Best cars for UberBLACK drivers
Best vehicles for Uber Black Drivers
Uber Black is a premium driver program with a limited number of positions (so it is important to check with Uber prior to purchasing a vehicle). In most cities, Uber will not allow an UberBLACK car to be older than five years, so it’s important to be aware of any requirements before setting out on your search. A vehicle is a large investment and not one to make lightly, especially when UberBLACK requirements can be so strict.
Uber Black is the professional chauffeur service, requiring drivers to carry an airport permit, a TCP, and commercial car insurance. Fares are higher, and drivers tend to earn more than other Uber drivers, including UberX drivers.
Before heading out on your search for an UberBLACK vehicle you’ll need to have a checklist ready. Vehicles must be a sedan, crossover SUV or a full size SUV, be in great condition with black interior and exterior, comfortably seat 4+ (not including the driver), have four doors, and pass Uber’s vehicle inspection.
Below are only a few of the accepted vehicles for UberBLACK.
A new Acura MDX will cost $44,000 to $58,000+, and features third row seating, a back-up camera, Bluetooth capability, stability control, and a blind spot and lane departure warning system to help avoid accidents. Passengers will enjoy the reclining rear seats, rear ventilation, and roomy feel. Used vehicles can range from $30,000 upwards.
BMW ActiveHybrid 7
The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 will cost UberBLACK drivers between $25,000 and $60,000+, and features a ‘limo-like’ experience for passengers with its additional leg room; a 10-speaker sound system; and four zone climate control. Drivers who are looking for a more ‘eco-friendly’ passenger experience will appreciate the vehicle’s hybrid status.
The Cadillac SRX was manufactured between 2004 and 2015, and UberBLACK drivers can expect to pay between $25,000 and $40,000+ to purchase one of these mid-size luxury crossover SUVs. With lots of storage and comfortable seating, passengers will feel relaxed and at ease as they sit back and wait to arrive at their destination. Best options are the 2012 or newer models (*as Cadillac has reportedly fixed some of the earlier model’s vehicle issues).
The Jaguar XF is a mid-size luxury/executive car that UbeBLACK drivers can find in the $30,000 to $60,000+ range. The Jaguar XF offers passengers a luxury experience with a four star crash test rating, in a car that has won numerous awards (including the Car of the Decade Award by Auto Express in 2011). Those who love music will enjoy the highly-rated sound system. Aesthetically-speaking, the Jaguar XF has a reputation amongst car aficionados for turning heads – perfect for prospective UberBLACK drivers!
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a mid-size luxury SUV that UberBLACK drivers should find in the $35,000 to $140,000+ price range. Drivers can enjoy three ride-height air suspension options; terrain response settings; and a multitude of other features. The second generation RRS launched in NYC in 2013 (*the event was hosted by James Bond actor Daniel Craig – making this vehicle an instant hit with 007 fans!)
The Porsche Macan is a luxury crossover SUV that will run between $50,000 and $90,000+ and offer excellent passenger seating and a stylish turbo-charged ride. The Macan handles better than a lot of competitor vehicles in its class, making it a great ‘daily driver’ and a superb UberBLACK choice. Cargo space is sufficient for airport pickups (or drop offs) and the sleek Porsche reputation does not fall short with this SUV.
Choosing a vehicle for Uber Black means looking at the best luxury experience you can offer passengers. And, since there are many options in the BLACK car category to choose from –it’s important to weigh options carefully before purchasing in the higher-end market.
Happy car hunting!