Our Fleet Test Drive: Skoda Yeti - 6th Report
13 September 2010
Author: Hugh Hunston
|Category:|| lower medium crossover|
|P11D price:|| £15,820|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
Minus the seats the Yeti boasts van-like stowage potential of 1760 litres, but removing the chairs is neither intuitive nor the work of a moment or two.
Skoda's packaging engineers could observe and learn from the Ford S-max's and Galaxy's easily operated flipping and folding mechanisms.
In mitigation, the Yeti's variable rear-seat format deserves praise, with the potential for accommodating a single rear passenger and a bike, or a large amount of worldly goods.
The smooth 105hp 1.2-litre petrol TSI is up to the load-lugging task, but requires higher revs and staying in lower gears longer. This, combined with an indecently early morning dash to Bristol airport from Oxfordshire, contributed to consumption tumbling to as low as 33.0mpg, tugging the average down to 39.1mpg. That included over 500 miles to, around and back from south Wales where the predominantly motorway routine generated 37.6mpg. Perhaps astute use of M-way cruise control can delay stops at pumps in future?
|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:||Cavernous loading bay |
minus rear seats
|Negative:||Removing seats threatens hernia|