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Small Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for sale UK Nationwide
For many people when they think of a wheelchair accessible vehicle they picture a great big minibus that perhaps they have seen driving around by their local hospital or local authority. The thought of having to buy and then drive one of these vehicles can even put them off purchasing a wheelchair accessible altogether vehicle despite the benefit of owning one would bring to them and their loved ones.
What is the smallest wheelchair accessible vehicle WAV Car? The Smallest Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle/WAV Car is the Fiat Qubo, followed by the Citroen Berlingo then Peugeot Partner/Horizon, Ford Tourneo, Fiat Doblo and Renault Kangoo in no particular order.
Fortunately, there are many small wheelchair accessible vehicles available that are perfectly sized to carry one wheelchair passenger that are easy to drive parking and generally live with. Below I have listed some of the most popular models.
Fiat Qubo Wheelchair Accessible – Smallest WAV Car
By far the smallest wheelchair accessible vehicle available is the Fiat Qubo. It measures just 396 cm long and 172cm wide, so is about the same length and width as Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa. Despite its compact size the Fiat Qubo can still carry up to three people and a wheelchair passenger. It is also available in a wheelchair passenger upfront configuration this where the wheelchair passenger sits up front alongside the driver. The Fiat Qubo comes with a choice of either a nippy 1.4 petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a frugal 1.3 diesel engine that is available with either a 5 speed manual or Fiats Dualogic automatic transmission.
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Citroen Berlingo Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
At only 438 cm long and 181 cm wide** the Citroen Berlingo is a very popular wheelchair accessible vehicle. Despite being only a few centimeters longer than the same age Ford Focus hatchback** it can still deliver adequate space for a wheelchair user and additional passengers. Most of this increase space is achieved by the Citroen Berlingo being some 35 cm higher than the Ford Focus. This increase height also gives the advantage of making the vehicle easier to get in and out of and reducing the need to bend down.
Finding a suitable Citroen Berlingo wheelchair accessible vehicle should be quite easy, they have been around for ages with lots of wheelchair accessible vehicle manufactures using them as a base vehicle to adapt. They are available with either a petrol or diesel engine and both manual and automatic gearbox, however the automatic petrol model has only been available since 2018.
**Measurements of a 2016 Model
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Fiat Doblo Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle – same length and width as Ford Focus Hatchback
Like many of the MPV vehicles in this sector the Fiat Doblo is pretty much the same size measuring at 440cm long, 183cm wide and 185cm high** so like its competition is about the same length and width as Ford Focus Hatchback albeit the Fiat Doblo is higher.
The Fiat Doblo has always been a great value wheelchair accessible vehicle and always proved a popular choice for those looking to buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle. Like the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo, it offers the same car like drivability. They come in a range of different configurations that includes a wheelchair passenger up front and rear wheelchair passenger. Typically, they can carry three or four people plus the wheelchair passenger. Engine wise the Fiat Doblo comes in petrol or diesel version with both manual and automatic transmission available however, the automatic version is only available with the diesel engine.
**Measurements of a 2016 Model
Peugeot Partner/Horizon Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
Also known as the Peugeot Horizon, a name given by the company who convert the vehicles into wheelchair accessible vehicles to identify it within their range. The Peugeot Partner without going into too much detail basically the same vehicle as the Citroen Berlingo they share the same body/chassis and are the same size, so like the Citroen Berlingo is about the similar length and width as a Ford Focus Hatchback.
Like the Citroen Berlingo the Peugeot Partner offers the same practically and makes an ideal wheelchair accessible vehicle that is available in a range of different seating options and plenty of space for a wheelchair passenger or mobility scooter.
A very nice feature that is fitted to many Peugeot Partners/Horizons is an ingenuous rear ramp feature. The rear ramp can be folded flat to create a flat boot floor when a wheelchair passenger is not in the vehicle. This can be particularly useful for those needing both a normal car and one that is suitable for carrying a wheelchair passenger.
The Peugeot Partner comes with either petrol or diesel engine, there is also an automatic option available with the diesel engine version only. In 2018 the Peugeot Partner was updated and became the Peugeot Rifter and a petrol automatic version is available. See our previous post on Is a Citroen Berlingo the same as a Peugeot Partner 2011 to 2017 model.
Ford Tourneo Connect Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
Introduced in 2013 the Ford Tourneo Connect hasn’t been around as long as some of the other similar sized wheelchair accessible vehicle but is still proving very popular with a good range of vehicles in a variety of different seating configurations and available in two trim models. The dimensions of the Ford Tourneo Connect are similar to most other vehicles in its class and measures just 442cm long, 214 cm wide including wing mirrors and 185cm high. Most of the wheelchair accessible Ford Tourneo Connect for sale seem to be diesel with either a manual or automatic gearbox a petrol version is available however these seem to be very rare, but I feel this will improve with time.
To save any confusion it is worth mentioning that there is also a larger version known as Grand Tourneo Connect this is the same vehicle but is much longer and will usually has seating for five plus wheelchair passenger whereas the standard Tourneo Connect will have seating for just three plus the wheelchair passenger.
Automatic Wav Cars for Sale – Renault Kangoo Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
Renault Kangoo is a well proven and respected wheelchair accessible vehicle. Unfortunately no longer being produced as a wheelchair adapted vehicle because Renault stopped production of the Kangoo MPV in about 2012. However, at the time of writing this a new model Kangoo van is due during 2022 and surely a MPV version will follow that hopefully a wheelchair accessible vehicle manufacture will adapt for wheelchair users.
Despite this there are still Renault Kangoo wheelchair accessible available in the market but not quite in the numbers like the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo.
One thing that makes the Renault Kangoo a popular wheelchair vehicle is the availability of having a petrol engine with an automatic transmission version.
This configuration suits those who prefer a petrol engine but also need an automatic transmission. Most Renault Kangoo’s can carry 3 people plus wheelchair passenger