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Volkswagen Caddy Life is available on some special Motability offers

Volkswagen reveals autumn 2018 Motability offers for its most practical vehicles

Volkswagen Caddy Life is available on some special Motability offersMotability customers can now take a practical five-seat Volkswagen Caddy Life for just £365 in Advance Payment, as part of the Commercial Vehicles division’s autumn 2018 special offers.

The deals, which run until the end of the year, also include a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life for £642 advance payment, and the larger Transporter Shuttle with Advance Payment from £740.

The Transporter Shuttle can seat up to eight people – one more than a conventional people carrier – and its taller shape gives more space for those inside. Big sliding side doors are super-practical too.

Meanwhile, both Caddy Life and Caddy Maxi Life can also be converted into a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dealers have a list of approved converters and can arrange for delivery in fully-converted guise.

Volkswagen Caddy Life is available on some special Motability offers

The Motability scheme provides hassle-free transport for people with disabilities. Everyone receiving the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, plus the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement and Armed Forces Independence Payment, are eligible for a Motability vehicle.

Katie Benson, network fleet development manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The Motability Scheme is such a fantastic offering and helps keep those in receipt of the allowance on the move while giving them the chance to experience our products.”

Volkswagen backs up its vans with a ‘Working With You promise’. This is intended to guarantee the same level of sales and aftersales support to all customers, including Motability customers.

“Our Working With You promise is not just about supporting businesses but all our customers whether that’s ex-service personnel or disabled drivers.”

Skoda Scala interior sketch

Skoda Scala will have the biggest driver display in its class – and the largest boot

Skoda Scala interior sketch

Skoda has revealed a few more details of its new Scala family hatchback five-door, ahead of its global reveal on 6 December 2018 in Tel Aviv.

These days, tech and connectivity sell cars, so the Czech firm is happy to tell us the Scala will be the first Skoda to have its new freestanding infotainment screen, mounted high in the centre of the dash.

At 9.2 inches, it will be the largest display in its class, Skoda’s calculated, and it will be joined by the largest ‘Virtual Cockpit’ electronic instrument screen, which measures 10.25 inches. Drivers have a choice of five different views, depending on their mood – including full-screen in-binnacle sat nav mapping.

The Skoda Connect smartphone app will allow remote unlocking and over the air software updates. The Skoda Scala will also be the first the first ‘always online’ car from the value-focused Volkswagen Group brand.

Skoda Scala badge

The boot capacity is, with the seats up, 467 litres, comparing very favourably to the 380 litres of a Volkswagen Golf. Seats down, it expands to 1,410 litres. A Golf only stretches to 1,270 litres. This will be a practical car.

And it’s not at the expense of passenger space. Skoda says the Scala has as much rear legroom as the larger Octavia, and rear headroom is again class-leading.

Skoda sounds quite pleased with the architecture and trim finish of the interior as well. There are soft-foam surfaces with “large-scale design textures” and a new type of grain which “emulates crystalline structures” and will apparently be part of the Skoda brand DNA going forward. Ambient lighting in red or white is also available.

There’s even a new type of seat fabric, made from Suedia microfibre, which is described as “sophisticated” and “premium”. Again suggesting that Skoda has a rather special new family hatch waiting for us when the covers are pulled off on 6 December.

New 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross family SUV

New Citroen C5 Aircross family SUV prices from £23,225

New 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross family SUVThe new Citroen C5 Aicross family-sized SUV opens for ordering on Monday 3 December, ahead of deliveries beginning in early February 2019. The firm has now revealed pricing for its new range-topper, which starts from £23,225.

The five-seat SUV will be offered in Feel, Flair and Flair Plus trims. All will have best-in-class boot space, says Citroen: a sliding rear seat varies it between 580 litres and 720 litres. Fold the rear seats and 1,630 litres is opened up.

All are likely to prove very comfortable to ride in as well, as Citroen’s unique suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions features on all. Flair and Flair Plus versions of the 2019 World Car Awards contender add armchair-like Advanced Comfort Seats. 

New 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross interior

Even the base Feel is well equipped, featuring 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and touchscreen infortainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Safety equipment is impressive, with active safety braking, blind-spot warning and lane-departure warning.

Flair (priced from £25,325) adds 18-inch alloys, a reversing camera, TomTom sat nav, dark rear glass, voice recognition and Citroen’s ConnectedCAM built-in dashcam.

Flair Plus (priced from £27,725) includes 19-inch alloys, active cruise control, an opening panoramic roof and wireless smartphone charging.

The engine line-up is simple: 1.2-litre PureTech 130 or 1.6-litre PureTech 180 petrol, plus 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 and 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel. Both 180hp engines have an automatic as standard (you can’t get an auto on the PureTech 130). 

New 2019 Citroen C5 Aircross family SUV

Citroen suggests the trickiest part may be selecting colour and trim: with seven paint colours, an optional black roof, three colour packs and four alloy wheel options, there are a total of 30 different combinations of C5 Aircross. There’s sure to be one for you, no matter what your tastes…

2019 Citroen C5 Aircross model range

Feel

  • 1.2 PureTech 130: £23,225
  • 1.5 BlueHDi 130: £24,725
  • 1.5 BlueHDi 130 auto: £26,325

Flair

  • 1.2 PureTech 130: £25,325
  • 1.6 PureTech 180 auto: £28,325
  • 1.5 BlueHDi 130: £26,825
  • 1.5 BlueHDi 130 auto: £28,425
  • 2.0 BlueHDi 180 auto: £30,325

Flair Plus

  • 1.2 PureTech 130: £27,725
  • 1.6 PureTech 180 auto: £30,725
  • 1.5 BlueHDi 130: £29,225
  • 1.5 BlueHDi 130 auto: £30,825
  • 2.0 BlueHDi 180 auto: £32,725
Disabled parking bay logo

£300 million pledge to make Britain’s travel network more disabled-friendly

Disabled parking bay logoThe Department for Transport is to invest up to £300 million to make Britain’s travel network more fully inclusive and disabled-friendly, under the Inclusive Transport Strategy (ITS).

Investments will include £2 million to install Changing Places toilets at motorway service stations. These are loos that are more accessible than regular disabled toilets and include features such as:

  • Tracking hoist system
  • Adult-sized changing bench
  • Enough space for the disabled person and two carers
  • Centrally-placed toilet with room either side
  • A screen to allow some privacy

Other forms of transport will also be invested in: £2 million will help install audio and visual equipment on buses, so passengers will know where and when to alight.

Railway stations will be made more accessible, with extensive step-free access, and there will be an accreditation scheme for transport operators to recognise positive work in helping disabled passengers.

Disabled-friendly taxi sign

Transport accessibility minister Nusrat Ghani said that one in five people in Britain has some form of disability and “access to transport can be far from straightforward.

“This Inclusive Transport Strategy is the first step in achieving a genuinely inclusive transport network, which meets the needs of all people, regardless of whether they are disabled or not.”

Keith Richard is chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and welcomed both the report and government commitments to better meeting the needs of disabled people.

“Our role, as independent statutory adviser, is to offer advice as the ITS is delivered. As a ‘critical friend’, we will hold the government to account for delivering the strategy and securing good outcomes for disabled people.”

The government’s aim is to make Britain’s transport network fully accessible to all by 2030.  

Skoda Fabia GreenLine

Skoda GreenLine range now available on Motability

Skoda Fabia GreenLineSkoda’s entire range of eco-friendly GreenLine cars is now available through the Motability scheme. Read more