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Skoda has launched the Yeti facelift at the following price points:

4x2 Elegance - Rs. 18,63,382 ex-Maharashtra / Rs. 18,99,000 ex-Delhi
4x4 Elegance - Rs. 20,14,471 ex-Maharashtra / Rs. 20,53,600 ex-Delhi

2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-openingpost.jpg

This report has been jointly compiled with Khan_Sultan.

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Since the Skoda Yeti has already been reviewed by Team-BHP, this report will only focus on changes made to the 2014 facelift. For easy reference, here are direct links to the complete Skoda Yeti road-test:

Exterior Design & Build Quality (Skoda Yeti : Review, Price & Pictures)

Interior design, space, practicality & features (Skoda Yeti : Review, Price & Pictures)

Engine, gearbox, suspension & on-road behaviour (Skoda Yeti : Review, Price & Pictures)

Other Pertinent Points (Skoda Yeti : Review, Price & Pictures)

The Smaller & Significant Things (Skoda Yeti : Review, Price & Pictures)


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2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-opening2.jpg

The Yeti was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and entered India a year later. Being the only diesel-engined SUV in its segment during that period, the Yeti had no direct competition. The closest contenders were the Grand Vitara and Honda CR-V, but they lost the plot due to their petrol engines. The Yeti bombed in our market as well due to its poor size-to-price ratio, quirky design and small cabin. Unfortunately, the facelifted Yeti has gotten even more overpriced.

Some interesting numbers:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-salesfigure.jpg

The facelifted Yeti was launched last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Skoda was very clear during its product briefing to us; the Yeti will continue as a niche model and they don't foresee more than 300 cars being sold each year. Even the variants available have been consolidated now. Instead of having Active, Ambition and Elegance trims, there will be just one top-end Elegance variant across the 4x4 and 4x2 models. Engine and transmission combinations remain nearly unchanged, the only difference being the updates made to the rear Haldex differential of the 4x4.

Blank cell represents available. "-" depicts not applicable:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-variantsnewvsold.jpg

The Yeti already had a decent level of equipment in the earlier Elegance trim and with the facelift, it has been enhanced further. Most of the changes have been focused on the cosmetic area, with some safety and convenience features thrown in:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-featurelistoldvsnew.jpg

At launch, the colour options are limited to the first 5. The other shades will be made available shortly. You can choose different colours for the roof & ORVMs too:
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Spot the differences
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-newvsold.jpg

The dimensions remain the same, except for a negligible 1 mm reduction in length due to the new rear bumper. The major changes are visible when the car is viewed dead-on from the front or rear:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-sceneic1.jpg

The new front end, with a creased hood. Updated design looks sharper compared to the softer outgoing model:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-newhood.jpg

Sharper headlamps with neatly integrated LED daytime running lights. These bi-xenons do a good job of lighting up the road ahead:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-newhl.jpg

Rectangular foglamps are new, and have been moved further down. You can see the parking sensors & headlight washer unit in this picture:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-frontfogparksensor.jpg

Side profile - the roof rails etc. get silver accents. This car came with the optional black ORVM covers. The side strip has a new chrome lining:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-sideprofile.jpg

Good sound deadening inside. New multi-spoke 4x4 rims:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-wheelarchnew.jpg

4x2 gets a simpler design:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-4x2alloy.jpg

Redesigned tail-gate. The wedge cut theme is carried over from the Octavia:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-newdesignvedgecut.jpg

Rear bumper is new. The skid plate is nicely integrated:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rearbumpernew.jpg

C-effect tail lamps get LEDs for the braking and tail light function:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-newrearledcloseup.jpg

Wondering where the rear wash is? It's neatly hidden inside the wiper arm itself. Excellent execution:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-yeti-wiper.jpg

The Yeti gets a 'rough road package'. Things are pretty clean & secure underneath...from front to rear. No need to worry when you head out to the hills on the weekend:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rroad3.jpg
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rroad2.jpg

Plastic cover on the rear axles is part of the rough road package:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rroad1.jpg

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The interiors of the Yeti are well screwed together and have a typical European feel to them. Personally, I loved the way in which everything is arranged in a clutter-free manner. The biggest change from a user perspective is the integration of the new Multi-Device Interface (MDI) and Bolero system with Bluetooth connectivity. The whole system integrates well with your smartphone. We used an iPhone to test it and the seamless way in which the system locked in was surprising. The phone function - along with the address book (900+ contacts) - synced over the air in under a minute! The unit provides its own unique ringtones (30-odd) too.

