Best 4x4s and SUVs for Motability 2024
SUVs are some of the most popular models on the road, and many of the best ones are available on Motability
SUVs and 4x4s are some of the UK’s best-selling cars, with almost every manufacturer producing at least one SUV model to fill niche gaps in the market. Road-biased crossover models have proved especially popular for those who want high seating positions and lots of space, but will rarely drive off-road.
Easy access and practicality are two key factors that have attracted Motability drivers to the SUV market and there is no doubt that the latest crossovers can make life on the road more pleasant. As well as ensuring you don’t have to lower yourself into the car, the higher seats in an SUV provide a better view out from behind the wheel.
Best 4x4s and SUVs for Motability 2024
Boasting easy access, huge practicality and even some sporty designs, read on to find out the best 4x4s and SUVs available on Motability.
Hyundai’s mid-size SUV has come a very long way from its cheap-and-cheerful origins. Today, the Tucson is a sophisticated and stylish car that doesn't look out of place when parked next to models that cost twice as much. We’re such big fans of the latest Tucson that we’ve named it our Mid-size SUV of the Year for three years in a row from 2021 to 2023.
As well as its distinctive exterior design, the Tucson has a genuinely premium feel to it when you step inside. The materials look and feel like they belong in an Audi, while the on-board technology performs well without being too mind-boggling to operate.
Underneath, you have the choice of petrol, full-hybrid or plug-in hybrid power. All three powertrains perform well enough, but the 1.6 TGDi petrol will require the lowest advance payment. If you do choose this version, you can expect a reasonable fuel economy figure of over 40mpg. This is relatively close to the full-hybrid Tucson’s efficiency, in which we managed to achieve an average of 46.5mpg after covering 8,000 miles.
Efficient engines and well-organised trim levels combine with an understated design to bring a solid, almost premium appeal to the Karoq. There’s one five-door body style, and while it only offers five seats, most trim levels come with the VarioFlex adjustable rear bench that allows you to alter the amount of passenger legroom or boot space depending on your needs.
There are sportier SUVs, but the Karoq strikes a pleasing balance between comfort and driving fun. Highlights include the supportive seats, a roomy cabin, well laid out controls and a high quality fit and finish, not to mention plenty of gadgets and toys on top versions.
The Renault Captur makes a good choice for drivers on the Motability scheme; it’s stylish, practical, easy to get in and out of and represents decent value. It’s based on the Renault Clio, and many of the same plus points apply.
The latest Captur is also much easier to recommend than its predecessor, as it’s bigger, better-built and better to drive. The increase in size means it’s one of the most practical small SUVs on the market, and the improved driving experience is welcome even if the Ford Puma and Mazda CX-30 are a bit more entertaining on the road.
Choose the petrol-powered Captur and not only will you benefit from a zero advance payment on Motability, but you’ll get a lot of car for your little money, too. The 1.0-litre turbocharged engine should return over 40mpg with little fuss while offering reasonable performance, and the Captur comes with plenty of standard kit. This includes rear parking sensors, sat nav, LED headlights and lane-departure warning. If you want to improve your running costs even further, a full-hybrid version is also available, but this will incur an advance payment of at least £395.
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