Farewell to our Skoda Yeti – 9 Could 2011

Our Skoda Yeti went again a short time in the past, so we’ve had ample time to replicate on its time with us. In brief, we’re all sorry to see it go.

Skoda has been on a roll for some time and the Yeti represents the most effective of recent Skoda: a daring product that pilfers shamelessly from the Volkswagen components bin to make a particular, sensible, unpretentious and high quality all-rounder. Solely by way of its Germanic parentage might Skoda afford to supply seven engines, three transmissions and selection of two- or four-wheel drive. It’s fairly totally different from different mini SUVs on the market.

We despatched the automobile again to Skoda with 14,572 miles exhibiting. Nothing went unsuitable or wanted consideration in that point. It kind of makes us marvel if we shouldn’t run vehicles for longer; trendy servicing intervals are so lengthy, we not often get to expertise the vendor service on most of our long-termers. With variable servicing intervals, the onboard laptop instructed us we wouldn’t must obtain any upkeep till 16 April 2012…

The Yeti scrubbed up brilliantly. It’s a bit corny, however you can move off OY10 CXT as a brand new automobile. It pays testomony to the standard, hard-wearing supplies from which it’s made. You discover it inside too – that very same sense of VW high quality that blew me away in 2009 is nonetheless current and proper. Don’t imagine me? That £1435 optionally available sat-nav unit is similar to the one in our somewhat toppier VW Golf R long-termer costing twice as a lot.

My household cherished the Skoda Yeti. It’s a really ethereal cabin, with that massive panoramic glass sunroof flooding the cabin with daylight. And the fundamental, upright design means nice visibility, like in a Mini with its vertical aesthetic. Makes for a roomy automobile, too. The boot is respectable, there’s a great deal of room entrance and rear, and you’ll take away the rear seats to show this into a correct little van.

For those who learn our full weblog under, you’ll have clocked that we love driving the Yeti. It has a grown-up feeling uncommon on this class, using with a candy delicacy typically lacking in mainstream household vehicles. Efficiency was by no means mind-blowing with our lower-powered diesel (a 138bhp 2.0 TDI can be out there), however this automobile simply felt proper. It was neither gradual, nor quick. Simply properly judged.

Would we order the identical spec once more? Entrance-wheel drive is ok for many wants and coped properly even within the heavy snows of 2009/10. For those who dwell in Scotland or steadily drive into horsey fields, check out the 4 wheel drive. However for many customers, 2wd is simply positive and also you’ll save £1705 and 110kg of mass.

We by no means as soon as used the self-park perform, aside from throughout our long-termers gathering in Wales – to point out it off to assembled CAR staffers who’d did not even discover it was on the automobile.

Something we didn’t like? Not a lot. Alas Skoda has nudged costs up a lot in recent times that it’s onerous to explain the Yeti as low cost. Good worth at £17,320 maybe, however now not low cost. Our 2.0 TDI desperately wanted a sixth gear on motorway cruises too.

Operating prices? Together with choices, ours retailed new for £21,234 and our number-crunching pals at Parkers report we’d be supplied £15,115 at trade-in, with a possible important vendor sale value of £17,415. We averaged 43mpg over a 12 months, a way south of the claimed 52.3mpg. That’s barely disappointing for a smallish hatch.

So it’s farewell Skoda Yeti. You’ll make a cracking used automobile for somebody.

By Tim Pollard


Weight in vehicles, heavy seats and the Skoda Yeti – 17 January 2011

Curio truth for the day: the rear seats behind my long-term Skoda Yeti weigh 16.5kg every. I solely point out it since I’ve simply eliminated them for a photoshoot and occurred to have a set of digital lavatory scales useful. As you do.

It’s fairly telling that I’ve solely unclipped them twice, each occasions for photoshoots.  Fortunately the directions are printed on the again of the chair: slide complete seat ahead, fold backrest down totally, pull wire to tilt complete seat ahead on hinge, then whip out with two crimson clips… and take a deep breath.

It’s remarkably simple, though you’ll want to be agency of hand, robust of arm and affected person of thoughts. The pew lifts out and feels as heavy as an acre of spuds, by no means thoughts a sack.

Now I don’t learn about you however I’m garbage at guessing weights. Distances, sure. Weights, no. I learn infinite press launch promo-nonsense claiming half a kilo shaved right here, 10kg there and my eyes glaze over. I don’t need pointless heft in my automobile blunting efficiency, dealing with and economic system. However with numbers like these, absolutely the easiest way to have enjoyable in a automobile is to go on a weight loss program, or depart the household behind.

So the burden coaching concerned in eradicating a Yeti seat made me respect a number of the weight saving claims. That 16.5 kilo saving places a superb weight loss program in perspective.

I would simply jettison all three rear seats and drive the Skoda one-up for its previous few weeks at CAR Towers.

By Tim Pollard

The flip of the handbrake – 13 December 2010

There are only a few issues I dislike in regards to the Skoda Yeti. It’s nit-picking, however there’s just one fault that springs to thoughts after a weekend within the Czech crossover. The handbrake doesn’t appear to slot in with the circulation of the opposite controls – for these of us with shorter arms, we’ve to outstretch to tug it up and it doesn’t really feel as if it’s reached the highest when it’s engaged. I solely point out this because the steering and gearlever are each positioned the place they need to be, and have a chunky, exact really feel. Nonetheless, nothing’s excellent.

