I know that they have been thrashed off-road in other tests but if I were the owner of one I would prefer a bit more ground clearance or undr body protection or both
These come standard with underbody protection. Currently the Yeti is the most capable softroad when it comes to offroading. Will put some proper offroaders to shame.
A face only a mother would love…
isn’t skoda supposed to offer better value? Chuck in sat nav for free and that would help
why would you need rear sensors with a rear like that with good visibility as well? As for sat nav, read a map that’d probably be more accurate
It makes torque from lower down (1500rpm vs 1750) and across a broader powerband than a diesel (up to 4200 or 4500 depending on source), yet the summary under the picture says ‘lacks low down torque’. Doesn’t make sense.
112TSI max torque of 250Nm from 1500-4500rpm (for the 6sp manual) & from 1200-4200rpm (for the DSG) That said, the urgency doesn’t seem to kick in until until you wind it up, despite the torque curve.
Thanks Anthony. Would it be more a factor of the weight of the vehicle? Does a similar engined Octavia for example feel lacking in low down torque as well?
For sure the extra weight of the diesel is felt at the front end and no doubt during acceleration, but as you mentioned the petrol turbo has a very good spread of torque and 1580kg is not overly heavy, it’s just that you need to punch it when accelerating off the mark for that hot hatch-like feeling, and then it sings better than almost any other SUV in the class.
Still can’t work out why Skoda in Australia are not the budget offering they are in other countries….
…oh, hold on – of course if customers are willing to pay more, charge them more!
I have often wondered the same. In the UK, the Yeti is priced as much as 25% below comparable models of its cousin the VW Tiguan. So Skoda is seen as a cheap way intoVW engineering. Here, prices of the Tiguan and Yeti are at about parity, so there is no identity for Skoda. Imagine: if this model was on the market for say $28k for the automatic, it would sell the house down, as it has in the UK. But not here, at $35k, up against great models from Kia, Hyundai, Subaru, Nissan, and now Mazda.
So, are Australians being duped, or is it the Europeans that are paying 25% more for similar engineered cars?????
Comes down to supply and demand…
Since Skoda Australia can sell the limited stock that is allocated to them at the given price point, why wouldn’t they?
Low stock allocation is a myth. When Golf GTi exploded globally, VW went to 12 month waiting lists, got huge customer backlash and supply was ramped up drastically. Yeti won’t have the same problem but if they did it wouldn’t take long for them to get it sorted if the demand was there.
Given the stock I have seen lying around at Richmond (ho,ding yard full of them next to masarati) and Brighton, supply shouldn’t be a concern, possibly the exact opposite really.
I agree with Tomas on this.. It can also be the fact, that VW is making sure there is no canibalism between Yeti and Tiguan as it is happening throughout the whole EU market.. Same for SuperB and Passat, Golf and Octavia, Polo and Fabia..
Sorry replying to old post but for others,,
It isn’t that, in the UK pricing is set by Skoda UK and VW UK independently in Australia VW Australia runs both brands and don’t want Skoda taking sales from VW, so they screw Skoda’s chances to ‘explode’ and at the same time take too many sales from VW Australia..
Skodas are good cars especially the diesel versions with lots of torque. They need to price them around a RAV4.
I bought my Octavia wagon a few years back when there was not an equivalent Golf version.
I did not want to buy a Golf because they were made in South Africa and reliability was suspect.
For some reason Skoda had (when I was looking, and may still be the case) a far higher reliability rating than VW in most countries, including Germany. At least mine has been reliable so far.
I’m not sure where most VAG cars sold in Australia originate from but I can understand that a Czech Skoda would be 25% cheaper than a German VW in the UK. But maybe not so much difference here against an Sth African version?
Having said all that the fact is that we are ripped off by overseas manufacturers pricing. I know that is contested by many but the differentials are just too great to be explained by transport costs, market size and taxation alone.
It reminds me of the UK many years back when British Leyland was government owned and incredibly inefficient. They set the market price for cars and just broke even but Ford who could build cars far more cheaply (and in the UK) made a fortune, which was just as well as Ford Europe and Ford USA were haemorraging badly and Ford UK kept them all going.
You could go to France/ Belgium and buy a right hand drive car, bring it back on the ferry and pay the British taxes and save thousands of pounds on UK prices, and many did until the British car manufactureres wised up to it and tried to stop the practice.
I suspect similar is occuring here with the market price led by our manufacturers and the importers making hay while the sun shines.
I would not like to see Car Manufacturing removed from Australia, because the mining boom will inevitably end and the Aussie dollar will sink, and then we will be thankful that some manufacturing capability survived here.
Can I just ask one question about Volkswagen Golf TSI, Hyundai Sonata, Commodore 3.0 SIDI & Skoda..
All those cars above have Direct Injection.. I wanted to ask why is it when you give them sudden jolt they don’t seem to have smooth combustion and seems as if they’re chocking or something.. The fuel doesn’t seem to burn smoothly and it cause all sorts of noises, vibration etc.. This is at low rpm when you some times give thm a quick jolt..
I compared an Toyota Aurion and that car had a very smooth motor, just cannot explain.. The engine was velvety smooth, quiet & unruffled..
I’m not comparing brands or anything, just asking what the reason for that is?..
Fuel consumption is a bit disappointing. I realise it’s the extra weight that does it as opposed to the same engine in the golf or octavia, but anything above 8L/100km is pretty poor these days.
Well in reality, over 80% of cars on he road consume more then 8/100
Doesn’t really matter anyway, only people who are happy to waste money are going to buy this anyway. You’d be paying $5000 more than a Octavia or Golf wagon – both of which have far bigger boots and better economy.
I would pay 30k for one not 35k
I would love to buy a Yeti – but the DSG transmission is a deal breaker.
Sell this car with a decent fully automatic transmission and I’ll buy it.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The 6 speed DSG is a dog. In another review of the model this week – “The DSG can be caught napping”. Napping? NAPPING? It’s a common refrain from many motoring journos when reviewing cars using the VW group DSG transmissions….yet they still seem think it’s acceptable?I worked with someone this week who owns an Octavia wagon…and I quote “great car…transmission takes alot of getting used to though” His colleague was less polite.Why should you have to “get used to” a transmission in a $30k plus car in 2012?!?
I thought the 112tsi represents 1.2L engine and 77kw?