Skoda Yeti 1.2 full road test car review – BBC Top Gear – BBC Top Gear

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For the past two years, the Nissan has single-handedly given the hatch/SUV mass appeal. It outsold the in May and was only 18 registrations short of the that month – now firmly entrenched in the top ten seller in the UK.

No wonder Skoda wants a of the action. Enter then, the Yeti. It’s a hatch-type-SUV in the mould, based on the Octavia/Golf with a ‘Varioflex’ interior to the smaller Roomster (which, for the enthusiasts among you, is on a Fabia/Polo).

Skoda reckons it’s pretty good off-road.

come to that in a sec. let’s talk about the engine, a 1.2-litre, turbocharged matched to a seven-speed DSG ‘box. we found in the new Polo, it’s a little combination: efficient yet quiet yet revvy.

Despite being small it feel short on power, it could start to struggle a big load. And if you want a 4×4, have to look to the bigger as the 1.2 is 2WD only.

Like any car of this and size, the jacked-up suspension it lollops over speedbumps, but the isn’t squidgy. Show it pace and it rolls slightly as it on those high springs. But it well and certainly handles than a Qashqai, which is an thing to drive quickly.

Inside, the knobs, dash and are familiar from other VW cars and are predictably well put But it’s the Varioflex seats impress most, with a second row like the Roomster. The loses 20 litres of max bootspace to its brother, despite being a car, because its roof is

Still, 20 litres is just a of Tesco bags.

And what those off-road claims? We the Yeti down slippery through tricky furrows and on the of hills that’d get spirit in a twist. And it works.

The Haldex clutch acts a locking diff (which is you get on … off-roaders) and the ABS system individual wheels, acting as descent control and allowing the car to down inclines with ease.

Inevitably it doesn’t the outright grip of a fully system, but it certainly works enough and few buyers will need it. Which is why the 2WD version more sense (Skoda 2WD sales will outweigh 4WD by around 70/30).

Where then, does all leave the Qashqai? Cowering in a somewhere, we suspect. The Yeti better, has a better interior and a engine line-up.

Prices be competitive too, starting around £13,000.

So budge Nissan. Time to share niche.

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