The Skoda Yeti handles surprisingly well for an SUV with a fairly high centre of gravity ...
Ride and Handling
The Skoda Yeti handles surprisingly well for an SUV with a fairly high centre of gravity, even the steering gives good feedback. The ride quality is very good isolating you from all but the largest of potholes.
Even on ‘B’ roads you can push the Yeti a lot harder than you would imagine, o.k. it is more family orientated than a hot hatch but it is very enjoyable to drive.
We did not venture too far off-road in the Yeti as the opportunity did not arise – we did use it on the green lanes around our home and it behaved exceptionally well, even on the lanes where other SUVs that we have tested have struggled.
On dry roads 96% of the engine’s torque is delivered to the front wheels, however, if the electronic control unit and its army of sensors detects a difference in speed between the front and rear wheels, the Haldex clutch can divert up to 90% of the torque to the rear axle. Thanks to the limited slip differential on the rear axle drive is also distributed evenly from side to side, ensuring excellent grip and stability at all times.
To make the most of the 4x4 system Skoda has added an off-road mode (certain models only), accessed by an off-road button on the dashboard. Press the button when you venture off the beaten track and the ABS, TCS and EDL systems switch to a special off-road setting.
Ease of Use
Getting in and out is an easy affair but the high sills in both the front and rear might present issues for those with mobility problems, which is shame but once inside the driving position is very good. The steering wheel adjusts for both height and reach and both the drivers and front passengers seat are height adjustable.
The dashboard ergonomics are clear and functional - which exactly what we like. The instrument panel is very easy to read and there is an information panel between the speedo and rev counter which displays data such as navigation directions, fuel computer information and the time.
All round vision is exceptionally with large areas of glass offering a commanding view of the road ahead.
Acoustic rear parking sensors are standard on SE models and above and our test car was fitted with parking assist which will semi-automatically parallel park the Yeti for you.
The Skoda Yeti has a foot print of (l) 4223mm x (w) 1793mm x (h) 1644mm (excl. roof rails) which compares to its nearest rival the Nissan QASHQAI which is (l) 4,330mm x (w) 1780mm x (h) 1615mm.
We liked the Yeti’s Varioflex Seating System which allows the outer rear seats to slide/back and forth, recline up to 13.5 degrees or fold down and ultimately they can be taken out, but watch your back as they are quite heavy. Children will love the seat back trays on the SE Plus model, there are ISOFIX attachments on the outer two rear seats, so child seats can fit securely. If you have less than four on board there is a fold down tray between the two rear seats with drinks holders that is very useful for children.In the boot offers a large storage area and lots of cubby holes – the 6-CD autochanger is located in the boot and there is a 12v socket. The load area has a low loading lip and if you remove the rear seats you have a minivan. With the rears seats up there is 416 litres of luggage space which increases to 1,760 litres with rear seats removed which is more than the much larger Volkswagen Touareg’s 1,642 litres.
Skoda Yeti Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Skoda Yeti SE Plus 1.8 TSI 152PS 4x4|
|Body Type||5-door SUV|
|Colour||Aqua Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||125 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Stars|
|Warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 10/12/11)||£22,380 as tested|