Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Yeti - 2nd Report
24 June 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
|Category:|| lower medium crossover|
|P11D price:|| £15,820|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
Just over 1000 miles in our custody and the front-wheel drive Yeti's looks continue to divide opinion.
While I approve of its in-your-face chunky, funky appearance, it has been likened, cruelly, to a mobile postbox and worse.
On the road the suspension feels set up in 4x4 rather than 2x4 mode with a fidgety ride over uneven surfaces. This is compensated for by a sweet and smooth, turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine that belies its lack of cubic centimetres. At standstill only the rev counter confirms the engine is on tick-over and that start-stop is not fitted.
The six-speed gearchange is slick enough but initially a narrow selector gate made it too easy to change from third to second instead of fourth.
Before the most recent fill up of the Yeti's ample 60-litre tank, the low-fuel warning light lit up with the computer registering 75 miles still to go before running dry, which is in our opinion overly cautious. On the subject of fuel, the car is on track to edge over the 40mpg average.
|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 Nissan’s Qashqai?
|Positive:||Smooth and refined |
1.2 FSI petrol engine
|Negative:||Unsettled ride quality|