ROAD TESTS: @SkodaUK_Media Range Drives
Our Great friends at Skoda UK had a range driving day within the glorious sunshine of “God’s own country” (Yorkshire to thee & me, lad) yesterday, attended by our staff snapper supremo, Neil Denham.
As you can see, the brand new design language-festooned full range of Skoda goodness made for quite a sight in which has to be said as well as goes to show just how far the increasingly-well-liked brand has developed within the last decade.
as well as with their all-brand new 4×4 Kodiaq coming later within the year, surely we can only expect more greatness via the Skoda stable?
Having a range diverse test, our Neil had a spin out within the brand new Octavia vRS 4×4 2.0 TDI 184PS, fresh faced Citigo Monte Carlo 1.0 MPI 60PS 3-door, funky Fabia SE L 1.2 TSI 0 PS, brand new-look Yeti SE 2.0 TDI SCR 110PS as well as formed an orderly cue to drool over the chrome-wrapped, air-slicing, 227mph Bonneville salt flats race record breaking 2011 Octavia vRS.
In his typically understated manner, snapper Neil said: “All the cars were well made as well as drove well. The driving position of the Citigo steering wheel for me hid the speedo. however the Citigo diesel went very well for the size of car as well as engine, however in which did put out a lot of road as well as engine noise. The Octavia vRS 4×4 includes a smooth acceleration that has a smooth gear box as well as seemed to be very economical by the dash gauge. however I’m not too sure about the look or the colour (Meteor Grey) of the one I drove: The only thing to make a second glance was the exhausts (see above). The Yeti is usually van size, however a car as well as drives as well as handles definitely well. The Fabia handled well as well as the TSi engine pulled well too.”
Looking at them in a touch more detail…
Octavia vRS 4×4 2.0 TDI 184PS
Tested in OTR cost at £29,025 with the plush as well as supportive £925 heated leather sports seat option as well as £360 of Meteor Grey paintwork (which we like, within the pics), the lower-powered vRS 4×4 (versus its vRS 230 petrol big brother) is usually a sensible choice for those who love two things – a wolf in sheep’s clothing stealth bomb as well as practical performance. Oh, as well as oil burning torque over revs as well as sweet petrol.
The 2.0 TDi is usually capable of a whopping 57.7mg (vs vRS 230’s 45.4mpg) as well as still does 0-62mph in 7.6 (Vs 6.7s petrol) as well as can stomp onto 142mph (155mph vRS 230). in which rides nicely too, thanks to its 18-inch Gemini anthracite alloys as well as 40mm profile tyres. The vRS 230 has 19s with 35mm profile. Nice to look at, however we suspect a lot more choppy anywhere however Silverstone. however the well-liked diesel comes at a premium, £1,000 over the more powerful as well as faster petrol variant. You go figure.
Indoor quality, spec generosity as well as style is usually better than ever (as well as in which was always Great, even way back tot he first vRS in 2001). in which is usually a spacious, speedy, stylish as well as understated choice for the family man that has a dark side, still.
The Skoka Yeti is usually still to in which date one of the most pleasing, surprising as well as enjoyable family cars we’ve ever driven. Paradigm shifter as well as ground breaker alike. as well as the (prettier, less masculine) face-lifted, brand new edition is usually as stylish as well as elegant as in which is usually still rough, tough as well as cool in design.
today two-wheel-drive only – where the brand new Yeti Outdoor range deals with the 2WD as well as 4×4 variants – in which’s more urban cruiser than river bed wader as well as green laner today, which is usually a shame. however in which’s still got the X-Factor, even if many rival manufacturers have ripped off the formula as well as tried to mop up some of the Yeti’s success.
The mildly elevated driving position gives great visibility, the dash as well as Indoor design is usually 100% practical as well as functional as well as the 2.0 TDi is usually just fast as well as frugal enough, doing 0-62mph in 12.2s, 109mph as well as 53.3mpg.
The test type was £22,405 OTR, with almost £2,500 of actually pretty Great values extras, like the £150 Candy White paint, £395 Black Magic coloured roof as well as mirrors as well as £250 heated front seats etc.
Still a great car, however we prefer the rugged Outdoor 4×4 range – which is usually what the Yeti brand values are definitely about.
Fabia SE L 1.2 TSI 0 PS