By Nathan Dale
What Motability cars can I get with nil deposit?
You can get cars of all different shapes and sizes on the Motability Scheme, and many of them - even well kitted out ones - are available with nil advance payment (sometimes called nil or no deposit).
Here are some of the very best cars you can get through Motability with nil advance payment.
- Citroën C3 AIRCROSS
- Nissan Micra
- Hyundai i20
- Kia Rio
- Hyundai Bayon
- Vauxhall Corsa
- Nissan LEAF
- Vauxhall Mokka-e
- DS DS3 E-TENSE
Citroën C3 AIRCROSS
Benefitting from raised ground clearance and excellent visibility, the Citroën C3 AIRCROSS is a good choice if you want something that's easy to drive.
The 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine is a gem because it offers flexible performance and returns good fuel economy, with up to 47.9mpg possible. A 6-speed manual gearbox is common on deals requiring no deposit, but the light clutch makes it easy to change gear.
Boot space is exceptional, with up to 520 litres of space on offer, and even more with the 60:40 rear seats folded flat. Standard equipment is very good, with all cars benefitting from automatic air-conditioning, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, rear parking sensors, and lane departure warning.
The Nissan Micra is well known in Motability customer circles for providing totally hassle-free motoring. It's very easy to drive because of its light steering and tight turning circle. The choice between manual and CVT automatic versions is handy too, and they can both be had with no deposit.
Go for a model with an IG-T engine, as they have more power than the standard 1.0-litre and feel a lot more comfortable on dual carriageways and motorways.
N-Sport versions are the most popular, and come with helpful driving features such as rear parking sensors, hill start assist and cruise control.
Like the Corsa we've already mentioned, the Hyundai i20 is a high-quality, comfortable, more traditional supermini with practicality levels that belie its compact dimensions.
It's only traditional in terms of its shape, the styling is ultra-modern and it's got all the latest technology as well. SE Connect models come as standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking sensors, cruise control and full smartphone integration.
The 1.0-litre turbo petrol is one of the most efficient engines you can get on the Motability Scheme with nil advance payment, and provides plenty of power for both town, country and motorway driving.
The Kia Rio is a solid choice if you want a dependable supermini that's well-equipped and straightforward to drive.
Models fitted with a 1.2-litre petrol engine are common through Motability with no deposit, although we'd recommend seeking out the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol since it offers more flexible performance. Either way, expect circa 50mpg on a combined cycle.
Things like air-conditioning, tinted glass, and Bluetooth connectivity are standard across the range. Although, it's worth going for a '2' model, since they get an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and LED daytime running lights.
The Hyundai Bayon has all the hallmarks of a great Motability car: superb practicality, comfortable seating, plenty of interior room and excellent standard specification.
The tremendous practicality is borne out by the fantastic boot space, which is not only larger than traditional family hatchbacks but it's also a good shape. There's an adjustable boot floor too - helpful for fitting in taller items.
Because of its crossover design, the seating position is high up and the light and airy interior has plenty of space for both adults and kids.
Standard specification includes a digital instrument cluster, alloy wheels, touchscreen multimedia, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa-e
The latest generation Vauxhall Corsa has proven to be a huge hit with UK Motability customers, thanks to its increased levels of practicality and comfort over the old version.
It's incredibly well equipped as standard, with all models coming with a colour touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Other standard features include alloy wheels, speed sign recognition and lane departure warning.
Not only are there petrol models available with nil deposit on Motability, but the all-electric Corsa-e is too.
Offering a range of up to 209 miles and a near-silent driving experience, Corsa-e makes a great deal of sense as a Motability car thanks to its low running costs.
Automatic Motability Cars with Nil Deposit
Driving an automatic car comes with a host of benefits, but the main one is that they're easier to drive compared to their manual counterparts.
With that in mind, we've highlighted the best available that require no advance payment. Better yet, the models below are electric, which will save you money on running costs.
Electric cars are gaining popularity with every year that passes, and that's because they're kind to the environment and cheap to run. One of the best affordable options is the Nissan LEAF.
If you're looking for deals with no deposit, then you'll likely discover models that are fitted with a 39kWh battery pack. They have a range of up to 168 miles, and will take around seven and a half hours to fully charge when using a home wallbox.
Because it's electric and an automatic, the LEAF is quiet and easy to drive. There are acres of headroom inside, and the 435-litre boot can accommodate bulky items without much trouble. Standard equipment includes lane departure warning, intelligent cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and a rear-view camera.
Vauxhall moved the compact crossover game along significantly when they launched the Mokka, both in terms of style and technology.
The fully electric version of the Mokka, known as the Mokka-e, further enhances the appeal because of its near-silent electric powertrain, which is silky smooth and super responsive.
A driving range of up to 209 miles means all but the very longest of journeys can comfortably be completed. Other benefits include low running costs, and when you order a fully electric car on Motability, a free home charger is included as part of the package.
DS DS 3 E-TENSE
Like the Mokka-e mentioned above, the DS 3 E-TENSE is a fully electric compact crossover. The range is slightly less at 206 miles, which is still more than enough for the vast majority of daily usage.
The DS 3 brings style and panache to the Motability scheme, but remains practical enough to be used as an only car. The boot is a reasonable size, and the comfortable seating position is relatively high up, giving you a great view of the road ahead.
Most people will charge their DS 3 E-TENSE overnight, with a full charge using a home charging point taking around 8 hours. Rapid chargers, found at motorway service stations, will get you from 10 to 80% in around 30 minutes.
Other Motability cars with nil advance payment to consider
Find your perfect Motability car with nil deposit
All of the above cars are available on the Motability leasing scheme through Evans Halshaw dealerships, all of which are Motability accredited. Adaptations are available too, should you have additional functionality or ease of access requirements.
If you've got a question about any of the above vehicles or the scheme in general, you can visit our FAQ page or speak to your local Evans Halshaw retailer for further information and advice.