2010 Skoda Yeti – Top Speed India

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2010 Skoda Yeti

It’s not too hard to see why Skoda decided to name its SUV on the abominable snowman. No one really knows much about the mystical mountain man except for Tintin. You and I are as clueless about the Yeti as we are about radio carbon dating.

And this is exactly the kind of reaction Skoda wants to generate when we look at the Yeti. Is it a hatchback on stilts, a SUV or a MPV? Skoda has never been the one to surprise the motoring world but with the Yeti the Czech manufacturer is trying to ‘cross-over#8217; to an all-new segment and show that it can be an imaginative manufacturer.

The company describes the Yeti as ‘a crossover with a fresh attitude combining 4×4 strengths with hatchback practicality.’ With prices starting from Rs15,49,963 to Rs16,90,379 ex-showroom New Delhi, does the Yeti fit into your style of motoring?

We haven’t seen anything quite like the Yeti yet in India. The likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero are full blooded SUV’s and then there are softroaders like the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Captiva. The Yeti aims to bridge the gap between SUV’s and softroaders and find a niche in the crossover SUV segment that it is creating.

Design

The Skoda Yeti was first displayed as a concept in 2005 at the Geneva Motor show and the production version holds on to many of the concept design elements. The Yeti retains Skoda’s design language and it looks as if it’s built more for the road than off it. Styling complements the purpose of the Yeti and from certain angles it looks like a car while from other it looks like a SUV. With its quirky styling, radical and compact dimensions, the Yeti is a boon to drive in urban traffic.

For us the most interesting part of the styling is the front grille and the way the large fog lamps have been added into the bumper. The roof rails also look good and so does the skid plate and beefy bumpers. The Yeti has a high stance and though there is a bit of boxiness to the look, Skoda designers have intelligently incorporated it into the styling and it doesn’t look out of place.

Compared to some soft roaders like the Honda CR-V and Chevy Captiva, the Yeti’s design with it’s reasonably high ground clearance, good approach angles and short wheelbase allows for more serious offroading capabilities.

Interiors

The seating position makes the Yeti extremely comfortable and the visibility for the driver is brilliant. The dashboard is a straight lift from the Laura and is built with the typical Skoda solidity. The controls have a nice feel to them and the instrumentation is clear and easy to read.

The dashboard isn’t the most stylish and like the exteriors doesn’t experiment with new design ideas. The interior have a solid build feel, material use is premium, ergonomics are good and fit and finish is flawless.

The Yeti is strictly a five-seater and lack of third row seats means you get enormous boot space. The seats at the rear can be folded or removed to create more space. The seating is comfortable for five people and the seats offer good support.

Leg and headroom for rear occupants is pretty good but not best in the class.

The Yeti is loaded to the brim with features, many of which you don’t get in more expensive soft roaders. Leather seats are standard and so are the roof rails. The base variant gets front and rear defoggers, hill hold control, ABS with EBD, differential lock, traction control, anti slip regulator, electronic stability programme, rear parking sensors, front airbags, active front headrests and rain sensors for wipers.

The top of the line Elegance version gets a wooden finished dashboard, off road package (details of which are given in the ride section), front parking sensors, side and curtain airbags, touch screen music system with 6 CD changer, audio controls on steering and automatic climate control (base variant gets manual climate control). Front occupants in both the variants don’t get electronically adjustable seats.

Engine and performance

Powering the Yeti is the 2.0 litre CRDI unit which is the same as the Superb and Passat but in a different state of tune. The engine produces 140 PS @ 4200 rpm and a torque of 320 Nm between 1750-2500 rpm. While you do feel turbo lag at very low rpm, boost builds up rapidly and the engine delivers a strong mid-range and is refined. 100kmph is reached in under11seconds which is same as the diesel Laura and Honda CR-V but quicker than the Chevy Captiva.

For a diesel motor the Yeti revs high and power is delivered till past 5000rpm. The Yeti is over 4seconds faster to 100kmph than the Tata Aria and a top speed of over 185kmph is achievable. The ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 17.67 kmpl is pretty good for a 4WD crossover and the Yeti is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission which offers superb shift quality and slickness of the gearbox is addictive.

Ride

The Yeti is built on the same platform as the Skoda Laura and gets a highly sophisticated independent suspension setup. It uses a full-time four-wheel-drive system but under normal conditions the 4WD delivers 95 percent of its power to the front wheels and more power is sent to the rear wheels only if the system detects any slip. You also get a limited slip differential which is useful in slushy conditions.

The Elegance version gets an off-road package which can be activated by a switch on the dashboard. This system re-maps the throttle openings and delivers firmer power delivery to make for better traction on loose surfaces. The off road package also raises front suspension.

The Yeti has a monocoque chassis and on the road it delivers car like dynamics. Ride quality is also pretty good and the suspension setup is on the stiffer side. Ride on the Yeti lacks the plush feel of the Captiva and also isn’t as good as the CRV. The long travel suspension gobbles up the potholes and broken tarmac.

The electric steering is direct and accurate and the Yeti delivers flat and unfazed handling. With ground clearance much lower than traditional SUV’s, the Yeti’s doesn’t possess much body roll. The 4WD system provides ample grip around corners and overall the Yeti delivers extremely surefooted handling.

Competition

In terms of price, the Tata Aria is the Yeti’s only real competitor. The Aria is by far the best that we’ve seen from Tata Motors. Build quality isn’t as good as the Yeti but is good enough to warrant a premium price tag.

Engine, styling, ride quality, interior space and equipment list are the Aria’s strengths. The Honda CR-V, Chevy Captiva and the Mitsubishi Outlander are more expensive than the Yeti and are softroaders unlike the Skoda.

Verdict

When you are spending over 15lakhs you want your vehicle to deliver on looks, dynamics, performance, equipment and practicality. The Yeti scores high on all these parameters. It offers a unique experience which is sure to get you noticed and while it might take time for you to get used to its quirky styling, the Yeti is sure to create a niche for itself in the market. If we were pushed to find its weak spot, then it would be the ride.

Other than that, it offers you practicality of a utility vehicle and comforts of a luxury sedan.

Quotes from other reviews:

Overdrive: ‘Now the Yeti was designed and built in Europe to cater to European sensibilities. So the interior has flavours characteristic to all European cars, such as solid build, superior materials, well thought out ergonomics and impeccable finish anywhere you look. The dashboard has the same premium look and feel as the Superb though I personally found the actual wood veneer a bit plasticky.

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