Motability Highlights From Quarter 4 2019
New models added to the Motability Scheme in October 2019 included the Skoda Superb from £745 Advance Payment, the all-new Renault Clio from £0 Advance Payment, the Honda CR-V Hybrid at £2749 and the sporty N-Line trim of the Hyundai Tucson priced from £999. The Ford Grand C-Max returned, priced from £395, and the Mini Clubman also came back onto the scheme, priced from £0 Advance Payment.
During the quarter Vauxhall added the all-new 5 door Corsa and Corsa-e, Peugeot added their new 208 and E-208 while the new Mazda CX-30 also joined the scheme. Other new cars that Motability added to the scheme between October and December 2019 included the all-new Nissan Juke, the new Ford Puma, the Kia XCeed and the new Skoda Kamiq.
It's perhaps worth remembering that pricing and availability was an issue in quarter 4 2019 because of the 'threat' of Brexit on 31st October.
Popular Motability Deals From Quarter 4 2019
Audi added more trim lines to the compact A1 5 door Sportback range, and there were more than 10 models available for under £150 Advance Payment. The Audi Q2 started at £299, and the A3 range could be ordered from £499 (down from £799), which would get you the Audi A3 30 TFSI SE Technik 5 door.
The BMW 2 Series 218i SE Active Tourer remained at £99 Advance Payment in quarter 4, with the 7-seat version available for £499 Advance Payment. The BMW 2 Series 225xe PHEV Active Tourer Sport plug-in hybrid was still priced at £2749 Advance Payment. Prices for the BMW i3 range still started at £1999, as did the pricing for the X2 SUV range. The updated X1 SUV range, which returned to the scheme halfway through quarter 3, was still available to order from £749 Advance Payment.
The Advance Payment prices for the popular C5 Aircross SUV were very similar in quarter 4, with the range still starting at £95 for the well-spec’d Citroen C5 Aircross 1.2 PureTech Flair. Prices for some versions of the SpaceTourer increased by around £1000.
The new DS3 Crossback could still be ordered with £0 Advance Payment, but prices for the larger DS7 Crossback range increased, with the DS7 Crossback 1.2 PureTech Elegance up from £1199 in quarter 3 to £1999 in quarter 4.
Ford added the 7-seat Grand C-Max, but only ‘stock’ models were available. The same applied to the Ford Kuga SUV, as no more were being built as the factory switched over to build all-new Kuga (due out in 2020). That said, the Ford Kuga TDCi Titanium X automatic at £695 was great value. The popular Ford Focus ST-Line X 1.0T 5 door automatic went up (£395 to £895), while the Ford Focus Active X 1.0 T automatic – the SUV inspired version of the Ford Focus – also suffered from a price rise in quarter 4 (up from £295 to £895). The enormous 7-seat Ford Galaxy MPV returned, priced from £1995.
Quite a few versions of the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid could be ordered for less than £450 Advance Payment, with the new SE Connect trim available for £0 Advance Payment. The Hyundai IONIQ Electric was there again, but the whopping £5799 Advance Payment at the start of quarter 3 dropped to a much more realistic £1749 (for the Premium trim). The 8-seat Hyundai i800 was no longer available.
The entry-level Kia Sportage SUV was still priced at £0 Advance Payment, but the Sportage ‘2’ went up slightly from £0 to £149. The cheapest automatic Sportage was £1499. The Niro returned, and the Kia Niro 3 PHEV plug-in hybrid was one of the more popular hybrid models available in the quarter at £699 Advance Payment.
Mazda cut the number of Mazda CX-3 models available to order down to 3, and prices started from £399. The Mazda CX-5 SUV range went down in price a little, with the CX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav+ £499 Advance Payment (down from £799). The Mazda MX-5 convertible and Mazda 6 were no longer there, but around 10 versions of the all-new Mazda 3 5 door were available to order (priced from £199).
We had hoped that MG would add their impressive MG-ZS EV Electric to the Motability Scheme this quarter but they didn't.
