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by Tim Beissmann

Skoda Australia has wiped $2400 off the price of the entry-level Skoda Yeti just weeks out from the quirky compact SUV’s local launch.

When it was revealed at July’s 2011 Australian International Auto Show in Melbourne, Skoda Australia said its first ever SUV would be priced from $28,690 before on-road costs. But now, less than three months later, Skoda has repositioned the high-riding compact, with a starting price of $26,290 for the petrol-powered front-wheel drive manual model.

Skoda Australia spokesman Karl Gehling said the decision was made to ensure the Yeti was well placed against its competitors.

The price of the top-spec diesel-powered all-wheel drive manual is unchanged, still starting from $35,690. The optional dual-clutch DSG transmission – seven-speed for the 77TSI, six-speed for the 103TDI – adds $2300 to the price of each model.

The entry-level Yeti was previously priced above the base model variants of the Holden Captiva 5 ($27,990), Honda CR-V ($28,090), Hyundai ix35 ($26,990) and the Ssangyong Korando ($26,300) but now undercuts them. It is now priced closer to the base models of the Kia Sportage ($26,220), Mitsubishi ASX ($25,990) and Nissan Dualis ($24,990).

The range-topping diesel model is priced $1000 below the outgoing Volkswagen Tiguan 103TDI ($36,690), $300 below the Subaru Forester 2.0D ($35,990) and $100 below the Peugeot 3008 1.6 XSE HDi ($35,790), but is more expensive than the Mitsubishi ASX 4WD diesel ($31,990), Holden Captiva 5 diesel ($33,990) and the Hyundai ix35 Elite diesel ($35,490).

The Yeti 77TSI will come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, seven airbags, individually removable rear seats, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, handbrake and gear knob.

The Yeti 103TDI adds 17-inch alloys, fog lights, underbody protection, silver roof rails, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, chrome interior highlights, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, additional stowage compartments and adjustable boot hooks.

The Yeti 77TSI is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 77kW of power and 175Nm of torque. The manual model uses 6.6 litres/100km on the combined cycle, while the DSG is marginally thirstier at 7.0 litres/100km. Accelerating from 0-100km/h takes 11.8 and 12.0 seconds respectively.

The Yeti 103TDI gets a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 103kW of power and 320Nm of torque. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 6.2 litres/100km (6.7 litres/100km for the DSG), while the sprint takes 9.9 seconds (manual) and 10.2 seconds (DSG).

The Skoda Yeti officially goes on sale in Australia in October.

Skoda Yeti manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • 77TSI FWD six-speed manual – $26,290
  • 77TSI FWD seven-speed DSG – $28,590
  • 103TDI AWD six-speed manual – $35,690
  • 103TDI AWD six-speed DSG – $38,990
Note: Overseas model shown.



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