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What's the best car for private hire work?

I have about £20k including trade in and am looking for a vehicle for private hire work. What do you think about the Mercedes E-Class?

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Funnily enough I was talking about this with a private hire driver recently. He'd gone for a 2014 BMW 518d auto instead. Bought at 20k miles and now at 150k miles. No trouble apart from routine replacements and he said 67mpg. Reckoned better than the W212 E-Class that most private hire drivers choose.
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