Sim­ply the best




Just like his fam­ily Skoda Yeti that ed­i­tor Ben Miller praises in the Oc­to­ber is­sue ed­i­to­rial, we too have a Yeti 2.0 TDI which has passed 100,000 miles since we col­lected it from our lo­cal dealer eight years ago this month.

As Ben was say­ing, we too are find­ing it hard to re­place the ‘old timer’ with some­thing in ve­hi­cle terms akin to a friendly, fun, re­li­able com­pan­ion, rather like the fam­ily labrador.

We short­listed sev­eral com­pact SUVs to test drive, all of­fer­ing slightly quirky de­signs, which might be a fine drive, with 2.0 diesel en­gines with 4x4 avail­able (we do a lot of Alps ski trips).

The BMW X2 looked great and drove like­wise but was too noisy and very4

ex­pen­sive; the VW T-Roc drove just like the Yeti but the cabin was smaller than we ex­pected, with that cheap in­te­rior fin­ish; and the new Skoda Karoq had a hard ride, was only avail­able with lower power en­gines and had de­riv­a­tive VW styling (Oh Skoda, what were you think­ing?).

A Volvo XC40 2.0 diesel with stan­dard AdBlu fil­ter is on or­der for March de­liv­ery. Still, we will be very sad to bid farewell to this great mo­tor when the time comes. Mike Clay­ton

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