koda is basically unknown in Australia, regardless of having a car-making historical past courting again to the late Nineties. A pity, as a result of the Czech firm presents a variety of high quality European autos with numerous character at very reasonably priced costs.
Our newest take a look at automotive, the Skoda Yeti, is an instance. On sale right here since late 2011 it’s a wise and sensible compact SUV, however sits nicely down the gross sales graph, which is likely one of the best of the market segments. Though it’s constructed on the identical platform because the Volkswagen Tiguan, shares most of its elements together with the engine, and is equally priced, consumers select VW over koda for about 10 to 1.
Discover the 2014 Skoda Yeti Vary
With the arrival of the second technology mannequin earlier this 12 months, Yeti has grow to be a bit extra fashionable, particularly on the entrance the place the grille is engaging. It’s nonetheless boxy in profile however that is the value to be paid for being such a wise and sensible car.
The Yeti’s lengthy, sq. form and huge doorways permit for simple entry and glorious headroom on all seats. The cockpit is a bit slender and may be uncomfortable for tall drivers, particularly on lengthy journeys.
Yeti’s dashboard association is straightforward and intelligible with switches, buttons and knobs which are simple to search out and management. There’s additionally a intelligent cell phone holder that matches into the right-hand drink holder. The one downside is that it extends excessive of the left-hand drink holder which implies you may have to select one or the opposite. Nonetheless a wise thought – simply wants somewhat design work.
All fashions have a 5-inch touchscreen that shows numerous data and leisure options. These embody Bluetooth cellphone and audio streaming, SD card slot, and USB and AUX sockets.
Satellite tv for pc navigation is out there in 90TSI and 103TDI as a part of the $2900 Tech Pack that features bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime working lights, LED tail lamps, 6.5-inch touchscreen and premium sound system.
There may be correct rear legroom and a fantastic seat association. Referred to as the Varioflex, it has three separate rear seats, every of which may be adjusted for size in addition to recline. All three seats may be folded ahead or eliminated totally to supply van-like space for storing. The popular possibility is prone to be to take away the middle seat and improve elbow room by sliding the 2 exterior seats towards one another. Alternatively the middle seat may be lowered to supply a desk with a pair of drink holders.
The rear seats are about 20 mm greater than the entrance ones to enhance the entrance view of the rear passengers with none headroom points.
Storage capability ranges from 310–415-litres, relying on the place of the rear seats and might go as much as 1665-litres with all three rear seats eliminated. The spare wheel is an area saver with a number of further molded storage bins.
Engine / Transmission
Skoda Yeti is out there with a alternative of three engines, two petrol and one diesel. The thought of an SUV being powered by a 1.2 or 1.4-litre petrol engine was unimaginable not too way back, however such advances in turbocharging know-how have made the Yeti run nicely with most energy outputs of 77kW and 90kW respectively. Regular use albeit at a reasonably excessive 5000rpm.
Extra importantly, the 1.2-litre 77TSI makes 175Nm of fantastic torque and the 1.4-litre 90TSI each make 200Nm of torque at round 1500rpm.
Driving lovers can go for the 103TDI 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It’s a full of life unit that has each a quick begin up pace in addition to an overtaking vary of 80 km/h to 120 km/h. The engine places out 320Nm of torque between 1750-2500rpm.
There are three transmission choices – a six-speed handbook for each petrol and diesel, a seven-speed DSG for the petrol engine and a six-speed DSG for the diesel. DSG gear adjustments are lightning quick. The sort of transmission had issues stopping/beginning site visitors in its early type, however it has been vastly improved and is now a pleasure to drive in all circumstances. The six-speed handbook will enchantment to these drivers who benefit from the driving expertise. It’s a clean shifter that makes the a lot of the torque of the engine.
The 2 petrol variants are front-wheel-drive solely, with the diesel driving all 4 wheels.
There are seven airbags customary throughout three Yeti fashions, one for the motive force’s knees; ABS brakes with digital brake-force distribution; Emergency hazard mild activation in emergency braking; stability and traction management; hill maintain; IsoFix Little one Seat Anchorage; Reversing digital camera and rear parking sensor. The 90TSI and 103TDI have entrance parking sensors.
Yeti’s excessive driving place and huge home windows present near-optimal outside visibility.
On the open street the Yeti factors nicely and stays decidedly secure in lengthy broad corners and tight bends with little physique roll and insignificant understeer.
Gas consumption within the 1.4-liter 90TSI we examined is listed at 6.8L/100km on the mixed cycle. We averaged a suitable 7.4 L/100 km in a mix of city, motorway and rural circumstances.