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Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI SE manual 4x4: Test Drive Review

Date: 13 January 2010   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Small 4x4
P11D price: £18,640
Key rival: Nissan Qashqai

The four-wheel drive version of the Skoda Yeti has been useful of late because of the somewhat damp conditions on our roads.

Unfortunately, though, the 4x4 system, coupled to a turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engine, results in emissions of 189g/km, meaning many fleets lists just won't allow this particular Yeti. This is a shame because, tax implications aside, it's a great car.

As with all Yetis it's practical, with a large boot, easily folded seats that also slide forward and back, and plenty of neat storage ideas such as hooks in the boot for shopping.

On paper, economy of 35.3mpg isn't as good as the diesel variants, but on one economy drive we saw 47mpg, which illustrates the level of influence the driver has on fuel consumption. Running costs of 51.2ppm, from KwikCarcost, are average for the sector too.

So if your fleet requirements include the grip of all-wheel drive and allow petrol engines, then this Yeti's a solid buy. Otherwise, stick with the front-drive diesel versions.

Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI 160PS SE 5dr manual
P11D price£18,640
Model price range£13,775-£22,170
Fuel consumption35.3mpg
CO2 (tax) 189g/km (25%)
BIK 20/40% per month£77/£155
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 8
Boot space (min/max)416/1760 litres
Engine size/power1798cc/160PS
Top speed/0-60mph124mph/8.4secs
On sale September 2009
VerdictNot the fleet favourite Yeti,
but still a great car


Not the fleet favourite Yeti, but still a great car