Apart from the phone, the audio system automatically detected the Bluetooth audio player function and activated the additional mode on the head-unit as the control unit. The only quirk is that the first time sync / connection has to be established using the driver MID & steering wheel controls. We spent a cool 10 minutes trying to do it over the stereo interface, before being guided by a Skoda representative!

The MID has many features - from the usual trip, fuel efficiency and range meters to illumination settings for the 'guide me home' lights, rain sensing wipers, ORVM mirror dimming, lane changing function, central locking, service interval details etc. Further to this, it has a setting to select the winter tyre size for odometer correction and day light savings. Pretty nifty for gadget freaks.

The dash remains the same, apart from the upgraded head-unit and steering:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-dash.jpg

New steering with controls for the MID, audio and telephone. Feels nice to hold. The horn button is quite practical to use, although you now get a traditional beep horn (compared to trumpets). The scroll-wheel type selectors have a quality feel to them and are intuitive to use:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-steering.jpg

Engine start / stop button:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-kessi.jpg

New head-unit has all the bells and whistles. The system sounds really good:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-headunit.jpg

Park assist display is automatically activated when reverse gear is engaged:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-parkassist.jpg

30-pin AUX port. Cables were missing, it could be an optional extra?
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-aux.jpg

Notice the missing 4x4 mode switch in this 4x2 variant. Good thing is, the 4x2 doesn't compromise in any other way. Tyre Pressure Indicator (TPI) is new and will warn you if any of the tyres lose pressure:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-4x2esp.jpg

The 4x4 dash - This "Off Road" switch, apart from making adjustments to ABS, ASR & EDL, also tweaks the throttle activation to assist in off-road conditions. Will remain activated even if you stall & restart within 30 seconds during slow off-road driving:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-4x4dash.jpg

Driver's seat gets full electric control (12 way) with 3 memory presets:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-driversearcontrol.jpg

This is what does the job for you:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-driverseatmotor.jpg

Passenger has to make do with manual seat controls. At this price point, does cost cutting make sense?
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-passengerseat.jpg

Passenger-side airbag deactivation switch has been removed. Auto-detecting now?
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-airbagswitch.jpg

The central locking switch is the only poorly placed control in the Yeti:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-lockunlock.jpg

The anti-slip steel pedal grips:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-pedalnew.jpg

Snap-on window blinds (optional accessory) will be useful in our no-sunfilm world. A pain to remove though, as you have to wrestle with it and bend it off those clips. They are best left hooked on, but will cops bother you?
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-windowblind.jpg

Hooks, hooks and more hooks. The boot area has so many options to keep luggage reigned in:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-hook1.jpg
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-hook2.jpg
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-hook3.jpg

Spare tyre in a smaller size of 195/60 R16. At this price point, you'd expect a full-size alloy wheel spare. Good up to 80 kph only:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-yeti-spare.jpg

For shorter folks, here's a nifty grab for the tail gate:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-boothandle.jpg

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4x4 Goodies:

A majority of Yeti buyers will go with the 4x2 model in India; the well-researched customer would spend that additional 2 lakh rupees and get the 4x4. More and more people are realizing the advantage & capabilities that a 4x4 brings.

The Yeti typically puts 90-95% of its power towards the front wheels when on road, but can pump the same amount of torque to the rear if the conditions demand it. The 180 mm of ground clearance is decent, and the 4x4 will greatly increase the chances of you taking it up that rocky road to your under-construction getaway home, or on that bit of farm land you want to explore. Stay within its limits and it will take you where a sedan or MUV never could, but don’t think that it can do everything a proper 4x4 SUV can.

