Yeti Outdoor SE L Drive 2.0 TDI 150PS 4X4 SCR
people know a Skoda Yeti
even if theyve never driven one.
If you havent, and want a family-
friendly, multi-purpose, go-anywhere
vehicle that isnt a samey old
crossover or SUV, the 4WD Outdoor
model could be right up your track...
MEASURING A MANAGEABLE 4.2 METRES from nose to tail, the Yeti's pleasingly
'utilitarian-cool' bodyshape provides spacious passenger accommodation and load
carrying versatility both valued attributes in an ever-shrinking world.
first you must ask yourself, Are you an urbanite or an adventurer? Once you've
decided, Skoda has made choosing the best model for your needs easier by offering
not one but two Yetis: those with two-wheel drive; and those fitted with four-wheel
drive, identified by 'Outdoor' badging.
The 4x4 versions look more rugged than their 2WD counterparts, and are better
qualified for foraging along forest trails thanks to 180 millimetres of ground
clearance, short front and rear overhangs and bumpers designed to cope with
steep approach and departure angles, pronounced wheelarches with ample room
for wheel travel, black protective side mouldings, and off-road underbody protection
equally effective in potholed jungles of the urban kind!
Outdoor's outer shell is not short of some Notting Hill sparkle: the shapely
and distinctive vertically-slatted grille, finished in black and smartly edged
in chrome, sits above a lower grille that's also black and strikingly defined
by silver-finish, bull-bar-look profiling; clean-cut headlamp units with integrated
daytime running lights set into the upper front wings and bonnet; and the glossy
black of the slim screen pillars reiterated by shiny black detailing along the
you an urbanite or
Skoda has made
choosing the best model
for your needs easier
by offering not one
but two Yetis: those with
and those fitted with
identified by Outdoor
Overall, combined with stylish alloys and brazen gleaming red paintwork 'our'
Yeti Outdoor was decidedly audacious during our week with the
car we caught a lot of people admiring it.
has a reputation for offering its customers a strong and well-judged selection
of proven powerplants. For the four-wheel drive Outdoor line-up these are a
150PS 1.4-litre petrol engine plus 110 and 150PS 2.0-litre turbodiesel units.
Off-road, too much torque is undeniably better than too little; and the same
goes for load-lugging. So, holding that thought, and bearing in mind that economy
is important too, one of the most fitting units is the 150PS (147bhp) 2.0 TDI
not least because it also brings a lively 250lb ft of torque to the party.
According to the official figures, the 150PS 2.0-litre 4WD Outdoor should return
55.4mpg in the Combined Cycle. However, on real roads and not
intentionally driving 'economically' our Yeti notched up a very
healthy 49.7mpg over the course of a hard week's driving. Whereas back in the
swinging Sixties the number to beat was 100 (the magical 'ton'), today it's
50 but for the more relevant MPG figure. And, as near as dammit,
the Yeti Outdoor hits the spot.
Driving through a six-speed manual gearbox (should you prefer it, a DSG double-clutch
autobox is on the menu) the oil burner offers plenty of get-up-and-go even when
carrying (cargo or passengers; it's not fussy), and takes towing in its stride.
You lose nothing sticking with the manual 'box because its accurate change action
and well-spaced ratios means it's easy to make meaningful progress and smooth
overtakes zero to 62mph is done and dusted in just 9.1 seconds.
Off-road, the ample torque also enables the Outdoor to punch its way up, down
and over most terrain, but more about that later.
the all-important cabin. Generous side glazing and a tall windscreen let in
plenty of light, highlighting the spaciousness: up front there's liberal headroom
(a hat-friendly fist-and-a-half of it) plus plenty of space for legs and feet.
Coming aboard is easy and you sit in supportive leather-upholstered seats with
pleated centre panels and holding-but-not-intrusive bolstering, with three-stage
heating, adjustable lumbar support and height-adjustable belts.
the driver its all
tickety-boo, with a
position and clear
views over the bonnet
that guarantee a fine view
of the road ahead and to the sides. All of which
makes it simple to
see exactly where your
corners are as
important when exploring
in the rough as it is on
For the driver it's all tickety-boo, with a commanding driving position and
uninterrupted views over the bonnet that guarantee a fine view of the road ahead
and to the sides and hassle-free parking. All of which makes it simple to see
exactly where your corners are as important when exploring in
the rough as it is on traffic-stuffed roads.
The understatedly-smart trim is not only welcoming but makes time spent in the
cabin time well spent chrome highlights are kept to an effective
minimum while the metallic-finish inserts in the fascia add a splash of class.
Seen through the good-to-grip, perforated leather rim of the flat-bottomed multifunctional
steering wheel is a set of clear dials bracketing the driver's comprehensive
on-board computer display all trip data plus tyre pressure monitoring
as well as key navigational graphic prompts such as a countdown to the next
To its left at the top of the centre stack sits a 7-inch touchscreen for the
SatNav/Infotainment; a useful feature is the posted speed limit always clearly
visible on the mapping and, as you'd expect, there's smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth
and a DAB radio.
The easy-to-use dual-zone AirCon pushes out a refreshing stream of chilled air
that's especially welcome in 'bad air' urban areas and the glovebox is also
cooled so your drinks remain as chilled out as you.
