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Top 20 best Motability electric cars 2022

The Motability scheme now includes a number of electric cars, which can all help eligible drivers keep their motoring costs down

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The Motability Scheme gives eligible people in the UK the opportunity to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. Those who qualify can pick any car, scooter or wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) they want, provided it’s offered on the Motability Scheme.

But it’s not just a lease: insurance, breakdown assistance, tyre repair and replacement, windscreen repairs, servicing and maintenance are all included in the package, making it a convenient and hassle-free option.

Plus, every three months, the organisation negotiates discounted leasing rates with manufacturers, potentially offering big savings that aren’t available elsewhere. And now, more and more electric cars are becoming available on the scheme, from city cars like the Honda e and MINI Electric, to larger and more practical options like the Kia e-Niro SUV or Citroen e-SpaceTourer nine-seat minibus.

After finding the car you want, you can also decide who drives the vehicle and which dealership to operate through, plus you’re eligible for a new vehicle every three years. Drivers still have to pay for fuel, however choosing an electric car could offer huge savings over the course of the lease compared to a petrol-powered equivalent.

Here you can find out everything you need to know about qualifying for the Motability Scheme, and about the best electric cars currently offered through the Motability Scheme.

Do I qualify for the Motability Scheme?

To be eligible for the Motability Scheme, you must receive one of the following four mobility allowances:

• Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)

£62.55 per week

• Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)

£62.55 per week

• Higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment

£62.55 per week

• War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS)

£69.85 per week

• Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

£62.55 per week

You must also have at least 12 months left to run on any of the above allowances to qualify for the Motability Scheme. Additionally, there are a handful of terms and conditions that need to be met: any car leased through the Motability Scheme must be used for the benefit of the disabled person, even if it is predominantly or entirely driven by another named driver.

Named drivers must have a valid driving licence, and also meet RSA’s insurance underwriting criteria. Misuse of a Motability car – ranging from driving without insurance to sub-leasing the vehicle – could result in the termination of the lease and a bill to cover any repairs or loss of resale value. You may also be prevented from getting another car through the Motability Scheme.

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

What’s included on the Motability Scheme

As mentioned above, leasing a car through Motability lets you roll insurance, breakdown assistance, servicing and maintenance into one package, with all of the above organised for you. Insurance is provided by RSA Motability, and includes personal accident cover. Servicing is included, too, and if you give the dealership three weeks’ notice, it'll arrange a courtesy car so you can travel home while the service is being carried out.

Motability arranges full breakdown assistance, and you may have up to two named drivers. Cars have a mileage allowance of 60,000 miles, while MOTs and road tax are covered as well. Perhaps most importantly of all, the Motability Scheme allows you to choose a variety of adaptations to accommodate a variety of disabilities. Some adaptations are free, while others have a price attached.

All manner of adaptations can be arranged, including hand controls, steering aids, pedal modifications and personal hoists. Consult with your dealer to have these fitted. It’s important to note that there are cars on the scheme that cost less than a full week’s mobility allowance to lease, and therefore it could still be cheaper overall to run a petrol, diesel or hybrid vehicle. We've also made a list of the best Motability hybrid cars if you can't make the switch to electric just yet.

It's worth noting that drivers aged under 25 are restricted to cars that sit in insurance group 16 or lower, and have a power output of 120bhp or less.

Our list below features details of electric cars on the scheme along with their respective advance payments, calculated with the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance in mind. Advance payments can vary from our figures for those receiving one of the other allowances detailed above.

Citroen e-Berlingo

Citroen e-Berlingo

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £1,495 (M Flair XTR), £1,495 (XL Feel seven-seat)

All of Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall’s MPVs are now electric only. The e-Berlingo uses the same powertrain as the e-C4 and many other cars on this list, with a claimed range of 174 miles thanks to a 50kWh battery feeding its 134bhp electric motor. Like its numerous sister models, it can also be recharged at up to 100kW.

Two body lengths are available: the 4.4-metre-long 'M' which gets five seats, while the 4.75-metre-long 'XL' features seven. The longer of the two also has a maximum luggage capacity of 2,126 litres with the two rows of rear seats folded, or 1,050 litres with five seats in place. Plus, both versions get large sliding doors on both sides for easier access to the rear, along with a large tailgate and openable rear window. Click here for more details.

Citroen e-C4

Citroen e-C4

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £995 (Shine Plus)

One of the newest entries on this list, the Citroen e-C4 is a family hatchback that's based on the same platform as the Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e elsewhere on this list. It's styled much like a coupe-SUV, but Citroen does not refer to it as such.

