December 10, 2015: The Czech automaker, Skoda has renamed the 'Elegance' variants of Rapid and Octavia sedans as 'Style' and next up is the company’s premium crossover SUV, the Skoda Yeti. The SUV now comes in two trim levels, which include the Style 4X4 and the Style 4X2 variants. The 4X2 variant comes with a front-wheel drive type and is priced at Rs. 20.3 lacs, whereas the 4X4, more powerful variants costs Rs. 22 lacs (Ex-showroom New Delhi). The renaming, however, has not resulted in the introduction of any mechanical updates and the Czech automaker’s SUV still incorporates the 2-litre TDI unit, which produces 108bhp in the Style 4X2 variants and has been tweaked to belt-out 138bhp in the Style 4X4 variants.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|Style 4X2||Diesel||14.3 kmpl||17.72 kmpl||Manual||1968cc
||108.5bhp @ 4200rpm|
|Style 4X4||14.3 kmpl||17.67 kmpl||Manual||1968cc
||138.03bhp @ 4200rpm|
Skoda has tasted success and delighted its customers with its Yeti SUV series in several global markets. They have now achieved another juncture with the production figure of half a million (5,00,000) of this utility vehicle. Earlier, it was available in an "Elegance" variant, but now, this has been replaced by the "Style" trim. This robust vehicle is placed against the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton, and Toyota Fortuner. The design and overall appearance is not that great, yet, there are a few elements that catch attention. Especially, the "butterfly" like radiator grille with chrome plating, and LED daytime running lights remain the main attraction at front. The sides have alloy wheels with tubeless tyres, roof rails and body moldings with chrome inserts. Meanwhile, its rear looks a bit boxy and includes attributes like a large windscreen with wiper, LED tail lamps and bumper with protective guards beneath it. On the other hand, the interior design looks classy and gives a pleasant feel. A good color scheme is used for the cabin, while a few aspects get metallic coating as well. The cockpit has a contemporary theme and includes two individual seats and some sophisticated equipments. It has a tilt steering wheel mounted with multi-functional switches and leather cover as well. A touchscreen infotainment system equipped to its center console, which comes with a few connectivity options.
Skoda Yeti is bestowed with many comfort aspects like cruise control, removable rear seats, power operated windows, climatronic air conditioning unit, and so on. Aside from these, it also includes various security features that keeps its passengers safe throughout the journey. The list comprises of traction control system, engine immobilizer, tyre pressure monitoring system, park distance control, dual tone warning horn and many others. When talked about technical specifications, it comes in both two wheel and four wheel drive options. Both of its variants are equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that gives out different power outputs. Also, these are offered with 5-speed and six speed manual transmission gear box options to select from. This vehicle is available with a standard warranty of two years or unlimited kilometers, whichever comes first.
The Yeti series has a muscular body structure and a new design philosophy. There are visible character lines all over, which brings it an attractive look. In the rear end, the tail gate design is somewhat unique and it is embossed with the company's insignia. A bright tail light cluster surrounds it and includes LED lamps as well as turn indicators. The bumper is fitted with a pair of reflectors and has silver painted guard underneath it. Also, there is a wide windscreen with a wiper and a high mount stop lamp as well. To describe its front fascia, there is a large radiator grille in butterfly like design. It has black vertical slats and a thick chrome surround. The bonnet comes decorated with a few expressive lines and has the company's logo engraved at its tip. On either sides of the grille, there are bi-xenon headlamps integrated along with stylish LED daytime running lights. The windscreen is pretty large and fitted with a couple of automatic wipers that have rain sensors as well. Then, it has a well sculpted bumper that includes a black protective cladding and a silver coated nudge guard. Also, it is fitted with a pair of dynamic fog lamps that have cornering function. Coming to the side profile, it gets a set of alloy wheels, which are quite good in terms of their design. The B pillars and door handles are in body color, whereas the A, C and D pillars are painted in black. It has stylish outside rear view mirrors that are integrated with side turn indicators. Besides these, the chrome accentuated moldings and roof rails completes the look of its side profile.
This vehicle is quite generous in terms of dimensions. It is 4222mm long and has a width of 1793mm, which excludes outside mirrors. The total height is of 1691mm and the minimum ground clearance comes to 180mm. It is designed with a wheelbase of 2578mm.
High quality fabric materials are used in the cabin that is quite spacious and accommodates five people with great ease. A dual tone color scheme is seen inside, which is further complimented by chrome accents. A special mention requires to its cockpit that is eye catching in modernistic theme. The dashboard is in two colors and includes a center fascia featuring an advanced touchscreen infotainment system. There are also other advanced equipments that it houses like a three spoke steering wheel, instrument cluster, rectangular shaped air vents in the center and a few others. Moreover, the neat wooden inlays along with a lot of chrome inserts amplifies the overall appearance. The steering wheel has a leather cover and mounted with multi functional switches. Besides these, the chrome inserts on instrument cluster dials, gear shift selector, door handles, and AC duct sliders further adds to its style. The stylish instrument cluster has two round shaped analog meters along with a multi-information display. It includes vehicle's speed information, tachometer, fuel gauge and several other notification lamps. Coming to seating, these are well cushioned and wrapped with fine leather upholstery. These are integrated with headrests, which gives more convenience. The driver's seat has 12-way electrical adjustment facility and memory setting for three positions. The rear seat meanwhile, can be folded to increase space for more luggage. Apart from these, it has two foldable roof handles, 12V power sockets, storage compartment under front passenger seat, cup holders in center console, front seat back pockets, coat hooks, ticket holder and several other utility based aspects.
