The Skoda Yeti debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009, with the first cars going on sale in the UK in September 2009.
The Yeti is a crossover vehicle that combines 4x4 ability with the running costs and practicality of a family hatch back. The Skoda Yeti range is priced from £18,295 for 1.2 TSI 105PS through to £23,260 for the 2.0 TDI 140PS 4x4 DSG.
We tested the 4x4 Skoda Yeti SE Plus priced at £20,440, it had the following options fitted - a panoramic sunroof (£1050 option), Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS (£645 option) and auto-dimming rear view mirrors (£245 option).Performance
The Skoda Yeti is available with a large line-up of engines to suit everyone. There are four petrol engines (1.2 TSI 105PS / 175Nm, 1.4 TSI 122PS / 200Nm, 1.8 TSI 152PS / 250Nm and a 1.8 TSI 160PS / 250Nm) and five diesel engines ( 1.6 TDI 105PS / 250Nm, 2.0 TDI 110PS / 250Nm, 2.0 TDI 110PS / 280Nm, 2.0 TDI 140PS / 320Nm, 2.0 TDI 170PS / 350Nm).
The Yeti model range features five and six-speed manual gearboxes with the option of a seven-speed DSG on the 1.2 TSI model. The 1.6 TDI CR 105PS and 2.0 TDI CR 100PS are equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, while all other models feature a six-speed unit. A six-speed DSG is available on the 2.0 TDI CR 140PS 4x4 model. Both DSG transmissions can operate in two modes – fully automatic and manual.
We tested the 4x4 1.8 TSI (152PS) turbocharged engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox , it develops 152PS between 4300-6200 rpm and produces 250Nm worth of torque at 1500 rpm. Skoda quotes a 0-62 mph time of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph.
Official Fuel consumption figures are recorded as 28 mpg on the urban cycle, 40.9 mpg extra urban and 35.3 mpg combined. On average we achieved 32.8 mpg on a mixed test route, including both town and country driving. We noticed that with town driving we were averaging 27 mpg.
CO2 emissions are rated at 189 g/km which is a little on the high side by today’s green standards.
We found the 1.8 TSI engine flexible and very eager to please – we are not always that keen on diesel engines, as most of our journeys are short, and petrol engines are better suited to our needs, without having to worry about issues with Diesel Particle Filters (DPF) due to the lack of miles.
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