Best small cars for Uber drivers

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Hyundai Ioniq front

Looking to choose from a list of the best small cars for Uber drivers? You’ve come to the right place.

 This list of the best small cars for Uber drivers has a choice of small cars for uber drivers to fit a variety of needs – whether you do long out-of-town runs or shorter trips through the city.

All the cars here are dependable workhorses that should prove very reliable and cheap to run. That said, they’re also some of the best cars of their type. They all have modern interiors with space for four people and room for luggage. Keep reading for heycar’s guide to the best small cars for Uber drivers. 

Toyota Prius

Year launched: 2016

Toyota Prius Front Side View

You only have to spend five minutes in a UK city centre to know that Uber drivers love the Toyota Prius – it's one of the best small cars for Uber drivers. It’s got an excellent reputation for reliability and it’s hybrid motors make it very cheap to run.

Even the standard car will return more than 60mpg under tough-new WLTP real-world testing but the plug-in hybrid model is even better on fuel and is exempt from paying tariffs like the London Congestion Charge. Whichever model you go for, the Prius is easy to drive in town.

It feels well built on the inside and comes with an infotainment screen fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can mirror your phone’s display on the car’s big screen. It has room for four adults and the boot will swallow a couple of suitcases.

Hyundai Ioniq

Year launched: 2016

Hyundai Ioniq on road

There are no prizes for guessing where the idea for the Hyundai Ioniq came from – it even looks very similar to the Toyota Prius. Like the world’s first mass-produced hybrid, the Ioniq is cheap to run, practical and should be very reliable.

The Ioniq is a hybrid just like the Prius. That said, you can have it as an even-cheaper-to-run-but-pricier plug-in hybrid and as an emissions-free pure electric car – both of which are exempt from the London Congestion Charge. 

Unlike the Prius, which has a CVT gearbox, the Hyundai has a more responsive twin-clutch auto that doesn't cause the same engine drone. Like the Prius, it has a modern interior with an infotainment screen fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as space for four and their luggage.  

Kia Soul EV

Year launched: 2019

Kia Soul EV  frontright exterior

The Kia Soul EV is one of the best small cars for Uber drivers. It doesn’t blow you away with futuristic looks so you’d be forgiven for thinking its a relatively humble electric car – when actually, its electric powertrain is one of the best in the business, as is its seven-year warranty.

It’s got a 280-mile range under tough WLTP testing – which means it’s not as ‘pie in the sky’ as other figures you hear. It’s also quick and very quiet, plus it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

The Kia’s interior is as unassuming as its exterior but it is packed full of kit and it’s also pretty spacious. It’s SUV style body translates into room enough for tall adults, although the shallow boot rules out luggage-upped airport runs. 

Hyundai Kona Electric

Year launched: 2019

Hyundai Kona Electric frontleft exterior

Like the Kia, the Hyundai Kona Electric is another relatively affordable route to owning an extremely good electric car with a powertrain that’s one of the most impressive in the business – it’s one of the best small cars for Uber drivers. It's cheap-to-run, surprisingly quick, but also reasonably practical. 

It only has one gear so you drive it like an automatic and the instant thrust it produces off the line is very impressive – you’ll surprise hot hatches away from the lights – but it also has a real-world range of up 280 miles.

Inside, there’s a large infotainment screen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto so you can use your phone’s apps for music and navigation. There’s also space for four although you’ll need to remove the parcel shelf to get big suitcases in the boot.

Skoda Octavia

Year launched: 2020

Skoda Octavia driving

Okay, so the Skoda Octavia isn’t that small but it does cost the same as a small family car like the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf which is why it qualifies for this list of the best small cars for Uber drivers.

You’ll have no trouble fitting four tall adults inside the Octavia and its boot is also huge for a car this price. Inside, it feels very well built, is easy to use and has an infotainment screen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Skoda is available with petrol, diesel and petrol-electric drivetrains so there’s a model to suit all scenarios and you can also choose from manual or automatic gearboxes. It’s even fun to drive when you’re heading home after your shift. 

A combination of excellent build quality and low running costs mean the Toyota Prius is the best car for Uber drivers. Its light controls make it easy to drive in town and it has space inside for four adults and their luggage.

What is the lowest year car for Uber depends on where you intend to operate – in London, Uber allows cars built in 2008 or newer to join its platform. In the rest of the UK, cars built up to 2006 qualify.

The cars you can use for Uber include four-door cars or minivans, which are in good condition, with no cosmetic damage and no commercial branding. All vehicles must be licensed to carry a minimum of four passengers.

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Hyundai Ioniq

1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid Premium 5dr DCT

  • 2020
  • 6,866 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Hyundai Morpeth
  • Northumberland, NE616JN
PCP: £369.03/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £369.03, Customer Deposit: £3,282.00, Total Deposit: £3,282.30, Optional Final Payment: £9,761.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,077.35, Total Amount Payable: £25,959.35, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000