For anyone with mobility issues, a car is not just a luxury. It represents freedom and independence. But the need to carry a wheelchair or other aides means you require more room than most drivers.
There are two types of car suitable for carrying wheelchairs. The most common is a conventional and unmodified model which has enough space to carry any mobility devices, either folded or unfolded. Such a vehicle may include mechanisms such as a hoist to help lift and load heavier equipment.
The more involved conversions are called Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, or WAVs for short. These are converted by specialists to accept the occupant in the chair either as a passenger or driver, and are usually tailored to the individual.
At Eden we are experts in providing cars for drivers with mobility issues, whether they are provided through Motability or privately funded.
Here are our suggestions for the best cars for wheelchairs and mobility aides.
Vauxhall’s range includes a wide variety of cars which have space for a wheelchair or mobility aide. As an added bonus, the company’s SUV’s and crossovers have higher seating positions which makes access easier for those who are less mobile.
The Mokka has enough luggage space for a smaller chair, while the Crossland and Grandland have more room inside and in the boot. This makes them popular choices under the Motability scheme.
For those needing even more space and flexibility, the Combo and Vivaro offer the space of a van with car like driving dynamics. Both are also available as WAVs or with electric powertrains.
Hyundaialso has a range of spacious and sophisticated cars with plenty of space and the raised driving position our drivers love. The Bayon is a great value hatchback with plenty of room, while the stunning styling of the Tucson SUV is sure to be as attractive as the hybrid powertrains and large boot.
MG is carving out a nice niche with our Motability customers too. The ZS SUV offers comfort and amazing value, while the bigger HS has quality which embarrasses some of the prestige brands.
The company is a leader in electric motoring too, with the spacious new MG4 and MG5 estate both available through the Motability scheme. You can even have a smart home charger installed as part of the agreement.
Peugeot’s range of spacious SUVs are also favourites of Eden’s Motability customers. The smaller 2008 is great to look at and economical but is still easy to access and good to drive. The 3008 has even more space, or for drivers who prefer an estate there’s the stunning new 308 SW.
The e-Rifter and Traveller offer the ultimate in space efficiency, with sliding rear doors to give easy access to the back seats even in tight spots. Both have space for five and a wheelchair without having to fold seats too.
Suzuki’s Vitara has always been popular with Eden customers. The brand has a reputation for rugged reliability and the latest model’s hybrid powertrains mean it is economical and easy to drive. As you’d expect, the Vitara can handle rougher roads too, and has enough space to accommodate most mobility aides.
Whichever car takes your fancy, why not pop into Eden and talk to our experts? We will help you find the best Motability car for your needs.