What is it?
This is the Skoda Yeti 2.0 110 TDI. The entry-level diesel version of the new compact crossover foregoes the Haldex four-wheel drive for standard front-wheel drive and is expected to make up the majority of UK Yeti sales. This is also the only model where you will find a five-speed manual in place of the six-speed that is standard across the rest of the range.
Otherwise you still get the oddball looks, practical seating layout and solidly built dash that benefits from a liberal use of switchgear from the Superb.
What’s it like?
Totally composed in every situation. The lack of four-wheel drive doesn’t detract from the Skoda Yeti’s sure-footed road holding and supple ride. Even very rutted surfaces are absorbed well by the MacPherson strut and multi-link suspension setup (a modified version of that found in the Octavia), and the wide, short dimensions plus torsion stabiliser help to minimise body roll.
The high roof, large glass area and high-class switchgear also add to the grown-up-but-not-old impression that starts with the Yeti’s polarising looks.
In this form the Yeti does lean more toward practical than funky. There is no hiding the fact that the 109bhp turbodiesel will appeal to those shopping for economy above all else. It’s frugal and adequate for the job, but needs to be worked through the gears if you want any acceleration at motorway speeds. It's not a bad engine, but certainly one that lacks fizz and refinement next to the entry-level 1.2 TSI petrol engine.