Taxi vehicles vary hugely around the country, sheerly as a result of different local authority cab requirements. Some local councils require all cabs to be wheelchair accessible, such as the example of Reading where Reading cabs care about their customers providing them with the accessibility of a wheelchair.
Whether its airport transfers or Friday and Saturday night run into town, there is a huge demand for Taxi’s in Reading, particularly in Gatwick, Heathrow, and Limerick.
For taxi drivers, there is terribly a lot to consider when choosing your next taxi. One of the most important is the running costs. Driving in city traffic is not the most economical and effective. Hence with a low emissions vehicle, you are ensuring that your taxi is cost-efficient and you do not have to stop too often to refuel. You don’t want to be filling up the fuel tank every hour, so you’ll need to choose a vehicle that delivers on mpg.
Another important consideration is space and comfort for your passengers. Sitting in bumper to bumper traffic can become exhausting especially when you are in a hurry, giving the customer a comfortable environment with plenty of space allows them to relax a bit more and not take their frustrations out on their driver. Easy access is also important – cars with a high step up to the seating or awkward spaces are far from ideal for those with restricted mobility. Also, of course, there are 5 to 7 seaters and disability taxi options if that is the service you would like to offer.
Boot space is also a very important factor in a taxi. Particularly with airport transfers passengers may come with a lot of luggage, shopping, or prams with them your taxi needs to be equipped for this so that you are not losing out on a fare due to the lack of luggage space. Ensure your boot space is expansive, and not only will you have room for your passengers’ items, but you can also stow essentials like a first aid kit, fire extinguisher to be prepared for any unexpected incidents on the roadside.
The final thing to consider is, of course, the original cost of the vehicle. Whether you choose to buy in cash or finance the vehicle a lot of garages have exclusive offers and discounts for taxi drivers specifically. Although some of these offers can be below the line so you may need to ask the sales team to go through them directly. These are points that need to be considered.
Here are some economical and best cars a driver can consider to drive around the cities with his potential happy customers.
The Vauxhall Insignia has great value for money which makes it a definite favorite for cabbies and motorway cruisers. The latest facelift models are equipped much better too, with some coming with SatNav and leather seats.
The engines on these models are more cost-effective and energy-efficient too. Believe it or not, the 2.0-litre diesel is more efficient than the 1.6-litre diesel engine and is available with 140 or 170 bhp. But the newest model doesn’t have as good economy figures.
There are two distinguished areas where the Citreon Berlingo Multispace has an edge. The first is an excellent fuel economy, essential to any cab driver, while the second is the sheer amount of space on offer. Its van-based origins mean plenty of head and legroom for those in the back seats, while it also has a massive luggage area making it sufficient enough for customers with heavy and numerous luggage.
In a world of SUVs and crossovers, the humble Mondeo may have got off the grid a little for fleet and family cars. But it still more than holds its own among Uber drivers and conventional cabbies, its relaxed ride, refined cabin and larger than usual passenger and load space. All are economical, whether you go for petrol, diesel or hybrid driveline.
A8 is for the more sophisticated side of taxi driving, the big Audi makes a lot of sense. Comfortable, relatively thrifty and with a huge boot, the A8 is the perfect choice for VIP chauffeuring and executive airport transfers.
All A8s come with a fair amount of safety kit as standard, including automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and lane-keeping assistance. The optional Safety Pack adds an airbag between the rear passengers and active head restraints.
The 2016 Kia Soul is yet another car suitable for running a taxi business. The Kia Soul is small, affordable, easy to drive, easy to maintain, fuel-efficient and has a very spacious interior than you could even imagine. This model of car is highly recommended for those who are just starting their solo taxi cab business.
The Soul has roomy seating and cargo space, quality materials, a high-reliability rating, and great crash test scores.
The Skoda Octavia has been a huge hit with the UK’s taxi drivers, and it continues to offer plenty of cab appeal. Brawny, economical diesel engine, a big boot notwithstanding whether you choose for the Octavia Hatch or Estate. None of the engines in the Skoda Octavia range are particularly thirsty, but the 1.6 TDI diesel is the most fuel-efficient, although the Skoda Octavia's 2.0 TDI diesel also returns good economy figures.