Our cars: Skoda Yeti - January
Being a mum is brilliant fun, although it can mean making the odd sacrifice. Take the family car, where priorities tend to be space and convenience for loading small children, while driving enjoyment falls by the wayside. However, it looks like Skoda’s Yeti avoids such compromise, so I’m very pleased to have taken delivery of mine.
I chose the turbocharged 1.2 TSI petrol engine. It’s the smallest in the range but you’d never know it from its smooth, plucky performance, and it makes sense for several other reasons. First, as it’s the cheapest engine on offer, I’ve been able to justify choosing the top trim level and a few options.
Also, I do a lot of town driving, and as my Yeti is a petrol car it doesn’t emit as many of the particulates that cause health problems in urban areas.
The most expensive option I went for was the factory-fitted sat-nav. At £1435 it is an extravagance when you can get a good shop-bought unit from around £100, but I like the smart look of this integrated system and the fact that you don’t have to remember to hide it every time you park.
Since rear visibility isn’t the Yeti’s biggest strength, rear and front rear parking sensors (£270) were essential, as was the variable boot floor (£140), which provides somewhere to hide valuables and creates a flat load bay.
Sales manager Keith Mulberry showed me round the car at Marlborough Skoda, Isleworth, West London (0844 209 8148).
I was surprised to hear Keith tell me the car had the £460 Park Assist option, because I hadn’t ordered it; luckily for my finances it turned out Keith was referring to the button for disabling the parking sensors.
So far there is plenty for me to enjoy about the Yeti. The engine is refined and powerful enough for my 16-mile urban commute, the handling is precise and assured for quick moves round town, it’s fairly compact when it comes to parking and the car looks great inside and out. It seems very practical, too, including adjustable seat/boot bias and no-nonsense dashboard controls.
It seems highly possible, then, that I’ve found a child-friendly car that’s also fun to drive.