2015 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 2015 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 attempt 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 2015 Skoda Yeti are available; a 1.4 litre 4-cylinder and a slightly larger 1.8 litre unit. The former pushes 120 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque through a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission to reach a top speed of 185 km/h, while the latter channels 160 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque through a 6 speed transmission to all four corners.
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 75,000 Skoda Yeti. And believe it or not, we’re leaning towards the Yeti, because it’s different and just that much nicer.
|Specifications||2015 Skoda Yeti||2015 Skoda Yeti Adventure|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.4 litre / 4-cyl||1.8 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|120 hp @ 5,000 RPM||160 hp @ 6,200 RPM|
|200 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||250 Nm @ 4,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed dual clutch automatic||6 speed dual clutch automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.5 secs||8.4 secs|
|Top speed||185 km/h||200 km/h|
|Price||AED 75,000 - 86,000||AED 89,900|