Skoda Yeti Review
probably more dynamic than the Nissan Qashqai...31 March 2015
The Skoda Yeti debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009, with the first cars going on sale in the UK in September 2009.
It underwent a major facelift in 2013 and there are now two variants available the Yeti and Yeti Outdoor – with the Outdoor edition offering off-road body protection and steeper approach and exit angles.
What We Tested
We tested the Skoda Yeti Monte Carlo powered by the 2.0 TDI CR DPF 170PS 4x4 diesel engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox which at the time of testing was priced at £24,390 OTR.
Driving and Performance
There is a choice of four engine derivatives for the two wheel drive model 1.2 TSI 105 PS, 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG, 1.6 TDI CR 105 PS and 2.0 TDI CR 110 PS. For four wheel drive models you have the choice of 1.8 TSI, 2.0 TDI CR 110 PS, 2.0 TDI CR 140 PS, 2.0 TDI 140 PS DSG or 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS with or without DSG (direct shift gearbox).
The 2.0 TDI 110 PS and 1.6 TDI Greenline are equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 1.2 TSI 105 PS, 1.8 TSI 160 PS, 2.0 TDI 110 PS, 2.0 TDI 170 PS come with a 6-speed manual gearbox where the 2.0 TDI 140 PS or 2.0 TDI 170 PS both 4x4 models can be specified with a 6-speed DSG (direct shift gearbox) and the 1.4 TSI 105 PS is available with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
We drove the 2.0 TDI CR DPF 170PS 4x4 with 6-speed manual transmission. It is surprisingly spritely at 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph and you are able to make quite rapid progress.
Skoda quote fuel consumption figures of urban 39.8 mpg, extra-urban 57.7 mpg and combined 49.6 mpg with c02 emissions of 149 g/kg.
It is only when you really start to press on that the ride is a little soft but it handles very well and is probably more dynamic than the Nissan Qashqai which is praise indeed.
Although having 4x4 - it is a little bit disappointing to see that it lacks the option of the off road button as Skoda calls it (not available on the Monte Carlo edition) we were driving, this adds uphill start assist, downhill assist, ABS off-roading and EDS off-roading although it did have Hill hold as a £95 optional extra.