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Skoda Yeti’s monster

SKODA has a history of naming its bravely. After all it has a Superb in its line-up. And a Rapid. But naming a car a monster is something else.

The Yeti is enjoyable to drive, solid, stable and refined

Luckily the only people by the Yeti have been manufacturers and with very reason.

Since the Czech car launched the Yeti in 2009 than 29,000 have sold in the UK alone. Indeed it has one of the most popular compact utility vehicles (SUVs) on the

Skoda has turned the image of a into a cuddlier, friendlier that chimes with families (the target for the car).

Building on that Skoda has given the Yeti a

What’s more it has taken the to split the model into two the Yeti and the Yeti Outdoor.

The Yeti, which Skoda will account for a third of has coloured bumpers, sills and strips to give it a more urban look. The Yeti has a more rugged look black plastic mouldings and at the front and back of the car.

with the outgoing Yeti models get redesigned bumpers, and grilles, more pronounced arches, new rear lights and to the tailgate design.

There is a range of engines for both The Yeti is available with a turbocharged petrol engine 103bhp and two turbo-diesels: a 103bhp 1.6 and a 2.0-litre.

Skoda has given the a rugged makeover [PH]

has turned the image of a monster a cuddlier, friendlier beast chimes with young

The Yeti Outdoor offers the engine line-up plus a 1.8 turbo-charged petrol and a pair of 2.0 turbo-diesels: one producing 138bhp, the 167bhp.

The 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine, is available only with drive, is the efficiency champion of the sipping fuel at a rate of and producing just 119g/km

It is a little slower (0 to 60mph in seconds) and little less than the more powerful turbo-diesel but is still highly pulling well from low However it’s the 2.0-litre that will be the best-seller in the UK.

The version, available only as a will be the most popular for 40 per cent of all Yeti Outdoor because it offers the best of performance and efficiency.

It is a refined and option managing 0 to 60mph in 9.7 and even manages to beat the 108bhp variant in the economy with 48.7mpg and 152g/km

One of the primary reasons for the Yeti’s with buyers is its on-road It is such an enjoyable car to drive, refined, comfortable, stable and

The steering is spot on. It feels and has the right balance of lightness at low and weightiness when cruising.

being a relatively high-sided car the is well controlled. There’s any wallowing in the corners and there is of grip, especially when with the new four?wheel-drive system.


In during our test we even a little off-road detour and the Yeti to be surprisingly proficient in muddy conditions even standard road tyres.

The ride quality is also accomplished. It’s compliant and on all road surfaces leaving the occupants unruffled. The interior has updated features, with a new wheel, seat fabrics and to enhance the quality feel.

It also feels very and the seats offer lots of

Skoda’s Varioflex system Yeti with an extremely and functional array of more 20 seat positions.

The rear which have enough and legroom for adults, are mounted higher than the front affording a better view and the sense of comfort.

With the in place there’s 416 litres of space, which will swallow up the weekly shop or the for a short family trip. down the rear seats and up to litres is available.

Remove the entirely and there’s 1,780

There are four trim S, SE, Elegance and Laurin Klement was a car maker bought by Skoda in

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All models have air conditioning, wheels, Bluetooth and a full of airbags as standard.

Move up to the SE (the most trim level), the Elegance or the Klement, and you get parking sensors, headlights, heated seats, navigation, digital radio, a sunroof and park assist, can identify a parking space and park the car.

The Yeti and Outdoor now have a number of in the increasingly crowded compact SUV (sales of which have than doubled since

They include the Kia Sportage, ix35, Vauxhall Mokka and the new Qashqai.

The Yeti is definitely one of the in the segment offering practicality, and an enjoyable drive but it will stiff competition from the new

Skoda’s recent record of in customer satisfaction surveys, its reputation for reliability and the fact the Yeti undercuts the Qashqai by £1,000 suggests that for the Czech car is the wiser choice.

Any other decision would be monstrous.

LOGBOOK LOWDOWN

Skoda Yeti

On sale: Now

range: £16,600-£26,625

Engine Petrol 1.2 turbo, 1.8-litre; 1.6, 2.0, 2.0 138bhp, 167bhp

Power: 0 to 60mph in 8.4 125mph top speed (2.0 TD

Average fuel economy: 61.4mpg (1.6TD)

CO2 emissions 119-164g/km

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