Types of car
When it comes to choosing a car on the Motability Scheme, understanding the different types that are available can help you make the right choice for your needs. You can look for the following categories on the Car Search tool to narrow your selections. Please note: a vehicle may fit into multiple categories and images are only examples.
Smaller cars tend to have lower Advance Payments, running costs and CO2 emissions than larger vehicles. Many are also suitable for drivers under 25 years old, making them a great choice for younger drivers on the Motability Scheme. When choosing a smaller car, consider your access needs and how often you need to carry passengers. Generally, two/three door cars have wider doors with larger opening angles. This makes access to the front seats easier but may cause issues in tight parking spaces and when accessing the rear seats. Four/five door vehicles have rear seat passenger doors so may be useful if you often have more than one passenger in the car.
Most of the medium-sized cars available on the Motability Scheme are hatchback models, which offer a slightly bigger boot than a standard small car. The term hatchback refers to a vehicle where the boot is integrated with the rear window and opens upwards for easy access. This is particularly useful if you need to carry mobility equipment or other items on a regular basis. We offer a wide range of medium-sized vehicles and many are also suitable for drivers under the age of 25.
Family cars are considerably larger than medium sized cars with more boot space and easier access to the rear seats, making them ideal for anyone that needs to carry both passengers and equipment on a regular basis. We offer large four-door saloons and five-door hatchbacks in our family car range. A saloon car features a traditional boot that opens independently of the rear window, while a hatchback features an integrated boot and rear window.
An estate car is typically a longer version of a standard vehicle but with a larger hatchback style boot. They offer plenty of boot space for mobility aids and other items but without the added bulk of an SUV or MPV. If you are considering an estate car, you should double check that you will have enough room to park the vehicle and make sure it is suitable for the routes you regularly drive. It is well worth taking a few test drives in an estate car before you make a decision.
Multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs)
MPVs, or people carriers as they are sometimes known, are large vehicles which can seat up to nine people in some cases. MPVs usually feature higher seats, with more legroom and headroom for passengers. Some will also have sliding doors for easy access to the rear seats. The extra storage and practicality make MPVs ideal for larger families or anyone who regularly travels with a lot of passengers. However, you should check that you have space to park an MPV at home and test drive extensively to make sure that you are comfortable driving a vehicle of this size.
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV)
The term SUV was once only used to describe large 4-wheel drive vehicles designed for off-road use. However, in recent years manufacturers have introduced many smaller SUVs, often known as crossovers, which are somewhere between a car and traditional SUV. These tend to offer the same high driving position and off-road styling found in large SUVs, but many now come with 2-wheel drive instead. The Motability Scheme offers a huge range of small and large SUVs and you can now search by size to help you find the right one for you.
Coupes and convertibles
Coupes are smaller, sporty vehicles that usually seat either two or four people. Generally, they have two doors and offer sleek, attractive styling but can have limited boot space. Convertibles have a detachable or retractable roof, offering an open-air driving experience as well as style and performance. Convertibles also tend to have smaller boots and in the case of vehicles with a detachable roof, this will often have to be stored in the boot once taken off.