Proving it’s no mythical beast, the Yeti punches above its weight in a gruelling off-road test
the Korean SUVS, the Subaru Forester and a couple of others.
Against the Tiguan, the Yeti has more features but buyers may prefer to pay the small premium for a Vwbadge and the Tiguan’s more conventional style.
But there’s no doubting that the 2WD model, for its price, has a hell of a lot of appeal and is likely to claw some sales away from conventional hatchbacks and sedans.
A 1.8-litre turbo-petrol joins the range early next year.
The tough wagon is built on the bigger Octavia’s platform and shares its wheelbase.
Face to face, the Yeti is 200mm shorter than the Tiguan, sits on a 26mm shorter wheelbase— yet it has a bigger load capacity and comes in up to 250kg lighter.
The guy who penned the awkward Roomster— back on the market early next year— obviously had some input into the Yeti’s styling but was clearly told to tone it down.
The Yeti is distinctive, a good thing among the mass of cookie-cutter compact SUVS, but functional. The seating is excellent and the ability to rearrange the cabin so quickly and easily makes it very flexible for different motoring tasks.
The dashboard is heavily influenced byvw’s Golf and Polo, which is a good thing.
The options include a different colour paint for the roof at $390.
Also fromvwis the 77kw 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine in the 2WD.
The 103kw/320nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel is used in a host of Audis and VWS and has a strong reputation for durability.
The DSG automated manual is a $2300 option, with the 2WD getting a seven-speed unit and the4wd a six-speed version.
The Haldex drivetrain system on theawdis a fourth-generation version. This is genuinely a top-notch device that quickly moves torque to the required wheel. However, the Yeti is a simple car with
no radical engineering and this should be easy— and hopefully inexpensive— to service and repair.
A five-star crash rating is earned by seven airbags, electronic stability control, brake assist and hill-start assist. Theawdgets a $290 optional off-road package with specially tuned ABS brakes and ESC for dirt roads, plus hill descent and a refined hill-holder system.
Skoda launched the Yeti range Awdversion with a brisk bitumen run followed by a difficult 30km drive along the Northern Territory’s mostly dry Finke River.
This is a mix of riverstones and very soft white sand —and no place for anawdwith no low-range gearing, low-profile road tyres and a measly 180mm of ground clearance. A few became bogged because of a
Beastly: The Yeti is more capable than it looks and surprises at every turn