"To help combat misuse of our cars, and to make sure that all Motability cars are used for the benefit of the disabled person, from 1 January 2012, all nominated drivers added to a Motability lease should live with, or within five miles of the disabled customer. We will however, consider requests to include drivers outside of this range where this is essential to support the customer’s needs. In these cases, we will require additional information to be provided "
So, After a loooooong time looking and assessing (and to be absolutley honest, changing my mind!) I "think" I am donw to two models
1) Nissan Quashqai+2 Ntec+ Petrol 4WD Auto
2) Ford S-Max Titanium Deisel Auto.
Over three years, the nissan costs about £500 more, but that is assuming 12,000 miles per annum being hit
The AP of the Nissan £1,799, S-Max £2,845.
I do like them both for differing reasons, so I am down to teh question: Is the S-Max worth the extra £1,000 out of my own pocket?
I looked at, and drove a Jetta (£7741 inc AP, extras and fuel) two B Class's (£6514 ) and 1 series (£6822). Although the B class is better value, comes with park assist and collision protection and fatigue warning and is a more practical car, the 1 series was far better to drive and is much quicker (don't particularly want a fast car but need a bit of power in reserve) and in my opinion a better looking car than the Merc. The acid test for me is the 1 series is a car I would look forward to driving day after day whereas with the Merc would not and despite its 136ps engine did not feel particularly quick. Looking forward and with a view to purchasing after 3 years the 1 series is cheaper to service and the tyres are much cheaper too. So I think even if the 1 series was a grand dearer than the B class I would still go for it. Additionally when reading car reviews from different sources I think I am more likely to achieve the fuel consumption figres in the BMW than the Merc and on the test drives in the B class achieved 38 and 40 mpg (claimed combined 64.2) which is similar to what I get in my Golf Petrol. The BMW was showing 58mpg (claimed 62.8). Not scientific, just a hunch and you can turn the power down in the BMW (eco pro mode) which should result in higher mpg too. Given that the AP is £1999 for the 116d SE (116PS & 62.8mpg) 118d SE (143PS & 62.8mpg) and 120d SE (184PS & 64.2mpg) it made model selection easy. Only problem with BMW is you get an option list as long as your arm. As we are looking to keep the car will be spending on a couple of bits that ordinarly I would do without.
Good luck with your decision making.
Last edited by paul1234; 03-01-2012 at 04:08 PM.
The only thing you forgot to factor in is that people will not let you out at junctions in a BMW :-0
The two cars have pros and cons
For the Nissan the pros are:
4WD option when required
smooth CVT transmission
No DAB radio option
higher step into boot
No Daytime running lights
no heated windscreen and washer jets
Fantastic to drive
Daytime Running lights
air con ducts in rear
Low sill to boot
Heated windscreen & washer jets
Nav pack and reversing camera an extra £1,300
Moon roof an extra £700
auto folding door mirrors an extra £200
The £500 extra over three years is only if I do the fiull 12,000 miles a year, any less and that difference changes.
Its really down to whether I pay an extra £1,000 up front, or £1,500 over three years (IF I have the PIP for that long of course.....)
Britsih car autions seem to have the contract for them
(then again, if you insist on buying a scummy BMW car, you should pay over the odds for it to serve you right ) LOL :-)
Actually as Motability is a not-for-profit organisation they won't sting you when they come to sell . The only fleet cars they can't sell are Fords as Ford own them after the lease so they'll fleece you.
Have a look at BCA web site and see what thy are going for