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Twelve Cars of Christmas – Skoda Yeti - Number 8

The new Skoda Yeti has strolled into Motoring.co.uk's Twelve Cars of Christmas list in position eight.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 23, 2009
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The new Skoda Yeti has strolled into Motoring.co.uk's Twelve Cars of Christmas list in position eight. This sleigh full of mechanical marvels contains our favourite vehicles based on economy, space, price, style, and popularity. So, why does this unconventionally styled machine appear on the list?

Skoda claim the Yeti is a 'crossover vehicle' combining the strength of a 4x4 with the practicality of a family hatchback. There is a choice of five engines, the 1.2-litre 105bhp and 1.8-litre 160bhp petrols - and three 2.0-litre diesels with outputs of 110, 140, and 170bhp. My preference for lugging around mince pies is the largest diesel which reaches 62mph in 8.4 seconds and returns a combined average of 46.3mpg.

To complement the choice of engines the Yeti is available with front-wheel or four-wheel drive in E, S, SE, and Elegance trim. Standard equipment includes electric front windows, CD player, multiple air bags, and air conditioning. However, the most intriguing feature is the optional parallel 'park assist' to help Santa manoeuvre on challenge rooftops. Skoda claim this system is ideal for parking quickly and accurately. To operate it simply press 'park assist' and cruise slowly past prospective bays (or chimneys). Sensors then measure the gaps and inform the motorist when the system finds a suitable target. The driver then engages reverse, controls the speed, and this clever vehicle steers into the bay. The system is deactivated if the driver touches the steering wheel or exceeds 4mph.

The Skoda Yeti deserves its place on the Christmas list because it is distinctive, robustly constructed, and has plenty of space for passengers and luggage. The styling is arguably rather awkward – but Skoda buyers appreciate its underlying quality and sensible running costs.

The Skoda Yeti costs from £13,725 to 17,575 on-the-road.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 23, 2009
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