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).
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.
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.
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.
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.