The Yeti in standard form is a great machine but with protective under-panels attached and other rugged features the Outdoor version stands out as much more the off-roader, and it does perform superbly as one too.
A terrific alternative for a car leasing choice, the Skoda Yeti Outdoor delivers a defined presence, with more than enough ability to take you and your passengers to pastures new...literally.
In any circumstance, this vehicle has it all to offer and has been a brilliant achievement for Skoda as a company, rivalling other off road vehicles in its class.
The Yeti Outdoor benefits from optimised bumpers to give the best approach and departure angles when taking part in even the most demanding off-road activities.
Boasting excellent grip, great handling and fuel consumption, together with decent performance from the array of engines available, this plucky off-roader is a pleasurable delight to drive, once again defining the Skoda brand to a widening audience.
Interiors are treated to an assortment of technology and materials are of a good consistent quality, offering comfortable seating for all passengers and driver. Available today on a car lease deal to suit you, speak with us now to discuss your particular preferences.
Though this segment’s more demanding than it used to be, this Skoda’s tougher too. You can see why so many people like it.
If you’re familiar with original Skoda Yeti models – or indeed any kind of modern Crossover-class car – then you’ll find few surprises at the wheel of this one. Which means that there’s the usual slightly elevated SUV-style driving position with excellent all-round visibility but at the same time, a vehicle that will handle like any conventional family hatch, quick to change direction, with surprisingly little body roll for something this tall. There’s loads of grip, the ride is firm but comfortable and the electric power steering is direct and accurate, if a little artificial-feeling. Drivers who’d normally struggle to adjust to a conventional small SUV will quickly find themselves driving this car smoothly and swiftly.
If you do want a 4x4 Yeti and you’ve sifted out the right engine option, how will it fare on the rough stuff? Reasonably well is the answer, thanks to a more efficient fifth generation Haldex clutch system that’s lighter, smoother and more efficient than before. As ever, the set-up isn’t designed to deliver fully-fledged permanent all-wheel drive, instead, you’ve a layout that most of the time, with fuel saving in mind, diverts only 10% of power to the rear axle. Should the rear axle-mounted electro-hydraulic clutch detect wheelslip however, the clever electronics are capable of directing as much as 100% of torque rearwards, the proportion being adjusted to suit the conditions.
In profile, the square, boxy profile with its neat blacked-out roof pillars remains largely unchanged, save for the revised side rubbing strips and the smarter alloy wheels that sit below bolder wheelarches. At the rear, where optional LED tail lights can now be specified, cubist triangle elements either side of the number plate forge a visual link to other more recent Skoda resigns. This one aims to perform the slightly awkward role of trying to appeal to potential buyers of both small and medium-sized Crossover models, something especially obvious when you lift the slab-sided tailgate and inspect the space on offer in the boot.
The main change that drivers of the original version will note is the smarter three-spoke leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, though Skoda also claims to have updated the seat fabrics and added various decorative trim elements. You can even specify artificial wood rim.
As before, the driving position is raised to afford a better view out through the broad windows and tall windscreen, though not so much as to make the transition into this car from an ordinary family hatch a daunting prospect.
The centre console is dominated on plusher models by a large infotainment screen, though the system that drives it is older-tech than that used in the brand’s more recently designed Octavia. Still, everything feels of high quality and the clever use of different surface textures give a bright spacious feel that can be further emphasised by an optional panoramic glass roof. There’s decent practicality too, with the usual cupholders, a large glovebox and, on plusher models, a case for your sunglasses and a storage box underneath the front passenger seat.
All the things that made the original Yeti so appealing remain with the revised model. It's spacious, safe, drives well, has a cool but understated image and is affordable to run. The improved version adds a little equipment, tidies the interior and tweaks the styling but otherwise sticks to a tried and tested recipe. In truth, not a lot needed changing. As before, what we have is a class act in a market full of try-hard rivals.
Whichever form of Yeti motoring you prefer though, you’ll get yourself a car that continues to strike an appealing chord between practicality, quality and fashion. It’s a car that transcends lifestyle snobbery. A family car that doesn’t shout ‘family’ and a Crossover you could be genuinely pleased to own.