The facelifted 2014 Skoda Yeti compact SUV has arrived, with a pared down range, lower prices, more standard equipment and a new, less polarising appearance.
The Skoda Yeti range is once again kicked off by the 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder 77TSI front-wheel-drive model, known now as Active, with 77kW of power and 175Nm of torque. This variant is available with a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with fuel use rated at 6.0 litres per 100km for the former and 6.7L for the latter.
The previous base model 77TSI model was priced from $26,290 for the manual and $28,590 for the dual-clutch automatic, but the new version is $2800 more affordable ($23,490 manual and $25,790 DSG) despite adding extra equipment. Skoda had been running out the 77TSI manual from $21,990, though there is no talk of a new driveaway pricing strategy as yet.
The 90TSI DSG is priced from $28,290 - down considerably on the previous $35,990 price of the 112TSI DSG.
The top-end offering is the 103TDI Outdoor. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine producing 103kW of power and 350Nm of torque, with a new-generation Haldex part-time four-wheel-drive system and a standard six-speed dual-clutch auto. The diesel has relatively high fuel use of 6.7L/100km.
No matter which model buyers choose, all Yeti variants come with increased standard specification including a reverse-view camera (the first Skoda model to be offered with the safety technology) and rear parking sensors and a smart key system with push-button start, and newly added 5.0-inch touchscreen media units with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming (although some cars have made it to the country without a touchscreen stereo as they were model year 2014 versions). All Yeti variants come with 17-inch alloy wheels, though each model has a different style.
As CarAdvice reported when the updated Yeti was uncovered, the new look model adopts a two-prong strategy in terms of the car's appearance: both feature a more streamlined front-end treatment with reshaped headlights and an angular bumper, and the top-spec Outdoor variant (below) gains a more rugged look with additional black plastic body styling.
Inside, the Yeti gets a three-spoke leather-lined steering wheel, leather gear-knob and handbrake, revised seat covers, chrome door handles (for the Ambition and Outdoor models) and new design trims.
The Yeti retains is clever Varioflex rear seat function, which allows the outer chairs – both of which feature ISOFIX child seat anchor-points - to slide up to 150mm towards the front or rear, as well as the option to create a spacious four-seat layout when the middle seat is removed. If more space is needed for cargo, all three rear chairs can be removed.
The boot of the Yeti ranges between 321 litres with five seats in place to 1665L with the rear seats removed.
Skoda has added more colour options to the range, with three new choices available: Moon White, Jungle Green and Metal Grey. They join the existing Candy White, Magic Black, Cappuccino and Brilliant Silver.
Option packages available for the Yeti line-up includes the $500 Off-road Pack for the Outdoor model which features different 17-inch ‘Matterhorn’ alloys, hill-descent control, a reversible floor mat that is carpeted on one side and has a “dirt-repellent” plastic surface on the opposite side, an off-road assist program that includes hill descent and ascent modes, and tinted glass.
Ambition and Outdoor variants can be optioned with a Tech Pack that adds an automatic parking system that can perform reverse-parallel and perpendicular parking manoeuvres, a 6.5-inch satellite navigation touchscreen, 12-speaker stereo system and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights. It costs $2900.
2014 Skoda Yeti pricing:
77TSI Active 2WD manual: $23,490 plus on-road costs
77TSI Active 2WD automatic: $25,790 plus on-road costs
90TSI Ambition 2WD automatic: $28,290 plus-on-road costs
103TDI Outdoor 4WD automatic: $33,590 plus on-road costs
2014 Skoda Yeti : equipment levels by model
1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto (optional: $2300)
17-inch ‘Scudo’ alloy wheels
5.0-inch touchscreen media system (MY15 cars)
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
USB input and auxiliary inputs
Smart key with push-button start
Height adjustable driver and passenger front seats (manual)
Vanity mirrors in sun-visors
Shopping bag hooks in cargo area (2x collapsible)
Rear parking sensors
Electronic stability control
Adds over Active grade:
1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
17-inch ‘Annapurna’ alloy wheels
Front centre armrest
Front seat lumbar support (driver and passenger)
Front parking sensors
Chrome inner door handles
Dashboard multifunction display
Heated side mirrors
Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
Adds over Ambition grade:
2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine
Six-speed dual-clutch automatic
17-inch ‘Erebus’ alloy wheels
Additional black plastic cladding, side mouldings and revised bumpers
Silver mirror caps
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