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Some occasions are worth some extra spending, but others are worth going all out. When it’s time to splurge on a birthday celebration, prom night, or the wedding of a lifetime, Uber Lux is the unbeatable rideshare service that you need to request.
If you thought Uber Black — Uber’s original black car service — was the ultimate luxury ride, you may be surprised to learn that there’s an even higher tier service out there. But while Uber Black may be a good fit for any important business meeting or date night, Lux is your secret weapon when you really want a night to remember.
UberLUX is Uber’s premium car service which picks up riders in high-class, 2012 or later, luxury vehicles. Unlike UberX, which targets riders on a budget, UberLUX delivers the utmost in luxury. These rides are in high-end cars that are even fancier than UberBLACK, which already offers rides in luxury black vehicles with leather interiors.
Ready to experience luxury at its finest? This article will tell you everything you need to know about Uber’s most stylish ride type, including the pricing, and how to take your first UberLUX ride. We’ll also examine some of the premium vehicles you can expect to pick you up when you use the service.
- What Is Uber Lux?
- Benefits of Uber Lux
- Uber Lux Car Models
- How Much Does Uber Lux Cost?
- How to Request an Uber Lux Ride
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Uber Lux?
Uber Lux is an ultra high-end black car service. With Uber Lux, you can request a ride in a top-of-the-line luxury vehicle, driven by a professional driver, for up to four people.
This premium ride option is definitely created to impress. When you request this service, you’ll be greeted with exemplary service — usually from a well-dressed driver — and a vehicle model that many car lovers dream about. You can also expect to jump into a ride with a tasteful black exterior and black leather interior in pristine condition. Vinyl and vegan leather are accepted in some markets.
Your Uber Lux ride may be in a sedan, crossover SUV, or full-sized SUV. In most cases, your vehicle won’t be any more than 10 years old. In some cases, you may luck out with a ride in a well-maintained legacy vehicle for an even more memorable night out.
Though Lux isn’t as widely available as lower-tier black car services like Uber Black and Black SUV, it can still be found in many major cities, including top entertainment destinations like Los Angeles, Miami, and Austin.
Benefits of Uber Lux
Uber Lux riders primarily benefit from enhanced safety and better airport access.
All Uber Lux drivers are required to have commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), which means they’re subject to the same strict screening processes that taxi drivers complete. Instead of just passing the Uber background check — which mainly looks for red flags in criminal and driving records — your Uber driver must pass city requirements, too. This can include fingerprinting, physical exams, and educational courses.
Lux cars still go through the same Uber vehicle inspection as cars for other Uber services, but you can expect minor flaws — especially those that can affect your safety — to not be dismissed as easily.
As professional drivers, Lux drivers must be covered by commercial insurance, too. When on the road, they always display their unique Transportation Charter Permit (TCP) numbers on their windshields, making them easier to identify.
In addition to enhancing safety, having an official TCP number also allows your drivers to go just about anywhere taxis are allowed. This means that, even when standard UberX pick-ups or drop-offs aren’t allowed directly in an airport (or an event venue venue), Uber Lux can usually get you right to the curb of your designated terminal or meet you there.
Uber Lux Car Models
Uber Black actually has Lux beat when it comes to special perks — Black provides all the benefits we listed and more — but when you’re requesting Uber Lux, it’s the unique high-end vehicles that you’re really after.
Lux is the one service that may allow you to access legacy vehicles, which are vintage models that are still in great working condition and in high demand. Though legacy vehicles are definitely not a guarantee, your ride will always at least be in the ranks of the following car models:
- Audi A8
- Bentley four-door models
- BMW 5-series or 7-series
- Cadillac Escalade
- Jaguar XJ or XJR
- Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, or Range Rover Sport
- Lexus LS or LX
- Lincoln Navigator
- Maybach four-door models
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class or G-Class
- Porsche Panamera
- Tesla Model S
- Rolls Royce Royce, Ghost, or Phantom
To get a sense of just how exclusive UberLUX is, here are seven of the luxury cars riders can expect when booking an UberLUX trip.
1. Porsche Cayenne
With UberLUX, you can expect anything from the Porsche family of cars. These are five-door luxury sedans marketed as a “sports car for the family.” It can comfortably seat four people including the driver and can even fit five if the passengers are squeezed together in the back. The Porsche Cayenne goes from 0–100 kph in just a little over six seconds — and it sounds really good doing it.
As is customary with most UberLUX cars, the Porsche Cayenne sports genuine leather seats, ensuring a luxurious and comfortable ride. Riders can also play their favorite tunes with its Bluetooth-supported media center and awesome Bose speakers on all five seats.
2. Mercedes Benz S Class
The Mercedes Benz S Class line is Mercedes’ luxury flagship class. They’ve been in production since 1972 and continue to captivate the hearts of luxury car lovers everywhere. They’re also a definite possibility for riders booking an UberLUX.
The S class is known for its highly-touted interiors, all stitched and sewn to achieve a uniform luxury feel. Riders also have the option of making the media center all theirs, thanks to the CarPlay and Android Auto-enabled media centers.
3. Maserati Ghibli
First introduced in the late ‘60s, the Maserati Ghibli is one of the most iconic sedans from the Maserati family. It was made to be a grand tour vehicle built for long drives over winding roads. As with any grand tour vehicle, the Maserati Ghibli pampers its riders and drivers with top-of-the-line interiors and perks.
The two newest Ghibli variants are the GranLusso and GranSport. The former focuses on luxury and comfort, while the latter boasts great dynamics that would please any car nut. Riders can enjoy full use of the Maserati Ghibli during long drives in the city.