We've noticed that quite a few carmakers seem to be cutting back on cabin storage
but not Skoda whose Yeti provides plenty of cubbies including
a practical lidded bin in the centre of the fascia top, a deep tray at the base
of the centre stack for your mobile (with a USB, aux-in and 12v power), a box
under the sliding padded centre front armrest, a drop-down overhead sunglasses
case, and a useful storage cubby concealed under the front passenger seat as
well as long, bottle-holding rigid door bins.
part of the standard equipment tally are an auto-dimming rearview mirror, electrically-adjustable
folding and heated door mirrors, and power windows (all one-shot up/down with
child safety lock-outs), rain-sensing wipers, and a Light Assistant to manage
coming home and leaving home illumination as well as automatic tunnel lighting.
be it in a metropolitan
landscape, out in the
burbs or in the depths of
is more fun that you
might have imagined.
because its 4WD
chassis serves up ample
grip and predictable
dynamics that along with
accurate steering makes
the Outdoor easy
to punt through bends
we're talking kit we might as well mention some of the other standard-fit items:
front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass from the B-pillars back, drive-off
automatic door locking, 17-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights and LED rear
lights, bi-Xenon headlights with cornering function and dynamic angle control
as well as cornering front fog lights, and a full complement of airbags (driver
and passenger front and side, driver's knee, and curtain). You also get a heated
front windscreen and boarding spots integrated into the door mirrors, plus Hill
Hold Control, Electronic Stability Control and plenty of safety systems.
'Family holdall' is a truthful description because the Yeti is not just amazingly
spacious but extremely versatile too. The seats in the rear cabin ensure back
passengers sit noticeably higher while still enjoying amazingly good headroom
(a very generous seven inches for someone of average height) and panoramic views
out during journeys.
Adding to the comfort is masses of foot room and loads of knee room plus reclining
backrests that offer a wide range of settings so your passengers can be as laid-back
as they like. Just to be sure you're sure those in the back really
can stretch their legs right out and three sitting side-by-side will be perfectly
sociable. Good, too, that there are also dedicated rear air vents. Those carrying
youngsters will appreciate the Isofix child seat fittings on the outer rear
But that's not all because in addition to being able to slide the outer back
seats for and aft for extra legroom or more boot space, you can also remove
the centre rear seat then slide the two outers in towards the centre to create
a more luxurious two-seater layout. In fact there are over twenty different
seating arrangements get the kids to help and try them all one
Drivers have come to expect higher-riding crossover-style vehicles to handle
well despite their extra ground clearances. Driving the Yeti, be it in a metropolitan
landscape, out in the burbs or in the depths of the countryside, is more fun
that you might have imagined.
because its on-demand 4WD chassis serves up ample grip and predictable dynamics
that along with accurate and consistently weighted steering makes the Outdoor
easy to punt through bends and round corners pressing on is definitely
satisfying. Equally important, progressive brakes ensure stopping is never less
Outdoor's tidy handling definitely impresses; it's on a par with a well-mannered
hatchback. Yet despite the agility there's no hidden penalty in the comfort
department this Yeti rides very agreeably and at speed it's rock
steady with an easygoing gait that shrinks long motorway journeys.
the Yeti also
scores highly is
in providing plenty of
variable boot space.
If youre using the rear
seats, theres a useful
416 litres for luggage and
you can expand the boot
by sliding the
Folding all three creates
a flat-floored 1,580-litre
cargo bay and removing
them gives you a
van-like 1,760 litres...
Going off-road in the Outdoor is as easy as pressing a button
to be precise, the 'Off-Road' button on the dash. Do so and you're ready to
rumble helped by the fast-acting Haldex 4x4 system itself backed up by driving
aids that make life easier when crossing challenging terrain.
For example, Hill Descent maintains a constant speed for you, winding you safely
down tricksy slopes at a constant speed (whatever you set between a crawl and
18mph). Off-road the ABS braking and anti-slip traction control systems are
automatically adjusted to best suit 'the rough' rather than on-tarmac conditions
while the accelerator response is 'softened' to give more control on loose surfaces.
While it isn't a Range Rover, it's certainly off-road enough for most people's
needs. On-road, up to 96% of the Outdoor's driving torque can go to the front
wheels but whenever it's needed it can instantly send up to 50% back to the
rear; in worst off-road case scenarios, so bad that the other three wheels have
lost all grip, it can send as much as 85% to just one wheel to keep you moving.
Where the Yeti also scores highly is in providing plenty of variable boot space.
If you're using the rear seats, there's a useful 416 litres for luggage. Should
you need a tad more, you can expand the boot by sliding the 40:20:40-split seats
towards the front. Folding all three creates a flat-floored 1,580-litre cargo
bay. And it doesn't stop there because on those occasions you really do need
every available litre of space, you can remove all three seats to give you a
van-like 1,760 litres.
The top-hinged, upright, full-width tailgate make accessing the boot and cargo
bay straightforward load-lugging doesn't get much easier. A neat touch
is the removable LED lamp; also very handy are the horizontal rails either side
of the boot with sliding hooks for bags, etc. More carrying options include
the roof rails (up to 100kg) and, alternatively, towing: the Outdoor can pull
a braked 2,100kg.
A 'best buy' for families looking for a versatile and roomy alternative to the
growing army of crossovers, the affordable Yeti priced from £17K
comes without any of the 'sameness' that dilutes the looks of many crossovers
and SUVs. ~ MotorBar
Skoda Yeti Outdoor 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 SCR
Maximum speed: 121mph | 0-62mph: 9.1 seconds | Test Average: 49.7mpg
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 250lb ft | CO2: 134g/km