So far in 2023 we've already seen dozens of great new cars added to the Motability Scheme car list for the first time, and there's many more new electric and hybrid vehicles, affordable automatic cars and spacious and practical seven-seat SUV models ready to join them. Read our 2023 new Motability car roundup.
Many of these new cars and facelifted models have been added to the Motability Scheme car list during 2023. Some were added and later removed because of the global car shortage and long delivery times.
So, Alfa Romeo reinvents itself. Again. The new Tonale is a proper hybrid vehicle - and a car that the firm clearly hopes will set a course for the next generation of Alfas.
The Tonale is a sporty compact SUV powered by economy-minded electrified engines, with styling that nods to the past and a smart, spacious interior. Can it win over Motability customers looking for something a little bit different? It'll be interesting to see.
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The first production Audi built on the new Volkswagen Group MEB platform for electric cars is this model, the Q4 e-tron. This compact-to-mid-sized crossover is pricier of course than other similarly-sized battery-powered SUVs from the German conglomerate, but it delivers a much more up-market feel that'll help ease you into electrified motoring.
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The new BMW 2 Series coupe looks very different to any other current 2 Series model, and it's the only car in the 2 Series range to feature a rear-wheel drive setup. The engine range is shared with the current 1 Series range, as is the interior design. Inside, drivers will find the front sports seats mounted low in front of the satisfyingly thick M Sport steering wheel and a driver-focused dashboard.
The first generation BMW 2 Series Coupe was available to lease through the Motability Scheme, so there's a good chance that this second generation version will too.
Expected BMW 2 Series Coupe Motability launch date: TBC
The next generation of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is built on a new platform (that will also underpin the new X1 and X2) but it keeps the MPV look of its predecessor.
The updated engine line-up includes new plug-in hybrids and BMW's second-generation 48V mild hybrid technology, while the option of 7 seats (previously known as the 'Grand Tourer') won't be available with this model (which will improve the interior and the overall boot space). It also comes with BMW's new iDrive 8 operating system and seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.
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A surprise addition to the Motability Scheme car list, BMW's electric i4 is a mid-sized sports saloon that incorporates all of the company's traditional brand values, and does so in a way that we think will appeal to Motability drivers looking for a more involving, individual option in the growing EV segment.
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The new BYD Atto 3 entered the crowded UK market for compact family-sized Crossover EVs earlier this year, and its presence at the Motability Big Event in Birmingham must surely mean they're getting ready to add it to the Motability Scheme car list.
Following on from the impressive EVs launched by MG and GWM Ora, this new Chinese contender is from a carmaker that you probably haven't heard of yet. The brand letters stand for 'Build Your Dreams', and the company is actually a huge global player, selling nearly 1.9 million EVs and Plug-in Hybrids in 2022.
The Atto 3 is a comfortable and refined electric car that's packed with impressive technology, has quirky interior that's well put together and boasts a decent 261 mile range from its 60.5kWh battery.
If you’ve been looking at cars like the Peugeot e-2008, MG ZS EV or Kia Niro EV, the Atto 3 may well worth a look.
Expected BYD Atto 3 launch date: TBC
The Citroen e-C4 X is a new coupe-styled electric SUV that Citroen is pitching as an alternative to competitor vehicles like the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback and the Peugeot e-408.
This model shares the same front-end design as its C4 and e-C4 siblings, but towards the back it features a heavily inclined roofline and a redesigned fastback-style rear end. It's also longer than the regular C4, which means a larger boot and more room for the rear passengers.
Built at parent company Stellantis’ Villaverde plant in Madrid, the new e-C4 X is fitted with an electric motor producing 134bhp that should be good for a WLTP electric range of up to 224 miles.
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The Born is a full EV, using the same engineering you'll find in a Volkswagen ID.3 or a Skoda Enyaq iV, but packaged with a performance twist. You'd think this CUPRA EV model would have had a wider audience with the SEAT branding it was originally supposed to have (initially it was going to be sold as the SEAT el-Born). But the VW Group decided instead that this car should be a touch more aspirational than that.
Yes, in some ways it's a Volkswagen ID.3 in a track suit, but at the same time, it also offers something just a little different - and arguably more appealing.
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Fiat will launch the new, fully electric e-Doblo MPV in 2023, which will essentially be a rebadged version of other similar Stellantis models, namely the Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Rifter and the Vauxhall Combo Electric Life.
Like its siblings, the practical e-Doblo MPV is fitted with an electric motor producing 134bhp and a 50 kWh battery, giving the vehicle a 174 mile range. The top speed is electronically limited to 81 mph.
