In the UK we are spoilt for choice when looking to purchase a new minicab car with the whole nation boasting a wealth of dealerships on every other road. From new, sleek saloons to eco-friendly vehicles, as a nation, we are constantly adding to our fleet of cars for sale. Although the choice is always a great thing it can also be a bit of a headache, especially if you are a taxi driver looking to buy a car. Here are our top 3 cars to use as taxis!
Mercedes S Class – The Mercedes brand is renowned for offering its passengers a comfortable, pleasant experience, qualities that are very important when offering a transport service. As well as being aesthetically pleasing from the outside the S Class is also a pleasure to drive, an important attribute considering how much time the driver will spend in their taxi. Features of the S Class include:
- The car is very spacious
- Fuel efficient
- Good resale value
- Has good performance
Price: Although dwelling at the higher end of the typical taxi budget the benefits of operating an S Class are plentiful. With a brand new model costing around the £70,000 mark they do hold value well, being more of an investment that a huge pay-out.
Skoda Octavia The Skoda Octavia is a very popular vehicle amongst UK taxi drivers, possessing all the qualities that drivers rely on. As well as being a reliable vehicle it is also cheap to repair. This is an extremely helpful feature as taxis experience a lot more wear and tear than your average family car, being on the road more often with the engine having to perform on a constant basis. Features of the Octavia include:
- This car is very spacious
- Fuel efficiency
- It is very reliable
- It is cheaper than the VW Golf
Price The Skoda Octavia can be purchased new from as little as £22,000, allowing taxi drivers to invest more money in other areas of their business. Being such a cost-effective vehicle does not, however, mean that is it of a low standard, constantly being the recipient of raving reviews from owners and car critics. “The new Octavia vRS has a very special place in the heart of everyone at ŠKODA.” Says Alasdair Stewart, Brand Director of ŠKODA, UK. “It unites our love of motorsport, sharp design and bold engineering, and is one of the most exciting cars we’ve ever made. We’re confident that the new Octavia’s unique mix of space, practicality, and performance give it a real edge in an area of the market where we have enjoyed fantastic growth over recent years.”
Vauxhall Insignia The Vauxhall Insignia is also another great taxi choice, with the newest model sweeping the nation. On the brand’s website, it states: ‘The new shape hatchback, saloon, and estate models raise the game with enhanced levels of refinement. Dramatic new styling, significantly improved driving dynamics and increased interior quality all combine to set new standards of comfort and control. The car’s chassis is entirely in tune with UK roads and with an improved engine line-up that includes V6 petrol turbo performance, alongside advanced common-rail turbo-diesel technology.’ Features of the Insignia include:
- Twin front airbags
- Side and curtain airbags
- Remote control security alarm system
- Reclining front seats
- Driver’s seat height adjuster
- Door-to-door illumination
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Price: The Vauxhall Insignia can be bought brand new for £15,000 with many different models and specifications available. Let us know what you think, which out of these cars would you prefer to use as a taxi? Leave your comments below.