The Haldex rear differential. This video will help understand what it is and how it works:


The previous Yeti also had the same type of rear differential, but there have been some enhancements made to the unit. The oil pressure accumulator has been replaced with an integrated centrifugal valve. Not only does this make the system more efficient, but it also accounts for a reduction in weight of ~1.4 kg.

When you press the 'Off Road' button on the center console, the system tweaks the throttle response. Additionally, a lot of other parameters are changed; for instance, the way in which the ABS, ASR and EDL work.

ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation system) helps in achieving better traction when the surface below is loose or slippery. ASR will work at speeds up to 30 kph.

EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) will apply the brakes to the slipping wheels faster, to provide more traction. This is very helpful, especially when the vehicle is articulating in a cross axle (X) manner. Sample image (credit: Briskoda):
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ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is usually a pain in off-road conditions. The Yeti is different. Skoda has reworked that pulsating effect of the ABS for off-road advantage. It makes the brake pulse longer, so that the soft ground in front is pushed in the shape of a wedge offering more efficient braking. This works till about 50 kph in off-road conditions, and as long as the steering or wheels are tracking straight.

Downhill assistance allows the Yeti to maintain a constant pace while moving downhill, by applying the brake to any individual wheel, and also preventing the abrupt locking of any single wheel. This helps avoid a perpendicular slide when going down steep declines.

The Yeti is equipped with a rough road package which offers protection to the key components listed below:
  • Brake lines
  • Rear axles
  • Engine bay
  • Reinforced handbrake cable unit
Though we didn't get a chance to drive extensively off-road, we ventured into a small incline for the photo shoot. While going downhill, the vehicle felt quite reassuring. But, when we tried climbing back up, it wasn't as competent. Had to heavily slip the clutch with generous throttle input to make the car move. This lack of extreme low-end torque (and no low-ratio box) means a lot of clutch slipping in a few demanding situations. That raw-egg smell? It’s the sign of an overworked clutch.

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Very neat and cleanly arranged engine bay:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-cleanbay.jpg

High quality insulation strip under the hood:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-hoodinsulation.jpg

Things are too tight here though. Should be worried if you have a front end collision:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-enginebaytight.jpg

Turbo is positioned towards the firewall, nicely wrapped to keep the heat & sound at bay:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-turbowrapped.jpg

Battery wrapped well too:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-batterywrap.jpg

Clean cabling:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-battery.jpg

Wonder why the end bits of the cabling are always left exposed. In our country, which is infested with rodent friends, this is asking for trouble. This phenomenon is common across manufacturers:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rats.jpg

Where else would it be more suitable to test drive the Yeti than the great Himalayas? Our drive was from Srinagar to Gulmarg & back on the first day, and to Sonmarg on the second day. This gave us a fair impression of the vehicle in heavy traffic, open roads and hilly conditions. We drove the more powerful 4x4 version.

This drive took place just before the flood havoc hit the region; our thoughts & prayers are with the sweet people of this beautiful part of India.

Inside the city, what strikes you most is the compact size of the vehicle. It was very easy to manoeuvre around in the tight traffic of Srinagar, and that tall seating position gave a commanding view. The front edges are visible and the new bonnet crease is nice to look at from inside. Even though the Yeti is an SUV, it handles really well in the city - almost as good as a medium sized hatch. Power delivery is rather linear in nature. NVH levels are well controlled and the engine thrum seems to have been better controlled in the facelift, although Skoda didn't make any specific mention of improvements in this area.

Skoda has indeed tweaked the clutch settings based on earlier feedback, and it feels better weighted now. However, prolonged crawl induces some discomfort for the knees. The biggest difference is how the car behaves when you move away from a standstill. The pre-facelift Yeti was notorious for stalling. This problem has been addressed to some extent. In crawling traffic, if you just let go of the clutch, the car happily pulls and settles into a smooth crawl. No stalling here. But when you try to do the same thing quickly, the car still stalls!! Happened to me a couple of times and to other drivers as well. The trick is to rev a little or slip the clutch to avoid this stalling behaviour. The Yeti is superb for city drives. Parking is a breeze with the new park assist display. The ride is on the firmer side at lower speeds. The ergonomics are spot on and there are many options to get that right driving position.

