300 Advance Payment. The RS Line E-TECH Hybrid automatic at £245 looks a good buy again. The Renault Captur is another good option this month. There are 2 versions available for £0 Motability Advance Payment, but we like the look of the Renault Captur S Edition automatic at £495 Advance Payment. Plug-in Hybrids are a bit cheaper this quarter, starting from £2299 Advance Payment for the Launch Edition (was £2599). Kadjar GT Line is now £999, down from £1195.
SEAT – More SEAT Leon models have been added to the scheme. Pricing for the new SEAT Leon hatchback starts from £0 Advance Payment. The Leon 1.5 TSI EVO FR at £0 is great value, as is the newly-added FR Sport eTSi automatic at £399. The XCELLENCE LUX automatic is £499. There’s also more Leon estate models to choose from, with prices starting from £49. There's a few new SEAT Tarraco models to choose from, but overall prices have increased. For example, the SE trim of the 7 seat Tarraco is now £1749 (up from £1399 Advance Payment). The recently refreshed SEAT Ateca SUV range starts with the SE Technology at £249, but we like the look of the Ateca EVO FR Sport DSG automatic at £1099. XPERIENCE and XPERIENCE LUX trims have also been added. If you want a crossover that's a bit smaller, the SEAT Arona XCELLENCE LUX 110 DSG automatic is available with £399 Advance Payment.
SKODA - Pricing for the Skoda KAROQ SUV has come down a little this quarter, and the entry model - the 1.0 TSi 110 SE - remains £0 Advance Payment. The Skoda KAROQ SE Technology 1.5 TSI DSG automatic is now £695 Advance Payment, down from £895. Prices for the smaller Skoda KAMIQ are unchanged. The refreshed Skoda Octavia range looks a good option this month, with lower-priced automatic models introduced, priced from £745 (or £945 for the estate).
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. They're also the only electric cars that can be leased by Motability drivers under the age of 25.
SUZUKI – Some Suzuki Vitara SUV prices have improved this quarter. The Vitara SZ4 and SZ-T Boosterjet 48v hybrid trims are again both very competitively priced at £0 Advance Payment. The SZ5 trim has dropped by £250. The recently updated Suzuki Swift Hybrid SZ-5 automatic looks decent value again this quarter at £199 Advance Payment.
TOYOTA - The Toyota C-HR Hybrid - a very popular crossover with Motability customers partly because it comes with an automatic gearbox as standard - has come down in price, starting at £295 this quarter for the ICON trim. The better C-HR Design version is now £795 Advance Payment. The new Yaris Hybrid 5 door still starts at £0 Advance Payment. Toyota Corolla prices also start at £0 for the hatchback version, while the touring sports automatic begins at £495. The RAV4 range starts at £2645 this month for the ICON trim. The Proace Verso is no longer available to order.
VAUXHALL - This month the electric Vauxhall Corsa-e can be ordered through the Motability Scheme with £0 Advance Payment. That's for the SRI Nav Premium 11KW version. The Elite Nav Premium trim is just £99 Advance Payment. For that you also get handy features like a panoramic rear view camera and heated front seats. The next generation Vauxhall Mokka starts at £999, or £2149 if you fancy the all electric Mokka-e. Prices for the Vauxhall Grandland X range now start at £0 Advance Payment (was £299) for the SRi NAV. It’s now £499 for the Elite Nav trim, down from £699. The Grandland X SRi Nav automatic looks decent value at £799 Advance Payment. The recently updated Vauxhall Crossland appears on the list for the first time, priced from £0 Advance Payment, but the Ultimate Nav automatic at £99 Advance Payment is surely the one to go for. The Vivaro Life (with 8 or 9 seats) still starts at £1249 Advance Payment this month, but there's now more trim levels to choose from.
VOLKSWAGEN – The Volkswagen Golf now starts from £0 Advance Payment for the impressive 1.5 TSi R Line, but at £400 the Golf eTSi 150 R Line automatic is probably the one to go for (down from £999 last quarter). The Volkswagen T-Roc range looks very similar to last quarter, with the T-Roc 1.5 TSi EVO SEL automatic at £499 and the T-Roc R Line at £999 great value for money. The seven seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace was eventually added on 13 January, priced from £1799 (remember that there's an updated version coming out soon), while the recently updated Tiguan SUV range still starts at £849 this month. Prices for the 7 seat Touran MPV are up, with the SEL trim now £1049 (up from £899).
VOLVO – There are more Volvo XC40 models to choose from this quarter. The Volvo XC40 T3 R-Design is up to £2499 Advance Payment (was £1399), while the T3 Inscription is £2599 (was £1499). It’s now £300 extra if you want the automatic version of either model. On January 1 Volvo also added new Plug-In PHEV versions of the XC40, but these were deleted a couple of days later.
New Motability Manufacturer Price Guides For January 2021
Here you'll find a selection of the printable Motability price guides that vehicle manufacturers have published in quarter 1 2021.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is back on the Motability Scheme, priced from £2999 Advance Payment.
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