The Mercedes C220 is off to pastures new and has a not-quite-straight replacement in a Skoda Yeti Monte Carlo. Not many of these about, especially in Brilliant Silver. I struggled to find pictures of one when I was looking, so; you’re welcome, Internet.
It’s one of the last with the 170PS engine (they’ve just swapped to a 150PS AdBlue-infected version – much slower) and has the four wheel drive that is soo important when driving to Tesco. Given how it goes and the appetite the chassis has, it’s a shame they don’t offer one with the 190PS version.
OK, there’s only so much you can do with a fundamentally awkward-looking thing like a Yeti, but I think it does cut a dash as far as these things go. Qashqai? Puh-leeze…
The press vibe is right about it too, this is a great wee car. Practical, nippy enough (with this engine at least), amazing gearshift, has already swallowed bike, kids etc. with aplomb, enough trinkets to keep you amused. Dare I say, genuinely a better car to drive than the Mercedes? Yes, yes I do.
Finally some decent sidewalls again too, which means I can again drive up kerbs without worrying about ruining the Mercedes’ absurdly low profile tyres.
Well, the ride is certainly a lot more comfortable than the Merc but it can still feel a bit unruffled over broken tarmac, but that probably says more about the sad state of Buckinghamshire’s roads than any lack of competence from the Czechs.
The odd bit of interior trim is a grade or two lower than you’d ever find in an Audi or VW, but it’s just cosmetic.
The ‘Bolero’ audio is distinctly better than the older VAG touchscreen kit in terms of looks (had it in a previous Touran), but despite having an obviously faster processor and rendering to go with its high resolution display, it seems to have an engineered-in fade/delay which means it takes a second or two do complete most operations like changing radio stations. The screen is responsive enough, it really does look like they’ve made it this way to re-enforce some feeling of “quality”.
Minor niggles though.
Really, what more car do you need?