After about an hour of being stuck in peak evening traffic, we hit the highway and later, the hills. The slick 6-speed gearbox is a breeze to use and the gates are decently spaced. However, occasionally missing a gear (a 5th gear instead of 3rd) does happen, at least until you get familiar with the gearbox. Power delivery is seamless and the gearing is spot-on for overtaking. The engine is rev happy for a diesel. Maintaining prolonged triple digit speeds is an effortless task. All those safety options (e.g. ESP) make the Yeti reassuring to drive on the highway. But the best is yet to come...

The hills are where the Yeti really shines; this is the best handling SUV in the price range. Body roll is well controlled and even rear passengers (if belted up) won't scream or slide around. The stiffer suspension helps in keeping the car pointed in the right direction through fast curves. You can push the Yeti aggressively and - dare I say - it might even embarrass some sedans. As you can tell, I really enjoyed the drive up the hills. The suspension is robust and tackles broken patches / potholes gracefully. It may not be the quietest in this department, but it will definitely not slide around. The 4x4 drive system helps matters here, though it stays a 100% FWD under normal conditions. The electronics are constantly monitoring the wheels - where and how they are going, and offering corrective action as required.

One thing that is sorely missed in this whole package is that superb DSG transmission! The car is positioned as a premium offering, aimed at a niche group. The typical buyer would be self-driven and chances are, the Yeti will spend the most time inside crowded cities. A majority of premium car buyers choose slushboxes. Skoda says there is no immediate plan to bring the DSG box in.

2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rear34th-copy.jpg

Disclaimer : Skoda invited Team-BHP for the Yeti test-drive. They covered all the travel expenses for this driving event.

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Skoda will be offering a host of accessories to customise your Yeti:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-accesories1.jpg
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This cooler can be attached to the rear seat itself for easy accessibility:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-cooler1.jpg

Roof rack has multiple options available. This one is for carrying bicycles:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rrack1.jpg

Branding is visible and I have to admit, the quality of the accessories was top notch:
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift : A Close Look-rrack3.jpg

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The Octavia was priced below 20L ex-showroom a couple of months back. The recent price increase means it crossed 20L in Karnataka recently and as a result the road tax goes up to 20.6% vs 19.3% if below 20L ex-showroom. This means a car priced 19.8L if it goes to 20.1L the on road price delta will be 60-70 grand not 30 grand. This hurts even more.

The Yeti 4X4 will have this problem now.

The Jetta is holding on to this huge advantage by a whisker with the ex-showroom at 19.4L resulting in on road price less than 24L.
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Lets also somewhere remember that the BMW X1, 1 Series and Audi Q3, A3 base versions are so terribly de-specced in their India avatars, as to just about be barely worthy of their 'badges'.
Yet they charge a fat price.
All these "Prestige brands" are slowly, but surely commoditising themselves in order to appeal to a far wider audience. The same thing that Armani did with his sub brand Emporio and there are many other examples besides.

The Yeti, by contrast to these above named, is a pretty well loaded vehicle and it seems to be the only thing out there that meets the stated, articulated requirements of some of us here, at a price that again, some of us may be willing to pay.
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Jazz was universally accepted to be overpriced, and universally admired to be a really good vehicle. But never saw Jazz owners and admirers quote comparable prices, exchange rates etc to justify their love/purchase. They could afford it and loved the vehicle. Period. Can we move past the bickering please ?
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This is what I gathered (from the brochure). Items that are missing on the old Yeti:

