Whether you're a fan of sporty hatchbacks, roomy and practical crossovers or emission-free electric cars, there should be something new for every Motability customer coming to car showrooms in 2021 and beyond. It’s no surprise that Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and hybrids dominate as car manufacturers work hard to meet the increasingly tough vehicle emissions rules. Before you book your appointment with a Motability Specialist and sign on the dotted line, make sure you read our recently updated round-up of what's coming to the Motability Scheme and a car dealership near you this year.
These new cars and facelifted models have all been added to the Motability Scheme car list during 2021.
Here's one we weren't expecting. In December 2020 Motability added the new Audi Q3 SUV to the Motability price list. With this car Audi continues to target the ever-growing Motability market for premium-badged, five-seat SUVs. This second-generation Q3 is cleverer, smarter and more efficient than the version it replaces.
There are cheaper options out there for Motability drvers, but there's not very many more desirable ones.
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The third generation version of Hyundai's i20 has been usefully improved. Added to the Motability Scheme price list on 1 January, this 5 door hatchback is no longer merely a budget choice for Motability customers. The new model now has the quality, the efficiency, the technology and the looks to square up against many of the supermini class leaders. Here in the UK we only get a single engine - a 1.0-litre petrol powerplant with a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain - that's available with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed 7DCT auto transmission.
If you're shopping in this segment, the i20 is a car you shouldn't leave off your shortlist
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Hyundai has now released another option at the more affordable end of the small SUV segment. The Bayon sits just below the Kona in the Hyundai line up and will be seen as competition for models like the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Crossland.
The Bayon - which is named after the city of Bayonne in southwest France - shares its platform and engines with the latest Hyundai i20, which means it will also be powered by a mild-hybrid, turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine.
Hyundai says the new Bayon offers drivers advanced connectivity technology rarely found in this segment, with what it claims is 'a best-in-class digital cockpit and top-line infotainment features'.
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The all-new Citroen C4 has arrived early, replacing both the C4 Cactus and the C4 hatchback. With its striking coupé / SUV styling and optional 100% electric powertrain, the all-new Citroen C4 will compete with other popular family cars available through the Motability Scheme like the Ford Focus and the all-new Volkswagen Golf 8.
This new model features the French brand's popular Advanced Comfort package, which means it boasts a very comfortable ride and incredibly supportive seats. The pure-electric version of the C4 is called the e-C4, and it is available at launch alongside conventional petrol and diesel options.
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The new Fiat 500 Electric shares most of its styling with the current petrol-powered car, but underneath it has an entirely new platform, an electric motor and a 24 or 42 kWh battery pack. Expect up to 199 miles of range (on the WLTP test cycle) if you pick the longer-range version, giving it the edge over the new Mini Electric and Honda E.
There is also a cheaper, lower-range model available, capable of around 115 miles.
Fiat claim that this is the first city car to offer drivers 'Level 2 Autonomous Driving', which means that the Fiat 500 electric can autonomously accelerate, brake, keep you in lane, read road signs and suggest adjusting your speed to match local road conditions.
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The all-new Hyundai Tucson has been revealed with a completely fresh design, loads of advanced safety features plus a new range of hybrid powertrains.
It's bolder than you’d expect a practical, family-focussed SUV to be, with a huge grille at the front that incorporates the vehicle's daytime running lights and headlights sat in separate pods underneath.
On the inside, the new Tucson gets a completely new design that's both futuristic and minimalist, with a large central touchscreen and a smart glossy black pane of touch-sensitive buttons just below.
The new Hyundai Tucson will be available with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, including mild-hybrids and a plug-in hybrid option featuring a powerful electric motor mated to a 1.6-litre petrol engine.
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MG was the first 'budget brand' to embrace full electric technology with the MG ZS EV. Now, it's also one of the first 'budget brands' to offer plug-in hybrid technology, and you can have it on the company's HS SUV, which we reckon is a very accomplished family crossover. It's fairly quick, and can be driven in full electrified form for up to 32 miles.
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The next-generation Nissan Qashqai is an incredibly important car for Nissan and Motability as it's consistently one of the biggest sellers on the Motability Scheme.
Revealed for the first time in February, the Qashqai will be available to order with a hybrid powertrain and with an electric motor that has a similar output to its current EVs. Unlike the electric vehicles though, the battery will be topped up via a 1.5-litre ‘range-extender’ petrol engine that won’t power the wheels directly. This new 'e-Power' system is already beng used by the Nissan Note in Japan.
The Qashqai will be available at launch with a mild hybrid option using a 1.3-litre petrol engine and small electric motor. Diesel engines will not be available. A fully electric, similar-sized vehicle called the 'Nissan Ariya' has already been announced.
