Skoda Yeti Review

By   |  May 31, 2013

Overview

Interestingly, the Yeti is the only SUV in the Skoda portfolio and borrows a lot from the illustrious lineage of this car maker. The Yeti has one of the most perfect combinations of safety, functionality and comfort; which we can see in the interior as well as the exterior of the vehicle. The Skoda Yeti can take on the rough and rugged Indian roads with ease thanks to its terrific build quality. Skoda has released this Yeti only in the top end Elegance variant but customers can choose between front wheel drive and all wheel drive.


Powertrain & Performance

The Skoda Yeti Crossover SUV is equipped with two versions of a 2.0 litre, TDI diesel engine. This engine produces 109 bhp in the front wheel drive variant and 138 bhp in the 4x4 version of the Yeti. While the 4x2 version gets a 5 speed manual transmission and if your Yeti has all wheel drive, it will get a 6 speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, there still is no option of an automatic gearbox. Unlike the clutch of the old Yeti, this new one has a significantly improved clutch that is less prone to stalling.

The Skoda Yeti is equipped with a new and lighter permanent four wheel drive with automatic torque distribution. The Haldex torque sensing four wheel drive system helps you to transfer up to 90 per cent torque to the rear wheels, and enables you to handle slushy roads with a lot of ease. McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser at the front axle and multi-element axle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabiliser at the rear axle make the ride in the Skoda Yeti smooth and comfortable. In the 4x4 version, there is a button marked off-road on the dash which, when pressed, primes the 4x4 system, makes the engine stay at the lower end of the rev range and causes the ABS and ESP to work differently to suit the tough terrain. Apart from the punchy lower end, the mid-range of the power-band of this car is extremely robust as well, making overtaking manoeuvres on the highways a delight. As a vehicle that can tackle not just urban environs but the occasional mud plugging jaunts as well, the Yeti does a fabulous job.


Build & Styling

The Skoda Yeti comes across as a unique and rugged looking crossover SUV, and yet it maintains the tank-like signature style of Skoda. The front end of the car has been revised and in the process, it has lost some of its quirkiness. For instance, the large round foglamps have now been replaced with more grown up units. The front grille now has the butterfly appearance that all new Skodas are carrying and the badge is the new silver on black logo. The new headlamp clusters are bi-xenon projector units. At the rear, the taillights go wrap around quite a bit and have LEDs incorporated into in the traditional C-shaped section. Stare at the rear of the car some more and it can be noted that the rear bumper has been restyled as well, along with the addition of the new Skoda and Yeti badges. With its new alloy wheels and skid plates, the car looks rugged and dignified at the same time. But do not be deceived with its rugged exteriors. The interiors of the Yeti are luxurious and put together brilliantly. Every single button, knob, panel and switch feels typically Skoda and built to outlast the owners of the car! The Yeti is a five-seater and the seats at the rear feature the unique VarioFlex system. The Yeti has the ability to easily adapt to your various storage needs with its generous cargo space.

Now that the Yeti is available only in its top end guise, it is quite feature rich as well. The seat where the driver sits is power adjustable and comes with seat memory as well, the traditional ignition tumbler has been ditched in favour of a starter button, the audio system has a 6.5 inch touchscreen with integrated 6-disc changer, 8 speakers and steering mounted audio controls, dual zone automatic climate control with rear AC vents, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and folding mirrors, phone connectivity with controls on the steering, 12 volt sockets, illuminated glove box and wood panelling. When it comes to safety as well, the new Yeti is really loaded. You get 6 airbags, ABS with EBD and hydraulic brake assist, ASR, traction control, locking differentials, ESP, hill hold control, tyre pressure monitoring, front and rear parking sensors with a display, engine immobiliser, keyless entry, rain sensor and more.


Verdict

The Yeti is a near perfect blend of fantastic build quality, robust performance, off-roading capability and more. Throw in tons of features and some German reliability, and you are looking at a car that pretty much has the best of everything. Yes, it does have some niggles like a dodgy clutch but overall, its plus points make up for them. The only downer is its high price but then again, it comes only as the top end variant and you do get a lot of car for your money. Our opinion, you ask? Simply put, it is brilliant.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Spacious passenger cabin
    • Lots of features
    • Can go off-road
  • Cons

    • No petrol variant
    • No automatic gearbox