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2014 Skoda Yeti launched

Skoda has refreshed its compact SUV, the Yeti, offering three model variants in both two-wheel and all-wheel drive, with prices starting from $23,490 (+ORC).

FOUR YEARS AFTER THE SKODA YETI hit the market, the VW Group-owned brand has refreshed its compact SUV. There are now three model variants and engines (Active, Ambition and 4×4 Outdoor) and two drivetrains (two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive).

2014 skoda yeti driving side

The Yeti Active, Ambition and 4×4 Outdoor have, as you can see from the pics (previous generation is the bronze-coloured car pictured below), new front and rear ends with LED rear lights, a new bonnet and logo, new radiator grilles (there are slight differences between the two-wheel and all-wheel drive variants), bumpers, front headlights and driving lights. The aim, according to Skoda, was to make the two-wheel drive Yeti more urban oriented, while the subtle styling differences on the all-wheel drive variant are intended to make it look more rugged.

2012 skoda yeti driving

The interior has copped a spruce up too, with new height and reach adjustable, multi-function steering wheels across the range, leather packs and other cosmetic enhancements.

The 2014 Skoda Yeti has had its interior revamped

As mentioned there are three engines to choose from in the new Yeti range. The entry-level Yeti Active (front-wheel drive only) gets a 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 77kW and 175Nm between 1550-4100rpm. This is mated to a six-speed manual, or a seven-speed DSG and consumes 6.0L/100km. The mid-spec Yeti Ambition runs a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 90kW and 200Nm between 1500-4000rpm. This is run through a seven-speed DSG as standard and drinks 6.8L/100km. The range-topping Yeti 4×4 Outdoor has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine which makes 103kW and 350Nm from 1750-2500rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed DSG and consumes 6.7L/100km.

The back of the Skoda Yeti

While the Skoda Yeti doesn’t have an ANCAP rating, it carries a five-star EuroNCAP rating and comes standard with ESC (Electronic Stability Control), which includes ABS (Antilock Braking System), MSR (Engine Braking Control), braking assistant, ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation) and EDL (Electronic Differential Lock). The Yeti 4×4 Outdoor runs a fifth-generation Haldex clutch – an electronically controlled multi-plate coupling system to engage the rear axle when required. In normal driving conditions the Yeti 4×4 Outdoor is, effectively, a front-wheel drive with the rear axle free-running until activated.

Pricing

Yeti Active 77TSI Manual $23,490 (+ORC)
Yeti Active 77TSI DSG $25,790 (+ORC)
Yeti Ambition 90TSI DSG $28,290 (+ORC)
Yeti 4×4 Outdoor 103TDI DSG $33,590 (+ORC)


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Isaac Bober

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