What's the best new SUV on Motability for me?
A reader is soon to replace her Motability car but can't get to showrooms. What small and medium SUVs should be on her shortlist?...
I am soon due to order a new car on the Motability leasing scheme. However, I have been ‘shielding’ at home since March because I’m categorised as extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and I'm still not confident about going to car showrooms, and that is making it extremely difficult to choose the most suitable replacement car. The situation has been exacerbated by the fact that some models have been removed from the scheme and the price of others has increased considerably.
I currently have a Mini Countryman, which I have been happy with, but this is no longer available to lease on Motability. Prior to that I had a Volkswagen Tiguan, which I didn't like, and a Nissan X-Trail, which I loved, but is also no longer offered in the spec I require.
I like a car with a high driving position and good visibility, four-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and keyless entry. The other things I would like are a remote opening boot, sunroof, cruise control and leather seats. I am happy to pay the Motability Advance Payment towards the car.
I love my cars, they are my lifeline to the outside world, and when it’s time to replace my car I usually enjoy visiting showrooms and looking around. But I don't feel able to do this at present, so can you suggest the models you’d put on a shortlist for me?
What Car? says
However, a good alternative that can be leased via Motability is the Volkswagen T-Roc because it sits you higher up than many other rivals, including the Skoda Kamiq and Volkswagen T-Cross. The 2.0 SEL 4Motion version is available on Motability with an Advance Payment of £2299. It is all-wheel drive and has keyless entry, cruise control and remote boot opening as standard, and it can be specified with leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.
If you’d rather go for a slightly larger, family-size SUV our top recommendation of the four-wheel drive models available on Motability is the Skoda Karoq. Although the Karoq is based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan, it has a more comfortable ride around town and at motorway speeds.
As well as a lofty driving position giving good all-round visibility, the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is the default choice with the four-wheel drive gearbox, has plenty of pulling power and is less thirsty on fuel than petrol alternatives.
In SE L trim it comes with keyless entry, a parking camera and cruise control. Leather seats and a panoramic sunroof can be added as options. On the Motability scheme it requires an Advance Payment of £3145.
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