Above all a London taxi must fulfill one important requirement: the turning radius must be under 25 feet, or 7.62 meters for those of us gone metric. The traditional Black Cab is famous for its nimble handling. However, the slightly bigger Vito can do this too – thanks to its special rear wheel steering. The Vito’s real advantage is its use of space. With a relatively short exterior length it has a generous interior with access and space for wheelchairs. While Vito has room for six passengers, the Black Cab can only fit five.
The new Vito also impresses with its technical specifications. All diesel engines have an oxidation catalytic converter, a particulate filter, and cooled exhaust gas recirculation. In addition, the Vito has a six-speed transmission for all four-cylinder engine variants as standard. And last but not least, it is a lot more efficient: its modern diesel engine with fuel injection and exhaust systems consume less fuel than the diesel powered TX4 – the newest version of the Black Cab. A Vito taxi driver can save up to 40 pounds a week on fuel.