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Skoda Yeti Outdoor: Test Drive Review

Date: 15 May 2014   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Large 4x4
P11D price: £45,165
Key rival: Volkswagen Touareg

Skoda's popular Yeti crossover has not only been facelifted, it's also now being offered in two distinct forms: the regular Yeti, for those that stay on-road, and the Yeti Outdoor, driven here, for the more adventurous.

Picking the Outdoor means several things. Firstly, it has more rugged front and rear bumpers plus silver-coloured door mirrors. Secondly, it can be specified with four-wheel drive (assuming you pick the right engine) for £1590 or comes as standard (on the top engines).

If you really want to go off-road you'll need to option the 'rough road' under-body protection (£200) as well as mud and snow tyres (£840), and if you do, the Outdoor is remarkably capable in very slippery conditions and will go a great deal further off-road than many of its rivals.

This is down to the 4x4 system that will allow up to 85% of the drive to just a single wheel, which means only one wheel needs grip for the car to keep going.

Of those crossovers that also offer all-wheel drive, the Outdoor is also competitively efficient, although these days its 152g/km of CO2 does have severe taxation implications compared with more efficient front-wheel drive derivatives.

Powered by the 140hp TDI engine, the Outdoor makes it to the 25% BIK tax bracket and returns a reasonable 48.7mpg. If you don't need off-road capability but want the tough look, then the 105hp 1.6 TDI Greenline model comes in at a healthy 119g/km of CO2, or 18% BIK band, and returns 61.4mpg.

The Yeti revisions have also seen an upgrade in the interior materials while keeping the excellent build quality and the roomy interior. The car continues to be refined and comfortable on road too.

Fleets are expected to account for half of all Yeti Outdoor sales, with 70% of those picking the four-wheel drive version. And those that do, will be getting an excellent package for both on and off-road use.

Outdoor 2.0 TDI 140 4x4 Eleg.
P11D price £23,620
Model price range £19,350-£26,820
Residual value 37.3%
Depreciat­ion £14,810
Fuel £7746
Service, maintenance and repair £2195
Vehicle Excise Duty £525
National Insurance £2575
Cost per mile 56.8p
Fuel consumption 48.7mpg
CO2 (tax) 152g/km (25%)
BIK 20/40% per month £98/£197
Service interval 20,000mls
Insurance (1-50) group 14
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space (min/max) 416/1760 litres
Engine size/power 1968cc/140hp
Top speed/0-60mph 118mph/9.9secs
On sale January 2014


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