2014 Skoda Yeti 4x4 review

8 Dec, 2013 10:00am Luke Madden

Revamped Skoda Yeti SUV is a top choice off-road and on


The updated Skoda Yeti still has its place in the crossover class. It’s hard to say for sure if the changes will be enough to take on the new Qashqai, and the driving experience and cabin seem a little bit outdated. But for families after comfortable, spacious and good-value transport, it’s still a great choice. This 4x4 model has strong off-road ability, too.

A new version of the UK’s most recognisable crossover - the Nissan Qashqai – is set to hit the road next year, so the Skoda Yeti has been refreshed to help keep it competitive.

We’ve already tested it on European roads, but now we’re trying the 2.0 TDI 110 4x4 model in the UK.

The main difference between this updated Yeti and the old car is that it’s now available in rugged Outdoor trim, as tested here. This means that as well as the Yeti’s new, more traditional front end, you get underbody protection at the front and rear, plus silver door mirrors.

The standard Yeti now comes with body-coloured bumpers and sills for a classier appearance. Those looks may be just for show on the lesser two-wheel-drive models, but our 4x4 car is a capable off-roader.

It has more ground clearance and better traction than most rivals, too. While that won’t matter to most people, it’s still nice to know.

Skoda Yeti review

The 4x4 system in this updated car is lighter and more efficient than before, so CO2 emissions are down 5g/km, from 159g/km to 154g/km, while fuel economy goes from 46.3mpg to 47.9mpg. Yet that’s still no match for the 1.6 dCi 4WD Qashqai, which emits just 129g/km of CO2.

Skoda hasn’t changed the way the car drives drastically. That means you still get a slightly coarse note from the engine, but plenty of punch as long as you keep this diesel in its relatively narrow power band.

The handling is safe rather than exciting and the ride is firm, without being uncomfortable.

It’s a shame that Skoda hasn’t done more to the interior. Next to the new Qashqai’s smart cabin, it looks a little bland and low-rent. At least it’s practical – the clever Varioflex seating lets you slide, recline or remove the rear seats.

The Skoda has price on its side, too, with our SE model costing £21,090. Standard kit includes dual-zone air-con, alloy wheels, cruise control and parking sensors. The cheapest four-wheel-drive Qashqai is better equipped, but costs £25,695.

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Your "classier" is my "blander". Pity they did not sort out the inside and leave the outside interesting.

Nice mid-life facelift. Always been nicer than the Squashed Cow.

A typical AE review biased, personal and an unnamed reviewer - that says it all I suppose. I would not expect a professional review of such a vehicle to be written in this a manner; for example such an inane comment as 'the handling is safe rather than exciting' - what idiot would expect such a car to be exciting to drive. Many motoring correspondents assume that young people want 'bling' but that is not the case. Traditional interior design is preferred by many of my friends. As for comparing this with a Nissan, strewth the mind boggles. If I was forced to exchange my X5 for one of these two cars it would have to be the Skoda. Its about time AE employed some of its readers to write the reviews and sacked all the journo staff. I really do despair with each and every item I read.

Not a fair comment,the Nissan is far a bigger car than the Skoda. The new Nissan looks a mess,its like all the rest off the suv's at least the Skoda has kept it's TONKA toy looks...I should know im on my 2nd Yeti,it still gets the attention! If you want a car to match the Nissan wait for the Skoda Snowman

Top Gear with top marks for off road handling thats so good you can have a tattoo done without to much pain.

Skoda built quality and custom satisfaction thats tops, with a very useful practical shape of a proper SUV, not a space limiting hunched back cow like already mentioned.

Yeti will annoy the badge snobs, as it sweeps up wins all the awards.

can you tell me what color is this ? blue lava or blue pacific ??

Key specs

  • Car tested: Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI 110 4x4 Outdoor SE
  • Price: £21,090
  • Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
  • Power: 109bhp
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, four-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 12.2 secs
  • Top speed: 108mph
  • Economy: 47.9mpg
  • CO2: 154g/km
  • Equipment: Dual-zone air-con, cruise control, leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors
  • On sale : Now