Since its market launch, the ŠKODA Yeti has touched the hearts of many SUV enthusiasts — and it has won a whole host of awards such as; Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Power and Efficiency:
My test car was fitted with a 150PS 2.0-litre diesel engine; its performance is not mind blowing – but it does get a move on once you get in the power band. 0-62mph comes in around 9.1sec – and you can expect fuel consumption figures to easily reach 55.5 mpg combined, plus low CO2 emissions of134g/km. Top speed is also around 121mph.
On the road:Firstly - I was really impressed by how the Yeti dealt with the lumps and bumps on our roads. Secondly – this is the 4x4 version – which basically means it handles like a hot hatch does into the corners and feels very controlled and steady when pushed to its limits. But, I do feel the Yeti needs to give the driver a bit more feedback through the steering - apart from that though, the Yeti is rather good.
Overtaking is not too much of a problem either if you are in the right gear. Ultimately, though, the Yeti is more about being a practical family SUV, with the comfort and stability of a 4x4.
Safety and Technology
Inside, The Yeti looks great, and has a nicely trimmed cabin which is something Skoda has worked on a lot over time. Rear leg room is also good - and Yeti will easily accommodate a large family with ease. The quality and feel inside the cabin is very good and if you really wanted to take the Yeti on an off-road drive you can be assured that nothing will fall off or break thanks to Skoda’s excellent build quality.
The level of standard equipment on the SE L Drive version starts with duel zone air conditioning, MP3 connection, cruise control, curtain airbags (front, passenger, side & knee airbags) heated front seats, heated front screen, ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, DSR & ESBS, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, front & rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat fittings, Bi-xenon headlights, 17” Origami alloy wheels, Amundsen satellite navigation with DAB, silver roof rails and Maxi-DOT trip computer. This is just a small amount of what you can expect to find on what I consider to be a very well equipped car.
To sum up:The Yeti Outdoor is perfect for anyone looking for a family vehicle that has rugged looks, exceptional safety features and some very clever technology - meaning it is more than capable of handling most off-road situations, slippery roads or rough ground with ease. If I was in the market right now – then the Skoda Yeti Outdoor makes perfect sense to me.
Price: £26,100 OTR (excluding extras) By Anthony Yates