Green Yeti is far from abominable

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Skoda’s Yeti GreenLine is one of those few cars that is practical, low on emissions but packs some attitude.

The Yeti has been a huge success for Skoda, mopping up family car awards left right and centre.

In GreenLine guise, it offers low emissions and impressive fuel economy.

It may not be quick but it offers strong value for money and might just be the most fashionable car in its class.

How things change. If my dad had arrived at school to pick me up in a Skoda of any variety, social death would have descended quicker than being outed as a member of the Bucks Fizz fan club.

I’d have become an outcast, the sort of socially stunted, embittered person who grows up to become a special constable.

Back in the 80s, a BMW 3 Series was just about the coolest thing a parent could arrive at the school gates in.

These days a 3 Series will have school kids think you’re a photocopier salesman whereas a Skoda Yeti projects a more active, modern image.

Of course, choosing a vehicle on how much it impresses school children is probably not the metric Skoda was aiming at with the Yeti but as a marker for its image rehabilitation it’s as good as any.

The GreenLine diesel versions add some solid economy and emissions credentials to the lifestyle orientated image.

The 104bhp under the bonnet is never going to set the pulse racing as it needs to haul about a fairly sizeable car, but Skoda has done well keeping the Yeti Greenline’s kerb weight down to a manageable 1335kg.

This means 0-60mph in 11.8 seconds which is quick enough not to feel nerve-jangling on motorways. And a decent torque figure of 184lb/ft means that the Yeti won’t instantly run out of puff when you’re five-up.

There is some wind and road noise at speed, and if you give the Yeti GreenLine the full measure of gas pedal out of tighter corners, it won’t grip and go like the four-wheel drive models, instead treating you to a demonstration of the traction control at work as the front tyres scrabble for grip.

The ride is firm, and while this makes the Yeti great fun to drive, it also means that scabby city tarmac makes its presence felt throughout the cabin.

The manual transmission is firm and precise but the electrically-assisted power steering isn’t quite as tactile.

The Yeti’s styling looks a good deal cleaner than its broken-backed Roomster sibling.

There are modern Skoda design touches too, such as the unapologetic chrome-topped grille and the blacked out roof pillars.

The broad windows and deep windscreen aid visibility while quality dashboard materials and friendly ergonomics top off a very accomplished cabin.

Unfortunately, you can’t pair the GreenLine version with a four-wheel drive transmission which may strike it from the shortlists of some.

And refreshingly for a ‘green’ model, this Yeti GreenLine doesn’t tack a big premium onto the asking price either.