Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI
Skoda has scooped the Private Hire Category every year but one since 2009 in the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards. So it was no surprise to see a Skoda judged to be the best workhorse for Britain’s minicab operators.
Rosanna Head and Alex McDonald of Skoda collected the Private Hire Car of the Year trophy
The only surprise was the model – not the Superb this year, but the latest version of the Octavia. Fully revised last year, our clear winner as Private Hire Car of the Year for 2014 is the Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6TDI.
It’s bigger than the old model, and offers a winning combination of outstanding practicality combined with the lowest pence-per-mile running costs of any shortlisted car, and CO2 emissions below most hybrids – just 85g/km, and 88.3mpg on the combined cycle.
In second place is the Mazda 6, a car that impressed the judges with its roomy rear compartment, good quality of finish and driveability, with competitive running costs and low CO2 figues.
In third is a car that’s perhaps surprisingly become one of the most popular private hire vehicles in the country - the Toyota Prius. The hybrid pioneer still offers an exceptional combination of reliability and build quality, plus an enviable reputation for eco-friendly motoring.
1 - Skoda Octavia Greenline 1.6 TDI 110PS 6G
2 - Mazda 6 2.2SE-L
3 - Toyota Prius T Spirit
Roll of Honour
2013 Skoda Superb
2012 Volkswagen Passat
2011 Skoda Superb
2010 Skoda Superb
2009 Skoda Superb