Due to hit Australian shores in the not too distant future, the Škoda Yeti has scored the highest possible safety rating of five-stars under the new, toughened crash test performed by the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).
The brand's new compact SUV achieved excellent results in both adult and child occupant protection results as did it in exceeding pedestrian protection parameters.
The Yeti's top-class safety test results include those of a whiplash test, a new category established this year to assess the stability of the seats and the degree of protection of the occupants from cervical spine injuries in rear impacts.
“Škoda has shown that it provides an equal degree of protection for passengers of all sizes, sitting in various positions (in all seats),” says the EuroNCAP assessment report.
The Yeti's result is one of the best of all the vehicles tested so far.
“The result shows our commitment to safety aspects at the development stage that also includes seat geometry tests and the strength of the applied materials," said Dr Eckhard Scholz, Škoda Auto BOD member responsible for technological development.
We test various seat settings and work hard to improve the properties of the entire system. To ensure maximum possible protection, the system must be in perfect harmony. We use state-of-the-art technology and test methods, as safety is one of the key aspects in developing new Škoda vehicles,” said Dr Scholz.
In its assessment report, EuroNCAP appreciated the degree of protection provided by the knee airbag, available as standard in Germany, although Yeti can be fitted with as many as nine airbags.
The stable body structure composed of high-strength steel also helped the Yeti in achieving a 92 per cent result in the occupant protection category as well as full marks in the side impact and pedestrian protection categories.
As a standard part of the vehicle's equipment, the Škoda Yeti is fitted with the ISOFIX system for mounting child seats onto rear seats.
With the test results described above, the Yeti has proved to be one of the safest cars in its category.