Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti Motability car sideThe 2014 Skoda Yeti has been given a new look to bring it into line with the rest of the Skoda family. The wide-eyed, round headlights are replaced by a squared-off pair, you must now also choose whether you want the standard Yeti, a high-riding town car with body-coloured bumpers and sills designed to help it blend in to the urban environment or the rugged-looking Yeti Outdoor which has contrasting black rubbing strips on the doors and a mildly different bumper design. You have to go for the Outdoor if you want four-wheel drive or any of the higher-powered engines.

The Skoda Yeti is a lovely driving car despite its size, it handles and corners well and the 4×4 models offer the kind of off-roading ability that would embarrass an SUV twice its size. The rear seats feature the clever Varioflex system which allows them to slide backwards and forwards so you can increase passenger or boot space, they also recline individually, fold down or can even be removed to create a van-like load area The rear passengers have an excellent view as the seats in the back are slightly higher than the front seats and getting into the back seats is simple as there’s a very low door sill.


Skoda Yeti Motability car interior dash

Four trim levels are available, S, SE, SE-L, Monte Carlo and L&K. The S trim has as standard all round electric windows, 16″ alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, 3 spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, 5″ touchscreen, leather handbrake and gear lever covering, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, height adjustable driver and front passenger seat, front fog lights and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, the SE offers dual zone climate control, rear reversing sensors, cruise control, 17″ alloy wheels and a 6.5″ touchscreen, the SE-L adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bi-xenon headlights, folding door mirrors and LED daytime running lights, the Monte Carlo on the standard car, is the sports model with LED rear lights a black roof and Monte Carlo branding through the car. The L&K (Outdoor) adds park assist, touchscreen sat nav, panoramic sunroof, LED rear lights and black and silver alloys.



Skoda Yeti Motability car rear

Two diesels and a single petrol engines power the Yeti. The two litre diesel engine is available with either 110 or 150bhp, the larger version is only 4 wheel drive and the smaller either front or all wheel drive. The smaller version is only a manual and returns 62.8 miles per gallon and can hit 62 mph in 11.6 seconds, the 150bhp version is faster at 9.1 seconds for the sprint and can return 55.4 miles per gallon, pretty good for a four wheel drive car. If you intend to use the Yeti for towing or fully loaded we would recommend the extra grunt of the big diesel as it can tow up to 2100kg.

The 1.2 litre four cylinder 110 brake horse petrol power unit makes an excellent choice for general driving, available as a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed DSG automatic in two wheel drive, smooth in acceleration, quiet on start-up and on the move and surprisingly agile, it only runs out of puff overtaking at motorway speeds, off the mark it is more than capable as the 0-62 time of 10.9 seconds suggests and the economy figure of 51.4 miles per gallon is equally impressive.

Spring Best Buy – Skoda Yeti SE-L  (Outdoor) 1.2 petrol Manual –  £95 Advance Payment (£59.96 wpms) or £195 (£60.63 wpms) as Automatic

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