Skoda Yeti (09 on) - Review

Review by Dan Harrison on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
5
Part family hatch and part SUV, the Skoda Yeti is an unusual model. It's a similar idea to the Nissan Qashqai and combines the user-friendliness and affordability of a hatchback along with the practicality of a four-wheel drive.

4 out of 5

Equipment

Skoda Yeti trims

Skoda offers the Yeti in a broad spread of trims, starting with the E and then rising through S, SE, SE Plus, Elegance and Laurin & Klement. It means choosing which level of Skoda Yeti equipment you opt for can be a little confusing.

To make decision making even tougher the economical, low emissions Greenline II model also comes in S, SE and Elegance trims. Not all engines are offered with every trim level, so you also need to balance equipment levels with your preferred engine choice.

Standard Skoda Yeti equipment

The basic Skoda Yeti E comes with ESP, six airbags, 16-inch steel wheels, black-painted roof rails, electric door mirrors, electric front windows, air conditioning, CD stereo, height adjustable front seats and Skoda’s Varioflex seating with 40/20/40 split and fold rear seat.

Move up to the S and you get 16-inch alloy wheels, electric rear windows, driver’s knee airbag, remote central locking and Hill Hold function for the 1.2 TSI engine with DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

The SE then gains MP3 connector and additional stereo speakers, dual-zone air conditioning, Jumbo storage box, rear privacy glass and cruise control.

Choose the SE Plus and you enjoy satellite navigation, CD autochanger, folding tables in the back of the front seats, Bluetooth and third headrest for the back seat.

The Urban, now discontinued, added sports front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, wheelarch extensions and a DAB digital radio.

Towards the top of the Yeti range is the Elegance with leather seats (heated for the driver and front passenger), 17-inch Spitzberg alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bi-Xenon headlights, cornering front fog lights, Hill Hold Control (for 4x4 and Greenline II models), headlight washers and rain-sensing wipers. The Greenline II models ape the specification of their standard Yeti counterparts, although they come with smaller wheels as standard to aid fuel economy.

Topping off the Yeti range is the Laurin & Klement derivative, added at the beginning of 2013 and named after Skoda’s founders. It has the same equipment as the Elegance with the addition of 17-inch polished alloy wheels, silver roof rails, satellite navigation, DAB radio, a heated windscreen, panoramic sunroof and park assist, along with black leather upholstery and upgraded interior trim elements wearing ‘L&K’ logos. The Laurin & Klement is available in four-wheel drive only.

Optional Skoda Yeti accessories

Many of the accessories for the Skoda Yeti are there to underscore the car’s practicality, so it can be ordered with roof bars to mount a roof box or cycle and ski carriers.

Skoda’s internal Bicycle Carrier lets you stow two bikes inside the Yeti for safe transport and added security. A detachable tow bar is another option that can offer towing of up to 1600kg with a braked trailer, depending on engine choice.

Floor mats protect the car from dirt and a boot liner does the same for the luggage compartment, while a false boot floor allows you to store valuables such as a lap top or hand bag under the boot floor away from prying eyes.

Equipment updates ahead of 2014

As part of the facelift at the end of 2013, the Yeti gains the latest version of Skoda’s automatic parking assistant, which can automatically steer the car in both parallel and reverse parking maneuvers and, now, steer the car while pulling out of a space as well.

Keyless entry and start is also added to the equipment list, along with a reversible boot floor covering, and a detachable LED light in the boot.

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Equipment

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Standard item

Optional item

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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