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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
Lindy George She says The yeti, or abominable snowman, is an ape-like cryptid (go Google!) said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. It’s generally regarded in the scientific community as a legend. Or, it’s Skoda’s new SUV. If you like SU Vs with sleek sporty looks, then the Yeti may not appeal to you. But, if you’re in the market for an SUV that will have you travelling comfortably both in the city and off-road, then the Yeti is certainly worth considering. There are two models to choose from – 2WD petrol or 4WD diesel, both available in manual or auto. Seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag) are standard, as are Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and Hill Hold Control. Our 4WD auto diesel also had under-body protection for the r ugged stuff. Our road trip certainly tested the climate control – 38 degrees outside and we were cool inside at a constant 21 degrees. Lumbar support in both driver and passenger seats meant no aching backs, even after several hours behind the wheel. 17” alloys gave us plenty of rubber on the road, making the ride smooth and quiet. Indeed, unlike its abominable namesake, our Yeti purred along quite happily. The cooled front storage compartment kept the road trip nibbles from melting and the auto w ipers were probably more convenient for clearing bug splatter than rain drops. Storage under the front passenger seat kept valuables out of view – no-one would think to look there (unless of course, you’d just read this!) On our journey home along the Midland Highway we set the cruise control on 110 km/h (clearly not fast enough for some) but at least we could smile as we passed the speed cameras. Daytime running lights are mandatory on the Yeti, so you’ll always be seen – and switching your headlights to Auto ensures you don’t forget to light up in dull conditions. The multi-function trip computer advises time, outside temperature (yes, it really was 38), fuel consumption (6.3L/100km), distance to empty and more, all from your steering wheel-mounted control. If your road trip extends to an overnight stay, you’ll easily fit the luggage in the rear with the added benefit of hooks, lashing eyes and a cargo net to keep it all in place. And to really make a statement, you can opt for a coloured roof just for something different. What a legend! ANCAP ★★★★★ Green Rating ★★★ 1⁄2 Life on the move June / July 2012 37 Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment RACT Driver Training graduates receive special discounts on joining RACT Roadside membership. Low-Risk Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5612 Devonport 6421 1918 Burnie 6434 2913 6609 www.ract.com.au
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