Skoda launched Yeti’s facelift version after long span of four years on 10th September 2014. Yeti has not been so much appraised car at the time it was introduced. Yeti 2014 version gets some interesting yet needed changes like in its design and entertainment front. Yeti is going to get very tuff competition from Renault Duster, Eco sport and Mahindra XUV 500. Let’s see what Yeti has store for you?
Skoda Yeti 2014 is very highly priced; yeti is alienated into two variants 4×2 and 4×4. 4×2 variant comes with the price tag of Rs. 18.99 lakhs and 4×4 is priced at Rs. 20.53 lakhs which is way higher than its competitors like Mahindra XUV 500 which is approx Rs. 5 lakh lesser than the Yeti. Renault Duster is almost half the price of Yeti and recent success taster Ford Eco sport is at Rs. 10 lakh approx. Price is too high among its competitors which certainly will hamper the Skoda’s cause.
Skoda yeti 2014 is making its statement with two variants( Yeti 4×2 and Yeti 4×4) and offering just one engine option i.e. Diesel. Skoda 4×2 is powered by 2L 1968cc 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 108.5BHP@4200rpm power and 250nm@1500-2500 torque which is mated with 5 speed manual transmission, sporting 2WD.
Skoda 4×4 also has 2.0L 1968cc 4cyl turbocharged diesel engine but with more power, it sports 138.1BHP@4200rpm power and 320nm@1500-2500 torque. It is equipped with 6 speed manual transmission with AWD (all wheel drive) with automatic torque distribution.
Space & Dimensions:
Skoda yeti 2014 is slightly on the shrinking side as compared to the other cars of this segment. Skoda Yeti measures 4222mm length, 1793mm wide and 1691mm height, which is less than its competitors Renault Duster and Mahindra XUV 500 in every department. Yeti has 416 liters boot capacity.
Skoda Yeti offers wheelbase of 2578mm which again on lower side against XUV 500 and Duster and in it offers 180mm in ground clearance department which is again on lower side against Duster’s 205mm and XUV 500. Skoda yeti 2014 comforts 5 person seating capacity and you can find fine legroom and headroom space both at rear and front.
Interiors & Exteriors:
Skoda Yeti 2014 contains basic layout display when we talk of the interiors of it, though it has some areas glamorized with two tone wooden trim. But the central console looks great with all black scheme, most important thing is there are some add-ons which were missing in earlier version of Yeti. Yeti gets Skoda infotainment system with 6.5 inch LCD screen and MFD (multi function display).
Driver seat adjustment with memory function, leather packed steering wheel is firm to hold and easy to move. Seats are comfortable and support you at right places to keep your journey long and smooth.
Previous Yeti’s design is peculiar but in a good way. But 2014 Yeti design is a typical Skoda design which is sharp, front gets new aggressive Xenon headlamps with daytime running LED’s and split rectangular shaped fog lamps. Side of the car remains same like the previous Yeti but getting new 16” alloy wheels. Rear side looks good as well with new tail lights with C shape and rear bumpers with false diffusers and reflectors look stunning. 2014 Yeti’s Design is certainly better than the previous Yeti.
Outrageous Yeti 2014 arrives in seven elegant colors which are Mato brown, aqua mist, candy white, brilliant silver, lava blue, magic black and cappuccino beige, with three roof color options (white, black or silver).
Skoda Yeti consist long list of safety features like corner function with fog lights, ORVM’s defoggers, HBA (Hydraulic brake assistant), MBA (mechanical brake assistant), Dual front airbags, side airbags (top variant only), Electronic differential locking, engine immobilizer with floating code system, Remote controlled locking-unlocking of doors and Windows, Code protected central infotainment system, Parking sensors with voice support at front and rear.
It carries one special feature that cut down the fuel supply during crash and protective cover for engine and under carriage.
New yeti is better than the previous one Skoda has not cut down any features instead they added some of the new features like Cruise control, touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry, tyre monitoring system and Xenon headlights which is commendable. Base variant of yeti gets vanished this time around and price is way too high as well. Skoda has to reconsider it if they want to grab a big market share.