The motability scheme is a fantastic thing, and when all is said and done, it offers two things for the user – flexibility and freedom.
You can’t put a price on that.
The range of vehicles available on the motability scheme is just as vast as the range of vehicles available to somebody not eligible. Sports cars, executive saloons, people carriers, hatchbacks, you name it you can have one.
For motability customers who require wheelchair access, the range of vehicles available is just as good, and one of the most sought after wheelchair accessible vehicles is the Volkswagen Transporter.
To most people, the VW Transporter will spark thoughts of white van drivers in and around city centres, but the VW Transporter is so much more. The motability version of this vehicle has windows, and a comfortable rear with room for up to five seats. That means the Transporter is the ideal vehicle for larger families.
The wheelchair access is achieved by either ramp or lift – the latter an optional extra. It is one I recommend, as it makes it just that little bit easier for wheelchair users. In general, though, both systems are just as fast.
Inside, quality OEM trim and headlining make the Transporter a wonderful place to be. All of the seats are comfortable and supportive, and the driver’s seat has lots of adjustment, as does the steering wheel, which means that finding the ideal driving position is a piece of cake. Because this is a VW, all switchgear and controls have a satisfying click to them, and everything is solid and extremely well built. Cheaper competitors, such as the Fiat Doblo, don’t come close to offering this level of quality.
The engine I recommend in the VW Transporter is the 2.0 TDI 140 PS. This engine has 138 bhp and 236 lb /ft of torque, and it allows for brisk, but not uncomfortable, acceleration. Combined fuel economy with this engine is over 55 miles per gallon. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, but there is an option for a semi-automatic. The manual is my favourite though as it is slick to use and the sixth gear is long, which makes motorway cruising refined and comfortable.
There’s a double front passenger seat with storage box and folding seat backrest in the VW Transporter for comfort, and a radio / single CD player. Electric front windows and electrically operated heated mirrors ensure that in winter, defrosting the vehicle is as easy as 1-2-3.
Available from Bristol Street Versa, the Volkswagen Transporter is one of those vehicles that’s simply excellent in every way. It comes with a three-year / 100,000 mile warranty and three years VW recovery and assistance. From Bristol Street Versa, all 5-year Motability leases now include metallic paint, air conditioning, and 1 rear seat as standard, too, so you can be sure that you’re getting a great deal.
Overall, the VW Transporter is perhaps the best wheelchair accessible vehicle on the Motability scheme, if quality is what you’re after.