Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Yeti - 1st Report
07 June 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
Yeti lead shot
|Category:|| lower medium crossover|
|P11D price:|| £15,820|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
Skoda's Yeti is the most radical element of the Czech brand's steadily expanding product portfolio.
It features a chunky, funky exterior, intelligently flexible format interior and dual role as a 4x4 safari wagon or front-wheel drive crossover. But don't brand the Yeti a mere clone of the Nissan Qashqai - a long termer we loved - because the Skoda's initial conceptual development arguably predated the Nissan, and has translated reasonably faithfully into production reality.
We opted for the two-wheel drive variant powered by the 1.2-litre, 105hp FSI VW family petrol engine, linked to a six-speed manual transmission . Our bright red (£15,820 P11D) example, complete with imitation front and rear skid plates, is specified to SE level, which provides a comprehensive amount of equipment for the money.
All round electric windows, 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, cruise control, electronic climate system, headlight washers, six-CD sound system and, for passengers seeking to be conspicuously inconspicuous, rear privacy glasses. Electrically folding mirrors would have been useful, however, for a car that's wider than the Octavia stablemate.
With 18cm ground clearance, the Yeti's high-waisted, high-nosed slab-sided styling polarises opinions, which were accentuated by our fire engine-coloured example; dark metallics maybe work better. Front fog lights double as day running lights , which cannot seemingly be switched off and inevitably provoke flashing from people with too much time on their hands.
Climb aboard and the cabin is standard high-quality VW Group issue with intuitive operation of buttons and switches. One ergonomic shortcoming is the cowled speedo , which requires squinting over to the right to register the important 30mph reading. Also, changing the configuration of the rear seats needs concentration and lacks the ease of operation of Vauxhall's new Meriva or Ford's S-max. A family member detaching the flimsy strap when attempting to fold a back seat illustrated this.
That name? Apparently proposed by an external project consultant after earnest and predictable internal titles were consigned to the bin. The next six months will show whether we think the car itself should go the same way, or if it can surpass the Qashqai.
|Skoda Yeti 1.2 FSI petrol SE five-door, 6-speed manual|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average consumption||39mpg|
|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
|Engine size/power||1197cc/106PS (105hp)|
|Why we’re running it||Can Yeti extend |
Skoda’s footprint and
challenge Nissan’s Qashqai?
|Positive:||Original, assertive and flexible |
|Negative:||‘Marmite’ looks, choppy ride|