Some of the most popular Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) on the Scheme will soon be replaced with brand-new models, so if you’re looking for a WAV, the new Peugeot Rifter, Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo might be of interest to you.
Peugeot, Vauxhall and Citroen are all owned by the same group, so each of the new models is actually built on the same platform. This means that the basics of each vehicle are the same; however there are differences between the specifications of each model. Each WAV supplier may also convert the models in different ways meaning that one may be more suitable for you than another. So, although they are broadly the same vehicle you’ll still need to see each WAV to check if it is right for you.
Each vehicle has enjoyed an overhaul in engine technology, resulting in better fuel efficiency and less environmental impact, sleek new styling and improvements to the comfort of the interior. And for the first time the vehicles are available in either standard or long wheelbase. The standard wheelbase versions feature as small WAVs on the Motability Scheme while the long wheelbase models are within the Medium-small category, bringing an increased variety of WAVs to this popular category.
With many new features over the models they replace, including improved infotainment system; driver safety technology, with some models coming with rear view cameras; enhanced comfort features, such as heated seats and steering wheel and a dashboard, the new models feel more car-like too.
The vehicles are fitted with a sliding rear door on either side and clever new storage innovations make it easier to safely store extra baggage. All models are WLTP compliant and any new conversions based on these vehicles have been thoroughly safety tested to comply with the relevant regulations.
We are hoping to see these great new models on the Motability Scheme from April. The WAV suppliers who are working with these new models will be able to tell you more about each of the vehicles and of course you can see them in the flesh by booking a home demonstration with your WAV supplier.