Skoda Yeti Review

By Nirupama Singh   |  May 31, 2013


Interestingly, the Skoda Yeti is the only SUV in the Skoda portfolio and borrows a lot from the company’s illustrious lineage. 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 has been manufactured to take on the rough and rugged Indian roads.

Skoda has launched the Yeti in four variants: Elegance 4X4, Active 4X2, Ambition 4X2 and Ambition 4X4. The Yeti is available in an array of six exciting hues including Mato Brown, Brilliant Silver, Aqua Mist, Candy White, Magic Black and Cappuccino Beige.

Powertrain & Performance

The Skoda Yeti Crossover SUV is equipped with a 2.0 TDI common rail diesel engine that is also found in the Laura and the Superb. The engine is capable of producing 108.5 bhp @ 4200 rpm (maximum torque of 250 Nm @ 1500-2500 rpm) and 138 bhp @ 4200 rpm (maximum torque of 320 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm). It comes with an option of 5-speed Manual and 6-speed Manual Transmission. Much similar to the Laura and Superb, the clutch sometimes slips and causes the car to stall, but once you raise the revs and release the clutch, the powertrain works amazingly fine.

The Skoda Yeti is equipped with a permanent four-wheel drive with automatic torque distribution and Haldex clutch. 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.

When it comes to speed, the Skoda Yeti is surprisingly quick. Within a span of over five seconds, the crossover SUV can reach 0-60 km/h, and it takes just about 10.78 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill. The Skoda Crossover SUV can reach a top speed of 185 km/h. Usually driving in the 4X4 mode increases the fuel efficiency of a car. However, the Yeti, with its advanced technology, scores big when we are talking fuel efficiency in a 4X4 crossover. The Skoda Yeti gives an excellent fuel mileage of 17.67 kmpl.

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 bold radiator grille with chrome surround clearly states the Skoda brand feel. Another Skoda characteristic feature is the Skoda pressing rising from the logo in the middle of the radiator grille. The functional design of the crossover is emphasised by higher positioned headlamps and fog lamps. At the rear, the taillights go all the way to the wings, and when activated, the traditional ‘C’ lights up. The rear fog lamps are unique too. The Yeti features a black, textured rear bumper with a silver coloured brush guard, which adds to the off-road looks of the car.

But don’t be deceived with its rugged exteriors. The interiors of the Yeti are absolutely luxurious and soft. The Yeti features five individual seats, with those in the rear featuring the unique VarioFlex system. The Yeti has the ability to easily adapt to your various storage needs with its maximum cargo space. Both front seats of the Yeti are height adjustable and come with adjustable lumbar support. The dashboard and central console are well designed. The dual-tone interior design of the Yeti gives it a lavish stance. In-car entertainment is superb in the Skoda Crossover. The Yeti is equipped with a 6.5 inch LCD TFT colour touch screen, which also doubles up as a display for the Climatronic and Parktronic systems. The audio controls are placed on the steering wheel for ease of use. The Skoda Yeti features eight speakers and an integrated six-CD changer system, and is also equipped with an auxiliary audio input system as well as an SD/MMC data card reader.

The Skoda Yeti is equipped with a Climatronic system that comprises of electronically controlled dual-zone air conditioning for the left and right sides of the cabin. Additionally, its Air Quality Sensor (AQS) constantly monitors the quality of the air circulating within the vehicle. The safety features in the Skoda Yeti include Engine Immobiliser with floating code system, remote central locking for the doors and the boot, Hill Descent Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), airbags and active head restraint among many others.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Spacious Passenger Cabin with Five Individual Seats
    • Six Airbags
    • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
    • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Cons

    • No Petrol Engine Variant