Expected Fiat e-Doblo MPV Motability Launch Date: TBC
Having shaken up the market with its very first IONIQ, Hyundai has done so again with this far more sophisticated IONIQ 5. This time round, the IONIQ 5 is only an EV - and it's quite an arresting one, aimed at premium compact hatch and Crossover models typified by cars like Volkswagen's ID.4, Ford's Mustang MACH-E and this Hyundai's close cousin, the Kia EV6. You have to offer something interesting and different in that kind of company. The IONIQ 5 definitely does.
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Another surprise addition this year was the introduction of the Hyundai IONIQ 6 in June, a real contender to premium electric vehicles like the Polestar 2 and the Tesla Model 3.
The IONIQ 6 is a streamlined EV with a radical look and impressive range figures. There are versions that can reach 338 miles (the 228PS rear motor model), which realistically means drivers could travel around 300 miles between charges.
The styling and high pricing means that the IONIQ 6 won’t be for everyone, but it’s an inspiring overall package and in our opinion one of 2023’s best EVs.
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The Avenger will be Jeep's first all-electric model when it arrives in 2023. It's the smallest vehicle Jeep has ever made and will be built on the same ECMP2 platform as Stellantis Group crossover cousins like the Peugeot e-2008, the DS3 E -TENSE and the Vauxhall Mokka-e, but here the chassis has been adapted for greater ground clearance and a little more off-road prowess.
When fully charged, expect a range of around 254 miles, though Jeep claims that this could rise to as much as 342 miles in urban driving conditions.
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Kia first unveiled a production-ready version of the new Kia Niro at the 2021 Seoul Mobility Show, and vehicles have now started to arrive here in the UK. The previous Kia Niro was an incredibly popular car with Motability drivers, and we see no reason why that won’t continue in 2023. This second-generation version builds on the original car's versatility by also being offered with a full suite of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains, giving potential customers a wide choice of engine options. Significant efficiency and performance boosts have also been delivered across the range.
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Kia stepped up a gear in its EV offensive with the launch of this stylish EV6 electric performance saloon. This car has plenty of pavement presence, the potential of a decent 300+ mile driving range and an uber-sophisticated cabin which challenges the premium makers for style and quality.
Kia will be pitching mainstream versions of the EV6 against sportier versions of cars like the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq iV for the attention of Motability customers. This is, in short, a car that rivals need to take very seriously indeed.
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At launch the Lexus UX 300e was seriously hampered by a restricted driving range, but with a new battery offering up to 280 miles between charges, it's now much better placed to reward a thoughtful driver prepared to think a little more laterally. The improved electric driving range you now get will be sufficient for most users and there are admirably few compromises elsewhere, which means that if you like the brand and want to drive a premium compact EV crossover, you'll probably like this Lexus very much.
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MG have revealed a brand new all-electric 5 door hatchback, the MG4 EV. At around 4.3 meters in length, the MG4 will be roughly the same size as the current Volkswagen Golf and ID.3 and available here in the UK with either a 51kWh battery (with an estimated 218 mile range) or a larger 64kWh unit (up to 281 mile range).
This new model will utilise MG’s innovative new Modular Scalable Platform (MSP), which is set to underpin the next generation of MG models.
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Here we have the next-generation Nissan X-Trail, which the Japanese firm revealed at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. It's currently one of the largest SUVs you can order through the Motability Scheme, competing with other large SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq, the Seat Tarraco and the Peugeot 5008 that can offer seven-seats.
Like the new Nissan Qashqai, it comes with a smart new hybrid drive system to improve efficiency.
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This is the new ORA Funky Cat. It’s an electric hatchback from Chinese automaker Great Wall designed to compete with similar-sized EVs like the Mazda MX-30, the Cupra Born and Volkswagen ID.3. Prices start from £31,995 for the First Edition launch model, but seeing one might be tricky if you don't live close to one of the few dealerships who have secured a distribution agreement with Great Wall.
The launch model comes equipped with a 48kWh battery and a range of around 193 miles. The firm says that a second version with a 63kWh battery and a 261 mile range will be offered in the future.
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The Peugeot 408 is a brand new model for the French brand that's based on the smaller 308 hatchback. It's a coupe-styled SUV with a sporty-looking exterior and an interior that's unsurprisingly very similar to that of the 308. Petrol, plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains will all be available to order.
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Renault is fast becoming a popular full Hybrid brand, so it makes sense that this is the form in which we get the marque's sleek-looking replacement for the Kadjar, the new Austral. It's not exactly premium, but it's not really mainstream either and nearly didn’t make it to the UK as the Kadjar sold so poorly. But the French carmaker realised it needed a contender in this class, and following the warm reception given to self-charging full-Hybrid versions of the Clio and the Captur, bringing the Austral to the UK suddenly seemed to make sense. So, we'll probably get just one version of the Austral, with a self-charging full-Hybrid powertrain that Renault says delivers a better balance of speed, acceleration and efficiency.
