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Five best cars for ridesharing

Ridesharing is now legal in most states and territories around Australia.

If you’ve thought about turning your car into a ride sharing business, we had a look at the best vehicles to spend your day in.

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Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla makes for a perfect rideshare choice: small yet spacious, practical and cost-effective to maintain. The Ascent Sport, in particular, proves a popular choice on new and used lots thanks to its strong balance of standard features and low cost of entry.

A new entry into Toyota’s hybrid range, the Corolla Hybrid takes all the practicality of the original best selling hatch, and adds the lower running costs of the Hybrid Synergy technology into the mix.

The best thing about the Hybrid Corolla is that it gains much of the interior features of the petrol Corolla flagship, the ZR, including satellite navigation, dual zone climate control, keyless entry with push button start and a 4.2” colour information screen for driver outputs.

You don’t get the leather trim of the ZR, but the black cloth is suitably premium – and, best of all, easy to clean.

Servicing is covered by Toyota’s Service Advantage, which caps the first three years or 60,000km of scheduled logbook services – which are due every six months or at 10,000km, so you know your car is well tuned for everyday driving.

Best for: City pickups

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Kia Carnival

People movers have never been the pinups of the car world. I doubt there’s a poster Carnival or a Toyota Tarago above the bed of a revhead.

However, they are very practical and with the latest generation of the Carnival, the design isn’t something that you’d be embarrassed to park in front of your house. With seating for seven passengers, you can fit plenty of people in here in comfort.

The diesel Carnival’s also offers a balanced mix of power and fuel economy, and isn’t much dearer in the outlay. (The petrol V6 is more potent, but carrying eight people around constantly will take its toll at the fuel pump.)

If you can splash out for the SLi or even the flagship Platinum, your passengers will feel like VIPs in the leather trim, with DVD player, power sliding doors, hands free powered tailgate and even a cooling glovebox – but even in the Si Grade, you’ll be getting tri-zone climate control that rear passengers can adjust.

Plus, Kia’s 7 Year Warranty, Capped Price Servicing and Roadside Assist all help the cost of maintaining the Carnival.

Best for: Big event pickups (Footy, Concerts)

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Ford Mondeo

If you want an innovative large car that will tick all the boxes for a rideshare vehicle, you could do worse than to drive a Mondeo.

Notable for being one of the first cars in Australia to offer inflatable seatbelts as a safety feature for rear passengers, the Mondeo has several great technologies, including the suite of controls under Ford’s SYNC3 which let you control your music, the climate control and the satellite navigation by voice – so you can keep your eyes on the road, and your passengers can put in where they want to go.

If your budget allows for the Titanium models, the hatches get a fixed panoramic glass sunroof, while the wagons go one step further, able to open the top.

Even in the Trend, you get partial leather trim (Titanium Mondeo’s get full leather), and a full suite of safety features including Active City Stop, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

Ford Service Price Promise guarantees the scheduled servicing prices for the lifetime of the Mondeo, as well as seven years worth of roadside assistance (provided by RACQ) and map upgrades.

Best for: suburban, airport pickups

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Holden Malibu

The Malibu is Holden’s medium sedan, although it doesn’t receive as much attention as the smaller Cruze or the big Commodore.

It still remains a solid choice as a used car; even the first models launched are covered by Holden’s Lifetime Capped Price Servicing – you can even score the former CDX models, which were previously the top of the range before being deleted.

Massively practical as well, the boot is actually bigger than the VF Commodore and the room for passengers around the cabin is well thought out to provide maximum versatility.

The 2.4L Petrol has a lot of pep, while the European-sourced 2.0L turbo diesel is thrifty and delivers its power efficiently. Rear parking sensors and reverse camera are standard on the Malibu, as is the nine-speaker sound system connected to the Holden MyLink infotainment system.

Best for: City pickups

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Mitsubishi ASX

If you’re looking for a small wagon, there aren’t a lot of traditional options – despite their versatility. Stepping up to a small SUV is often your best bet, as they are plentiful and most have been around long enough to have proven themselves on the road.

The Mitsubishi ASX was one of the first small SUVs to arrive in Australia, way back in 2010 and it has outlasted to become a best seller in a segment with heavy competition. The most recent version adds the funky practicality of the Mirage range into the ASX, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, smart tech including reverse camera and DAB+ digital radio standard across the range.

The AWD models can give you extra grip in the wet, while the XLS models also add in a panoramic glass roof that can open up the space in the cabin.

Best for: city, suburban pickups

To go over all the features of the cars at Motorama, come in to see the friendly sales teams at any one of our dealerships; and if you’re thinking about turning your car into a rideshare vehicle – make sure it’s up to the task by letting our expert service technicians get everything in order.