Mr Jamal Miah has been a taxi driver in London for three and a half years. He recently bought his first hybrid taxi, after previously renting one. He explained that a fellow taxi driver recommended that he contact Cab Direct. Jamal said: “I simply phoned up and ordered my new cab over the phone – it couldn’t have been any easier.”
“I chose to buy the Prius mainly for the fuel efficiency – it’s a great car, very smart and reliable and it never breaks down!”
The Toyota Prius is proving to be very popular in London and Jamal thoroughly enjoys driving his new cab. Toyota has cleverly combined its 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and 1.31kWh battery to produce such great economy. Officially, it’ll return as much as 61.4mpg! It’s definitely the fuel-saving properties that get cabbies interested in this stylish car and Jamal agrees: “I chose to buy the Prius mainly for the fuel efficiency – it’s a great car, very smart and reliable and it never breaks down!”
Impressively Spacious and Quiet
The Toyota Prius is great to drive. It’s impressively comfortable and very quiet. The 502-litre boot isn’t particularly deep, but there’s plenty of space for luggage or a pram. There’s also plenty of room for passengers in the rear and if you need more space for luggage the back seats flip down in a two-way (60:40) split.
The interior is modern and practical, with a 3-spoke leather steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and power-adjustable lumbar support on the driver’s seat. Being an automatic model makes it easy to drive. Jamal said: “The gear lever is fantastic and easy to use; unlike other cars I’ve driven.”
Internally everything is well laid out and the base model includes a seven-inch infotainment screen. If you upgrade to the Business Edition model you’ll also get a wireless phone charger, push-button start and a bright head-up display, and if satellite navigation is important you should select the Business Edition+.
Jamal concluded “This was my first purchase from Cab Direct and I’ve found the whole process very simple. Having been recommended to them from a taxi driver friend myself I would definitely pass on my high recommendation.”
So, if you’re ready to go green you’ll find the Toyota Prius is a very economical, reliable taxi with all the comforts that you and your passengers require.