Skoda Yeti GreenLine 2014 review

We find out if the numbers add up for the Skoda Yeti GreenLine, the eco version of facelifted SUV

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

The new look of the Skoda Yeti GreenLine is smarter and the interior is a little more luxurious, but the running costs and driving experience are barely changed. While it’s still comfortable and fun, the economy and emissions are starting to lag behind newer rivals like the Nissan Qashqai. If you’re after the most efficient small SUV around, there are better options.

We've always liked the Skoda Yeti, but so far it’s struggled to compete with rivals for economy and emissions. The GreenLine is the cleanest, most efficient model in the line-up, though, and we’ve tried the newly facelifted car on UK roads.

Skoda Yeti review

Powered by the same 104bhp 1.6 TDI as the pre-facelift car, this latest Yeti still promises 61.4mpg and 119g/km of CO2. That’s not bad, but it’s nowhere near the 74.3mpg and 98g/km Nissan claims for the Qashqai 1.5 dCi.

Still, this diesel engine is impressively punchy when it needs to be, even if it sounds pretty rough under acceleration. When on a calm cruise, however, the rattly soundtrack quickly fades into the background. You’ll find there’s enough torque to overtake slower cars relatively easily, too.

The facelift brings more grown-up styling, but the Yeti’s convincing driving dynamics and practicality remain more or less untouched. The steering is light yet responsive, and coupled with the typically settled ride, it makes the car not only relaxing, but also quite fun to drive. This is a pleasant surprise, as the GreenLine badge on the gearlever suggests the focus is more on low bills than driving thrills.

The Yeti remains solidly built and clearly laid out, with just a smattering of buttons on the wheel and across the dash. It’s not particularly plush or glamorous – despite a new soft leather steering wheel – but it feels up to the challenge of a tough life.

Skoda Yeti 2014 price revealed

The only real letdown is the touchscreen infotainment system and sat-nav, which is now a generation behind the latest VW Group offerings, and feels a bit slow.

When it was introduced, the Yeti was such good value and so capable that it was easy to recommend above its rivals. Four years later, models like the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5 have overtaken it, and this facelift isn’t enough to keep it in contention.

Yes, it’s well equipped and it costs £1,000 less than a Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta. But the Skoda isn’t the obvious choice it once was.

Most Popular

New 2021 Vauxhall Astra teased for the first time
Vauxhall Astra teaser 1
Vauxhall Astra

New 2021 Vauxhall Astra teased for the first time

The new Vauxhall Astra will get electrified powertrains and a more premium image
8 Jun 2021
‘Our switch to electric will soon make driving manual cars a lost art'
Gearknob
Opinion

‘Our switch to electric will soon make driving manual cars a lost art'

Want to drive a manual car? You need to take your test in a manual car. So what happens once all driving-school cars are automatic EVs?
8 Jun 2021
New Vauxhall Astra prototype review
Vauxhall Astra prototype - front
Vauxhall Astra

New Vauxhall Astra prototype review

A new Vauxhall Astra is on the way and we've driven a prototype ahead of its official arrival
14 Jun 2021
'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'
Toyota Mirai opinion
Opinion

'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'

Mike Rutherford says hydrogen-powered cars could still be a frequent sight on UK roads
13 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
New Porsche Macan facelift prototype review
Porsche Macan prototype - front
Porsche Macan

New Porsche Macan facelift prototype review

We get behind the wheel of a prototype version of the facelifted Porsche Macan SUV
13 Jun 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300
Car group tests

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300

The capable Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes up against its new Cupra Leon 300 sibling in this hot hatch battle
12 Jun 2021
'Factories are at a standstill because they can’t get the parts to finish cars'
Car manufacturing
Opinion

'Factories are at a standstill because they can’t get the parts to finish cars'

Steve Fowler points out the fresh issues facing global car manufacturing
9 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai production begins in Sunderland
Nissan Qashqai - front static
News

New Nissan Qashqai production begins in Sunderland

Nissan will offer every school child in the North East of England a place on the Nissan Skills Foundation course to mark 35 years of manufacturing in …
14 Jun 2021
Illegal car modification hotspots revealed
Volkswagen Polo exhaust
News

Illegal car modification hotspots revealed

Gloucestershire has the highest proportion of illegal car modifications, with altered number plates the most common breach
14 Jun 2021
New 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid launched with 1,006bhp
Tesla Model S facelift - front
Tesla Model S

New 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid launched with 1,006bhp

Range-topping version of the Tesla Model S officially unveiled, with a sprint time of 0-60mph in less than two seconds
10 Jun 2021
New 2021 Volkswagen T7 Multivan replaces Caravelle
Volkswagen T7 Multivan - front
Volkswagen Caravelle

New 2021 Volkswagen T7 Multivan replaces Caravelle

The Volkswagen T7 Multivan MPV switches to the MQB platform and adds plug-in hybrid technology
10 Jun 2021
New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Sportline - front
Skoda Enyaq

New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review

The new Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech firm’s first bespoke electric car and we've tested the full range on UK roads
10 Jun 2021
New hydrogen-powered Land Rover Defender prototype in development
Land Rover Defender
Land Rover Defender

New hydrogen-powered Land Rover Defender prototype in development

The Land Rover Defender FCEV prototype will be assessed for off-road and long-range zero-emission motoring
14 Jun 2021