Range stands at 217 miles thanks to 50kWh battery, which powers the 134bhp electric motor. 100kW charging makes for speedy top-ups from public rapid chargers, while its interior is both comfortable and practical despite that sloping roofline.

Perhaps most importantly, the e-C4 requires a lower advance payment than some of its Stellantis relatives. It's well worth a look if you prioritise comfort and refinement. Read our full review for more details.

Citroen e-SpaceTourer

Citroen e-SpaceTourer

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £5,895 (M Business Edition nine seat)

Only one version of Citroen’s van-derived people carrier is available on Motability, but if practicality and versatility are what you’re after, nothing comes close to this nine-seater electric minibus. Its 50kWh battery is enough for a claimed 143-mile range, while the familiar 134bhp electric motor features, too, as does 100kW rapid charging.

The e-SpaceTourer is the biggest electric car you can get through the Motability scheme, and also one of the most costly – even though this is the entry-level M body-length in Business Edition trim, it needs a £5,895 advance payment. Still, if you need the space and flexibility, almost nothing can match it. Read our full review for more details.

Fiat 500 electric

Fiat 500

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £0 (Action), £295 (Icon), £495 (24kWh RED Edition), £695 (Passion), £995 (42kWh RED Edition) £1,495 (La Prima), £1,795 (Icon Cabrio), £1,995 (Passion and RED Edition Cabrio), £2,695 (La Prima Cabrio)

The latest generation of Fiat’s style-conscious city-car is now electric-only, and one of the best electric cars on sale, too. It’s fun to drive and mid-range models come with a larger battery for nearly 200 miles of range. That’s why we’d recommend going for the Passion trim or above, as these models also get a touchscreen and 85kW rapid charging. Thankfully, all specifications of the Fiat 500 are available on the Motability scheme, including in convertible form, and it’s available to under 25s, too. Read our full review for more details.

Honda e

Honda e

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £3,999 (Advance)

The Honda e is one of the best small electric cars on sale – stylish, high-tech and quite unlike anything else on the road. It's not as affordable as the Fiat 500 or the MINI Electric that are also offered on the Motability scheme, and some larger, longer-range cars are cheaper still. But with big doors, a comfortable, spacious interior and plenty of driver aids, it's a great choice for those looking for a shorter-distance runabout.

It's not the most practical car on this list, although it benefits from a set of rear doors that help with flexibility when carrying passengers. The Honda's insurance rating excludes under-25s from driving, which is a shame – it's fun to drive thanks to its rear-wheel-drive layout and well sorted chassis. Read our full review for more details.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric 

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £199 (Premium), £799 (Premium SE)

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a great all-rounder: it retains all the best bits of its hybrid siblings and adds a claimed 193-mile range from its 38.3kWh battery. There’s 134bhp on tap, which equates to a 9.7-second 0-62mph time.

Like the other Ioniq models, the Electric is well built, comfortable and good to drive. It’s not terribly exciting from the driver’s point of view but remains a practical family hatchback that’s a great alternative to the SUV mainstream. Read our full review for more details.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £0 (39kWh SE Connect), £199 (39kWh Premium), £599 (64kWh Premium), £1,099 (64kWh Ultimate)

If you like the idea of the Ioniq's tried-and-tested powertrain technology, but would rather have a higher-set car for easier access, the Kona Electric offers more or less exactly that. Kona Electrics with the larger 64kWh battery are now available on the Motability scheme, too, and offer up to 300 miles of charge. Rapid charging is also supported at up to 100kW for a 44-minute 10-80% top-up, while recharging fully from a home wallbox takes around 10 hours.

The Kona is brisk, good to drive and while not the most practical SUV here, it's comfortable, safe and well-equipped. Sadly, neither the 64kWh or the less expensive 39kWh Kona Electric models are available for under-25s on the scheme. Read our full review for more details.

Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £599 (39kWh 2), £1,999 (64kWh 2), £4,399 (64kWh 3), £5,249 (64kWh 4+)

Kia’s zero-emissions SUV has been with us for a few years now, but it remains one of the best-value electric family cars on sale. It’s comfortable and smooth to drive, gets plenty of safety kit as standard, and its 451-litre boot is bigger than either the Hyundai Kona Electric or Nissan Leaf offers. Plus, there’s plenty of room in the cabin. Entry-level e-Niros get a 39kWh battery and a range of 180 miles, but upgrading to the larger 64kWh unit increased that to 282 miles. It’s worth noting that the next-generation Nirowhich will also be available with electric powerhas already been unveiled and will arrive in 2022. Read our full review for more details.

