Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth Telephone preparation
  • Cruise control
  • Electro-mechanical PAS
  • Low washer fluid indicator
  • Maxi dot trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Rev counter with clock
  • Service interval indicator

Exterior Features

  • Aero wiper + intermittent function
  • Black bumpers
  • Black side sills
  • Body colour door handles
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Elec heated + adjust door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows with child safety lock
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rear foglights
  • Rear wiper
  • Silver door mirrors
  • Sunset glass from b-pillar back

Interior Features

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • Adjustable storage box in luggage compartment right
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Cool box in glove compartment
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Driver seat height adjust
  • Dual zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Folding grab handles with rear coat hooks
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior courtesy light operated by door switches
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Lashing eyelets in boot
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage rails
  • Net programme
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Removable LED light in boot
  • Storage box in dash
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Ticket holder
  • Umbrella under front passenger seat
  • Varioflex individually removeable/folding rear seats

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • ABS + EDL + ASR + MSR + ESC
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver and passenger seatbelts with warning light
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Fuel supply cut off
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Emissions

CO

0.152

CO2 (g/km)

118

HC

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

74

NOx

0.05

Particles

0.0001

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1968

Compression Ratio

16.2:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

81

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

95.5

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

62.8

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

68.9

EC Urban (mpg)

53.3

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

110

Based On ID

Coin Description

TDI CR

Coin Series

SE

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

15E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

92

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

78

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

46

NCAP Safety Assist %

71

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

48

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

111000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.7

Engine Power - BHP

110

Engine Power - KW

81

Engine Power - RPM

3500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

25

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

112

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/50 R17

Tyre Size Rear

225/50 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

ANNAPURNA

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1671

Height (including roof rails)

1691

Length

4222

Wheelbase

2578

Width

1793

Width (including mirrors)

1956

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

55

Gross Vehicle Weight

1997

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1580

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

416

Max. Loading Weight

620

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

720

Minimum Kerbweight

1377

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10

Summary

The Skoda Yeti is a hard car to criticise. It does a lot of things extremely well. In the past, it was sometimes the case that buyers looked at this model and then realised that in order to get the desired combination of, say, a diesel engine, all-wheel drive and a DSG gearbox, they had to pay quite a lot more than the advertised entry-level prices. That's no longer so much of an issue - and we particularly like the fact that Skoda doesn't limit its 4x4 system to top-spec trim levels that hardly anyone can afford. All of what's always made the Yeti so appealing remains. It's spacious, safe, drives well, has a cool but understated image and extremely low running costs. This current car adds a little equipment but otherwise sticks to a tried and tested recipe. In truth, not a lot needed changing. The Yeti remains a class act in a market full of try-hard rivals.

Background

The Yeti, as you'll probably know, is one of those SUV-style family hatchbacks on growth hormones that the industry refers to as 'Crossovers'. These days, these come in two sizes, with the smaller ones derived from superminis and the bigger Qashqai-class models based on Focus-sized family hatchbacks. The Yeti is sized to be able to tempt buyers shopping in either category, which probably accounts for the phenomenal success of the original version we first saw in 2009. Well over a quarter of a million Yetis were pounding global roads by the time this current model was launched early in 2014, setting the brand well on its way to its target of achieving 1.5 million annual sales worldwide by 2018. This improved version though, has a much tougher sales task on its hands than its predecessor. In the last few years, the Crossover class has exploded and almost every mainstream maker now either offers such a car or is developing one. The result is a tightly-fought sector in which all of this Yeti's most direct rivals are either completely new or substantially revised - hence the Skoda response we're going to look at here. Will it be enough to keep this car as a sales favourite in its segment? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

