Dick Lovett

Alternative guide to Mercedes motability offers

Posted 7th October 2021

BMW X1 Motability

As a number of motoring brands have taken the decision to remove models from the Motability scheme for the remainder of 2021, you might be considering your options – especially if you’re in the process of choosing your next new car.

Mercedes-Benz is one of those brands that has to reduce its Motability offers, with many models not expected to be available until 2022. So, if you can’t now get Motability Mercedes deals, what other models could be on your new car shopping list? Here are some excellent alternatives.

Mercedes A-Class vs. BMW 1 Series vs. MINI Hatch - 3 or 5 Door

With the Mercedes A Class on Motability now likely to be unavailable until 2022, you may well be looking for another sporty hatchback instead. There are a couple of great options available. Try the BMW 1 Series, which, as a stylish hatchback, is an alternative to the Mercedes A-Class.

There are four different models available on the Motability scheme, starting with the BMW 1 Series 118i Sport, which requires an advance payment of just £1,599. Other models are the 118i M Sport (£1,849), 118i Sport automatic version (£2,199) and 118i M Sport automatic version (£2,349)

If you want another option, the MINI Hatch comes in both 3 and 5 Door models, and in four variants – Cooper Classic and Cooper S Classic in manual; Cooper Classic and Cooper S Classic in automatic. Both the 3 or 5 Door MINI Cooper Classic manual are available for £0 advance payment.

Mercedes A Class

BMW 1 Series

MINI 5 Door Hatch

Mercedes B-Class vs. BMW 2 Series

The Mercedes B-Class is a small MPV but if it’s not available on the Motability scheme, BMW has a similar alternative. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé is on Motability, with four models – 218i Sport manual and automatic, and 218i M Sport manual and automatic – available. The entry level 218i Sport has an advance payment of £2,099. The BMW 218i M Sport tops the range, with an advance payment of £2,349.

With Motability not covering the Mercedes B Class, the BMW 2 Series could be on your shopping list.

Mercedes B Class

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

Mercedes GLA vs. BMW X1 vs. BMW X2 vs. MINI Countryman

A compact SUV, you might be disappointed to learn the Mercedes GLA is not currently available on Motability. But you can find very good alternatives. The BMW X Series is on Motability and as a rugged, robust SUV, it’s a really strong option if that’s the type of car you’re looking for. The BMW X1 and BMW X2 are both available on Motability. The BMW X1 range starts with an advance payment of £2,449 for the manual transmission sDrive 18i Sport, while there’s also the sDrive18i xLine, and sDrive20i Sport and sDrive20i xLine, both automatics.

In the BMW X2, prices start at an advance payment of £2,699 for the sDrive18i Sport on manual. The sDrive20i Sport and xDrive20i Sport are also available.

Mercedes GLA



What about MINI? Well, take a look at the MINI Countryman, too, which is also on the Motability scheme. Although it may not instantly spring to mind as an alternative to the Mercedes GLA, like the GLA it is a compact SUV and it’s actually the largest ever MINI. This makes it an ideal family size.

Perhaps best of all, advance payments are low. The entry level Cooper Classic – one of four model variants on the Motability scheme – has an advance payment of just £999.

MINI Countryman

Mercedes vs. BMW vs. MINI Motability Scheme

If your Motability Mercedes plans have taken a knock and you need to find an alternative car on the scheme in the coming months, there’s plenty of choice. If you want a brand with similar prestige and a similar model line-up, explore our selection of BMW on Motability offers and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. 

Don’t discount MINI on Motability either, though. This classic, quirky brand has been hugely popular for decades and has a number of models available. With low to zero advance payments, opting for a MINI on the Motability scheme could be a very wise choice.

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