Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

New Version Is Even Better

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

New Version Is Even Better

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THE compact SUV has just been upgraded, and it's lost its Yeti-ness. Hardly ape-like, or abominable, the new Yeti is actually quite a handsome beast.

It wears two distinctive looks, with the two-wheel drive petrol models featuring a smoother, more city-friendly appearance, while the 4x4 Outdoor with a diesel engine has more robust looks.

But anyone expecting a cut-price bargain might be disappointed. The new model starts from $23,490, although previous models have been selling from $21,990 drive-away in recent times.

Still, this new range has retail prices significantly lower than when the previous generation was launched.

Yet it's now up against a bevy of new sub-compact SUVs which have hit the market starting at less than $25K, including the Ford EcoSport, Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke and the Holden Trax.

Comfort

There is a utilitarian feel about the dash design. Large buttons with stretched fonts and a heavy use of plastics point to its market positioning below the prized Tiguan from parent company Volkswagen.

Interior feel maintains some European flair, and the driver has crisp and clear instruments along with a good clear look at the road.

The seats are cushy enough, although lumbar support is only available on the up-spec models.

One new feature is the Amundsen audio unit with 14.7cm touch-screen, which raises the cabin ambience.

Four adults is the best fit within the cabin, although three could fit across the back - but the footwell space is impeded for anyone sitting in the middle.

On the road

For those who have no need to step off the bitumen, there are two turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine options. The 1.2-litre 77TSI Active is available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The flagship 4x4 Outdoor variant has a much meatier 2.0-litre diesel powerplant, paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic.

New to the range, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol is an honest little unit. …

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