With over 2,000 vehicles currently listed on the Motability scheme, there’s something to suit all requirements, tastes and budgets. To help you choose, here’s our guide to the best on Motability (prices correct as of February 2016).

Convertibles

Citroen DS 3

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Some decisions are made with the heart first and the head, second. In a rare case where that doesn’t equate to a rather rash choice, the DS3 Cabrio gives you plenty of style and substance bound up in the same package.

Although convertibles are fun to drive, the outdoor experience can be a little bit much so it’s with some relief that unlike competitors like the Mini convertible, the roof pillars remain in place when the roof is folded back. The wind deflector on top of the windscreen is a helpful addition too but the downside is that over the shoulder visibility is restricted when the roof is folded down; fortunately, rear parking sensors are included. (Annoyingly, when the roof is back up, the rear seats become somewhat starved of headroom.)

Body control is good and there’s plenty of grip but at the same time the steering can be a little vague and the Cabrio doesn’t appreciate poor road surfaces, reacting with a fair bit of rattle. The driving position is pretty spacious and comfortable.

The interior of the Cabrio continues to impress with a good looking dashboard, plush trim and slick switchgear adding to the premium feel even if the MyWay infotainment system isn’t the best around. (It also has central locking, cruise control and electric front windows.)

All versions are equipped with stability control and six airbags as standard.

The Cabrio has a bigger boot than most of its rivals, with the tailgate rising almost within its own space making it handy to use in tight spots.

Our pick from Motability:

Citroen DS 3 Cabrio 1.2 DStyle Nav Convertible 2dr

Transmission: Automatic

CO2 Emissions: 112g/km

Economy: 57.6mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £0

Fiat 500C

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The Fiat 500C is just an expression of motoring joy. It’s about feeling the road and hearing the noise, especially, of course, on a summer day with the roof down. Although it’s not so comfortable, it’s just so charming that you can genuinely forget all your troubles.

To raise your smile even further, you won’t be surprised that it is very cheap to run and great fun to drive, even though space isn’t exactly generous. (You should be able to squeeze four adults in.) The interior is more about style than substance, but you’ll love it all the same.

Our pick from Motability:

Fiat 500C 1.3TD Lounge Convertible 2dr

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 97g/km

Economy: 78.5mpg

Advance Motability Payment: £999

Vauxhall Cascada

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This is quite a refined convertible that will help to make your journey that bit more pleasant. The suspension is excellent creating stable handling that deals happily with all manner of surfaces whilst keeping body movement on a short leash as well. Sometimes luxury is about feel and the Cascada’s grip and tolerant steering simply feel more comfortable.

Leather dashboard and bright dials bring the notion of class to the interior as does the generous space for driver and passengers and generally good standard of equipment.

Our pick from Motability:

Vauxhall Cascada 2.0CDTi Elite Convertible 2dr

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 138g/km

Economy: 54.3mpg

Advance Motability Payment: £2,599

Quirky

Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2 Touch 5dr

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The Cactus presents a style all of its own with those unique rubber-finish side panels. Despite its chunky look it is relatively light through the traffic, although it doesn’t provide too much driver feedback. Nevertheless, it provides enough that you always feel solid and in control, even if there is an element of body roll in the corners.

Some disabled drivers may need to use a cushion in order to fix a simple shortcoming in the driving position, in that the steering wheel adjusts for height but not for reach and means that it can be difficult for drivers of short stature.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 105g/km

Economy: 61.4mpg

Advance Motability Payment: £0

Fiat Doblo 1.4 Pop Estate 5dr

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The Fiat Doblo is just the right side of quirky. It’s another Fiat ‘feelgoodmobile’.

It’s tempting to say that the Doblo is ‘fun for all the family’ given that you’d likely fit so many of the clan in. Space isn’t going to be a problem; the height means that everyone gets a good amount of headroom although legroom, comfortable though it is, isn’t remarkable.

The Doblo also has practicality in spades. The space and configurations means that it can lend itself to any sort of family outing – the relationship to the ‘workaday van’ version is such that it shares many of the same ‘selling points’. Oddly, the boot only really becomes practical once the two occasional seats are removed and furthermore, the rear door requires quite a bit of space to open up.

Driving the Doblo isn’t as tricky as it looks. The shape hides a vehicle that copes surprisingly well in town and on faster roads alike. The handling isn’t refined but is comfortable enough.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 165g/km

Economy: 39.2mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £0


Rugged

Jeep Renegade 1.6 Longitude 5dr

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As we’ve seen of late, the crossover portion of the Motability market has become the ‘place to be’ for several of the top manufacturers. The Jeep Renegade is a touch different in that it actually makes little attempt at ‘crossing over’ at all and retains much of its off-road credentials and wartime GI styling.

