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Five optional extras your next car should have

With the Motability Scheme you can choose from a range of over 2,000 brand new cars from all the most popular manufacturers.

Optional extras are not included with the lease but you can add optional extras if you wish. You will be responsible for the costs of this and will need to ask us for authorisation first. It’s worth bearing in mind that optional extras aren’t for everyone and new cars often include features like parking sensors as standard.

You choose which car suits you best from our large range, depending on your needs and budget. But if you’re interested to find out whether optional extras can improve your driving experience, Car Buyer runs through their recommendations below:


 

Anyone who’s spent any time in a car dealership or on an online configurator knows picking trim levels and optional extras can be fiddly and time-consuming.

As cars become more and more customisable and the list of potential equipment available becomes increasingly sophisticated, a level head, iron will and strong sense of resolve can be required – even when specifying a small city car.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a simple list of five optional extras we think should be fitted to every car. Now, in fairness, many expensive cars will come with these features as standard, but given the average spend on a new car in the UK is around £20,000, that’s it’s not necessarily a given for all.

We’ve selected five optional extras we think all new cars should come with. You may notice we haven’t included air-conditioning, remote central locking, Bluetooth connectivity or alloy wheels. That’s because the vast majority of new cars on sale today come with those options – or at least they ought to. We’ve also excluded metallic paint, as most cars come with one standard colour, with dealers asking you to pay extra for other hues.

Instead, we’ve focussed on future-proofing your next car, so when it’s time replace it in three or four years’ time it should still be up-to-date and therefore easier to sell.

Autonomous emergency braking

AEB

An autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system uses sensors that continually scan your car’s surroundings, looking for obstacles. If the AEB detects an obstruction you haven’t taken evasive action for, it’ll bring the car to a stop automatically – or at least significantly mitigate the severity of any impact.

AEB is one of the most significant safety systems to have emerged in recent years. Experts estimate its fitment leads to a 38% reduction in rear-end collisions, and there’s already talk about making it mandatory on all new cars. That’s still a few years off, though, but you can get a head start by ensuring your next car comes with autonomous emergency braking.

All-round electric windows

Almost every car on the market has electric front windows, but ensuring the rear windows are also power-operated should make life significantly easier. Aside from allowing you to let fresh air in without being blasted in the face by icy wind, electric rear windows are great for families, as they allow parents to stay in charge of the windows – manual items have no cut-off switch for mischievous young hands.

It’s also fair to say that a few years ago, electric front windows weren’t the staple they are now. We reckon in two or three years, more and more people will come to expect all-round electric windows – so now is a good time to go for them.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

As mentioned above, almost every car on the market today comes with Bluetooth connectivity, but some Bluetooth systems are better than others. All allow you to use an inbuilt microphone and speakers for phone calls, but not all facilitate the streaming of music.

Sat Nav

With that in mind, we recommend your next car comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These systems may require you plugging your phone in (save the latest BMW 5 Series, which is the first car with wireless CarPlay), but that means you can charge your phone as you drive.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also very feature-rich, so streaming music (either direct from your phone or via Spotify, for example) and using mobile-based sat nav should be a doddle.

This extra integration will help you resist the temptation to touch your phone when on the move, as all pertinent information will be displayed on the car’s infotainment screen. Given the dangers involved with using your phone when driving – not to mention the stricter laws that are on their way – this can only be a good thing.

Parking sensors

Parking sensors

Parking sensors are so useful that once you’ve had a car with them, we doubt you’d go back. Rear parking sensors are the first box you should tick, but we recommend going for front sensors as well. That’s because many modern cars have significant front overhangs and their corners can be hard – or even impossible – to see from the driver’s seat.

Reversing and top-down 360-degree parking cameras are useful, but the humble parking sensor provides more than enough guidance for most.

Split-folding rear seats

This may seem like an odd pick, but you’d be surprised how many cars don’t come as standard with split-folding rear seats – even some executive cars require that you pay extra for them.

We advise you do, though, as fixed-folding rear bench seats mean you’ll be limited to carrying two people if you’re travelling with a lot of luggage or bulky items. It’s likely secondhand buyers will feel similarly.

If you’d like to know more on the subject, visit our detailed guide to optional extras.

Folding rear seats

This article was written by Hugo Griffiths from Car Buyer and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.


Adding optional extras to a Motability Scheme car

When you order your car, you can choose factory fitted optional extras, such as those below, at an extra cost:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Parking sensors
  • Tinted windows
  • Car stereo
  • Air conditioning
  • Spoilers
  • Roof rails, bars and racks
  • Car alarm
  • Sunroof

To add optional extras during your lease, you’ll need to ask us for authorisation first, you will be responsible for all costs of this and you will not be reimbursed if you need to return the car.

Find out more about modifying your Scheme car.

Please remember, a range of over 2,000 cars is available to choose from and it’s completely up to you which car suits your needs and budget. If you’re not looking to spend more on optional extras or a higher-specification model, explore our range that costs less than your weekly allowance, or the same as your mobility allowance.


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If you have not leased a car through the Motability Scheme before, find out more about the benefits of leasing through the Motability Car Scheme and check your eligibility to join. As well as a great choice of cars, we also provide a wide range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs.

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