Uber’s German Models

Uber has existed in Australia since 2012. Since its beginning as a simple ride-sharing phone application, the company now have a range of services, including food delivery (UberEATS) and their prestige range, UberSELECT and UberBLACK.

This week, we talk you through which German prestige vehicles can be used as Uber vehicles.

But first, let’s outline the basic Uber criteria…

Standard Uber Criteria

All Uber cars have to meet the basic criteria. Uber mechanics will inspect your vehicle before you can drive for the company. To make sure your vehicle is Uber-ready, it must be:

  • In excellent condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Registered
  • CTP-insured
  • Less than 10 years old

It must have:

  • 4 doors
  • Room for 5 people including the driver
  • working windows and air-conditioning

It cannot be:

  • a taxi
  • a former government vehicle
  • a branded vehicle

German Prestige Vehicles for a German-sounding Company

It seems that everybody wants some German prestige! Uber, although an American company, is a German word. It’s derived from the same Latin from which we get “over”.


 So what prestige German cars do they use?


UberX German Cars

UberX is the company’s basic service. Any car can be used for this service as long as it meets the company’s quality criteria. Common UberX cars are VW Golfs and non-European models like Hyundai or Toyota.

As experts in Volkswagen, Volks Affair are able to perform a safety inspection, vehicle service and any repairs you need before your Uber inspection.



UberSELECT: the next tier

Uber’s mid-tier luxury range charge more than UberX. UberSLECT vehicles are luxury sedans, such as a Mercedes-Benz E63. UberSELECT use luxury and elite models so charge more but the drivers do not have to have a chauffeur’s licence. This makes UberSELECT sit between UberX and UberBLACK in terms of price.

The UberSELECT fleet includes models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen:

Audi models include the A4 through to the A8, including Avant, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q9 and any RS or S model.

UberSELECT BMW models include the 3-series, 5-series, Gran Turismo, 7-Series, Alpina, B7, X3, X5, X6, M3 and M5.

Drivers who wish to use their Mercedes-Benz as an UberSELECT vehicle can as well. Any Mercedes-Benz model may be used, provided it, like any other Uber vehicle, meets the standard criteria. 

And Volkswagen drivers aren’t left out either! Drivers of 2012 (or later) Touareg, Passat or CC are eligible to apply for UberSELECT too.

As Melbourne’s German car service specialists, we specialise in Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen. We can perform all the safety checks, vehicle inspections, services and repairs needed for your car to meet the Uber inspectors.


UberBLACK – the luxury fleet

UberBLACK is the company’s premium service. Uber was originally launched as a prestige riding service and although they have diversified into everyday services and UberEATS, they haven’t forgotten their origins as a prestige rideshare service.

In addition to the standard Uber criteria, UberBLACK vehicles need to be less than six years old, have VH licence plates, commercial vehicle insurance and be black, grey or silver.

Uber’s elite service is the most discerning. The list of vehicles eligible to be used as UberBLACK cars is the shortest, with no Volkswagen making the list.
German models currently eligible for UberBLACK are 2012 (or later) makes of:
Audi: A8, Q7

BMW: 5- and 7-series

Mercedes-Benz: E, S, GL, ML

If you are thinking about signing up to be an UberBLACK driver, first make sure your vehicle is in top condition. Book in with us for a complete inspection, including a safety check, today!


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