4.22 m in length with the Skoda Yeti is a compact SUV and addressed to a young audience that appreciates the convenience of a car and the versatility of use. The metallic blue version of the 2.0 TDI 140 bhp 4×4 that we tried emphasizes this tendency, showing details of design on which to stand toe Yeti. The side view is streamlined from the front pillar and third pillar, covered with a matte black molding that gives emphasis to the central pillar painted in body color. Even the horizontal development of the side benefits from using one style inaugurated by the MINI and taken in by the House also Skoda Fabia .
The windscreen is not much inclined the Yeti is in favor of forward visibility, as well as improve the perception of the dimensions of the muzzle. Similarly, the square design of the tail helps the driver in reversing, thanks to the almost vertical tailgate, while the side windows with flat surfaces and small curves that characterize the style of an SUV to help improve visibility while driving, as in the case of third light on the post, which liberates the view of the 3 / 4 rear.
The theme of “light” is also found in the cockpit of the Skoda Yeti . The review sample was equipped with a light interior covered in leather, which reflect the light coming from the vast glass roof . For a car designed for the leisure time , however, our choice would have fallen on dark shade coverings, better suited to the needs of children, pets or, more simply, to load equipment and sports equipment. The market positioning of the Yeti seems to fit with the impression received from the interior, characterized by the orderly arrangement of controls and the handling of materials, typical of a car that wants to be practical, no frills. The roomy front enjoys the width between these two seats, thanks to which the occupants do not interfere with each other, even at the central armrest. Often this element turns out to be critical, but the Yeti is large enough to support two elbows. The generous headroom is also shared by those sitting on the rear bench, which provides freedom of movement in shoulders and elbows and not sacrifice the seat of the passenger station, which is limited only in the feet due to the presence center console. The possibility of the backrests recline separately and then allows you to change position during long journeys, increasing comfort. Settling in the driver’s seat will appreciate the 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel, which stands for the crown, nice grip, the right thickness and shape for your fingers. The front seats feature pronounced side bulges, but not too restrictive due to the width of the backrest and seat, which can accommodate different body types. The support of the padding on long trips is good because not too soft, keeping faith that the approach now-classic Volkswagen gives the cockpit of their products.
In view information on-board computer in the center of the instrument panel, however, we hit a small detail . While sharing the setting with the “cousins” in Germany, the graphics display of choice by Skoda has written more “rounded” and is perhaps meant to empathize with the youthful image of the car. The analysis of the most “serious”, linked to the build quality of the car, shift your attention on the door proceeds to the top of the bridge. The rigid plastic which is done is to look rather cheap, especially when compared with the treatment of soft embossing bridge itself, which is rather well done and very pleasant to the touch. Not entirely convinced by the handle of the grip of the tailgate, plastic instead of fabric, as usual. Greater attention has been paid to the space for the passenger’s seat belt rear center roof leaking through imperialism of a home equipped with magnet: in this way can remain in place even when not in use. At the side rear seat belt, on the other hand, was reserved for another trick. In order not to interfere with the operation of killing the bench, in fact, around the door has been converted into a slot in which to insert the metal buckle of the belt. ‘S attention to practicality is found then a metal hook protruding from the sill, which is useful to fix the belts but not superior in terms of aesthetics. The door has a storage pocket of unusual detail: it is equipped with a rubber band with a metal ring, with which to set the papers and documents. Practical solutions to increase the versatility of the Yeti is also found in the trunk , with an organizer that, with hooks and separators, which prevents the contents of the load to be shed in vain, In contrast, the volume is reduced and overall capacity is less than what you’d expect from a vehicle of this type. The release system of the seats, however, is quite intuitive functionality provides an added value to boot.,
Addressing guided tours with lively rhythm, the Skoda Yeti never gives the impression of being a car high center of gravity. The steering is precise, does not require corrections in the maintenance of paths, while the progressive and readiness can not be distinguished from the average of such vehicles. Complicit in such a dynamic behavior are the Pirelli PZero Rosso 225/50 tires mounted on 17-inch wheels. L ‘ attitude is so sporty, as shown ia never roll over, but the absorption of bumps is higher than expected. Given the driving behavior rather dynamic, in fact, we expected a car more rigid. The electronic stability control (ESP) is not completely switched off, unlike dell’antipattinamento (ASR). Given the intended use of the vehicle, the choice of the Czech manufacturer is understandable and does not affect too much involvement in the guide “committed”, when they occur, however, limited the movement of the rear of the ESP and the corrections are not invasive, leaving a ‘space for action of the driver, as we have tested on wet asphalt. Under conditions of low grip, the clutch Haldex , which transmits motion to the rear wheels, always intervenes with acceptable delays, reducing understeer in tight corners and eliminating all but the front wheel spin when starting “at full throttle.” The exchange has an excellent maneuverability and is characterized by a short stroke, has a good sense of engagement and has loads of sync quite high. This goes well, in any case, the force required to actuate the pedal clutch , outlining drives “solid” and attuned to the dynamic driving experience overall. The feeling returned from the brake pedal in the deceleration does not fulfill the most aggressive of all, because the foot sinks and follows the instinct of too many people to relieve pressure in emergency braking.
The 2.0-liter turbodiesel common rail engine with 140 hp is right for the Yeti , though the 1600 cc diesel with 105 hp is the best choice for those who looks after consumption. On the other hand, the performance of the engine character of our test are good. The torque is always available, and the 6-speed gearbox allows you to exploit the engine performance in all situations. At least the noise is low, while accelerating the ticking of the TDI is always present, albeit not to annoying levels. In summary, it is a unit of output without peaks or special qualities of extension, but smooth and well matched with the body of the SUV Skoda car: in short, the choice is as balanced performance / power consumption, providing even more exploitable in ‘perspective of an off-road use. As anticipated, the consumer are discrete, however, because the weight of the front section and the friction caused by four-wheel drive make them feel the effects right on the required fuel. During the test we use the car experienced a “mixed”. Before reaching traits driven, we often crossed urban sections, trapped in heavy traffic, then go fast roads. In these situations, the data held by the onboard computer fluctuated between 12 and 14 km / l average.