First drive: Skoda Yeti GreenLine

Another award-winning member of the Skoda range to receive the environmentally aware GreenLine II makeover is the Yeti SUV.

Under the bonnet, there's a 104bhp version of the 1.6 TDi diesel engine with Stop/Start technology and an energy recovery system, which go together to give an average fuel consumption of 61mpg and emissions of 119g/km, which equals yearly road tax of just £30.

Like the other Skoda models to receive the GreenLine makeover, the changes over a standard car include the badging and if you look closely you'll notice that this Yeti sits nearer to the ground and on 16-inch alloy wheels.

Available in S, SE and Elegance trim levels, Yeti GreenLine specification includes air-conditioning , aux-in connection, electric front windows, a CD player, stability control and front and curtain airbags. Our test car was an Elegance and included optional soft leather trim and excellent DVD sat-nav.

This Yeti, like the rest of the range gets the firm's Varioflex seating system that allows the rear seats to be reclined, folded or completely removed - increasing the boot size from an ample 416 litres to a cavernous 1,760 litres.

Out on the road, the eco-diesel feels smooth and refined, it's not exactly swift off the mark with 12.1 second 0-60mph acceleration, but once on the move speed builds quickly. Also, the tall shape means there's noticeable wind and road noise but it's a fine motorway companion.

Handling-wise, the Yeti GreenLine lacks the polish of four-wheel drive versions and is best described as mediocre. The ride is more unsettled than you might expect.

Still, despite its green make-over the Yeti is a fine SUV choice. But, I'm not sure if the excellent fuel economy is worth the loss of the 'fun to drive' factor.

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