Recommended. A star of Skoda’s range and new version keeps it fresh.
THE Skoda Yeti has had plenty of plaudits since it was first launched and this refresh brings it in line with the firm’s latest design language.
The Yeti is a versatile little number, with good spec across the board and, in the case of the Outdoor Elegance trim that we tried out, luxurious if you want it to be.
The 2.0 TDI engine that we drove was great fun, with lots of pull so you feel confident getting past anything that you need to quickly.
It handles nicely and it all adds up to a driving experience better than you might expect from an SUV.
And if you hit the rough stuff, this diesel will stand you in good stead, with oodles of torque set to make mincemeat of tough terrain.
The diesel is the most powerful of the range, yet still gets to a decent 49 mpg combined and a not-too-bad 149g/km of CO2.
If you want more economy, the 1.6 oil-burner gets those figures to 119g/km and 61 to the gallon.
Spec is good – all cars get alloy wheels and options include rear-view camera, auto-park, sat nav and lots of other gadgets.
For those planning to hit the mud, essential features like hill descent and ascent controls are not forgotten, alongside protective guards for the engine, transmission, fuel and brake lines.
This Elegance edition adds the luxury to that – full leather, heated seats, storage under the front passenger seat and so on.
It all means that you can choose the Yeti to suit you – rough and ready, luxurious or a mixture of both.
Whichever you choose, it won’t let you down.
1. Refresh brings looks up to scratch.
2. A serious all-rounder.
3. There’s a Yeti for everyone.
We don't like:
1. Some might not like the looks.
2. Pricey at the top end.
3. Nothing else.
Most fun: Any with the 2.0-litre diesel, it’s a superb engine.
Most sensible: The 1.6 diesel is the cleanest and most efficient.
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