With this Yeti, you get a decent choice beneath the bonnet and also choose between front and all-wheel drive, plus manual or automatic dual clutch transmissions. Yes, this car is built on a lifestyle remit, but don't for a moment think the Yeti is a bit of lightweight marketing fluff. It's anything but. Petrol people get a 1.2-litre TSI unit that comes only with 2WD, while diesel drivers are given a 2.0-litre TDI powerplant with either 110 or 150PS and either front or 4WD options. The TSI engine sounds as if it doesn't have the grunt to move the Yeti, but it packs 110PS and is the best choice of you're looking for an urban scoot. The diesel's better for longer distances, in 110PS form offering 250Nm of torque rather than the petrol engine's 175. All Yetis have decent body control, good brakes and a reasonable ride quality, though the steering isn't the most feelsome. Many buy a Yeti to take advantage of it's all wheel drive traction and this current model offers a 4x4 option far more affordably than most of its rivals do. The electronically controlled fifth generation Haldex all-wheel drive set-up comes with a selectable off-road function with a softened throttle response for better control on the loose. Plus there's ground clearance of 180mm and a hill descent system that maintains a constant speed on descents. As a result, the 4x4 versions are certainly terrain-ready. The electronic differential lock also promises a smooth and comfortable start and grip on various road surfaces.

Design and Build

The Yeti features stylised front and rear elements such as beefy bumpers, an under-ride guard, side mouldings and door sills in black plastic. Bi-Xenon headlights featuring integrated LED daytime running lights can be specified. The front headlights are rectangular and located low under the front bumpers. Buyers get a big choice of alloy wheel designs, a wide colour palette and a rear end that gets a smart tailgate assembly with C-design LED rear lights. The cabin looks classy too, with a smart 3-spoke steering wheel, quality fabrics and bold patterns for the seat trims as well as decorative inlays on the dashboard. The driving position is reasonably high and gives a good view of the road ahead, with a smart colour touch-screen dominating the central dash. The broad windows and tall windscreen aid visibility and quality dashboard materials and sensible ergonomics top off a very accomplished cabin. Out back, there's a 405-litre boot which can be extended to as much as 1,760-litres if you remove the rear seats. In no other compact utility vehicle do the rear passengers have as much headroom as in the Yeti - some 1027 millimetres.

Market and Model

These days, Skoda focuses the UK Yeti line-up on its slightly more SUV-orientated 'Outdoor' bodystyle. Pricing starts at around £18,000 but you can pay up to around £25,000 for a flagship model. Trim-wise, there's a choice of 'S', 'SE', 'SE Drive', 'SE L', 'SE L Drive', 'Laurent & Klement' and 'SE Technology' trim grades. Across the line-up, there's of specifying an on-demand 4WD system for a premium of around £1,700. This Skoda needs to remain competitive in the face of competition from three market niches: supermini-based Crossovers (like the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur); family-sized Crossovers (like the Nissan Qashqai and the SEAT Ateca); and compact SUVs that also veer to the market for small SUVs (cars like the Kia Sportage or the Hyundai Tucson). In short, the Yeti has to cover a lot of bases. It's succeeded recently because of - and not despite - its badge. The Skoda nameplate seems to be becoming what Saab once was, a brand beloved by those of independent opinion. This current Yeti gets a host of hi-tech equipment, perhaps the most interesting being the Optical Parking Assistant, an optional rear-view camera. Active safety is increased through ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with Brake Assist. The front fog lights can also be optionally equipped with Corner Function. The Yeti boasts up to nine airbags. Isofix points securely fasten child seats. Three-point seat belts in the front with belt tensioners and height adjustment and height-adjustable headrests complete the safety package.

Cost of Ownership

The usual image of utility vehicles being somewhat profligate when it comes to fuel economy doesn't really apply to the Skoda Yeti. The 2.0 TDI 100PS 2WD diesel model is the poster child here, with a 62.8mpg combined economy figure and emissions of just 118g/km. Even the 2.0 TDI 150PS version with 4WD manages 55.4mpg and 134g/km. The 1.2 TSI 110PS petrol version delivers 51.4mpg and 128g/km of CO2. All of this means that the Yeti is going to appeal to private and business buyers in equal measure. Residual values for the Yeti have proven excellent and the evolutionary styling of the current car isn't going to significantly damage the resale values of existing owners.