Yeti Elegance 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II
its fabled namesake, Skodas
Yeti has now become almost
legendary itself only much easier
to find! Nobody knows for sure if
Himalayan-dwelling Yeti is eco-
in Greenline II guise,
Skodas most definitely is...
THE WELL-LIKED YETI CROSSOVER now offers even lower emissions and better
fuel economy. Externally, there's not a lot to tell you just how 'green'
it has now become. Not many would spot the 25mm lower ride height, but they
would notice the smart new 'Moon' design wheels; 16 instead of
17-inch, lighter in weight and fitted with low rolling resistance tyres.
Along with the lowered suspension and improved aerodynamics to reduce drag,
there's also stop/start, an energy recovery system and a gear change indicator
to maximise the eco benefits.
However, what's not obvious to the naked eye is brilliantly obvious at the pumps:
a combined 61.4mpg (officially). Our hard-worked test car averaged 56.8mpg over
500 miles but we'd expect most owners to see 60mpg without trying too hard.
Add to that 119g/km of tailpipe emissions and the savings start even before
the Yeti turns a wheel: no road tax in the first year and then just £30 a year
is the Greenline II's pound-saving fuel consumption bought at the cost of performance?
Actually, it's not. The 1.6 turbodiesel unit under the bonnet puts out 103bhp
which, on the face of it, is not that big a figure.
out on the road it's fit for purpose and 'green' owners won't feel as if they've
lost out for their environmental principles. For the record, 0-62mph takes 12.1
seconds and the top speed is 109mph.
Overall, the Greenlines
motorways, where this
greenest of Yetis
is not only quiet and
refined but where it
drinks even less:
In point of fact, the in-line four-cylinder 1.6 is punchier than you might expect;
it has plenty of overtaking torque (a tractable 184lb ft) and it certainly felt
capable mixing it with other traffic.
Cruising along at 70mph on the motorway at 2,500rpm in fifth, the oil-burner
feels more than flexible enough. And while the five-speed 'box comes with longer,
economy-biased ratios, it didn't noticeably cause any extra gear changing
and even if had it wouldn't have mattered because the change action is fast
and polished and the clutch pedal light.
Overall, the Greenline's mechanical character is relaxed particularly
appreciated on motorways, where this greenest of Yetis is not only quiet and
refined but where it drinks even less: officially 67.3mpg.
More good news: you don't have to wear the automotive equivalent of a hair-shirt
when you choose to drive an eco-friendly Yeti while a greened-up
Greenline II spec Yeti can be bought from £17,045 (in S trim), they also come
in SE guise (£18,505) and the range-topping and very well kitted out Elegance
that just breaks through the £20K ceiling (£20,365). Green is nice, sure enough;
but green, comfy and indulged is better.
The Yeti's excellent packaging is well-known to current customers, particularly
its versatile Varioflex rear seating system and general all-round practicality.
The semi-sport style front seats (with ribbed centre panels and decent side
bolstering), are set high in the tall and roomy cabin. Helped by large windows,
everyone not just the driver enjoys good views in
generous range of seat height and steering wheel (reach and height) adjustability
ensures a first rate, commanding driving position.
dash layout is logical with clear white-on-black dials, switchgear is sensibly
sited and all within easy reach, and there's a pleasant mix of quality surface
textures all contributing to a likeable cabin ambience enhanced
by a climate control system that responds speedily to requests for either deep
freeze-banishing heat or heatwave-quenching cold.
passengers benefit from masses of head and shoulder room along with impressive
legroom. The well shaped front seats are supportive on long journeys but it's
not just the driver and front passenger who are pampered in the
back, three can enjoy individual seating with backrests that offer eight recline
settings. And when not required for sitting on, the centre rear seat's backrest
can be folded down to provide an armrest-cum-table complete with cup-holder.
Wide outer armrests are fitted in each rear door.
The rear middle seat
can be taken out
and the outers slid
towards the centre
to create a
Those in the back also sit higher and, courtesy of the Varioflex system, have
a variety of seating options for instance, the rear seats can
be slid forwards or backwards, or the rear middle seat can be taken out and
the outers slid inwards (by just over three inches) towards the centre to create
a roomy 'executive' two-seater configuration.
If you like to experiment, know that there are over twenty different seat and
load-carrying arrangements that help make the Yeti a perfect family car.
Bringing up the rear, and accessed through an easy-rise, high-lifting tailgate,
is a big boot (416 litres). For larger load-carrying duty, it can be quickly
extended into a bigger loadbay (1,580 litres) by folding down and tumbling forward
the three 40:20:40-split rear seats.
Go the whole hog and remove them completely and you'll have an enormous 1,760
litres of flat cargo space. A pair of flexi luggage nets allows you to create
your own luggage 'pouches' for non-regular carrying solutions.
ease of use comes from thoughtful touches such as the rails on either side of
the boot walls with sturdy slide-adjustable hooks for hanging shopping bags
(even very heavy ones), and the flexible 'corral' band to safely ring-fence
bottles and other fragile items.
in the main cabin, you'll find a number of large storage bins and handy cubbyholes
including a hidden drawer beneath each front seat and a cooled glovebox along
with a cooled storage box built into the sliding front centre armrest.
kit on the Elegance Greenline II model includes leather upholstery, heated front
seats, front and rear electric windows (all auto one-shot up/down), power-adjustable
heated door mirrors (with built-in boarding spots), dual-zone climate control,
air-conditioned glovebox, trip computer, Varioflex rear seating system, multifunction
four-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, cruise control,
radio/CD player with 6-CD autochanger and touchscreen controls, privacy glass
(from B-pillar back), auto wipers and lights and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
From a passengers
point of view,
and courtesy of the
Yetis settled ride
bumpy, broken roads,
a pleasant car to be
driven around in
even the school run
in a Yeti...
you also get tyre pressure monitoring and a tyre repair kit, roof rails, 16-inch
alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres, bi-Xenon headlights with cornering
function plus cornering front foglights, seven airbags (includes one for the
driver's knee), Hill Hold and an extensive array of electronic safety systems.
optional touchscreen 3D SatNav fitted to our test car was first class
in a nutshell: absolutely idiot-proof. Exactly what you need when you haven't
the foggiest of how to get to where you're meant to be!
This greener Yeti feels pretty much as competent as any other Yeti
and that holds true for both its handling and ride. The lowered suspension hasn't
spoiled the standard car's ride and it still soaks up bumps with ease. It handles
predictably, holds the road well, is easy to place, the brakes are fine, and
the variable assist power steering progressive and accurate an
easy and assured driver, no less.
From a passenger's point of view, and courtesy of the Yeti's settled ride over
Britain's bumpy, broken roads, it's a pleasant car to be driven around in
even school runs feel de-stressed in a Yeti.
In Elegance Greenline II spec, the Yeti is as good as ever; the only difference
is that's it's cut back on its drinking! So, much more frugal but still just
as practical for families; as pleasant to use and as relaxing to live with as
the rest of the Yeti range. So why put up with all the restrictions of a cramped
small car when you can have a spacious Yeti for, in many cases, not a penny
more in running costs. MotorBar
Skoda Yeti Elegance 1.6 TDI CR Greenline II | £20,365
Maximum speed: 109mph | 0-62mph: 12.1 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 103bhp | Torque: 184lb ft | CO2 119g/km