A frugal 4x4 ideal for Himalayan driving

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AS another winter beckons driving a car named after the legendary abominable snowman from the Himalayas seemed like a good idea and though there was no snow Skoda’s admirable Yeti proved to be the ideal vehicle for negotiating the rugged roads on the North York moors writes Bryan Longworth.

Since its launch two years ago Yeti has become established as a versatile vehicle with four wheel drive that offers perfect driving no matter what time of year because of its four wheel drive system.

For normal on road motoring Yeti performs in two wheel drive but when traction becomes dodgy then four wheel drive kicks in and keeps the Skoda on the move - I wish I had been testing one last winter when two feet of snow made roads virtually impassable.

My test car wqs the latest Yeti Greenline which means that this particular model will provide the owner with a very frugal fuel consumption of 50mpg plus in real life driving conditions.

It was the Skoda Yeti Greenline II Elegance which is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine that offers a top speed of 109mph, a zero to 62mph time of 12.1 seconds and a combined fuel consumption of 61.4mpg although the trip computer showed this to be around 50mpg.

As well as a five speed manual transmission this Yeti, one of the top models in the range at £20,365, has stop-start, improved aerodynamics, lowered suspension and energy recuperation.

Yeti also has a purposeful rugged body that adds to its appeal in the competitive crossover 4x4 market which which means that unlike its legendary namesake this Yeti is at home in the urban jungle as it is in the Himalayan wilderness.

This model is also well equipped with standard kit such bi-xenon headlights with cornering function, leather seats and hill hold control which is a very useful facility but there is no spare wheel.

There is also an off-road button that that alters the parameters of the ABS, TCS and EDL systems to make it easier for driving in loose surface conditions.

It all goes to make driving the Yeti with its nice high driving position and impressive handling an enjoyable experience as I discovered on those fast and winding roads in rural North Yorkshire.

Yeti also has a roomy and comfortable interior with a large rear load area and the Varioflex seating system that allows the seats to be moved forward, backwards, reclined individually or completely removed.

I really enjoyed my time with this Yeti which is a car for all seasons and yet another glowing example of the very desirable cars now coming from the Czech Republic.

My Verdict: A frugal 4x4 ideal for Himalayan driving.

Factfile

Model: Skoda Yeti Greenline II Elegance.

Engine: 1.6-litre diesel.

Output: 105bhp @ 4400rpm.

Transmission: Five speed manual.

Top speed: 109mph.

Acceleration: 0 to 60mph 12.1 seconds.

Fuel consumption: Combined 61.4mpg.

CO2 emissions: 119g/km.

Price: £20,365.