The basic box on wheels design has a definite charm about it and lots of disabled drivers in particular, will tell you of their preference for an upright, taller driving position that such a vehicle allows for.

It isn’t all steel and glass and the utilitarian aspects have been softened of late with soft touch plastics used throughout the interior. The ride is still a little firm and there’s a fair bit of wind noise at faster speeds but surely that’s part of what makes it authentically a Jeep.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 141g/km

Economy: 47.1mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £195

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0TDI S 5dr

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The Tiguan is a crossover that has many of the dynamics of a saloon car rather than the rough and tumble of a more off-road styled vehicle. This is good news for people looking for an easy, if not pleasurable drive. Reviewers have noted firm suspension that goes a long way to cutting out body roll and with all that grip and a responsive engine, you’ll feel solidly in control – though not at the expense of having a bit of driving fun as well.

The interior is suitably smart and the feeling of solidity and assured class is echoed in the Tiguan’s smooth delivery.

With stability control, emergency brake assist and six airbags the Tiguan’s safety credentials top off an excellent all-round package.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 130g/km

Economy: 56.5mpg

Advance Motability Payment: £299


Luxury

BMW 2 Series 2.0TD 218d Luxury 5dr

 

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Taking a stroll around the car confirms that it’s from a winning stable. The classic twin kidney grille is a hallmark that makes any driver feel good about themselves, whilst the exterior lines give away more than a hint of the dynamic performance you’ll receive from behind the wheel.

The cabin and especially the driver’s seat are a pleasure to occupy. There are plenty of adjustments available for both seat and steering column and the large windscreen and (optional) panoramic roof mean that the car is filled with light and again feels fresh and lively. Add to this the slightly sloping pillars and you get superb all-round visibility – good news for anyone that has reduced trunk mobility.

Transmission: Automatic

CO2 Emissions: 109g/km

Economy: 68.9mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £2,999

Volvo V40 2.0TD R-Design Lux 5dr

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It’s well known that Volvo does ‘smart’ very well. The V40 has a tidy, high quality cabin decked out with nice materials giving it an executive feel. The infotainment system has plenty of options but can be slightly confusing to use. It also incorporates a system that enables the driver to choose between three different ‘themes’ for the dials.

It’s a good mover on the road though the ride can be a bit firm but you’ll see strong returns on fuel economy and CO2 emission figures. The wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments is a bonus if you find yourself taking on the miles.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 94g/km

Economy: 78.5mpg

Advance Motability Payment: £899


People Movers

Ford Grand Tourneo Connect 1.5TDCi Zetec 5dr

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The Grand Tourneo will tick a lot of boxes for Motability customers. It’s cheap to run, has a decent sized interior and has competitively low running costs.

The diesel engines are economical although, probably because it’s ‘van-shaped’, you’ll need to get used to at least a bit of wind noise, especially on motorway journeys. The theme of this vehicle seems to be ‘practical’ rather than overly refined. The cabin for instance, is kitted out in tough plastic (which we’ll say is smart) adding to the solid robust feel of the vehicle.

Elsewhere, even though other van-based MPVs have lacked safety measures, the Grand Tourneo includes six airbags, stability control and emergency brake assist.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 124g/km

Economy: 61.4mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £495

Mercedes-Benz Vito 1.6CDI Tourer PRO 111 BlueTEC

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This is a genuinely refined MPV. It retains the scale and space but, for instance, has a driving position that’s far less upright, as well as excellent suspension that offers a significant change in feel to usual MPV drives. (There’s less of a step up to the driver’s seat which will certainly help people that transfer from wheelchairs – and visibility remains good.)

The BlueTec efficiency package utilises a special injection system to clean exhaust gasses to the latest Euro VI emissions standards and is included on all Mercedes Vito Tourer models.

There’s plenty of refinement from the engine through to goodies including cruise control with a variable speed limiter as standard, along with a smart multifunction steering wheel with trip computer and a high-resolution 5.8-inch TFT display topped off with comfort seats, comfort suspension, interior ambient lighting and headlight assist.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 164g/km

Economy: 47.1mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £5,553


Crossovers

Mitsubishi ASX 1.6 ZC 5dr

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If space is what you’re looking for then step right up. The driver and passenger seats have lots of room and the rear seats would be absolutely fine for adults, so teenagers or kids won’t struggle with the legroom.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine (which is available in two-wheel drive only) gives satisfactory performance although the handling could be sharper. The ASX is a car that will give you quite a comfortable journey thanks in most part to the supple suspension  – it’ll soak up the bumps of uneven surfaces quite happily.

The ASX is a car that you could easily grow fond of. There are more refined vehicles around but the ASX is more about taking it easy and arriving when you get there.