The entry level SE trim of the Mercedes Benz A Class was removed for some reason, which meant the Advance Payment for the range started at £599 for the A180 Sport. The popular Mercedes Benz GLA Urban Edition was still £599 Advance Payment, or £699 for the automatic version.
The Mini Countryman Cooper Classic automatic was great value at £249 Advance Payment, unchanged from the previous quarter. The Mini Clubman (Mini’s version of an estate) was back on the Scheme, priced from £0 Advance Payment (or £249 for an automatic). The Mini Countryman PHEV plug-in hybrid was unchanged at £1749 for the SE Classic ALL4 trim.
The Nissan Qashqai SUV - one of the best-selling cars on the Motability Scheme - was refreshed, with new tech and new trim levels. Interestingly, the automatic versions of the Nissan X-Trail range were cheaper than their equivalent manual versions, which is unusual. The X-Trail Acenta Premium automatic at £749 Advance Payment was great value.
Prices were very similar for the Peugeot 3008 SUV range, with the entry-level Peugeot 3008 1.2 130 Allure available to order with £599 Advance Payment. The 7 Seat 5008 was better value, with the Peugeot 5008 1.2 130 Active at £899, down from £1299 in quarter 3.
Prices for the Renault Kadjar SUV range were pretty-much unchanged, with the Kadjar 1.5 dCi Play SUV available with £0 Advance Payment. The 7-seat Renault Grand Scenic could be ordered for £595 Advance Payment. That got you the Grand Scenic 1.3 TCe Play manual (or for £1295 for the automatic version).
The impressive 7-seat SEAT Tarraco SUV started at £499 for the Tarraco 1.5 TSi EVO, with the Tarraco Xcellence trim – which adds bigger alloy wheels, Alcantara sports seats, satellite navigation, park assist and keyless entry – £600 more. The top of the range SEAT Leon Xcellence Lux 2.0 TDi 150PS 5 door automatic was reduced to £99 Advance Payment. The SEAT Arona Xcellence Lux compact SUV could again be ordered through Motability with nothing to pay upfront.
The pick of the Skoda Motability range in quarter 4 was probably the KAROQ SUV, with the Skoda KAROQ SE 1.5 TSI DSG automatic £395 Advance Payment. It’s bigger brother, the Skoda KODIAQ still looked expensive compared to the SEAT Tarraco. More versions of the Skoda SCALA were added by the Czech carmaker in October.
Quite a few people were hoping that Toyota would add the hybrid version of their popular Toyota C-HR model back onto the scheme this quarter. in fact, they removed the C-HR model altogether for some reason at the start of the quarter, but a facelifted version came back onto the scheme in December. The 7 seat Toyota Prius+ Hybrid automatic was still available to order with £0 Advance Payment, but for £195 the EXCEL trim looked better value as it got Intelligent Park Assist, heated front seats and privacy glass. The Toyota RAV4 was removed from the scheme by Toyota in December.
The new facelifted version of the Vauxhall Astra was available to order in quarter 4 with improved engines and better technology. The Grandland X 1.2 SE 130PS Turbo automatic was still priced at £499, and Vauxhall also added a Business Edition trim to the Grandland X range. The 7-seat version of the Vauxhall Combo Life started at £99, and a new high-spec’d Elite trim was also added for £899.
The Volkswagen Golf 5 door hatchback range started at £99 Advance Payment for the petrol version of the Golf Match. The sportier Golf GT trim got bigger alloy wheels, ambient lighting and front sports seats for £499. The 7 seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace range started at £1149, or £1449 for the 4MOTION 4x4 automatic.
The Volvo V40 was removed from the scheme, and that left the Volvo XC-40 as the only model available from the Swedish manufacturer. The good news was that prices really fell, with the range starting from £999 in quarter 4 2019, down from £1899 (it was £2899 in quarter 2 2019). In our view the Volvo XC-40 R Design T3 Automatic was great value at £1299 Advance Payment.
Motability Manufacturer Price Guides From Q4 2019
A selection of the printable Motability price guide from quarter 4 2019 that list the Motability Scheme Advance Payment offers.