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The Skoda Yeti has been a very capable fixture in the family crossover segment, but with this area quickly becoming more and more competitive, Skoda has had to up its game with this revised 1st generation model.
The 2015 Skoda Yeti is a practical SUV style hatchback that is well built, a bit different and has some decent off road aptitude. Best of all it is affordable. The revised model hasn’t really changed too much, but then again it didn’t need to – the Skoda Yeti was always a very capable machine. Yet how can a bit of minor aesthetic adjustment, more equipment and new clearly defined standard and SUV focused models hurt? That’s right it probably couldn’t in this tightly fought over segment.
In general, the styling of the 2015 Skoda Yeti has always been rather understated but undeniably stylish. The exterior design hasn’t changed a great deal at all – instead minor alterations have been made such as the loss of the distinctive round fog lights in favour of more conventional rectangular ones. One thing for sure is that it has a smarter, more premium feel about it. There are now 2 distinct versions of the 2015 Skoda Yeti – the standard model and the outdoor range which is decked out in a manner befitting its name – there are skid plate style aluminium trim panels, plus bumpers with better off road angles and black plastic rubbing strips that run along the side – all giving a more rugged SUV focus to the vehicle.
In the cabin once more, not a great deal has changed about the layout here aside from a smarter steering wheel and more decorative trim effect options. The seating position is set high and everything is close to hand and high quality, though a small note is the infotainment system which is an older one compared to the ones seen in cars like the Skoda Octavia. Still it works well so don’t let it put you off. Slipping into the back, you’ll notice class leading headroom, but a contrasting width in the car means 3 adults may be a little cosier than you might imagine in a vehicle of this size. The chairs are set 20mm higher than the front seats to allow for a better view forwards (and to help prevent travel sickness in kids) and also adjust independently in just about any way you could conceivably think of. The boot opens to reveal 460ltrs which is not far off of the space available in a Nissan Qashqai or a Mitsubishi ASX. This of course can extend by pushing the rear seats flat for 760ltrs. The cargo area is very hot on the practical aspects. There are boot rails with hooks for hanging bags, removable adjustable height floor (although you could opt for the spare wheel instead if you are more inclined towards off roading), or the clever reversible boot floor which, at a flip, provides a surface for items such as muddy boots so that you don’t mess up your new Skoda Yeti and a 12 volt power socket.
Driving the new 2015 Skoda Yeti is much like an everyday family hatchback when on the roads. There is loads of grip and there is surprisingly little boy roll for a car that is so tall. The ride quality is firm but comfortable although the steering feels a bit artificial even if it is accurate. There are 7 engines available in the new range of 2015 Skoda Yeti’s with a choice of 2WD and 4WD. The standout engines include the 1.4ltr TSi petrol and the 1.6ltr TDi Greenline diesel. The petrol of these options is most effective as an urban roller and the diesel packs more torque so you’ll be better off with this if you want to tow a trailer or head off road. The 2.0ltr TDi is at the top of the range if you’re feeling flashy with a 0-62 of 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.
The 4×4 option has had a lot more focus here to distinguish between the off road and the standard Yeti setups. The off road vehicle boasts more SUV versatility due to an improved 4×4 drive train as well as an enhanced clutch system which is lighter, smoother and more efficient. The result is a crossover that actually performs on off road terrain very well. It shouldn’t be taking on the likes of a Freelander in this regard but it still does a reasonably good job for something of this class. It includes some clever technology which can do stuff like redirect up to 100% of the torque rearwards should it detect any wheel slip. The 180mm ground clearance could be higher, but the outdoors body styling improves the angles you can approach and you can further improve the off road ability by opting for the rough road package which ups your driving gizmos and adds greater protection to the engine compartment and underside of the 2015 Skoda Yeti If you’re going the whole hog in this respect then you’ll probably do well to specify the off road button which will optimise the settings for off road usage (such as extra grip, differential locks, downhill assist and ABS off-piste control) at the flick of a switch. Handy!
So all in all, what’s the low down with the 2015 Skoda Yeti? The new Skoda Yeti is a cracking family car which does a lot of things very well. It’s spacious, understated yet refined, drives well and maintains decent running costs. There is great versatility to be had with the 4×4 and off roading options, which most of all present good value by being reasonably priced. The affordability and the fact that it is a more interesting alternative to focus style family cars (without explicitly shouting ‘family’) will no doubt pique the interest of many and keep it afloat in this highly competitive segment.
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