What four door saloon should I get to use as a taxi?

I want to buy a Skoda Octavia for a taxi. I'm looking at the DSG in the 1.6 TDI or 2.0 TDI. Which would you recommend in terms of reliability as I would be covering in excess of 20,000 miles per year (mainly in the city centre and occasional motorway miles)? I would be open to other manufacturers with automatic gearboxes if you are kind enough to suggest any four door saloon.

Asked on 11 May 2017 by Ashly

Answered by Honest John
It would have to be the 2.0 TDI in order to get the much more robust 6-speed wet clutch DSG. The 7-speed dry clutch DSG in the 1.6 TDI isn't up to the job and isn't great to drive: www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/skoda/skoda-octavi.../ Far better to get a Toyota Auris Sport Tourer hybrid, as a lot of taxi drivers are discovering: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/auris-touring.../
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