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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6548C Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au He says Darren Moody Skoda Yeti 103TDI S koda has been steadily increasing their product range to Australia since returning to our market a few years ago. Know n for distinctive if not quirky styling, Yeti is the fifth model in the Skoda range to go on sale and it continues that distinctive styling trend. An upright, squared-off design that you either like or you don’t does have some benefits for the occupants. The interior design gives a feeling of spaciousness, head-room is never an issue w ith the high seating position and plenty of glass gives you a commanding exterior view that SUV buyers are looking for. Interior leg-room front and rear is generous, again helped but the higher roof line and seating. Skoda’s ‘variof lex’ rear seating gives occupants more choice than ever before. The seats have fore, aft and backrest adjustments and you can even remove the centre rear seat and move the outer seats in up to 80mm to give two rear passengers plenty of extra elbow room. If you really need extra space, all seats can actually be removed completely, creating a cavernous 1665 litres of space. Underpinned by VW mechanicals, the 103K W, 320Nm TDI engine coupled to a six-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) offers easy ever yday driveability with speed-variable, power-assisted steering to make around town manoeuvrability a breeze while adding weight, if not too much feel, at highway speeds. The official combined fuel consumption for this model is 6.7l/100km, which is easily able to be bettered on highway running – I saw 5.9l/100km. The transmission can be a bit slow to respond off the mark in stop-start situations, but this is fairly typical of DSGs. For drivers interested in a little off-road action, Yeti might actually surprise. For everyday driving, 96 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the front wheels. However, if Yeti’s army of sensors detect a difference in speed between the front and rear axles, the Haldex clutch can divert up to 90 percent of the torque to the rear wheels. The rear end has a limited- slip differential assisting off-road ability. A complicated electronics system involv ing the central control unit, ABS, ESC, throttle and steer ing position with sensors on each wheel allows drive to be sent to any wheel that still has grip. Ground clearance isn’t class leading but is better than most. The top of the range TDI on test has a drive-away price of just over $42,000. If diesel isn’t your thing then a petrol model is available. Both engines have manual and DSG transmission options, and for those who like the look and interior versatility but don’t want the AWD system, there’s a 2W D petrol version, drive-away for around $27,000. Life on the move 36 June / July 2012
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