2014 Skoda Yeti | new car review
Interior is heaps better than that of its competitors.
Exterior styling isn't its strongest point.
Contenders to this rapidly growing segment of the market more often than not, look like hatchbacks on steroids and the Yeti is no exception. While the hood flaunts a protruding centre section that integrates into the chrome grille, the rear end houses twin exhaust tips and almost semi-circular lights. Compared to Toyota’s RAV4 and Renault’s Duster, the Yeti isn’t the prettiest of the lot.
Inside, it’s a very different story. The 2014 Skoda Yeti almost feels like it belongs to a different league when compared to its French and Japanese competitors. While its rivals utilize hard plastics in abundance, the Czech makes use of its partnership with Volkswagen to deliver a cabin that is embellished with wood trim, soft touch materials and an attractive infotainment screen.
Equipped with an automatic parallel parking assist system, the Yeti is sure to make anyone look like a parking pro by nailing it in the first shot itself. What starts off with searching for parking spaces, is then taken forward with the Yeti steering into the spot, leaving the driver to only control the pedals and shift gears when prompted to do so.
What’s on offer?
Two versions of the 2014 Skoda Yeti are available; Adventure and Comfort, with only aesthetic differences differentiating the two. Under the hood lies a 1.8 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder unit that produces 160 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, which is made available right from 1,500 RPM. Mated to a 6 speed DSG automatic gearbox, the Yeti completes a 0 – 100 km/h run in 8.4 seconds, before continuing to its 200 km/h top speed.
As far as value goes, there really isn’t anything out there that comes close to the AED 50,000 Renault Duster. But if you’re after something a little more refined, then your options boil down to the AED 95,000 Toyota RAV4 or AED 100,000 Skoda Yeti. And believe it or not, we’re leaning towards the Yeti, because it’s different and just that much nicer.