Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skoda Yeti

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Skoda Yeti

Article excerpt

SKODA has evolved from a simple and straightforward to stylish and sophisticated brand as part of the Volkswagen Group, and this is possibly most evident in the Yeti series.

It turned heads when it was launched at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show as the brand's first SUV and it has dramatically moved on since then and now includes or offers the most advanced technical features you could expect, even from a luxury car maker.

For 2014 there are two versions, a front wheel drive model and four-wheel-drive Outdoor in the 12-strong line up and four trim levels from about PS16,600 to PS27,050 with petrol or diesel engines and manual or semi-manual gearboxes.

The familiar VW Group 1.6-litre engine has been tuned for lean burn and low emissions, and the Greenline series backs this up with stop&start technology, low rolling resistance tyres, kinetic energy recovery and even a slightly lower set body to smooth airflow.

All combine to push the emissions below 120gkm and without even trying we managed to attain 58.4mpg, which is remarkably close to the claimed combined consumption in testcell calm conditions. What's more, the Yeti SE Greenline II is fairly lively and pulls well once underway and with careful gear selection it is brisk overtaking and can be eased along main roads and motorways without any effort and little fuel consumption.

It's quiet and composed even when pushed hard and all noise levels were low.

The powertrain is a delightful match with a long travel but light and progressive clutch, precise and effortless gearchange and well weighted steering offering a good turning circle. Brakes were nicely balanced and the parking brake securely held it on a steep test slope.

Secondary controls are large and well placed for ease of use, the usual stalks are backed up by console and panel mounted switches and the straightforward instruments are clear, and also include multi-function displays for journey information. …

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