Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI (2009) CAR review

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI
But what’s in it for the 98% of us never destined to be taxed by wet gymkhana grass?
Well, that’ll be the tall Roomster with the, er, ‘command driving position’, front-wheel drive and daft name, then; the best-selling version destined to be the 2.0-litre, 110bhp turbodiesel I drove.

And if you can ignore the extent to which the Skoda corporate chrome ‘n’ badge hooter has destroyed the looks of a car which only its mother was ever going to love anyway, it’s not a bad effort. A VAG parts bin interior offers classy instrumentation, respectable build quality and fine ergonomics. The seats flop, slide and leap about with all the alacrity of a horse with a wasp under its tail, though, as with the Roomster, the middle rear seat’s too narrow to be taken seriously as anything but a centre armrest. And the loadspace is full of the hooks and nooks essential to the ‘active lifestyle’ of the Tesco shopper.
And the drive?

Fine. Nothing to write home about, nothing to gripe about. Ride and handling are exactly akin to a gently tall Skoda, giving little cause for complaint. Giving a clear indication of just how quickly the Yeti has been rushed to the launch pad, no performance, consumption or emissions figures are yet available for the 110bhp turbodiesel. Suffice to say, it probably would pull a greased stick out of a pig’s arse, but might struggle to tug a new-age traveller off your sister.
Verdict

It’s somewhat ironic that the best clever new trick stuff is reserved for those few who opt for top-of-the-range four-wheel drive models. However, on the basis that there’s really nothing wrong with a Roomster with added nose bleed, those who don’t won’t be disappointed.

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI
Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI
Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI
Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI
Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI

Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI
Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI





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