With all the bank holidays last month, I was worried that I hadn’t done many miles. I shouldn’t have, as I’ve still managed to wind over 1,500 enjoyable miles on to the odometer of the Diesel Car Skoda Yeti GreenLine since my last report. In fact, as I write, after a couple weekends away and two trips to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Skoda has covered a smidgeon over 2,000 miles.
The biggest event for the car in June was a trip across the channel with Skoda, for the Ypres Rally in Belgium. Unlike the other journalists who took advantage of the Skoda press fleet, I opted to take my Yeti. I had the last laugh however, as the optional Columbus satellite navigation, started to justify its £1,530 option price. Of the two other journalists I met at the Channel Tunnel, I was the only one to have European mapping and ended up leading a very patriotic convoy of Skoda Octavia vRSs’ to our hotel in Belgium. This will probably be the only time my 104bhp Yeti GreenLine will ever be in front of two white and blue 168bhp Octavia vRSs’, but it looked really cool. Also, whilst cruising on European roads I appreciated being able to listen to my music via the six-CD autochanger, or via the Bluetooth function on my iPhone and finally my iPod via the auxilary cable. I’ve never had so much choice!
Thankfully, despite very mixed weather conditions, I had more luck than Skoda UK Rally team driver, Andreas Mikkelsen, who fell off the road on Saturday morning, breaking his front suspension and putting him out the rally. However, despite loosening up nicely, sadly the Yeti hasn’t been entirely fault free. Just before leaving for Belgium, whilst travelling round the M25, I heard something fall on to the road, but thought I’d just kicked up some road debris. Whilst giving the Yeti a well deserved wash later on, I noticed that the rear cap for the roof bar had decided to dislodge itself and fall off. Skoda was surprised as it hadn’t happened to other Yeti owners. On the other hand, I thought this might be my first chance to get to experience the Skoda dealer network and a visit to my dealer, but instead Skoda UK posted me the part and I clipped it on in a matter of minutes.
Despite more careful driving, at 51mpg we’re still a little way off the combined fuel economy figure of 61.4mpg, but considering the mileage and the fact that on occasions it is difficult to drive frugally, 430 miles to a tank is still pretty useful. I’ll be working to improve this next month. I’ve also found that by equalising the tyre pressures, front end grip on the Continental low-rolling resistance tyres has improved.
Date arrived: 30th May 2012
Mileage: 2,856 miles
Economy: (On test) 51.4mpg
Costs this month: £0
Faults this month: Roof bar cap fell off.
We welcome a familiar face to the Diesel Car long term fleet, a Skoda Yeti, but this time in eco-friendly, two-wheel-drive GreenLine II guise. Martyn Collins reports.
What do the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the delivery of Diesel Car’s new long-term Skoda Yeti GreenLine II have in common? They both happened in the same week. In all honesty, we should have been driving the green version of Skoda’s award-winning crossover months ago. But because of its popularity, there has been a shortage of 1.6 TDI diesel engines. After all, I chose the spec and the order was made in December last year! The factory in Mlada Bolselav obviously can’t build them quick enough!
So has it been worth the wait? Well, as I write I’ve had the car almost two weeks and the restful, long bank holiday weekend has meant that I’ve covered hundreds rather than thousands of miles. Still, my answer in such a short space of time, is a resounding yes. OY12AVU has already fitted so well into my life that I can’t bear the thought of the day when the man from Skoda will knock on my door to take the key away.
Firstly, I love how practical and spacious the interior is; there’s definitely more space for the baby seat than our usual family wheels, a Volkswagen Golf. Harry, my 20-month old son, also likes the tall seating position and the big tinted rear windows he can look out of. Even in such a short space of time, its practically-shaped boot has swallowed all my son’s toddler clobber, a large foldable desk chair and the novelty of having a bigger boot has seen me make countless trips to the dump. Then there is the equipment; our Elegance GreenLine II lists at a pricey £20,475, but it does include luxury features such as leather trim, Bluetooth and a four-spoke multi-function steering wheel. Also added is what I believe to be one of the best, although costly (£1,530) Colorado DVD-based sat-nav systems, a six CD auto changer (£300) and front parking sensors (£300) taking the total to £22,605. I love the way the Yeti pairs with my iPhone, when I start the 104bhp 1.6 TDI GreenLine II engine. The Bluetooth is reliable too and has only thrown a tantrum once, but I think it was sulking after being left in an underground car park while I attended a foreign car launch.
It might be a frugal green car, but there’s a real maturity to the way the Yeti drives and rides. So is there anything we don’t like? My wife’s likening of the Yeti’s boxy styling and Corrida red paint to Postman Pat’s van, whilst the standard, optimised rolling resistance tyres might help the economy figures, they seem to lack grip in corners and the central locking’s CB-like roger bleep when locking and unlocking is annoying and sounds like a cheap 80’s alarm. To be honest, these are minor faults and I’m really looking forward to the diesel engine loosening up, the economy figures improving and getting the most out of this Skoda.
Skoda Yeti Elegance 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine II
Price when new: £20,475
Price as tested: £22,605
Optional fitted: 6CD autochanger, acoustic parking sensors, Columbus satellite navigation system.
Built: Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Layout: 5-door SUV, 5-seats, front-wheel-drive
Engine: 1598cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbodiesel with stop-start
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Power output: 104bhp at 4,400rpm
Maximum torque: 184lb ft at 1,500 to 2,500rpm
Top speed: 109mph
Acceleration 0-62mph: 12.1secs
CO2 emissions (tax band): 119g/km (C)
Economy (urban/extra/combined): 54.3/67.3/61.4mpg
Economy (on test): 47.3mpg
Fuel tank size/range: 55 litres/743 miles
Benefit in kind tax liability: 17%
Insurance group: 12
Size (length/width with mirrors): 4,223/1,956mm
Boot space (minimum/maximum): 416/1,760 litres
Kerb/max towing weight: 1,335/1,400kg
Euro NCAP crash test rating: 5 stars
Date arrived: 30th May 2012
Mileage to date: 806miles
Costs to date: None
Faults to date: None
16-inch alloy wheels with tyre repair kit
Dual-zone air conditioning
Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Bi-xenon headlights with washers
Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
Cornering front fog lights
Driver, passenger, side, head and driver’s knee airbags with passenger airbag de-activation switch
Electric and heated mirrors with power folding
Electric windows front and rear
Hill hold control
Isofix child safety seat fasteners for rear outer seats
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
Rear parking sensors
Remote central locking
Elecronic stability control with traction control
Acoustic parking sensors
Columbus satellite navigation system