This is available with a number of comfort features, which makes it one of the best choices for a comfortable driving experience. It is bestowed with attributes like electrically adjustable external mirrors with memory setting, rear seat center armrest, power windows with one touch operation, lumbar support for front seats, reading lamps and many more. There is a dual zone climatronic automatic air conditioning system with odor filter and electronic regulation of temperature inside. The adjustable air vents on rear center console and under front seats aids in spreading air in the entire cabin. For entertainment, it has a music system that supports Bluetooth audio streaming and auxiliary input options. The steering wheel is height and length adjustable, while there is also rear view camera with display in LED touchscreen display. The cruise control system assists in providing a fatigue free driving experience. Then, there is a multi function screen that displays information of service interval, average consumption, clock, outside temperature, average speed and distance traveled. The KESSY (keyless entry, start and exit system) is another interesting factor that includes an engine start/stop button to enhance their convenience. This SUV also has remote control operation for door, illuminated front glove box with cooling, removable rear parcel shelf, drink holders, speakers, textile floor mats, removable rear seats, lights-on acoustic signal and many other such features that increase the level of comfort.
It is extremely spacious from the inside and ensures ample leg, head as well as shoulder space to all its five occupants. The boot compartment of 416 litres is rather good and this can be extended further up to 1485 litres by folding the rear bench seat. However, by removing the rear seat, the total capacity can be increased up to 1665 litres. On the other hand, it also has a large fuel tank that can hold about 55 or 60 litres of diesel depending on the variants.
The variant with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox can break the 100 Kmph speed mark in mere 9.9 seconds and can go up to a maximum speed of 190 Kmph. While the one with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox achieves a top speed of about 177 Kmph. This accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph speed mark in approximately 11.6 seconds.
This model comes in two trims and both these are equipped with the same 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that has a liquid cooling system and high pressure direct injection technology. It has a total displacement capacity of 1968cc and is based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This oil burner has 4 in-line cylinders and 16-valves. The 4x2 version is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that delivers the torque output to the front wheels. It can generate power of 108.5bhp at 4200rpm and yields 250Nm torque output. In the other trim with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox, this mill can produce 138.03bhp maximum power in combination with torque of 320Nm.
This vehicle comes fitted with a powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which is incorporated with a high pressure direct injection system. Its fuel efficiency varies based on the drive options. The maximum mileage in its 4x2 version is of around 17.72 Kmpl. Whereas in the 4x4 option, it gives about 17.67 Kmpl on the highways and nearly 14.3 Kmpl within the city.
The diesel motor in both the variants is the same, but it is only the power output that varies. It is incorporated with a turbocharger featuring self-aligning blades and liquid cooling system that further improves its performance. In the 4x2 variant, the maximum power is 108.5bhp at 4200rpm and torque is 250Nm between 1500 and 2500rpm. Meanwhile, in the 4x4 trim, it develops 138.03bhp power along with torque of 320Nm in the range of 1750 to 2500rpm.
Its occupants can listen to their favorite tracks through an advanced audio unit with touch controls on a high resolution 6.5-inch LCD TFT display screen. This system can also be operated through switches that are mounted on the steering wheel. It supports AUX-In socket, Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming along with interface for GSM telephone preparation. The firm has also offered it with a six-disc changer, eight speakers and a few connectivity options for SD card and multimedia device interface with USB. If the passengers are looking for more options, then they can select a few more accessories of their choice. Some of these include connecting cable for MDI, rubber boot mat, netting system for luggage compartment, mobile holder, mud flaps and other such elements.
This model series is loaded with a hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit vacuum assisted braking system. This comprises of robust disc brakes on all its four wheels. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system including electronic brake force distribution and hydraulic brake assist system. This vehicle also is also integrated with traction control programs including anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, and direct steering recommendation. In terms of suspension, its front axle gets a McPherson strut with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer. While the rear one has a multi-element system featuring one longitudinal and three transverse links. Handling is best ensured by a direct rack and pinion based electro mechanic power steering system that simplifies maneuverability in all road conditions.
This is certainly one of the finest vehicles in this segment that is loaded with numerous protective attributes. It includes dual front, side and curtain airbags that prevents the possibility of injuries to a large extent in the event of any accident. There is an engine immobilizer with floating code and there is a security lock for central infotainment system. The two ISOFIX child seat mounting for rear seats is of utmost importance when kids are on-board. Then, there are front and rear parktronic sensors, three point height adjustable seat belts with pretensioners at front, driver seat belt warning light, door open indicator, side door protective strips and acoustic warning signal for overrun speed. In addition to all these, it comes with more advanced elements like ABS with EBD, anti slip regulation, electronic stability program, tyre pressure monitoring, hill descent control, and electronic differential lock as well that adds to the security quotient.
The variant of two wheel drive type is equipped with a set of 16-inch 'Dolomite' alloy wheels, while the other trim gets 'Forest' rims of same size. High performance tubeless radial tyres of size 215/60 R16 are adorned to these wheels, which provides excellent grip on roads. Besides these, a 16-inch steel spare wheel is also on the offer with 195/60 R16 sized tubeless tyres.
1. Plush interiors with ample space.
2. Good seating arrangement that ensure enhanced comfort.
3. Availability of numerous protective features.
4. Engine performance is up to the mark.
5. Highly reliable braking mechanism.
1. External look is not so appealing.
2. Ground clearance dimension can be slightly improved.
3. It lacks navigation system.
4. Maintenance costs are expensive.
5. More authorized service stations should be available.
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