LEVC TX VISTA eCity
- OTR £55,599
- Including OLEV grant (Category 1)
- Plug-in Petrol Hybrid, Taxi
- 1477cc (1.5 litre), Automatic, 4 door
LEVC TX reviewNGC verdict 09.04.2018
Y'right guv'ner, where to? Nah, not goin' saaf th'river at this time a noit. Right; got that out of my system now, so thanks for bearing with me. Putting the stereotypical (and likely non-existent) London cabbie behind us, we can now get on with the business of looking at the new LEVC TX. It's a strange car to review, since I've not been in anything since a Rolls Royce that has such a dichotomous approach to its design brief. The driver is of vital importance, after all they will be spending long hours in the car working and driving. However, the passenger is of equally high importance, with space and comfort required to keep them happy. The list of unmovable items from the brief must have been an engineer's nightmare. But LEVC has prevailed and produced the TX - a range-extended plug-in hybrid that doesn't just move on from the old TX4, but takes such a leap forward that it's barely visible in the new model's rear view mirror.
Before I hop behind the wheel though, a quick history lesson; pay attention those at the back. What is now LEVC - the London Electric Vehicle Company - has been known by many names in the past. Most recently it was The London Taxi Company (LTI Ltd), but LEVC is in a curious position of having a product known the world over, yet not being a big name in its own right. I struggle to think of a comparable situation barring another London icon - the Routemaster bus - and yet LEVC has not only brought out a new black cab, but it also has plans to both go global and expand its model line-up. Hence the decision to drop 'taxi' from the company name.
Review by Chris Lilly