2014 Skoda Yeti review – Telegraph
The 2014 Skoda
Yeti is now on sale, and while Himalayan residents might disagree, there can
be few things as perfectly proportioned as a Yeti. For what Skoda\’s 13ft
10in SUV doesn’t share with the abominable snowman or Sasquatch, it does
with Vauxhall’s Meriva in being a sort of Frankenstein car
made up of sub assemblies from larger and smaller models. In doing so, both
provide exactly the size of vehicle the market wants.
This latest Yeti, revamped for 2014, shares its underpinnings if not its
proportions with the old Octavia, last-gen Volkswagen
Beetle and previous model Golf and Audi A3. Old hat yes, but in SUV terms,
the Yeti is the missing link between the Fiat
Panda 4×4 and a slough of mid-sized SUVs typified by the Nissan
Qashqai. The Skoda has been astonishingly popular since its launch
in 2009, selling more than 281,000 in four years, with a 4.1 per cent
European market share.
With its simple utilitarian lines, the Yeti could be the off-roader designed
by Fisher Price rather than a team lead by Jozef Kaban. It’s a
Postman-Pat-meets-Bear-Grylls look which Gerry McGovern emulated with less
success for the Land
Rover Defender DC100 concepts.
The 2014 facelift consists of a new bumpers, grill