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £1,999 (Maxx)

Offered with much the same powertrain its Hyundai siblings on this list, the Kia Soul EV is another small SUV that's a good bet if you appreciate range, style and a good dose of passenger space. The same 64kWh battery as the Kona Electric above means a similar 280-mile range. Only available in one trim level and with the same advance payment as the top-spec version of the Kona Electric, the Soul EV offers all the standard equipment you would need in Maxx trim. LED headlights, leather upholstery, wireless phone charging and a reversing camera all feature as standard, along with all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. As ever, the car is out of bounds for under-25s due to its insurance group. Read our full review for more details.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £0 (SE-L Lux), £699 (Sport Lux), £1,999 (GT Sport Tech)

The Mazda MX-30 is the Japanese brand's first all-electric model, and its focus on keeping weight down and using sustainable materials means it's an eco-friendly choice. It has an all-electric range of 124 miles and takes five hours and 45 minutes to charge fully from a wallbox charger.  Aside from the relatively short range, the MX-30 is a great choice – it's practical but stylish, full of the latest kit and great to drive as well. Read our full review for more details..

MG 5

MG 5 SW EV

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £2,749 (Exclusive)

Just like its ZS SUV counterpart below, the MG 5 EV is an excellent-value electric car. It's also the only electric estate car on this list – and one of only two on the UK car market, for now. The 52.5kWh battery in the one model offered on the Motability scheme is capable of 214 miles' range; the recently launched Long Range version of the MG 5 isn't available on the scheme yet.

The MG’s 154bhp electric motor has lots of torque and offers surprisingly keen performance. It's not the last word in driving fun, but it's comfortable and refined enough given its budget positioning. Perhaps more importantly, the car's cabin is spacious (if not especially stylish) and its boot is large – its 464 litres put it somewhere between the Nissan Leaf's 370 litres and a more traditional petrol or diesel-powered estate car. Under-25s aren't covered to drive the MG 5 on the Motability scheme. Read our full review for more details.

MG ZS EV

MG ZS EV

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £899 (Long Range SE), £1,199 (Long Range Trophy), £1,499 (Long Range Trophy Connect)

The refreshed MG ZS EV is the 2022 DrivingElectric Car of the Year and Best Value Electric Car, largely thanks to its unbeatable value for money. Among the updates for the budget-minded EV are a styling facelift, a new infotainment setup and a Long Range version with a 72.6kWh battery for a range of up to 273 miles.

That’s on top of a 470-litre boot, a spacious cabin, a practical SUV body and a generous amount of standard kit – including a digital driver’s display and a 10.1-inch central infotainment touchscreen that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unfortunately, under-25s can't drive the ZS EV on the scheme, as it now sits in insurance group 28. Read our full review for more details.

MINI Electric

MINI Electric

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £249 (Level 1), £1,249 (Level 2), £2,249 (Level 3)

The second retro-inspired electric hatchback on this list, much like the Fiat 500, the MINI Electric is an extremely fun-to-drive and stylish option on the Motability scheme. Range is limited to 145 miles, but standard equipment is generous and performance is great from the 181bhp electric motor. For those looking for a car to do short distances or commutes in, the MINI Electric is ideal. However, it must be said that the MINI Electric isn’t the most practical entry on this list, as it remains unavailable in five-door form. It’s also not available to drivers under 25. Read our full review for more details.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment:  £0 (Acenta), £599 (Tekna), £1,999 (E+ Tekna)

One of the original mass-market electric cars, the Nissan Leaf remains one of the best you can buy in its most recent form today. Spacious, comfortable and very well engineered, the Leaf comes in 40kWh and 62kWh E+ form on Motability and is very reasonably priced in its lower trims.

The 168-mile range offered by the smaller battery may not be that impressive, but it's more than flexible enough for most drivers' average daily mileage – especially given that we consistently managed to get more than 160 miles in real-world tests. But, E+ models get a 239-mile range thanks to their large battery, plus topping up on the go is easy enough if you have 100kW charging access – 10-80% charge is dealt with in 35 minutes.

If you like an easy-to-drive car, the Leaf's effortless e-pedal system will also appeal; it allows for single pedal operation of the car, with regenerative braking boosted to the point that it can slow the car down to a complete stop when you lift off. Read our full review for more details.

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £899 (Allure Premium), £1,099 (GT), £1,399 (GT Premium)

If you only need a small car, but would like it to have a decent breadth of ability, the Peugeot e-208 is a great contender. Based on the same underpinnings as the Vauxhall Corsa-e elsewhere on this list, the e-208 is powered by a 50kWh battery and a 134bhp motor.