UberLUX offers its riders the chance to ride in a Rolls-Royce. As many riders and drivers know, Rolls-Royce cars are bespoke and are tailored to each driver’s specifications. Luckily, this now extends to UberLUX riders too.
However, only four-door Rolls-Royce cars are allowed in the UberLUX service. Unfortunately for fans of models such as the Wraith, two-door models are not in the list of cars riders can expect. Regardless, riders coming out of a Rolls-Royce in any special event can expect a great first impression.
5. Audi A8
In production since 1994, the A8 series is one of Audi’s best-selling luxury sedans. The new A8 series sells itself as one of the more future-proofed cars, focusing on comfort and functionality. With a built-in media center that pairs with most devices, riders can definitely get some work done on their way to a very important meeting.
The A8 is a great fit for UberLUX riders who need to show up and make an impression when the company car isn’t available. Despite all the professional-looking trimmings, it doesn’t forget its roots as a fast car. The A8 runs like a charm, complete with many assistance systems that ensure a smooth and fast ride.
6. Range Rover
With over 45 years of luxury off-road experience, the Range Rover is one of the best luxury vehicles in the market today, and one of the cars which riders can expect from an UberLUX ride. Like an UberXL, the Range Rover can hold a lot more riders and their luggage comfortably.
Unlike an UberXL, however, riders can travel in style in the Range Rover, complete with all its bells and whistles — plush leather seats, complete media center, and excellent audio.
7. Tesla Model S
Riders can possibly get a glimpse of the future of cars when they book an UberLUX ride. The Tesla Model S is one of the cars in the lineup riders can choose from when using this service. It is an all-electric vehicle that has tons of features that both riders and drivers can appreciate. The Model S is one of the first vehicles in the world to have completely autonomous driving and parking capabilities, which (almost) negate the need for a driver.
Furthermore, the Model S has a “bioweapon defense system,” which is essentially a climate-control system for the car. Additionally, it features a “ludicrous mode” that allows the Model S to go from 0–100 kph in just three seconds. Add all those features up and riders will have a top-notch UberLUX experience.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the high-end cars offered by Uber Lux in every city, but don’t expect anything less than incredible models like these.
How Much Does Uber Lux Cost?
Uber Lux isn’t cheap and it’s not meant to be either. When you choose Lux, you’re probably looking to splurge on a luxury experience, as it’s the most expensive sedan ride you can request on your Uber app.
Though exact rates do vary quite a bit between markets, here are the rates that you can expect in Los Angeles as of June 2020:
- Base fare: $20
- Per-minute rate: 61 cents
- Per-mile rate: $5.06
- Minimum fare: $30
- Rider no-show or cancellation fee: $10
Surge pricing can still increase your fares during times of high demand, though Lux demand is rarely as high as UberX demand. Though Uber tipping is not required, tipping at least 15% of your total cost is expected. Many Lux riders will plan to tip more, since professional drivers tend to provide stand-out service.
To find the exact rates in your city, you can head to this price estimate tool, enter a pick-up and drop-off location within your market, and tap the info icon next to “Lux” to pull up detailed pricing information. You may need to tap “View all options” to see the “Lux” option, but if the listing still doesn’t appear, Uber Lux likely doesn’t operate in your area.
How to Request an Uber Lux Ride
Requesting an Uber Lux ride is incredibly simple and follows the same basic steps that you’d use to request any other Uber service.
If you haven’t already, make sure to download the Uber app for iPhone or iPhone, then follow the prompts to sign up. You’ll need to provide your full name, email address, phone number, and preferred password, then verify your number in this process.
Once you’re all signed up and logged into the app, tap the menu icon on the upper left corner, select the “Wallet” tab, and add your preferred payment method. All major credit cards are accepted, along with digital payment methods like Venmo, PayPal, and Google Pay.
When you’re ready to request your Uber Lux ride, head back to the homepage of your app and follow these simple steps:
- Tap on the “Where to?” bar to input your pick-up and drop-off locations.
- Scroll through your ride options and select “Lux” from the “Premium” section.
- Review your ride price, estimated drop-off time, and payment method, then tap “Confirm Lux” to request your on-demand ride.
Frequently Asked Questions
Riding with Uber Lux is the ultimate luxury experience. If you’re still unsure if this is the right service to splurge on, read these frequently asked questions for more insight:
How does Lyft Lux compare to Uber Lux?
Don’t let the names confuse you — Lyft Lux is actually the equivalent of Uber Black, so while it’s still a high-end black car service, it’s not quite as upscale as Uber Lux. The level of luxury that Uber Lux provides isn’t matched by any Lyft service — or by services on any similar on-demand rideshare app that we’ve found.
Is it possible to request a top-tier ride like Uber Lux for six people?
In select markets like Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Miami, Uber does offer a Lux SUV service that enables you to specifically request a high-end SUV for up to six. However, in other Uber Lux cities, there is no separate Lux SUV service. When this is the case, you’ll need to request two separate rides to guarantee room for six people.
Does Uber offer any premium services that aren’t black car services?
Yes. If you don’t want to spend extra money to get a professional driver or a black-on-black car, Uber Select is your best option. This service will still get you mid-tier luxury car models like the Audi A3, Hyundai Genesis, or Kia K900, but your ride can be any color and your driver does not need any special licensing.
Get the Best of the Best
When you want a night to remember, there’s no reason to hold back. Uber Lux is the upscale service for anyone who has a reason to celebrate or simply wants to treat themselves to the most luxurious rideshare experience possible. This is an on-demand service that’s unique to Uber and can be accessed from your smartphone at any time.
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Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.