February 23, 2017 at 2:58 PM
If you need to buy a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) then we can help! We have compiled a list of the ten best vehicles on the market.
1. The VW Caddy
This large van comes fitted with air conditioning and an anti-lock brake system. The Caddy is also available with an automatic gearbox. It comfortably hosts 5 passengers and a wheelchair user with his/her wheelchair.
2. Peugeot Partner - Horizon or Premier versions
This vehicle allows wheelchair access via the rear of the vehicle. It sits up to 3 people comfortably, plus there is additional space for one wheelchair. In the case, there is no wheelchair user, the vehicle converts into a 5 seater. The Peugeot Partner is fitted with a lowered floor, sliding rear doors and electric seat belts.
3. Ford Connect
This comes with various options including a lowered floor, and a roll-forward bench. A ramp offers acres to the rear of the vehicle. Can take 6 passengers plus a wheelchair. Air conditioning is fitted as standard as are electric windows.
4. Fiat Doblo
This vehicle is spacious and allows easy access for the wheelchair to enter the vehicle via a hidden ramp. It is the perfect vehicle for small budgets and will surely allow you to drive around easily.
5. Vauxhall Vivaro
This is a spacious people carrier that has adjustable seating so as to incorporate several wheelchair users. The vehicle is practical and modern. Both the driving seat and steering wheel are adaptable to ensure the most comfortable driving position.
6. Vauxhall Movano
This is an incredibly spacious vehicle that can seat up to 8 passengers comfortably, including three wheelchairs. It is, therefore, the perfect option for larger families. Seats are also interchangeable to allow the correct seating arrangement for your specific needs.
7. Fiat Ducato
This vehicle is a small sized van that is wheelchair accessible. It can comfortably seat two wheelchairs. Total passenger numbers are 16, so this is the ideal vehicle for large parties of people.
8. Renault Kangoo
This WAV comes with a lowered floor and automatic access ramp. Wheelchair access is via the rear of the vehicle. Side access is via sliding doors. The vehicle is designed for one wheelchair user.
9. Ford Explorer modernised by BraunAbility
Features include the introduction of an automatic ramp, sliding doors and removal of passenger seats for placement of a wheelchair. This vehicle has also been adapted for the driver to be able to remain seated in their wheelchair.
10. Ventures MV-1
This van's floor is a complete ramp and all doors are fitted with power doors as standard, to allow wheelchairs to enter the vehicle effortlessly. All of this is done via pressing a button. Several wheelchairs can be placed in the vehicle, including the driving position.