The e-208 is small inside but still roomier than a Renault ZOE; four adults can fit in comfortably. The boot is of a useful size, too, but there’s nowhere to store the charging cables out of the way other than a bag. The car’s focus on style – and its accompanying sloping roof – mean access to the rear seats may be an issue for some.

An official range of 225 miles is strong for an electric car of this size and type, offering a little more flexibility than some of its more urban-focused rivals. It’ll charge up from a wallbox in around eight hours. It’s worth noting that despite the e-208’s youthful looks, those under 25 can’t drive one on the Motability scheme. Read our full review for more details.

Peugeot e-2008

Peugeot e-2008

Weekly rental: Total allowance

Advance payment: £1,099 (Active Premium), £1,499 (Allure Premium), £1,599 (GT), £1,699 (GT Premium)

Based on similar underpinnings to its e-208 relative, the e-2008 is a larger, more practical and higher-riding SUV alternative. The pair share similar interior design and use the same 50kWh battery; the SUV is heavier and so range drops to a still-useful 214 miles from the e-208’s 225.

One of the best reasons to choose the e-2008 over its supermini sibling is practicality: there’s a 405-litre boot, 60:40 split-fold seats and plenty of room for two adults in the back. Access is easier, too, thanks to the raised ride height and high roofline. Sadly, those under the age of 25 just miss out on the e-2008 due to its group 31-34 insurance. Read our full review for more details.

Renault Zoe

Renault ZOE

Weekly rental: Full allowance

Advance payment: £0-£495 (various spec/trim combinations)

One of the first mainstream electric cars to hit the road, the five-door Renault ZOE supermini has a range of up to 245 miles thanks to its 50kWh battery. Plus, all four versions offered on Motability get rapid charging, but with a maximum speed of only 50kW, it lags behind the likes of the Nissan Leaf, Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. It does require one of the lowest advance payments on this list and features all the comforts of a big electric car, just in a more affordable and compact package. Read our full review for more details. Read our full review for more details.

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

Vauxhall Combo-e Life

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £3,799 (SE), £3,799 (SE seven seat), £3,799 (SE XL seven seat)

A sister model to the Citroen e-Berlingo above, Vauxhall’s zero-emissions MPV is available in both five and seven-seat configurations, with a range of up to 174 miles when fully topped up. Like the e-Berlingo and the other Stellantis Group models on this list, the Combo-e Life is powered by a 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor.

The standard version is 4.4 metres long, while the XL extends to 4.75 metres. In five-seat mode, there’s plenty of head and legroom for all passengers, with the third row in the XL offering a surprising amount of space, even for taller adults. It only comes in SE trim, but that includes plenty of kit including parking sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control, speed-limit recognition and an eight-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Read our full review for more details.

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa-e

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £0 (various trim levels)

The Corsa-e is mechanically identical to the e-208 featured above, but all versions of Vauxhall’s zero-emissions hatchback are available on Motability with no advance payment. Plus, the entry-level Corsa gets a little more standard kit, too, including LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels and safety systems like lane-departure warning, road-sign recognition and driver drowsiness alerts.

The Peugeot looks better and has a funkier interior in our opinion, but the Corsa has an altogether more familiar feeling, while retaining the same excellent electric motor and battery combination. It may have slightly less legroom than the e-208, but the Corsa-e also received an upgrade in 2021 that upped its range to 222 miles. Both are unfortunately off-limits to drivers under the age of 25. Read our full review for more details.

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Vauxhall Mokka-e

Weekly rental: Total allowance 

Advance payment: £0 (SRi Premium), £0 (SRi Nav Premium), £49 (Elite Premium), £199 (Ultimate), £199 (Ultimate Edition), £549 (SE Premium)

The Mokka-e also shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot and Citroen products on this list: that means a 50kWh battery, 209-mile claimed range, 134bhp electric motor and 100kW rapid charging. Those familiar parts don't stop the Mokka-e from having its own character, though; it's a good-looking, comfortable car – if not quite as good to drive as its Peugeot counterpart.

Standard equipment is also good, but it's worth comparing the Mokka-e to the e-2008 when making your choice, as the latter is a more cost-effective choice on the Motability scheme. Curiously, the entry-level SE Premium trim requires the largest advance payment, so take a closer look at the more generously equipped SRi Premium, SE Premium or range-topping Ultimate. Read our full review for more details.

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