Years constructed: 2009 to right this moment
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 among the chassis coming from the Polo and a few of it from the Golf. Appears like a recipe for catastrophe, however truly the Yeti shortly turned 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 finest variations to go for. The 1.2 TSI particularly, given the present anti-diesel headlines, is a terrific purchase should you can monitor one down, with cheap Co2 emissions and surprisingly good financial system for a small petrol engine in an upright automotive just like the Yeti.
That uprightness means you get loads of cabin house, however watch out for the boots in four-wheel-drive fashions, as the additional differential between the rear wheels eats into cargo house. four×four variations are fascinating although, not just for their foul-weather talents, but additionally for being much more succesful at critical off-roading than you’d count on from a family-oriented automotive.
House is likely one of the Yeti’s strongest fits, and when 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 little one automotive seats into) which not solely slide and fold, however which could be eliminated altogether, making the Yeti amazingly sensible.
Pre-2013 automobiles had the arguably extra distinctive square-and-round headlight combo, post-2013 facelift automobiles had a less complicated, some say much less attention-grabbing, styling job on the entrance, however gained a helpful increase in cabin high quality on the time. The DSG automated gearbox choice is on the market on all fashions, however even should you go for the 1.6 TDI Greenline model, you’re taking a look at surprisingly excessive Co2 figures.
Ensure 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 count on.
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 homeowners, €14,4956 from a foremost franchised Skoda vendor.
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 folks utilizing it as shelf when loading and unloading heavy objects. Engines are strong, however any extreme vibration via 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-obligatory sunroof fitted, and should you really feel a jolt from the suspension below braking, then meaning the anti-roll bar hyperlinks want changing. Make it possible for, 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 vendor. Watch out for a DSG ‘field that shifts poorly or slowly.
Ensure you test fastidiously beneath any Yeti four×four to see if a earlier proprietor has been taking the promise of off-roading prowess just a little too actually. In order for you 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 at the least regarded sporty.
And if you’ve discovered your good Skoda Yeti don’t overlook to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.