Years constructed: 2009 to at this time
Bodystyles: 5-door crossover
With the large new Kodiaq seven-seat SUV already right here, and the brand new Karoq imminent, it looks as if an excellent time to take a look at Skoda’s first-ever SUV, the characterful and barely quirky Yeti. Launched in 2009, it was primarily based on a mish-mash of donated Volkswagen components, with a few of the chassis coming from the Polo and a few of it from the Golf. Feels like a recipe for catastrophe, however really the Yeti rapidly grew to become a agency favorite for these within the know, even when it by no means hit the gross sales heights of rivals such because the Nissan Qashqai.
Initially, the Yeti launched with solely 2.Zero-litre diesel engines and a 1.four turbo petrol, however the 1.6 TDI diesel and 1.2 TSI petrol quickly joined the vary, and these are the 2 greatest variations to go for. The 1.2 TSI specifically, given the present anti-diesel headlines, is a terrific purchase in the event you can observe one down, with cheap Co2 emissions and surprisingly good economic system for a small petrol engine in an upright automotive just like the Yeti.
That uprightness means you get loads of cabin area, however watch out for the boots in four-wheel-drive fashions, as the additional differential between the rear wheels eats into cargo area. four×four variations are fascinating although, not just for their foul-weather skills, but in addition for being much more succesful at critical off-roading than you’d anticipate from a family-oriented automotive.
Area is among the Yeti’s strongest fits, and whilst you want a front-wheel drive automotive to maximise boot quantity, there’s good room within the rear seats. Truly, these seats are three particular person models (sadly not fairly large sufficient to get three baby automotive seats into) which not solely slide and fold, however which will be eliminated altogether, making the Yeti amazingly sensible.
Pre-2013 vehicles had the arguably extra distinctive square-and-round headlight combo, post-2013 facelift vehicles had a less complicated, some say much less attention-grabbing, styling job on the entrance, however gained a helpful enhance in cabin high quality on the time. The DSG automated gearbox choice is accessible on all fashions, however even in the event you go for the 1.6 TDI Greenline model, you’re taking a look at surprisingly excessive Co2 figures.
Be sure you get a high-spec mannequin too, as Skoda’s historically good-value providing means you may typically get leather-based seats and a touchscreen for lower than you anticipate.
How a lot ought to I spend? Circa €15,000 will get you a 2013-2014 Yeti.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2013 Skoda Yeti 1.6 TDI Greenline, 122,000km, two house owners, €14,4956 from a essential franchised Skoda seller.
Considerably surprisingly for a current design, the Yeti can develop points with rust, particularly across the rear numberplate. The paint on prime of the rear bumper additionally suffers from individuals utilizing it as shelf when loading and unloading heavy objects. Engines are strong, however any extreme vibration by way of the pedals or the gear shift on a diesel model may imply hassle with the dual-mass flywheel, and clearly there are nonetheless some TDI diesel fashions which have but to be recalled by Skoda and Volkswagen to have their engines adjusted within the wake of the diesel emissions scandal. DPF diesel exhaust filters additionally get clogged up if the automotive hasn’t been doing sufficient miles.
Examine the boot for indicators of water getting in if the automotive has an non-compulsory sunroof fitted, and in the event you really feel a jolt from the suspension underneath braking, then meaning the anti-roll bar hyperlinks want changing. Be sure that, if the automotive has both the DSG automated gearbox, and/or the four-wheel drive system that each the gearbox and the rear differential have been correctly serviced, ideally by a Skoda seller. Watch out for a DSG ‘field that shifts poorly or slowly.
Be sure you test fastidiously beneath any Yeti four×four to see if a earlier proprietor has been taking the promise of off-roading prowess a bit of too actually. If you need a sporty Yeti, you’re sort of out of luck as there was by no means a efficiency choice, however there was a Monte Carlo version with particular color schemes and a contrast-coloured roof, which not less than appeared sporty.
And if you’ve discovered your good Skoda Yeti don’t overlook to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.