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On the Trail of the Yeti
November 30, 2010   
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The Skoda Yeti was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2009. Despite being a newcomer to the market, the Yeti has won the respect of buyers on account of its attractive price tag and its many user-friendly features.

The profile of the Yeti 1.4TSI Experience, the sixth of the firm’s current models, is attractive despite its compact dimensions (4,223 mm long, 1,793 mm wide and 1,691 mm high). The interior is surprisingly spacious and can seat five adult passengers quite comfortably. The trunk is well laid out and has a capacity of 405 l and an impressive maximum carrying capacity of 615 kg. The finishing materials in the passenger compartment are of a high standard and the individual items are all satisfactory. There are ample standard safety features too; even the most basic version comes with a set of front and side airbags and an ESP system. Air curtains as well as rear side and driver’s knee airbags are optional.

The vehicle makes use of parent company Volkswagen’s proprietary 110 hp, 140 hp and 170 hp 2.0 TDI CR Common Rail diesel engines, as well as 1.2 TSI/105 hp, 1.4 TSI/122 hp and 1.8 TSI/160 hp turbocharged gasoline engines. The model we test-drove had a 1.4 TSI/122 hp turbocharged gasoline engine. The turbocharger gives the engine a life that belies its modest capacity. It can accelerate to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 185 km/h. The engine is very quiet and has no problems running up to speed. It is fuel efficient as well. During our test drive, it consumed 7.5 l/100 km, just a bit more than the manufacturer’s figure of 6.8 l/100km.

Our model was front-wheel drive and had a six-speed manual gearbox. The 4WD version has an electronic powertrain taken from the Octavia Scout model. This is based on the fourth-generation Haldex AWD system with additional off-road settings. In layman’s terms, this means that the reaction time and the “feel” of the gas pedal and the ESP system can be changed to suit cross-country driving. The 4WD version has a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Along with its functionality, the Yeti’s price is one of its strong selling points. The standard 1.2 TSI front-wheel-drive version with manual transmission costs zl.62,900. The same model with a 7-speed DSG gearbox will set you back zl.72,200. The most expensive model in the range is the 4WD 140 hp turbodiesel with a 6-speed DSG gearbox. This one comes in at zl.106,300.

The Premia version is another option. This is approved as a truck in the EU, which should come as good news for anyone intending to put it to work. The downside of Yeti’s popularity has been an extension in the time it takes to have the car configured to your needs and expectations. But that’s what it takes to track down a Yeti these days.
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