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Renault has revealed the new fifth generation version of its popular Megane family car. Called the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, the new model is an all-electric five-door that's the first of Renault’s new ‘Generation 2.0’ electric vehicles.
The new Megane is built on the new Renault-Nissan CMF-EV platform that's been specifically designed for battery-powered vehicles. The car will be available with a choice of either a 40kWh or 60kWh battery, with a maximum range of 186 and 292 miles respectively.
Despite sharing the name, this new EV doesn't look like the old Megane. Instead, the new Megane E-Tech adopts more of a crossover-style shape and looks set to compete with existing electric models like the Volkswagen ID.3, the Vauxhall Mokka-e and the Citroen E-C4.
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Skoda's first volume market full-electric car, the new Enyaq iV, uses technology from the Volkswagen Group to good effect. Based around the German carmaker's advanced MEB electrified platform, the Enyaq manages to incorporate a very Skoda look and feel. And in terms of range figures, charging stats and standard equipment, this EV will look very attractive to Motability drivers looking for a large, practical family EV.
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Suzuki, always known for their dependable and reliable SUV's, entered a more expensive sector of the market with the launch of the larger and slightly more aspirational Across model.
If it looks more than a little familiar to you, then that's because it's almost entirely based on a Toyota RAV4 - the Plug-in version to be specific. This car then is a result of the recent collaboration with Toyota, and while the changes over the donor model are slight, the Across is probably better value for money when you take the specification into account.
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To date, Toyota has sold over 70 million electrified vehicles, but they've virtually all been hybrids. This new bZ4X mid-sized SUV is the brand's first purpose-built EV. Since its engineering draws on over two decades of electrified automotive experience, you'd expect it to be a very complete product indeed.
With a WLTP driving range of around 280 miles and a high level of specification across all the trim levels, if you choose the bZ4X as your next Motability car we don't think you'll be disappointed.
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The Toyota Yaris Cross is the Japanese brand’s smallest and most affordable SUV. Almost a decade after Toyota discontinued its last small SUV (remember the Urban Cruiser?), the new Yaris Cross is, as its name suggests, based on the Yaris hatchback, but it gets a rugged and distinct look all of its own.
All models come with hybrid technology, featuring a 1.5 litre petrol engine working in conjunction with an electric motor and a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Yaris Cross goes up against other small SUVs - like the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, the Vauxhall Mokka and the Ford Puma - for the attention of Motability customers.
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Toyota has revealed a new SUV version of their popular Corolla, called the Corolla Cross, that we think will go on sale here in the UK in 2023. This new vehicle will sit somewhere between the C-HR and RAV4 in Toyota's SUV line-up, and unsurprisingly the new model shares most of its interior and engine tech with the rest of the Corolla range, which means it'll benefit from Toyota’s impressive fifth-generation hybrid powertrain.
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Toyota will be updating the bestselling Corolla with a raft of specification, design and engine improvements - including the introduction of its latest generation petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain.
The Corolla will continue to be offered with a choice of 1.8- and 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains, but both have been enhanced to bring improved power alongside reduced emissions.
Inside, the updated Corolla range will include a new infotainment system running through a larger central touchscreen. There's also a choice of new exterior colours and interior trims.
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Like the Peugeot e-308, when released the Vauxhall Astra Electric will be available to order in either hatchback or Sports Tourer estate guise. Built on the same eVMP platform that the e-308 and other Stellantis group electric vehicles are sat on, the Vauxhall Astra Electric will likely boast a 154bhp electric motor and over 250 miles of EV range between charges.
If the Vauxhall Astra Electric model follows the same design formula as the electric Corsa and Mokka, expect few differences between the way it and its combustion engined siblings look.
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Here's a surprise addition to the Motability Scheme car list. The Volkswagen ID.5 is an electric mid-sized coupe-SUV that has far more pavement presence than the ID.4 it's based upon.
Every ID.5 will come with Volkswagen's larger 77kWh battery and there are three power outputs to choose from, with the most affordable trims using Volkswagen's 174PS 'Pro' electric motor. This version should be able to travel up to 313 miles between charges.
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Right now, new car availability and long waiting times are a huge issue for the Motability Scheme and its customers, with motor industry bosses warning that the worldwide semiconductor (or ‘chip') shortage and the ongoing war in Ukraine is likely to affect new car production well into 2023. This may mean that some brand new vehicles won't join the Motability Scheme car list as quickly as they would normally.
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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