By Sarah-Jayne Harrison

A match made in heaven – 16 September 2010         

I just lately took the Skoda Yeti up north to introduce it to my sister. She’s on the lookout for a brand new, barely increased trip and, as she now has two younger kids, a bit extra room than her present Audi A3 gives. All of which the Yeti does extraordinarily properly.

I’ve pushed Skoda’s squared-off SUV rather a lot and was fast to advocate it to my huge sis as a superb choice to fulfil her wants. Not solely does it provide nice room and really feel ethereal with its full-length sunroof, it’s actually good to drive too. I drove it to Germany when a number of the CAR staff went to the Nurburgring 24hr race and, bar the truth that there’s fairly a blindspot if you’re driving on the other aspect of the street, I loved driving it.

So, the Yeti gives every little thing required for a household of 4, and massive sis thought it was nice. However might we discover a 59-plate Yeti on the market? Not inside a 200-mile radius we couldn’t. Means that individuals are proud of their Yetis. A great factor.

By Sarah-Jayne Harrison

Pushing all of the unsuitable buttons in our Yeti – 23 August 2010

I’ve (virtually) nothing however love for the brawny little Yeti, however within the house of 1 70 mile journey to work I inadvertently managed to extend the temperature of the warmers, press the demist and, most painfully of all, have interaction the heated seats (when it was 25C exterior). Yep, that gearshift is FAR too near the local weather controls.

By Stephen Worthy

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Blended feelings in regards to the Yeti – 13 August 2010

Hopped in affiliate editor Tim Pollard’s Yeti the opposite day… and initially got here away with somewhat combined emotions. The glass roof creaks, the trip isn’t that good, it’s gradual, and somewhat unrefined too (a number of wind noise and an ageing VW Group engine are accountable).

Reckon it have to be all the way down to the hype surrounding the Yeti – it’s gained a number of awards, together with a slot in CAR’s personal High Ten vehicles of 2009, and has many plaudits within the workplace. I feel I used to be anticipating an excessive amount of, as a result of a current revisit revealed a superb, sincere set of wheels, with a number of house, a well-built and well-equipped inside, and I reckon it seems somewhat good too – what different automobile can sit on small wheels and look completely proportioned?

By Ben Pulman   

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Skoda Yeti: monster or marvel? – 20 July 2010

Simply pushed our Yeti for the primary time. I ran a Roomster for a 12 months and actually cherished its eccentric character, however that is means totally different. In fact it’s acquired far much less character than the Roomster – it’s extra generic (much less courageous) in seems and inside it’s completely VW, even all the way down to the ultimate tactility of surfaces and switchgear. Nearly too good to be true, actually.

However to drive it’s succesful somewhat than lovable – a cost you possibly can all the time stage at a VW. And I don’t suppose Skodas needs to be like that. They need to be quirky, stunning, and forgiven for a number of shortcomings in alternate for a low value. The Yeti’s neither quirky sufficient nor low cost. First automobile I’ve ever pushed that’s disappointingly good.

By Greg Fountain  

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Hmm. Simply learn Sarah-Jayne Harrison’s on-line replace about her Volvo C30’s good stereo and the way a lot it shades the Skoda Yeti’s. Honest sufficient, the Volvo’s actually is good, and the Yeti’s is compromised by stuffing all of the sat-nav gubbins into the house usually reserved for the amp. But it’s hardly dangerous. However once I order mine, I’m going with out the electrical map factor, as a result of the usual stereo sounds higher.

Sure, I’m leaping the gun right here. Right here I’m introducing CAR’s new long-term Skoda Yeti and freely giving what I consider it immediately. However nothing else I’ve pushed through the previous three years can get near the Yeti’s family-friendly skills in such a compact bundle at this type of value. It’s nice worth as long as you avoid optionally available nav, panoramic roof and the digital parking help that this one wears. You realize, that factor that twirls the wheel for you when you shove backwards and forwards into tight parking areas. No, haven’t used it but.

A few thousand miles have proved the Yeti to be inordinately entertaining behind the wheel, way more so than its upright seems and tall stance would have you ever imagine, and the initially bumpy trip has softened to a suitable diploma of flexibility too.

You’ll be able to cram all method of stuff into the boxy boot (up to now, a highchair has gone in in a single piece, and so has a kiddies’ climbing body – although we needed to cheat and fold down a few seats for that). There’s room for 5 correct adults within the cabin, 4 even with Skoda’s personal wonderful Isofix child seat in place, and the end is sort of as much as Audi requirements.

Ours is front-wheel drive, in upper-mid-ranking SE spec and powered by the 109bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel. There’s ample shove and gasoline economic system is understanding round 45mpg up to now, although I frequently get journey laptop guarantees of high-50s on my processional A-road commute.

The missus loves it too, and when the time involves prise her out of her much-loved Mk1 Focus, we’re unanimous about its alternative. However allow us to take pleasure in the remainder of our time with this one, first.

By Glen Waddington

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