New features:
  • Cruise control
  • 12 way electrically Adjustable driver seat with 3 programmable memory functions
  • Bi-Xenon headlights w/ dynamic levelling and rectractable washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillamps
  • Tyre pressure monitoring (TPM)
  • 5th Gen Haldex AWD (4x4 variant only)
  • (MDI) Multimedia Device Interface compatible with USB(std, mini, micro)/AuxIn/iPod
  • Electrically adjustable/foldable external mirrors with memory and boarding spot lamps
  • Bluetooth® with Audio streaming
  • KESSY - keyless entry, start and exit system with engine start/stop button
  • Remote control opening and closing of windows
  • Tinted windows

Smaller bits:
  • Bi-colour roof
  • New Steering wheel
  • New Alloys design
  • Aluminium look pedal covers with rubber anti-slip inserts
  • New Corporate front look

Good to have/Desirable/Missing:
  • DSG gearbox
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • 170 bhp variant

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This is what I gathered (from the brochure). Items that are missing on the old Yeti:

New features:
  • Cruise control
  • 12 way electrically Adjustable driver seat with 3 programmable memory functions
  • Bi-Xenon headlights w/ dynamic levelling and rectractable washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillamps
  • Tyre pressure monitoring (TPM)
  • 5th Gen Haldex AWD (4x4 variant only)
  • (MDI) Multimedia Device Interface compatible with USB(std, mini, micro)/AuxIn/iPod
  • Electrically adjustable/foldable external mirrors with memory and boarding spot lamps
  • Bluetooth® with Audio streaming
  • KESSY - keyless entry, start and exit system with engine start/stop button
  • Remote control opening and closing of windows
  • Tinted windows
Thanks for your post.
I find it really hard to believe that the previous gen Yeti din't have any of these features even in the Elegance trim.
I mean - Electrically adjustable and foldable OVRMs, Bluetooth audio, USB/Ipod compatibility are such basic features which are available in cars costing 1/3rd or 1/4th of the price of the Yeti.
Even, things like cruise control and keyless entry are becoming pretty common in B+/C segments.
The remote opening and closing of Windows is available is cars like Vento/Rapid though it's not a big deal IMO.


Can any owner please confirm the above?
If this is true, I find the previous gen Yeti highly highly overpriced, assuming the top-end Elegance model was selling at more than 20L OTR even after discounts.
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Thanks for your post.
I find it really hard to believe that the previous gen Yeti din't have any of these features even in the Elegance trim.
I mean - Electrically adjustable and foldable OVRMs, Bluetooth audio, USB/Ipod compatibility are such basic features which are available in cars costing 1/3rd or 1/4th of the price of the Yeti.
Even, things like cruise control and keyless entry are becoming pretty common in B+/C segments.
The remote opening and closing of Windows is available is cars like Vento/Rapid though it's not a big deal IMO.


Can any owner please confirm the above?
If this is true, I find the previous gen Yeti highly highly overpriced, assuming the top-end Elegance model was selling at more than 20L OTR even after discounts.
All these features and more were available abroad in the old yeti (as part of elegance or additional orders etc). Unfortunately for us, we got what Skoda India thought we will only require, missing out on many features. The good thing is, cruise control, bluetooth, USB+ipod, TPM etc these were standard parts and were available either with Skoda dealers or on ebay and other after market dealers (as all of these are shared with VAG cars). I got the bluetooth/MDI module installed when I bought mine.

Some clarifications:
*The old yeti always had keyless entry, but not the start/stop button
* it also had the electrically adjustable external mirrors boarding spot lamps, but not electrically foldable.
* it had the 4th Generation Haldex clutch. The 5th generation is considered to be more reliable, less maintenance and 1.5kg lighter.
* my bad, the remote closing of windows is there in the old yeti, but I think, the opening part is not. Others can clarify (as I have not tried or encountered)

yes, The yeti was always overpriced in India, for the level of kits they offered. And as I said in earlier posts, most of us owners won't have bought it without a heavy discount. for instance, my budget was 15 lacs at max, but with negotiation and timing (ending/festive season), got discount between 3.5-4 L so, at 17.xx or less, got it.

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It had both, opening as well as closing of window glass. Could be configured from the remote (like the gate & no of gates locking & unlocking)
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