Anti-whiplash head restraints, seven airbags, brake assist, stability control, traction control, an emergency-stop signal system are standard across the range and it scored five stars in the Euro NCAP crash-tests.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 135g/km

Economy: 48.7mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £49


Techi

Ford Focus 1.0 Titanium X 5dr

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There’s a lot of feel-good factor to enjoy about this car. Not only is the handling superb with excellent grip, accuracy and agility, it’s stuffed with kit. The package includes an eight inch touchscreen infotainment system, air-conditioning and USB connection a rear-view camera and bi-xenon headlights.

The best tech is fronted up for safety purposes and includes electronic stability control as well as ‘torque vectoring’, which utilises the stability control and brakes to distribute drive to the front wheel with the most traction. As already mentioned, this is part of the secret of the classy handling. Items such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning are also available.

The Brake assist feature can even detect how fast you’re pressing the brake pedal and help maximise stopping power and therefore reduce stopping distances.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 105g/km

Economy: 61.4mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £745

Nissan Pulsar 1.5dCi Tekna 5dr

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The Pulsar gives a solid performance on the road with plenty of assurance and grip. Whilst it isn’t superbly refined it doesn’t kick up much fuss in terms of wind or road noise.

On the inside you’re presented with air-conditioning, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and even a five-inch colour infotainment display as well as goodies like 360 degree around view monitor which helps ease you into tight parking spaces. The NissanConnect feature also enables drivers to connect to in-vehicle apps. (Outside – you’ll get: alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, as well as keyless entry.)

Safety is also backed up with clever stuff beyond the six airbags and includes: stability control and a tyre pressure-monitoring system, with the addition of Forwards Emergency Braking – a system that automatically applies brakes to prevent the vehicle hitting objects in front as well as lane departure warning and moving object detection and blindspot warning.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 94g/km

Economy: 78.5mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £299


Small

Nissan Note 1.2 Acenta Premium 5dr

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The Note is nice and light for travelling about town and benefits from easy yet precise steering and nicely rigged suspension.

If there is a gripe about driving the Note it’s that there’s a lack of adjustment on the height of the steering wheel. Other than that the seats are comfortable and the all-round visibility is pretty good.

Every Note is packaged with cruise control, Bluetooth, front electric windows and a USB connection and the Acenta has air-conditioning, rear electric windows, a multi-position boot shelf and 15-inch alloy wheels added in for good measure, not to mention that the Acenta Premium also includes automatic lights and wipers, climate control and a 5.8-inch touchscreen sat-nav system. It’s quite a bundle.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 109g/km

Economy: 60.1mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £0

Toyota AYGO 1.0 VVT-i x 5dr

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The Aygo is a striking and tidy number to look at and is easy to own given its impressive fuel economy and low emissions figures. All versions have stability control, hill-hold control, tyre pressure monitoring system and six airbags which helped towards it being awarded four stars in the Euro NCAP crash test ratings.

Whilst some drivers will suggest that the steering is heavy, others have noted that it provides confidence whilst cornering. Body roll is well under control and adds to a sense of good overall handling.

Transmission: Manual

CO2 Emissions: 95g/km

Economy: 68.9mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £0


Electric

Nissan Leaf E Acenta 5dr

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Of course being electric, the Leaf costs nickels and dimes to run. Sadly, the most frustrating thing about the Leaf is that it won’t always be convenient to leave it to charge for hours at a time – and as the cold weather sets in, the charge becomes less efficient.

The thing that appeals most is the immediate torque that actually makes this car a very neat little number around town. From a standing start the Leaf lifts off immediately and is incredibly simple to drive. Whilst it takes north of 11 seconds to get from 0-60mph it does feel swifter than you’d think.

Transmission: Automatic

CO2 Emissions: 0g/km

Advance Mobility Payment: £499

Renault Zoe E Dynamique Nav 5dr

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Electric cars can get a bit of getting used to – but for all the right reasons – they’re just so smooth and quiet and it’s hard to imagine that they’ve been built in a factory, rather than by a gang of eco-concerned Pixies.

Anyway, the ride is very composed at low speeds although as it opens up you’ll start to feel the very realistic road ruts and rough ground of the real world again. Fortunately, the Zoe is still pretty fleet of foot and has plenty of grip and reliable steering, even if there is a bit of body lean to deal with.

Zoe is also a good looking number with a practical interior.

Transmission: Automatic

CO2 Emissions: 0g/km

Advance Mobility Payment: £995


Hybrids

Toyota Yaris 1.5 Icon Hybrid 5dr

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Transmission: Automatic

CO2 Emissions: 75g/km

Economy: 85.6mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £0

Honda Jazz 1.3 HE 5dr

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Transmission: Automatic

CO2 Emissions: 104g/km

Economy: 62.8mpg

Advance Mobility Payment: £1,999