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Motability pricing for the new fifth-generation Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life have been announced. The new passenger-version of the Volkswagen Caddy will be available in standard wheelbase and the longer Maxi size which can seat up to 7 people.
The new Caddy has been redesigned from the ground up, with more space, improved engine options, additional driver assistance systems to improve safety and a new connected cabin that 'turns the vehicle into a smartphone on wheels'.
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Production of the all new Vauxhall Mokka SUV will begin towards the end of 2020, with the first deliveries to Motability customers expected in the spring of 2021. The new Mokka will include a new 100% electric variant called the Mokka-e (with an expected range of 201 miles), which is being launched at the same time as the new petrol and diesel versions.
The new Mokka boasts an elevated view, a smart new interior and impressive tech including an easy to use HD touchscreen and wireless smartphone charging.
The new car will lose the ‘X’ suffix, meaning the models official name has changed from Mokka X to just Mokka.
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The all-new Renault Arkana is a fresh-looking SUV that joins a growing number of higher riding, coupe-influenced cars built by mainstream manufacturers, including the Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR.
In terms of style and technology, this French contender is certainly a match for some of the posher, pricier European rivals, though drive dynamics might be a different question. Still, models like this one are usually chosen for pavement presence and in that regard, for the money, the Arkana's case is pretty compelling.
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It’s out with the old petrol-powered Seat Mii and in with the new Seat Mii Electric!
There's only one trim level available, which comes with 16 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and heated seats as standard. A 36.8kWh battery pack gives the SEAT Mii Electric a WLTP-certified range of 162 miles and a limited top speed of 81 mph.
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The new Suzuki Swace is a hybrid estate based on the current Toyota Corolla estate that promises low emissions, low fuel consumption and plenty of boot space (596 litres with the rear seats up).
It’s the second model to come from the new partnership between Toyota and Suzuki following the RAV4-based Suzuki Across. The Swace links up a powerful electric motor with a 1.8-litre petrol engine, and can run on electric power alone by switching to EV mode using power supplied from the battery (for short distances only). Entry-level models get a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus heated front seats and steering wheel as standard.
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The new Vauxhall Grandland drops the 'X' from its name but adds sharper looks and plenty of extra tech as standard.
The Grandland features Vauxhall's modern ‘Vizor’ front-end (as seen on the latest Mokka) and new options including a fully digital cockpit, new safety features (including Night Vision which is available for first time in a Vauxhall) and a Plug-in Hybrid powertrain alongside traditional petrol and diesel engines.
The new Grandland will arrive in UK showrooms later this year, with the first deliveries to Motability customers expected to start in the Autumn.
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Volkswagen have launch a revised version of their popular Tiguan SUV with extensive cosmetic changes first seen in the new Golf and extra safety technology, such as lane-keeping assist and predictive adaptive cruise control.
Volkswagen have also changed the Tiguan’s trim-levels, introducing new trims that includes 'Life', the comfort-focussed 'Elegance' and sports-focussed 'R-Line' variants.
There is also a new plug-in PHEV option which Volkswagen claim will give the Tiguan an all-electric range of around 31 miles, but we don't know if this version will be available to order through the Motability Scheme.
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Volkswagen has ramped up its presence in the Electric Vehicle (EV) segment with this car, the new ID.4 crossover. Base models, which respectively feature electric motors developing either 148PS or 170PS, use a 52kWh lithium-ion unit offering a claimed driving distance of up to 213 miles. The longer-range 77kWh variant with its 204PS motor, ups that to as much as 310 miles.
When it comes to charging, a 7.2kW home wallbox would replenish the 52kWh model from zero in about nine and a half hours, or a little over 12 hours for the 77kWh variant.
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With the launch of the ID.3, Volkswagen brings all our electrified automotive futures a step closer. The new ID.3 hatchback is powered by a high-tech 100% electric powertrain, and it boasts a decent range plus stylish (but not flashy) looks. What's more, some trim levels are as affordable as many of the comparable petrol and diesel models currently available to lease through the Motability Scheme.
Available at launch with a choice of battery versions, the ID.3 should be good for driving range figures of 205, 260 or 342 miles (WLTP-rated) depending on the model you choose. Inside, the ID.3 boasts a fancy centre-dash infotainment screen, great safety kit (it was awarded a 5-star NCAP safety rating) and intuitive voice recognition technology.
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Before you book your visit to a Motability Specialist to order your new Motability car, make sure you take a look at our round-up of what we think will be coming to the Motability Scheme next year.
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