Skoda Yeti – Review

The Skoda Yeti is Skoda’s answer to the crossover, an ever-growing, highly competitive segment of the Irish market. With over 400 units registered in 2016, the Yeti is a very popular choice in the Irish market. But, what am I missing?

A Few Facts:
Model Tested: Skoda Yeti Monte Carlo
Engine: 2.0 diesel – 150hp and 320Nm
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual, Front Wheel Drive
Price: The Yeti range starts from €23,955. As tested – €31,165.

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Styling

The Yeti is a 1.7 metre tall and  4.2 metre long practical family car. But it looks like it was carved from a block of metal.DSC_0008 Yes, it has soft corners and the nose is curved but it still resembles a rectangle. It is an improvement over the pre-facelift model, for sure, which has aged quite poorly even though the first Yeti is only 6 years old.DSC_0010 The new Yeti has single head lights and fog lights rather than the dual headlights on the first generation car. The face looks neater overall.

 

Interior

The huge exterior design does pay off. The interior is quite spacious. There is plenty of leg and head room in the rear so is not cramped.

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You want storage? DSC_0029Well storage you shall get. There is a cubby hole on the dash which is big enough for a phone and wallet, the arm rest between the driver and passenger can open and fit two bottles of water DSC_0034and the glove box is big enough for the usual small items. There are also pockets in the doors for water bottles and smaller items too.

The Monte Carlo trim gets black, grey and red cloth seats all round. They’re comfortable but look silly. DSC_0037You can tell Skoda are trying to stand out from the crowd and attract younger families with the colour scheme but it doesn’t fit in especially when the exterior is black and white.

Overall the interior is a let down. There are cheap, scratchy plastics throughout the centre console and it is a all just a bit dull. DSC_0030The centre console looks out dated with a lot of buttons. Where there should be sun glasses holder, is just blank bit of plastic covering up the gap.

The build quality is not good either. The test car I had, had just over over 10,000km and already there was an annoying creak from the drivers seat. Not only that but there was a constant vibration from the rear view mirror; while driving or while stopped. With the radio on and with the radio off. Not a great look, Skoda.

Practicality

Now, I can finally sing the Yeti’s praises. This is what it does best. The rear seats split 40:20:40. DSC_0024With the middle seat down, rear passengers benefit from two cup holders and arm rests that are built into the back of the seat. The seats are also easily folded with the pull of a lever at the seat end rather than a button on the top.DSC_0021

The Yeti features Isofix fittings and has large opening doors for ease of access. The boot is large too with a capacity of 405 litres and 1,760 litres with the seats folded.

On The Road

The Yeti isn’t an exciting car to drive. It is not engaging. It handles like a large crossover should although doesn’t have as much body roll as the Opel Mokka, for example.DSC_0007

The car is powered by a 2.0 TDI diesel four cylinder engine. It has 150hp and 320Nm of torque. The engine pulls well and has power where it is needed. Although, a 170hp option would go a long way for the Yeti range. The 150hp diesel is the most powerful in the line up.

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Wind noise is almost non-existent although on the motorway tyre noise is apparent. I felt myself having to speak louder than normal to my passengers just to be heard over the noise. Also on the topic of tyres, the grip is woeful. No other word can describe it. In the wet under normal acceleration, the Yeti tyre spun away from lights or from stand still. The car comes standard on 225/50 Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres but these will need to be replaced if you plan on doing any rainy weather driving. Which in Ireland is most of the time. The 4×4 Yeti may have more grip and offer a little more reassurance in this instance.

The Yeti has the 4×4 looks but with the on road capability. While out photographing the Yeti I was off road. It had me wondering how capable the 4×4 version is.

Equipment

The Monte Carlo trim adds a panoramic sunroof, 17 inch black alloy wheels, red striped cloth sport seats and sports pedal set & instrument cluster.

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The panoramic sunroof is great on a DSC_0040sunny day and is easily opened and closed. Although when closed, it makes the interior quite dark. This is the opposite of what it should do. I saw no difference with the blind closed or with it open.DSC_0039

 

The infotainment system has Mirror Link, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. None of which connected to my phone. No matter what settings I played with or how many times I restarted my phone(or the car…). The system is displayed on a Bolero 6.5 inch touch screen. It has buttons surrounding it which makes it look slightly outdated.

Running Costs

This crossover emits 126 g/km of CO2 therefore putting it in tax band B1. This equates to €270 per year to tax.

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Throughout my week with the car, I averaged around 5.3l/100Km on the motorway and 7.2l/100Km around the city. I did manage to get it down to 5l/100Km at one stage which is extremely close to the 4.8l/100Km that Skoda claims the Yeti can average. Another point for you Yeti.

Competition

The Opel Mokka – Opel’s rival is comfier, looks more compact and has a nice seating position. Although, it can’t match the Yeti’s 405l boot capacity coming in at just 362l for the Mokka.

Nissan Qashqai – The Nissan has a sleeker design and a bigger boot capacity with 430l available. However, with prices starting from €25,620, the Yeti is cheaper.

Pricing

The Yeti range starts from €23,955 for the 1.2 TSI petrol Active and soars to €35,685 for the Monte Carlo 4×4 DSG automatic version. The Monte Carlo range starts from €26,995.

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Conclusion

Don’t believe the hype. The Yeti is practical and frugal but that is where it ends. Yes, it looks better than its pre-facelift version but it is still big and bulky. If practicality is all that is on your mind, then fire away. But don’t expect the Yeti to excite you on the backroads or pleasure you on the inside.

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