| Long Term Test | Skoda Yeti 4x4 |
Been anywhere interesting?
Only up to North Wales for a final blast before sadly saying 'goodbye' to the Yeti and getting back into the SEAT Leon. That's no hardship, as this is yet another very competent car. My time in the Yeti has been great; Wales showed up the strengths of this 4x4 model. Whist it's reasonably smooth and comfortable on the motorway the gravel and grass tracks through the mountain lowlands showed its true vocation and proved no problem - never once did the Yeti hesitate.
Anything stand out?
Having been back in the Leon for a while now I can look back and really emphasise the need to buy the right Yeti. If you're going to go for one you have to think why and not base it on looks alone. Sure, they all look great but why have one if you're just scooting to the local shops and town or up and down the country be it on the motorways or A-roads? The Leon has brought that back to me, as it's quieter with very little tyre drone, it's more economical and more comfortable. There's a case for either car here.
So why buy a Yeti? It does look great no question. To me it really is a crossover vehicle, even a work tool so get a 4x4 version. It's not a general day-to-day school- or shop run car; there are many cars that will do those jobs better with more refinement and a nicer ride. Space is its huge selling point, transporting cameras, lights, tripods, ladders and everything associated with being a working snapper was easy, and getting the gear to remote areas was a doddle; never once did I get bogged down and I'm sure the Yeti would surprise many with its abilities. Engine wise it has to be the 170bhp 2.0 TDI, with a manual gearbox: sound economy, reasonable turn of speed and quite gutsy. Having said all of that if you do want one (I do) there are 29 different variations of the Yeti available so be prepared to put the time in to get it exactly right for your needs.
... and for the wrong reaons?
Going back to what I said earlier, getting back into the SEAT and driving 250 miles up to Yorkshire highlighted the Skoda's weakest point - its interior build quality - or rattles and squeaks to you and me and this shows that the Yeti is more of a workhorse than being your day-to-day runaround. Even after 17,000 miles the Leon is quiet, everything still works and you get out of it feeling surprisingly refreshed after a long run up the A1. Our Yeti had just 11,000 miles on it and whilst it wasn't unbearable it did have a fair number of said squeaks and rattles, which does get to you when spending the amount of time I do behind the wheel.
Well I'm back in the SEAT Leon now so check out the latest running report...