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Yeti: A breadbox with style

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After a thousand stares and queries from motorists, petrol pump attendees and then some, I finally figured that the attention wasn’t just because Skoda’s fifth all-new model hadn’t been seen before. It was because of the quirky character that this Teutonic Czech was exuding. While quirky can also mean bizarre, Yeti towers more towards the radical.

The name is a bit of a misnomer with the Yeti looking anything like the abominable snowman. In fact, most people found it to be rather cute. Watching it pass, one could easily mistake it for a large hatch. But it’s only when you give it more than a passing glance that you can appreciate the details. The Yeti can be easily recognised as part of the Skoda family, thanks to that unmistakable Skoda grille. Then there are the fog lights, the butch-looking bumper with skid plates, and the very stylish air dam.

While the detailing looks brilliant, the Yeti as a whole looks more like a bread box. Even more brownie points to Skoda designers for making such a good-looking bread box. What really works for the Yeti is its size. Parked next to, say, a Tata Safari, the Yeti is totally dwarfed. Dimensionally, the Yeti falls bang in between the little Premier Rio and the Scorpio/Safari, which basically means the Yeti is sized just right. At 4.2 metres in length and 1.7 metres in width, the Yeti is extremely manageable in city traffic and not half as cumbersome as its rivals while parking.

Ingress-egress as expected from a tall car is extremely comfortable. As you settle into the large seats, you are welcomed to a pretty familiar-looking fascia. With bits and pieces from the Superb and Laura, the interiors of the Yeti are conventional yet classy. Fit and finish is top notch and everything slides and moves with clockwork precision. The Ambiente trim comes loaded to the brim with acres of leather, a touchscreen multimedia system and wooden inserts. Compact dimensions mean the Yeti isn’t the most spacious car in its segment. While three medium-sized adults fit just about right, anything bigger than medium and the seating starts to become intimately close. The Yeti’s rear seats can be completely removed in case you need to move your whole house, generating a humungous 1,760 litres of space.

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