Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Yeti - 4th Report
03 August 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
Driveway and woods
|Category:|| lower medium crossover|
|P11D price:|| £15,820|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
Our Yeti is tall, and within Skoda's expanding range there is only one wider model, the Superb executive saloon.
It also has a high bonnet line, while the square-edged hindquarters make standard SE spec rear parking sensors useful in tight urban spaces.
Its take on security consciousness, meanwhile, dictates the annoying ritual of pressing the key 'plip' twice to gain access to the boot, rear hatch and front passenger's door. It's a complaint that historically goes across the entire VW Group of Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda, and can leave irritated passengers standing outside the car at a locked door while you're on the inside having 'plipped' only once, wondering why they're not getting in.
Consumption has climbed to 41.0mpg; excellent considering the elastic 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine thrives on high revs, and that the official test figure is 44.1mpg.
|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|