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Energetic petrol motor makes the entry-level Yeti the pick of the range

What is it?

This is the Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG, which uses the entry-level 103bhp turbocharged petrol engine mated to the VW Group seven-speed double-clutch DSG 'box.

Only the 1.8 TSI and higher-powered 2.0 TDI engines get four-wheel drive, so the 1.2 TSI settles for standard front-wheel drive. Despite this it’s likely to be one of the best selling models in the line-up alongside the two-wheel drive 110 TDI.

What’s it like?

Forget any preconceptions you might have about the Skoda brand and the questionable Yeti name. This is one of the best real-world vehicles around, and fitted with the entry-level 1.2 TSI it also benefits from an energetic and refined motor.

As ever the DSG gearbox is an admirably smooth and unobtrusive transmission that manages to be in the right gear the majority of the time. Those people who must have an auto won’t ever be disappointed. Even so, it can feel as though there are too many ratios for the engine’s limited power resource and you’ll find the ‘box switching cogs when there seems no need, but on the motorway it works well toward making the engine quiet and economical.

The hassle-free progress is more down to the excellent ride and handling combination and energetic motor than the ever-competent VW Group DSG.

Don’t be deceived by the engine’s underwhelming on-paper figures. In practice the free-revving TSI motor is a rewarding engine to work around urban roads and even on motorways.

Okay, so you’ll find yourself without much instant acceleration for overtaking at high speed but the rest of the time the 1.2 does nothing but compliment the Yeti’s well-judged package of spacious, high-quality interior and composed road holding.

Should I buy one?

Absolutely, and don’t be put off be the car’s niche placement. It may be a crossover but the compact and comfortable Yeti does the job of a standard hatch better than many big sellers in its price range.

Opt for the Auto option if you must, but given the decent equipment list, the 1.2 TSI manual Yeti may well be the best in the range as well as the cheapest.

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The Apprentice 27 June 2009

Re: Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG

Official figures for both 140bhp and 170bhp 2.0tdi version with 4 wheel drive is 46.3mpg combined at 159 g/km CO2. How can that be described as bad?

Dan McNeil 27 June 2009

Re: Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG

aceman wrote:
Okay I don't. I really am not interested it looks awful the name is horrendous and thats that. And anyway with it being a 4X4 type of car it's fuel economy isn't going to be too impressive.
The transmission is a Haldex part time 4wd system. I believe it's "on-demand", so the 4wd versions are effectively 2wd unless wheel-spin is detected. Which means fuel consumption should be close to the Golf and Octavia on which its based.

aceman 27 June 2009

Re: Skoda Yeti 1.2 TSI DSG

The Apprentice wrote:
OK I want one

Okay I don't. I really am not interested it looks awful the name is horrendous and thats that. And anyway with it being a 4X4 type of car it's fuel economy isn't going to be too impressive.

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