But back on tarmac, the Skoda Yeti offers a very comfortable and rewarding drive and don't be fooled, once he's in the zone, the Yeti can move pretty fast.
The engine in the Skoda Yeti test car was the TDI CR 140bhp (142PS or 104kW). The peak power is at 4,200rpm and there is 320Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500rpm. It has a top speed of 118mph and it takes 9.9 seconds to complete the 0-62mph dash. It is also fairly frugal.
At the start of an almost 200-mile journey I had a projected range of 435 miles and, with the help of the cruise control set at 70mph on the motorways and judicious use of the right foot in the urban sections we arrived at our destination with the same estimated range of 435 miles. Of course, despite the display suggesting that the car hadn't consumed any fuel at all, we had in used diesel at an average of 52mpg but it is a fun exercise nevertheless.
The official figures are 37.2mpg for the urban, 54.3mpg for the extra urban and 46.3mpg for the combined with CO2 emissions of 159g/km.
The Skoda Yeti's permanent 4x4 system has automatic torque distribution with a fourth-generation Haldex clutch. Effectively and on-demand system, under normal dry conditions, 90 per cent of the torque is directed to the front wheels but should it be necessary this can be reversed with 10 per cent going to the front. Further torque distribution at the rear axle is via an Electronic Differential Lock and the Electronic Stability Programme includes a raft of technology. ABS with EBD we are familiar with, but there is also Electronic Brake Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Hydraulic Brake Assistant, Drive Steering Recommendation (a nudge in the right direction during a crisis) and Electronic Stability Brake System to help in fast bends.
That is a very long list but there is more; the Skoda Yeti in Elegance trim has an 'off-road' button, which when pressed switches the ABS, Traction Control System and Electronic Diff' to an off-road setting. The Hill Start Assistant parameters are broadened and the accelerator becomes more sensitive when pulling away on loose terrain.
All in all, the Skoda Yeti is a capable off-roader and has a surprising wading depth as well as an approach angle of 19 degrees. But back on tarmac, the Skoda Yeti offers a very comfortable and rewarding drive and don't be fooled, once he's in the zone, the Yeti can move pretty fast.25 March 2010
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|