Inside the Skoda Yeti, the spacious cabin is exploited by the use of stadium seating, where the three rear passengers sit higher than those in the front.
Inside the Skoda Yeti, the spacious cabin is exploited by the use of stadium seating, where the three rear passengers sit higher than those in the front. In addition Varioflex seating is a standard feature across the range. It maximises the available space by allowing the individual, rear seats to recline, slide for and aft tumble-fold or be removed altogether. And, with the centre seat-cum-table removed, the outer seats can be drawn together by 80mm.
There are however a couple of problems; one of which you will only do once. For neatness, the seat-back releases are placed either side of the central seat and, in the case of the Skoda Yeti test car, were very well disguised against the black leather upholstery. The scant instructions are at the base of the squabs and can only be read from the boot. Having located the correct lever, I reached across the outer rear seat to release the back so that I could fold it down. The seat-back of course complied and 'pinged' forwards, the headrest forcefully making contact with my head. It was a one-time only event.
My other niggle was the parcel shelf, which was particularly reluctant to be removed and, after some trial and error, it was discovered that the only way to get it out is by lowering the seats first; there simply isn't room otherwise. But then there are so many other things in compensation.
Take, for instance, the Skoda Yeti's boot space with a minimum of 415-litres capacity (1,760-litres with the seats removed). The high-level boot floor makes loading easier but would allow the shopping to roll about if wasn't for the sensible Designers at Skoda including four bag hooks that can also be used to keep cargo nets in place and a flexible panel that loops out from the side of the boot, which is ideal for keep bottles upright. Furthermore, the open tailgate rises high to protect tall people form the elements without them having to duck.
And then there is the vast panoramic sunroof. Unfortunately it is only available as an optional extra for the Skoda Yeti, but is worth every penny of the £870. It runs almost the width and length of the car providing an exceptionally airy feeling inside the cabin. It comes with a single-piece sunblind that is electrically operated via a dial above the windscreen. The same dial also opens the front section of the roof, which represents around 50 per cent of the glazed area.
The business end of the Skoda Yeti's cabin is unmistakably VAG with trademark Skoda elements. Although the layout is fairly regimented, the soft-touch materials, satin chrome trims and bright chrome bezels and embellishments serve to soften the effect.
On top of the deep fascia, above the centre stack, is a shallow lidded oddments tray to go with the glovebox and cubby beneath the front armrest. These last two storage areas can be included in the cooling system simply by pulling a small lever.
Under normal circumstances, the audio system in the Skoda Yeti test car would comprise an MP3-compatible, 6CD autochanger with radio but the test Yeti had the optional, £1,435 satellite navigation system with touch-screen through which the audio system can be controlled.
Skoda Yeti Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Skoda Yeti SE 2.0 TDI CR|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||53.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 25/03/10)||£19,825|