Review: Skoda Yeti long-term test month 2

Review: Skoda Yeti long-term test month 2
Review: Skoda Yeti long-term test month 2

Last month I suggested that the Yeti’s roughty-toughty looks weren’t particularly backed up by any matching ability.

In part, at least, I’ve been proved wrong. That high-set suspension with plenty of travel proved its worth after another driver with no sense of lane discipline forced me into a brutally deep pothole one recent afternoon.

The picture above gives some idea of how deep and how mud-filled said hole was. A car with less ride height and less give in its suspension would likely have ended up needing far more than a trip to the jetwash but the Yeti soaked up the impact and is none the worse for it.

That long-travel suspension is also a boon for drivers who want a comfortable, easygoing ride rather than the sporty edge so many manufacturers look for. It means there’s more lean than in most SUVs – A Nissan Qasqhai feels more composed, for example – but the ride is pliant and smooths out a lot of the bumps that unsettle other cars. To its credit, its standard ride is smoother than comfort setting in a large premium model I tested recently.

Skoda Yeti Outdoor SE Drive

Price: £21,460
Engine: 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbo, petrol
Power: 108bhp
Torque: 129lb/ft
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Top speed: 111mph
0-62mph: 10.9 seconds
Economy: 51.4mpg combined
CO2 emissions: 128g/km

That comfy ride is somewhat offset, sadly, by a less than ideal driving position. Not all body shapes will fit easily into all cars but this is the first Skoda where I’ve struggled to feel properly settled in the driver’s seat. Twin culprits seem to the minimal reach adjustment on the steering wheel and the bizarre lack of any lumbar support.

Ignoring my complaints, however, everyone else seems to be doing just fine. For a relatively compact car there’s a deceptive amount of passenger space in the Yeti. We’ve had to travel with an adult penned in between two kids’ seats and the shoulder and legroom has shamed cars far larger than the Yeti. Headroom-wise, a tall man could wear a stovepipe hat and not bump his head and that massive headroom adds to an overall feeling of roominess.

The counterpoint to the spacious cabin is the boot, which for a family car is adequate but not much more. There’s enough space for a large pushchair or a weekly shop but not both and a week-long holiday requires some creative packing. The presence of a space saver spare wheel also means our test car doesn’t have the handy variable-height boot floor that would give a bit more space.

My first impressions of the wee 1.2-litre petrol enginehave been reinforced with more time in the car. Its 108bhp and 129lb/ft don’t sound like much but they’re actually plenty to shift the 1265kg Yeti around.
Even five-up with a weekend’s luggage on board the engine didn’t feel stressed. Obviously you’re not going to win any drag races and overtaking requires plenty of space but it rarely feels like it’s
struggling.

What’s more, so far we’ve see a solid 43mpg from the trip computer over the course of two months’ mixed use, including daily trips into Edinburgh city centre.

 

Living with the BMW M135i

How will a used rear-wheel hot hatch measure up?The plan was to take a used hot hatch and see what we could do with it. Could we improve a

Review: Mercedes E220d Cabriolet

New E-Class range is completed by the Cabriolet – does it work best as a 2.0-litre diesel?The fourth and final piece in the new E-Class

Review: SsangYong Turismo

A great deal of space for not a great deal of money. Is that a good deal?In our vehicles, particularly if we’re thinking of family transport,

Living with: Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio

Can Alfa Romeo really make a BMW M3-beater?There’s nothing like living with a car to find out what it’s really like. The road testers