When it appeared in 2009 not even the people in Skoda believed that Yeti would achieve such a success. Ever since it was first seen, this crossover went on the path of success, conquering Europe and leaving behind famous brands and models. It became one of the best-selling cars in the segment and now comes back as 2018 Skoda Yeti.
Five years after the first appearance, we saw a new generation of Skoda Yeti. The 2018 year model is using the same platform. Namely, instead of one version, which was a kind of universal car, now there are two – City and Outdoor. For the upcoming model, we are not expecting big changes, since the Skoda prepares a new generation from 2019 or 2020.
2018 Skoda Yeti Design and Styling
The 2018 Skoda Yeti characteristic is an offer of two design lines. The company launched its compact SUV in an elegant, modern city design, but also as an off-road vehicle. Where is the difference? The most visible elements are in the appearance of the front and rear sides. For example, Yeti City has different bumper boards and underlayment of the lower stage. Contours are even more aggressive on the Outdoor Edition. The new design criteria are clearly visible: precise edges and lines, emphasis on horizontal moves, and a new mask with the lowered logo of the Czech factory.
Interior and Features
This crossover was the first Skoda’s model with Optical Parking Assistant system. An optional rear-view camera extends the list of practical and safety features for 2018 Skoda Yeti. Automatic locking and keyless start are now working better than before.
2018 Skoda Yeti Engine Lineup
Seven engines are selected for the new 2018 Skoda Yeti. The curiosity is that all powertrains, both gasoline and diesel, have systems for direct fuel injection, as well as a turbocharger. These are the well-known Volkswagen engines, starting from 1.2 TSI with 105 horsepower, up to 2.0 TDI with 170 hp. The VW Tiguan also uses the biggest one.
All of these engines come in a pair with manual or DSG transmissions with six or seven gears. The power is transmitted to the front, or all four wheels with the help of the Haldex clutch of the newest generation. This system distributes, in the most economical way, the torque of the engine to the wheel that has the highest traction. In everyday city driving of 4×4 versions, the power is not transferred to the rear wheels in order to reduce fuel consumption.
2018 Skoda Yeti Conclusion
The changes on the 2018 Skoda Yeti are focusing on economics and ecology. There is a special green line version with a 1.6-l front-wheel-drive unit with an average consumption of just 4.6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. It seems like that driving Yeti is not going to be boring. The previous successes confirm that we are not the only ones who are fascinated by his versatility. Best of all, Yeti is still one of the best SUVs and crossovers you can buy for cheap.