Lacklustre engine, but still an extremely well-adjusted car

What is it?

This is the Skoda Yeti 2.0 110 TDI. The entry-level diesel version of the new compact crossover foregoes the Haldex four-wheel drive for standard front-wheel drive and is expected to make up the majority of UK Yeti sales. This is also the only model where you will find a five-speed manual in place of the six-speed that is standard across the rest of the range.

Otherwise you still get the oddball looks, practical seating layout and solidly built dash that benefits from a liberal use of switchgear from the Superb.

What’s it like?

Totally composed in every situation. The lack of four-wheel drive doesn’t detract from the Skoda Yeti’s sure-footed road holding and supple ride. Even very rutted surfaces are absorbed well by the MacPherson strut and multi-link suspension setup (a modified version of that found in the Octavia), and the wide, short dimensions plus torsion stabiliser help to minimise body roll.

The high roof, large glass area and high-class switchgear also add to the grown-up-but-not-old impression that starts with the Yeti’s polarising looks.

In this form the Yeti does lean more toward practical than funky. There is no hiding the fact that the 109bhp turbodiesel will appeal to those shopping for economy above all else. It’s frugal and adequate for the job, but needs to be worked through the gears if you want any acceleration at motorway speeds. It's not a bad engine, but certainly one that lacks fizz and refinement next to the entry-level 1.2 TSI petrol engine.

All of which means that you’ll be buying one of the most comfortable cars on the mass market, which in this guise will be great value to buy and run. Even the kids will be happy as they get individual seats that have reclining back rests and can slide backwards and forwards.

Should I buy one?

Yes, but you probably won’t. Skoda predicts low sales in the UK for the Yeti, which is a shame given its ability to make modern motoring hassle-free.

The 109bhp turbodiesel will be usefully frugal but the lacklustre engine isn’t the one to go for if you want anything more than basic transport. The more powerful 140 TDI engine is worth paying the extra for if you do a lot of miles, but the flexible and willing 1.2 and 1.8 TSI engines are both entertaining and practical.

Whatever model you choose, once you’re past any initial consternation over the brand and model name, you’ll find yourself in one of the most well-adjusted motors on the market.

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veedubya 23 June 2009

Re: Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI CR 110

MarkusMorelli wrote:
In this segment I think the Kuga (which in some markets and languages means plague if you didnt know) looks the best

I don't think it's really trying to compete with Kuga et al. I think it's intended to be more compact than that, I think it's really in the vein of the Qashqai, Altea Freetrack and Peugeot 3008. I like it that Skoda are obviously trying to create a bit of a niche within Volkswagen AG and possibly the wider market for being a bit quirky and I don't think this would work as it is with any other group badge.

I think the Superb (in the right colour) is a very classy looking car, particularly from the front, and offers quite an upmarket look whilst remaining understated, the interior is particularly impressive. If it's not for you the new Passat is due next year, the current model is being 'run-out' and I imagine will have to make a bit of a leap with interior quality to outshine the Superb, it may even 'borrow' the boot/hatch mechanism jobby thing.

MarkusMorelli 23 June 2009

Re: Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI CR 110

I quite like this Yeti although I think that they could have done a better job. In this segment I think the Kuga (which in some markets and languages means plague if you didnt know) looks the best. Skodas still do not sell because of their looks but in this segment - a quite useless one - the look is more important. But can I ask something? The Skoda Superb, which I am currently looking to as a future company car (2010-2011) ... Is it possible that they could not make it better looking or did they sabotage it a little bit. It would be the absolute no. 1 option but I cannot digest the looks and think that my girl will leave me because of the shame sustained. The Octavia is OK in my opinion as an understated car but the Superb no. I will still try the estate model when it comes. Boh. PS: And Skoda also means damage, detriment, injury, loss in some languages so it is not a good name either.

Orangewheels 23 June 2009

Re: Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI CR 110

For me the Yeti is a bit player but gives a great indication of how the forthcoming Audi Q3 and possibly a mainstream VW version might perform.