From £14,245
If performance isn't at the top of your list, then the frugal Yeti Greenline should prove popular

Our Verdict

Skoda Yeti
The Yeti is a crossover that's available with both two- and four-wheel drive

The Skoda Yeti crossover is a member of the fastest-growing niche of vehicles

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What is it?

It’s the new Greenline edition of the Skoda Yeti, which has already established itself as a firm favourite of ours since its launch in 2009. This model gets the familiar 104bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine and five-speed manual, as well as standard stop-start, improved aerodynamics, lowered suspension and a system that can store excess energy produced by the alternator and use it to power the ancillaries at appropriate moments. All of which results in headline figures of 61.4mpg and 119g/km.

Another change is that Skoda no longer classes Greenline as a trim on some of its models, so you get to choose from the usual S, SE and Elegance spec as well as whether you want the Greenline badge and all the related tweaks mentioned above.

What’s it like?

We like the Yeti because it manages such a convenient blend of compact, practical, enjoyable and good value, and this more frugal motor detracts nothing from that. Lowering the ride height by 20mm has resulted in some subtle but noticeable fidgeting that isn’t there in the standard car, and the tall gearing takes some getting used to, but in general the Greenline is as likeable as any of the Yeti models.

The 1.6-litre turbodiesel is punchy enough that you don’t feel as if you’re compromising performance too much, and cabin refinement is good. If anything handling has been very marginally improved by the changes, so you still get the smooth, progressive steering and generally relaxing drive. At no point do you feel as though you’ve sacrificed anything of comfort and usability for the sake of economy, which is the kind of economy car that we all want.

Should I buy one?

The more powerful 2.0-litre TDI engines on offer do provide a more effortless, flexible drive, so these could be the better option if performance really matters to you, or if you plan on using the Yeti for towing or for the van-like carrying capability that its removable seats can provide.

But if you’re drawn to the Yeti’s plentiful charms in the first place and have a less taxing life on the road then don’t be put off by the slightly pious Greenline badge. It’s just as talented as the rest of the range – it just uses a bit less fuel. Never a bad thing.

Skoda Yeti Greenline II Elegance

Price: £20,185; Top speed: 109mph; 0-62mph: 12.1sec; Economy: 61.4mpg; Co2: 119g/km; Kerb weight: 1335kg; Engine type: 4cyl, 1598cc, turbodiesel; Power: 104bhp at 4400rpm; Torque: 184lb ft at 1500-2500rpm; Gearbox: 6spd manual

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23 February 2011

Autocar: " Skoda Yeti 1.6TDI CR105 Eleg Greenline II"

Model names are just getting longer!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

24 February 2011

Their is something strangely appealing about this car !!! should sell well too

24 February 2011

Whilst the Superbs had done a superb job of stopping the Skoda jokes, the Yeti has been as I predicted, a huge success. I was so close to buying one but was vetoed by the wife because they dont have an automatic version (which I find a bit weird). I love the shape, I wouldnt by this frugal because in Russia juice costs me about 50 pence a litre ( you see there is good and bad in everything lol) so it would be the top line with enough ooomph to give some pleasures. Sad we didnt buy - I am sure I would have enjoyed - but the wife just hates a stick in the middle errrr talking about cars of course! :-)

24 February 2011

five speed in the article, six in the data panel.

 

 

24 February 2011

[quote petrolheadinrussia]I was so close to buying one but was vetoed by the wife because they dont have an automatic version [/quote]

The sell a DSG boxed version in the UK. Possibly just regional differences.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

24 February 2011

[quote Leslie Brook]five speed in the article, six in the data panel[/quote]

Has the data panel ever been accurate?

I thought that section of the website was filled in by drunken limbless work experience monkeys that have to type with their noses on second hand keyboards from Azerbaijan?

24 February 2011

Not sure how long you get to drive the 'first drive' cars for but would be useful to get an idea if the economy claims are pure fantasy or vaguely achievable...

24 February 2011

Im yet to be convinced by the current crop of economy specials from any manufacturer. Are they really worth the extra outlay and do they really have that much better mpg in the real world .

Sorry but they seem like an expensive gimmick to me .

3 March 2011

Wow, £20k+ for a compact Skoda. Prices are crazy these days.

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