Skoda Yeti review, price and specs | evo

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Skoda Yeti

review, and specs

The talented Skoda gets a mid-life update, a new Outdoor version and improved Still a family car favourite?


What is it?

The new Skoda , an updated version of our favourite SUV on sale. That may sound faint praise from a title whose ethos clashes with a car that’s taller and less agile its regular usage dictates, but in it’s quite the opposite. As family cars go, this has an evo favourite since it hit the UK market years ago.

Prices for the new car from £16,600 to £27,050.


So many ‘soft-roaders’ and crossovers joined the market since the appeared that Skoda has fit to fight them head on, the range into two; the Yeti gets lots of coloured trim, the least engines and, in the UK, two-wheel only, while the Yeti gets a full engine optional 4×4 and much rugged trim. It’s than just show, the extra addenda increasing and departure angles and protecting and underbody components for rough

That’s something the Yeti is good at, the system beneath it a new fifth-generation of the VW Group’s Haldex setup. It’s now lighter and can go without servicing, while in the it incorporates an Off Road mode, via a dashboard button. This hill descent control and for the ABS, ESP and a plethora of other

The Yeti will tow up to 2100kg than before and enough for a track car and trailer combination the interior is MPV-like in its flexibility, a double-sided boot floor and seats that slide in directions and can be removed completely, turning the Skoda into a

What’s it like to drive?

All of the may impress, but it’s behind the where the Yeti has always And with the updated 4×4 the only core mechanical it’s business as usual That’s to say this is a car that its slightly slab-sided looks sharp reactions and some flair; yes, the steering is the feel-free rack you’ll on the bulk of modern cars, but the reacts to your inputs minimum fuss and while body roll, it’s the that gives you an early of where the limits are and which serves up some fun and interaction at road speeds.

Quick cornering is not the confidence-sapping it is in many of the Skoda’s rivals, the opposite it grips gamely, a neutral handling balance, a stiff frame and impressive Until the mk2 Yeti arrives the doesn’t benefit from the VW much lauded MQB chassis but that’s no major mark it; it’s a reasonably taut car but one the over-firm feel that can some of its VAG relatives.

The vast majority of buyers opt for the 4×4-only 138bhp 2.0 TDI it’s natural in a car like this, and if a diesel you’re after, a pretty polished unit combines 50.4mpg with a 0-60 time. They’ll be a star performer though: the petrol variant, a 158bhp 1.8 TSI only available in posh Klement form.

It’s to account for a piffling one per cent of in the UK, yet it mixes the mid-range punch of a turbodiesel with an appetite to rev to Combined with the slick six-speed manual gearbox, enough entertainment here to keen drivers amused, it’s far more refined the diesel in traffic or up at regular speeds. Its 36.2mpg claimed consumption and 184g/km of CO2 emissions why its appeal dwindles for so many the TDI, but it’s priced £1000 cheaper than the in equivalent spec.

At the other end of the range, the little only turbocharged 1.2-litre so keen in smaller applications as SEAT Leons and VW Polos a commendable job of shifting the Yeti’s bulk around, but is inevitably a strained under acceleration, as its tame 11.4sec 0-62mph no doubt hints at. Its refinement is though, even at a 100mph-plus on the derestricted autobahn section of our route.

How does it compare?

The list of small SUV rivals take the next hour to but in short a Nissan Qashqai, ix35, Audi Q3 or Mini won’t offer the mix of value, fun and the Yeti pulls off. We ran one on our test ‘Fast Fleet’ in and when it wasn’t towing track cars or ferrying families, it was being hustled the Nurburgring. Really

Anything else I need to

It’s easy to bypass the off-roading ability, but a decently forest route showed how the Yeti’s electronics are. For so small and relatively low to the ground, it its way up and down a number of scary-looking and through an impressive amount of It’s hard to avoid this a pretty infallible

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