After the spread of the novel coronavirus, life is coming to normalcy. People have started coming out of their houses. More so, in the upcoming months, almost all the offices will resume work from office from work from (ahem… vacation…ahem) home. Well, this means soon we’d be seeing a lot of taxis and cabs back flooding the roads. But since the normal in 2019, there have been a lot of updates in the Indian automotive industry. So, today we could 10 cars that can be good taxis and cabs.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio CNG
The first vehicle on the list is the cheapest vehicle that can be used as a taxi. For one, it is among the cheapest vehicle, and also it comes with an option to run the Celerio on CNG.
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Running on CNG translates to lower running costs, especially when the fuel prices are skyrocketing. With that, the maintenance cost of a CNG vehicle is relatively less when compared to a conventional vehicle running on petrol.
Up next is the cheapest 7 seater vehicle a person can buy in India, the Renault Triber. Triber is among the value for money vehicles that can be used as a Taxi. Being a 7 seater, this MPV has 3 rows of seats. But 7 seats is not the prime reason for using this vehicle as taxi.
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With the 3 rows of seats down, Triber offers class-leading boot space of 625 Litres. For reference, Hyundai Creta has a decent-sized boot that measures 433 litres. Now Triber, that is huge. So for interstate travel with 5 people will be super convenient in this Renault.
Maruti Suzuki XL6
The next MPV on the list is the Maruti Suzuki XL6. Essentially a beefed-up Ertiga, the XL6 is easy to recommend for a luxury taxi experience. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 comes with 3 rows of seats. But instead of a bench seat, the XL6 has captain seats for the middle row.
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The XL6 comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine, which is capable of running on CNG as the powertrain is standard in both sister MPVs. This allows the middle row passengers a plush ride with no compromise in cabin space. We have to wait for Maruti to launch a CNG variant of the XL6.
Tata Tiago CNG / Tigor CNG
The following two vehicles on the list are another two vehicles that are similar, except the boot space, of course. Recently the Indian carmaker Tata launched the Tiago and Tigor with CNG pre-installed.
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Where the Tigor can be a good outstation Taxi, Tiago can be a more than adequate option to run as a cab in the city boundaries. This allows both the vehicles to save big when strolling along in the city. That said, with the 4star safety rating, the occupants will feel a lot more save than in its rivals.
Hyundai Aura CNG
let’s talk about the vehicle that already is used as a taxi. Hyundai is or instead was the go-to choice for the Taxi fleet owners. This has nothing to do with what Aura offers but is more like because it comes with pre-installed CNG.
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Now with more vehicles coming with pre-installed CNG, Hyundai Aura might have to do a lot more than it has done till now. Nevertheless, Aura, in no terms, is a bad vehicle, it instead returns decent mileage with CNG. Also, it is comparatively cheap to maintain.
The latest entry into the MPV segment in India is the Kia Carens. The new Carens has a lot going for it in the market, for there is no considerable contender. You might say, Ertiga, which indeed is a competitor lacks a diesel powertrain. This is where the Kia Carens have struck the hammer.
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Carens comes with two petrol engines and gets a diesel mill that is cheaper than the closest MPV with a diesel. Owing to high mileage, the Carens within the base diesel variant doesn’t cost a dime and could become the price choice for the fleet owners.
4th gen Honda City
The older, 4th generation of the Honda City is still on sale but at a lower price. With extreme C-segment sedan’s comfort and super refined and efficient engine, this Honda City can become a good option for a luxury taxi.
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This generation of City comes with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine which is different from the one that powers the 5th gen. Even the boot space of the vehicle is more than the current competition. Moreover, it has been more than 7 years that the vehicle is still competing in the market, this means, it is a reliable machine.
The underrated vehicle on the list is the Mahindra Marazzo. Underrated because it offers the right balance between the price, power and space as it used to sit right in the middle of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova. It has been almost 4 years since Mahindra launched its versatile MPV Marrazzo in the country.
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Still, people were not fully aware of the MPV because of the lack of knowledge and advertisement. That said, even after the BS6 transition, this vehicle could not cover the ground. Nevertheless, the Mahindra Marazzo could just be the right vehicle for those looking for a budget prominent people’s mover.
MG Hector Plus
Sure an unconventional choice to use as the taxi is the MG Hector plus. Hector Plus can do short, long, and even airport runs rather well because it comes with a rather potent diesel engine. Also, it is not that it is expensive.
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For instance, the base diesel variant of the Hector Plus is still more feature right and chapter than the Toyota Innova. Additionally, MG has precisely tuned Hector Plus’s suspension to suit India roads and comes with an option of choosing either bench seat or captain seats for the middle row.
Moving to another vehicle that was never a conventional choice is the Hyundai Alcazar. Launched last year, Alcazar is among the most comfortable vehicles a taxi fleet owner can buy at this price. Also, with captain seats in the middle row, Hyundai Alcazar gets ventilated seats, which is seriously a boon in the hot weather like India’s.
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All those seeking an utterly luxury chauffeured experience Alcazar with the diesel engine could be just it. Okay, we agree that the diesel is not powerful enough, but it indeed is efficient, which is a priority when buying a vehicle as a taxi.
We think these were the 10 vehicles in the Indian market that would definitely do good as a taxi or a car. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section below.