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Skoda Yeti 4x4 103 TDI (2012)
Our first drive of Skoda’s compact SUV offering, the Yeti, was among the rugged going of the dried-up Finke River bed, just over 100 km south-west of Alice Springs.
There, at the vehicle’s Australian launch, the Yeti 4x4 was well and truly tested by the 30+ km trek to and from Boggy Hole, a place of legend among serious off-roaders.
True to the name, we got bogged three times, due more to lack of serious ground clearance and all-terrain tyres rather than no low-range gear, but we still came away impressed by the Yeti’s gritty performance. A week spent on-road recently further enhanced our overall opinion.
With its VW-sourced, 103 kW, 320 Nm turbo-diesel engine and six-speed DSG transmission, the Yeti is a competent, all-round drive. It goes, stops and handles well, though the ride might be considered too firm by some.
But what makes the Yeti really user friendly is its interior space and versatility.
By our measurements, there is a substantial metre (more in the front) of room for driver and passengers between the seat cushion and roof lining.
Then there’s the VarioFlex rear seating, which offers a huge scope of flexibility. The three seats can be folded flat with the backrest down and quickly removed altogether thanks to a simple release function.
Throw in an extensive standard features inventory, and the Yeti shouts ‘buy me, buy me’.
Versatility, space, all-round drive
Temporary use spare, firm ride
Dual-zone climate control airconditioning, touch screen, Varioflex rear seating, underbody protection, remote central locking, immobiliser, 17” alloys, six-stack CD/MP3 player with eight speakers, bluetooth, cruise control
Dual front/side/curtain (DFSC) and driver’s knee airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC)
||4x4 103 TDI
||SUV Under $40,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.0-litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
||103 kW @ 4200 rpm
||320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||10.2 sec (claimed)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||23.6 m (average, as tested)
||6.7 litres/100 km
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