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Types and sizes of WAV

If you are thinking of ordering a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), it is important to understand the different types of WAV available and the size options you can choose from.

In this section:

Types of WAV

WAV sizes

Types of WAV

Passenger WAVs

Passenger WAVs are the most common type of WAV available on the Scheme. These vehicles are specially adapted to allow a wheelchair user to travel as a passenger. The wheelchair user will usually access the vehicle via a ramp or lift and the wheelchair will then be secured in place with tie downs.

Drive from Wheelchair WAVs

Drive From Wheelchair WAVs are bespoke vehicles with more adaptations than a standard WAV, allowing a wheelchair user to actually drive the vehicle themselves. Drive from Wheelchair WAVs cost significantly more than a standard WAV and have longer delivery times due to the bespoke nature of the changes needed.

Find out more about DFW WAVs

Nearly New WAVs

Nearly New WAVs are WAVs that have been returned to us from another customer after less than three years. If you're looking for a more affordable way to lease a WAV through the Motability Scheme, or would prefer a three-year lease, then a Nearly New WAV might be the right vehicle for you.

Find out more about Nearly New WAVs

WAV sizes

The size and weight of your wheelchair and the number of passengers you regularly travel with will both affect the size of the vehicle that you need. Below is a summary of the key differences between each of the WAV sizes.

Small WAVs

Base vehicles include: Fiat Qubo; Fiat Doblo; Citroën Berlingo; Peugeot Partner; Ford Tourneo Connect; Volkswagen Caddy

  • All small WAVs will be fitted with a ramp for entry
  • Usually have a lowered floor to give more headroom inside the vehicle and reduce the angle of the ramp
  • At least one passenger seat in the rear, but usually seat no more than five people including the driver and wheelchair passenger
  • These WAVs tend to feel the most similar to driving a standard car.
Size schematic - small

Medium-Small WAVs

Base vehicles include: Volkswagen Caddy Maxi; Ford Grand Tourneo Connect; Vauxhall Combo.

  • Have more space than a small WAV which either means extra passenger seats, more room for equipment or a more flexible seating position.
  • Like the Small WAVs, these vehicles will have more of a car-like feel in terms of size
  • The wheelchair user can be positioned behind the second row of seats in the rear-most part of the car, but many conversions have options to sit further up in between the second row of rear seats.

Size schematic - medium small

Medium-Large WAVs

Base vehicles include: Citroën Space Tourer; Ford Custom; Peugeot Traveller; Volkswagen Shuttle; Volkswagen Transporter; Renault Trafic; Vauxhall Vivaro

  • Based on larger vehicles and are the most common WAV for users with larger wheelchairs as their size allows more flexible seating arrangements
  • Can carry up to nine passengers including the wheelchair user and driver
  • Some conversions allow two wheelchair users
  • The majority of medium-large WAVs are still fitted with a ramp, however if you need a lift these can sometimes be fitted, but you should be aware that there will be reduced head height in these cases.

Size schematic - medium large

Large WAVs

Base vehicles include: Peugeot Boxer; Renault Master; Fiat Ducato

  • Based on the largest vehicles available on the Scheme and, in terms of size, are more like a commercial vehicle
  • Good for larger families or those travelling in the largest or heaviest wheelchair
  • All are fitted with a lift
  • Most can be converted to allow for two wheelchair passengers, as well as space for other passengers in standard seats.

Size schematic - large