Until the brilliant new Skoda Octavia came along, the Yeti crossover was one of the best vehicles Skoda made.
Why? Its build quality is fantastic, it’s practical, economical, good value, and it drives far better than its jacked-up off-road looks might suggest. Very little needs changing… but that hasn’t stopped Skoda tweaking it here and there anyway, and the finished product will debut at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
But what has Skoda actually changed? carwow takes a look, comparing old with new in our handy guide to the new Yeti.
The thing all these cars have in common is a new, clean-cut design language that removes some of the softer curves of old and replaces them with harder-edged lines and a new squared-off corporate face. The same has happened to the Yeti, which loses its old headlight and spotlight combination at the front, in favour of a more modern-looking snout and a set of LED daytime running lights.
Like other recent Skodas, the Skoda badge itself is now on the bonnet rather than part of the chrome grille surround, while the bonnet’s ridges are more defined than before. Changes at the rear are less apparent – largely limited to the new Skoda badge design that debuted with the Citigo, and Skoda’s now-trademark C-shaped sections in the rear light clusters.
Perhaps the biggest change is that there are now two themes to choose from – one Skoda calls an “elegant, stylish city look” and “an off-road look for trips in the country”. Bumpers and inserts are body-colour on the former, black plastic on the latter.
A range of new alloy wheel designs also joins the range, and ‘Moon-White’, ‘Jungle-Green’, ‘Metal-Grey’ and ‘Magnetic-Brown’ paint finishes – the latter available only on the luxurious Yeti Laurin & Klement.
Like the exterior, little was really wrong with the Yeti’s innards before, and tweaks here are more subtle.
The basic design is the same, so there’s no horizontally-arranged dashboard layout as you’ll get on the Octavia or Rapid. What you do get are a range of new decorative trims for the dashboard, new fabrics and patterns for the seats, and seven new variations of 3-spoke steering wheel – we expect this means finishes and button arrangements.
The kit tally has also increased. Skoda is proud of its “Simply Clever solutions” in the Rapid and Octavia, so some of them reappear here – a double-sided floor covering in the boot, a detachable LED light in the boot, a vest holder under the driver’s seat and a waste container in the side door.
The VarioFlex folding and removable rear seats remain, as do all the hooks and nets in the useful 405-litre boot. New to the range – and to Skoda in general – is a rear-view parking camera, and even an automatic parking assistant for nailing your next parallel park.
Guess what else didn’t really need changing? That’s right, the Yeti already had a great engine line-up. And this time, they really haven’t changed much.
The engine range begins with a revvy 105-horse 1.2 TSI unit to a torquey 2.0 TDI with 170 bhp. Front or four-wheel drive is still available depending on the model, and a few new gearbox options appear depending on your engine choice.
The 170-horse TDI with 4×4 now has a six-speed dual clutch option, and a 7-speed DSG now joins the 1.6 TDI’s options list.
For those wishing to save the most fuel, the best option is still the 61.4 mpg, 119 g/km Yeti Greenline. The pre-facelift Yeti Greenline II is one of the best cars we’ve tested all year, so expect good things from the refreshed model.
Unfortunately, Skoda hasn’t yet released UK pricing details for the updated Yeti.
However, we’re hoping pricing will follow the lead of the updated Superb launched earlier this year – marginally lower prices across the board, yet oodles of extra kit included for even better value.
It isn’t hard to imagine Skoda making the Yeti even better. The new front end may appeal to more buyers than the quirky twin-headlamp arrangement of before, while the city and country-themed trim body accoutrements allow for a degree more personalisation.
Other than that, the differences are slim – and as far as we’re concerned, that’s a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…
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