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If you’ve ever taken an Uber, you may be confused about the different types of ride options that appear when you want to request a vehicle. This article will serve as a definitive guide for the Uber XL service. We’ll cover what Uber XL is, how to sign up, how to request an Uber XL, and what to expect during your ride. Then, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions.
- What Is Uber XL?
- What Makes Uber XL Unique?
- How to Sign up
- How to Request a Car
- Riding in an Uber XL
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Uber XL?
Uber XL allows riders to request a larger vehicle. While the standard Uber X car is only required to hold four passengers, an Uber XL can hold six passengers. Uber XL vehicles are either minivans or SUVs.
What Makes Uber XL Unique?
Uber XL is distinguishable because of its vehicle requirements. Because drivers are required to provide minivans or SUVs, passengers have more flexibility in what they can do with their ride. For instance, with Uber XL, you’ll find larger vehicles that can:
- Fit a large group of people
- Transport things like groceries
- Carry your luggage when you travel
If this isn’t what you’re looking for, other options available on the Uber app include:
- Uber X: Standard vehicles which hold four people
- Uber Black: High-end black cars with professional drivers
- Uber SUV: Similar to Uber XL, except the SUVs are luxury cars
- Uber Pool: Rides you share with other customers
- Uber WAV: Offers wheelchair-accessible vehicles
However, if you need a standard car service with more room than what UberX cars can offer, call for an Uber XL to take you on your next rideshare trip.
How to Sign up
The process of signing up for Uber XL is very straightforward. Head to uber.com or download the app on Apple or Google Play. Note that the app will work on iPhones and Android smartphones. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can choose to create an Uber account. You’ll be prompted to enter the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- Phone number
- Email address
If you started the process on Uber’s website, it will prompt you to download the app on your smartphone and enter your login information. The app will then walk you through a few final steps such as verifying your phone number.
You then can upload the credit card information you’ll use for payment to make it faster to call a ride when you need it. If you do not enter your payment information at this point, you’ll need to enter it each time you request a ride. Both debit cards and gift cards are also accepted.
After entering this information, you can start requesting Uber XL rides.
How to Request a Car
Once you are logged in, you’ll see a screen with a map. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see two options: “Ride” and “Order Food.” Select “Ride,” since “Order Food” refers to the company’s Uber Eats service.
After you make sure that you have selected a ride, you’ll see a “Where to?” box on your screen. Enter your destination address in the box. If the location setting on your phone is turned on, the app will automatically detect your pickup location. However, you should still verify this address is correct. And if your location settings are not on, you’ll need to enter this address manually.
After ensuring both addresses are correct, you’ll see a list of the different Uber services in your area. At this point, you can choose the Uber XL option. Then, select “Confirm Uber XL.”
The app will then connect you with a nearby Uber driver. Once you’ve matched with a driver, you’ll see the driver’s picture, their rating, and the type of vehicle you’ll ride in. If you are curious about whether the vehicle can hold your belongings, you can contact your driver through the app to confirm.
Riding in an Uber XL Vehicle
After matching with your driver, your vehicle will appear within a few minutes, depending on traffic and how far away your driver is. The Uber app has a timer and map, so you can track your driver’s arrival.
When your Uber XL arrives, ensure the driver’s license plate and name match the information the app lists.
Once your belongings are loaded, your driver will take you to your destination in the safest and most efficient way possible. Although the Uber driver app pre-programs the fastest route to your destination, you can request any specific route you’d like.
After you arrive at your drop-off location, Uber will automatically charge you through your payment method on file. You’ll want to also take time to rate your Uber driver, as this can help the drivers improve their standing and warn other passengers about rude or unsafe drivers.
The Definitive Guide to Uber XL — Frequently Asked Questions
To help you learn more about Uber XL, we’ve compiled our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the service.
How much does Uber XL cost?
Multiple things factor into the cost of an Uber XL, including how far you need to travel, the current traffic, and the current demand. If demand is high, you’ll need to pay surge pricing. This means the standard rate is multiplied to increase the cost.
Although this is only an estimate, Uber XL rides tend to cost about 1.4 times more than an Uber X. So, if your Uber X trip costs $30, your Uber X would cost about $42. However, this does not account for any driver tip you decide to give.
You mentioned that Uber Black drivers are professional drivers. Is my Uber XL driver not a professional?
Uber has different fleets of drivers for different ride types. All drivers are independent contractors and are not employed directly by the company. Uber vets its rideshare drivers by requiring they:
- Have a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Have at least one year of driving experience
- Be able to provide a vehicle
Drivers are subject to background checks. Additionally, Uber will closely monitor and potentially deactivate all drivers who have a rating below 4.6 stars .
Uber stresses professionalism to all of its drivers. However, the difference between Uber Black and Uber XL drivers is Uber Black drivers provide a specific type of vehicle and have a very high rating. However, you should expect your UberXL drivers to be professional and respectful.
What kinds of vehicles can I ride in with Uber XL?
Uber XL vehicles are minivans or SUVs with at least six seatbelts available for passengers. Examples of the types of vehicle you may ride in include:
- Honda Odyssey
- Dodge Durango
- GMC Acadia
- Dodge Caravan
- Hyundai Santa Fe
- Toyota Sienna
- Toyota Highlander
- Kia Telluride
- Nissan Pathfinder
Uber XL guarantees you ample space, so you certainly will not be picked up in a car like a Toyota Prius or Audi A4.
Upgrade Your Uber Experience With Uber XL
If you need extra space when taking an Uber, you might consider an Uber XL. Uber XL guarantees you’ll receive a vehicle large enough to hold at least six people. Besides allowing room for large groups, it can also help you transport lots of luggage.
Uber XL is affordable as well. Although you’ll pay more than you would for an Uber X, it’s cheaper than ride options such as Uber SUV, which specifically offers luxury vehicles.
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.