Best 4x4s and SUVs for Motability 2022
SUVs and 4x4s continue to grow in popularity, with seemingly every manufacturer producing SUV models to fill gaps in the market. Road-focused “crossover” models have proven particularly popular for those who want a high seating position and plenty of room, but rarely drive off-road.
The high seating position and easy access are key factors that have attracted Motability drivers to the SUV market and there is no doubt that the new generation of crossovers is making life on the road more enjoyable. In addition to saving you from having to lower yourself into the car, the higher seats in an SUV provide a better view behind the wheel.
Below are our top 3 affordable 4x4s for Motability buyers…
If the larger seven-seater Skoda Kodiaq is too metallic for you, the Czech automaker has the answer in the form of the mid-size Karoq SUV.
Efficient engines and well-curated trim levels combine with a mature design to bring a solid, almost premium appeal. There’s a five-door body style, and although it only offers five seats, most trim levels come with the VarioFlex adjustable rear bench seat which lets you change the amount of legroom or the passenger compartment depending on your needs.
There are sportier SUVs out there, but the Karoq strikes a nice balance between comfort and driving pleasure. Highlights include supportive seats, a spacious cabin, well-arranged controls and high-quality fit and finish, not to mention plenty of gadgets and toys on higher trims – it’s an impressive effort.
But don’t just take our word for it. Customers ranked the Karoq 18th overall out of 75 cars in our 2022 Driver Power survey, with high marks for comfort, connectivity and reliability.
These days, no Karoq is available with zero prepayment, but it won’t make you feel like you’ve wasted your money if you can afford it.
The Ford Puma is one of the sharpest SUVs on sale. It successfully blends driver enjoyment with impressive functionality, making it a solid attempt at a family car.
The Puma’s number of standard kits is also quite impressive. Specs start with the Puma Titanium, which gets 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights and wipers and a suite of safety kits including autonomous emergency braking, cruise control speed control and lane keeping assist.
However, the ST-Line trim should prove popular as it adds a sportier look, digital instrument panel and upgraded suspension.
Mild-hybrid technology is also now available across the Puma range, giving customers slightly improved fuel economy and cleaner emissions, and no model in the regular Puma range will be expensive to run.
You’ll need to pay an upfront payment of around £1,000, which still seems like exceptional value compared to depositing on a traditional PCP deal. Buyers will be drawn to the car’s overall refinement, solid build quality and decent range of engines and trim levels. We chose the Puma over the Kuga as the latter currently needs an upfront payment of over £2000, despite being more spacious.
The Renault Captur makes a good choice for drivers on the Motability diet; it’s stylish, practical, easy to get in and out of, and represents a decent value. It’s based on the Renault Clio, and many of the same good points apply.
The new Captur is also much easier to recommend than its predecessor, as it’s bigger, better built and easier to drive. The increase in size makes it one of the most practical small SUVs on the market, and the improved driving experience is welcome even though a Ford Puma or Mazda CX-30 is always more entertaining on the road.
As with the Ford Puma, no Captur can be leased without an upfront payment, but the Evolution trim linked to the 138bhp petrol engine is a solid combination. It will return over 40 mpg, offers reasonable performance and offers plenty of standard features. These include rear parking sensors, satellite navigation system, LED headlights and lane departure warning. There is now a frugal hybrid version, which is usually not more expensive initially.
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