Munich, 1. September 2015 – The run on compact SUV is unbroken, and no end is in sight. Many brands are planning new models in this segment in order to steal customers away from the first occupants of this former niche. The Skoda Yeti, which has sold almost 450,000 units worldwide since 2009, is one of the established models.000 units sold worldwide. Customers will have to wait until 2018 for the next generation. Skoda meets the increasing competition with a small update.
The small refresh mainly affects the engines and the infotainment range. Three turbocharged gasoline engines and two diesels are available, automatic start-stop and recuperation are now standard for all of them, and all of them meet the Euro 6 emissions standard (which will be mandatory throughout the EU as of September anyway) and boast lower fuel consumption in the NEDC.
Faster, not stronger
In the Yeti, Skoda has been taking a special approach with the basic diesel for quite some time, because only here is a two-liter four-cylinder with 110 hp installed. This engine is currently only available in the Yeti; throughout the Group, the 1.6 TDI engine with between 110 and 120 hp. For the 2016 model year, production of which has now started, the Yeti 2.0 TDI a "selective catalytic reduction" (SCR) catalytic converter is installed, which works with the urea solution AdBlue and thus reduces the emission of nitrogen oxide. Despite unchanged performance, the Yeti is now supposed to cover 179 km instead of 177 km. More important for most drivers, however, is the fact that fuel consumption has also been reduced. Instead of 5.1 liters, Skoda now promises 4.4 liters in the NEDC. The all-wheel drive version has also become faster and more economical according to factory specifications: Instead of 5.9 liters in the NEDC, 12.2 s in the standard sprint and 174 km. It has a six-speed manual transmission, the front-wheel drive variant has only five gears. Skoda does not offer DSG for this engine.
The most powerful diesel now has 150 hp. The sales of the former 170 hp diesel were obviously too low to make the production of the 2.0 TDI with 184 hp as its successor. The 150 hp version of the TDI is widely available in the group, we last drove it in June. Skoda offers it in the Yeti with front and all-wheel drive, where only buyers of the all-wheel drive have the option of the DSG. The Yeti is pleasantly motored with it: It needs a short moment before it gets going, but then it gets up to speed quickly. Overtaking, maneuvering in on the highway – no problem. It is not quiet when accelerating, but during normal driving the diesel is much more restrained.