Skoda decided that it’s time for the good old yeti to get a major facelift and specification upgrade to keep things nice and fresh. It doesn’t look like it, but the Yeti is more of a utility vehicle than most of the cars that call themselves SUV. It has four-wheel-drive; plenty of space; and superb build quality that can take years of punishment without ever failing.
The new model comes with revised head and tail lights, bumpers, underride guard, side mouldings and door sills, with the last two parts painted in the same color the body for a more sophisticated look. You can choose between two design themes, one more urban like, and other more off-roady. They both feature Bi-Xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights.
The interior on the 2014 Yeti features new 3-spoke steering wheels in seven variations, new fabrics and patterns for the seat covers as well as new decorative trims on the dashboard. What’s more, new colors have been added to the range, as well as new wheel designs.
Cosmetic changes aside, the new Yeti also gets a whole host of new features that, if specified, make it a lot easier and more fun to live with the car. It gets features like automatic lock and start system ‘KESSY’, rear-view camera, VarioFlex rear seat system, offering unique interior versatility; folding tables; detachable LED light in the boot, and… Speaking of the boot, it has 405 litres of cargo space, which can be increased to 1,760 litres by taking out the rear seats.
As for the powertrains, the Yeti can be had with four diesel and three petrol engines. It starts with the GreenLine 1.6 TDI/77kW, with front wheel drive and a manual gearbox, capable of 4.6 litres of diesel per 100 km (61 MPG) and 119 g/km Co2, and continues with 1.4 TSI/90 kW, 2.0 TDI/103 kW with manual six-speed gearbox, and 1.6 TDI/77 kW with seven-speed DSG. Other options include the 2.0 TDI with 125 kW and 1.6 TDI 77 kW. Depending on the model, you get front- or all-wheel-drive, and either a manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission.