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On-test: Yeti gets more off-road appeal

The recent facelift of Skoda’s popular Yeti has spawned an additional model, badged Yeti Outdoor. Geoff Ashcroft test drives the newcomer.

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The recent facelift of Skoda’s popular Yeti has spawned an additional model, badged Yeti Outdoor.

 

With greater emphasis towards off-road ability, Yeti Outdoor has a more rugged exterior than its urban sibling, and gains a fifth generation Haldex coupling to make the most of its permanent all-wheel drive system, along with EDS electronic diff lock, 180mm of ground clearance and tweaks to entry and exit angles at either end of the car.

 

All of which makes the Outdoor version much more biased towards the mucky stuff.

 

Across the Yeti line-up, the face-lifted exterior is joined by a revised interior too. Its generous proportions have been retained, along with its Varioflex seating mechanism that affords individual folding, seats tumbled forward or removed completely.

 

Yeti’s interior has been freshened up. It’s a pleasant place to sit.

Added flexibility comes from the outer two seats being able to slide lengthways or crossways once the centre seat has been removed.

 

This latest version can be equipped with a rear parking camera offering a wide-angle view, and Skoda’s park assist enables this latest Yeti to automatically steer itself into and out of parallel parking spaces and bay spaces.

 

Our 2.0-litre TDi model with 140hp sits in the middle of the range. Either side of it you’ll find 110hp and 170hp diesels, and petrol variants too.

 

With four-wheel drive, the Yeti Outdoor can be hustled through winding lanes with ease. It remains sure-footed with sharp steering, though bumpier roads can make the car fidget, despite running on 17-inch wheels.

 

The steeply raked front screen does attract a bit of wind noise and the engine isn’t quite as hushed as it could be.

 

Boot space is plentiful, Varioflex seating makes it cavernous.

But you can forgive the Yeti a little coarseness when you consider the practicality, its off-road potential and its price - this SE Business model costs from a rather modest £21,920.

 

For which you will get dual zone climate control, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth with voice control, double-sided boot floor, a host of airbags and storage compartments, plus sun protection glass form the B-post backwards.

 

Part of Yeti’s attraction comes from its SUV-feel. And that tall, wide body means you do get a raft of headroom and shoulder space, which is not confined only to front-seat occupants.

 

Despite its lofty proportions, the driving position isn’t as high, as you might expect. But with big windows all around, you don’t need to be sat in a crow’s nest to see all round from the Yeti’s comfy perch.

 

Need to know

  • Model: Skoda Yeti Outdoor SE 2.0TDi
  • Price: £21,920 (£25,165 as tested)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cyl turbo diesel, 140hp @ 4,200rpm, 320Nm @ 1,750-2,500rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, four-wheel drive
  • Performance: 9.9sec 0-62mph, 118mph, 48.7mpg combined, 162g/km
  • Towing capacity: 2,100kgs
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