Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Yeti - 10th Report
06 December 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
Boot and headroom
|Category:|| lower medium crossover|
|P11D price:|| £15,820|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
Having taken four years nurturing the Yeti from wacky concept to fairly radical production reality last year, Skoda's interior designers have made the Yeti's interior a civilised place to travel.
A restrained, sober dark grey interior, with regulation anodised metal strips across the dashboard, incorporates plenty of well-placed storage places including a handy flip-up fascia-mounted cubby hole.
Meanwhile, more than generous headroom allows the discretionary wearing of top hats. Genuine off-roading owners with 4x4 variants, arguably almost as rare as the 'real' Yeti, would benefit from not clattering their heads off such a high ceiling when indulging in shake, rattle and roll rough terrain adventures. The Yeti provides front and rear grab handles for those infrequent occasions.
Also, a 10.3m turning circle has been a boon on metropolitan streets, although power folding mirrors would help.
The Yeti has redeemed itself on the economy front, partially through adroit use of cruise control on a return journey from Oxfordshire to south Wales. We registered 46mpg during that 420-mile spell, nudging the average to not far short of 40mpg.
|Skoda Yeti 1.2 FSI petrol SE five-door, 6-speed manual|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Model price range||£13,990-£22,640|
|CO2 (tax) ||149g/km/18%|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£47/£95|
|Service interval||variable 10,000-20,000mls |
or 1-2 years
|Boot space (min/max)||416/1580 litres |
(1760 litres rear seats removed)
|Engine size/power||1197cc/106PS (105hp)|
|Why we’re running it||Can Yeti extend Skoda’s |
footprint and challenge
|Positive:||Improved long |
|Negative:||No auto-folding mirrors |
for a wide vehicle