Strong-selling Skoda compact SUV to be offered in City and Outdoor variants following 2014 facelift
Mark Tisshaw
10 September 2013

Skoda has split its Yeti line-up in two during a series of mid-life changes to the popular compact SUV. 

Buyers will now be able to choose from two different versions of the Yeti: a ‘City’ edition and an ‘Outdoor’ version - though those names are not yet confirmed. The City’s bumpers, side mouldings and door sills are painted the same colour as the body, while the same elements are finished in black plastic on the Outdoor for a more rugged look.

The Outdoor will also be offered with a four-wheel drive option, and is the most similar to the current Yeti. Skoda says it expects around 40 per cent of Outdoor customers to choose the four-wheel drive option.

City versions are also to be offered with Monte Carlo trim as an option. Already seen on the Fabia Monte Carlo, it features a gloss black roof, door mirror covers, wheel arch mouldings, black wheel designs and smoked headlights. The trim costs between £1145 and £1520 on the Fabia, and similar costs for the Yeti are expected.

The revised Yeti, revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, features a new grille and rectangular-shaped headlights with optional bi-xenons and LED daytime running lights at the front, and more technical-looking C-shaped lights with optional LEDs and a revised tailgate at the rear.

Several new alloy wheel options are also offered on the facelifted Yeti alongside four new paint colours, a new steering wheel, new dashboard trim and additional fabric seat trims and patterns. New options include an automatic parallel parking system and a rear-view camera. 

The four diesel and three petrol engines carry over unchanged. The more powerful 168bhp 2.0 TDI engine is offered with an all-wheel-drive, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the first time, while the base 103bhp 1.6 TDI can now be had with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

The revised Yeti will go on sale early next year. It’s an important car for Skoda in the UK; 2012 was the Yeti’s best year yet, with 7300 sold here within the marque’s overall total of 53,000 units. And despite this being the final year before the facelift, 2013 looks set to beat 2012, with 4900 of Skoda’s 32,000 total sales in the first half of the year being Yetis.

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14 August 2013

First generation YETI I liked as it was looking different, a little bit funny and optimistic with its roundy lights in front. Now it lost its charm. 

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14 August 2013

...I agree, its lost its funkiness.

The lights were a marmite item criticised by many, but for me they were a bold and unusual feature. Skoda has sold out to the 'Mr Averages' and its a shame.

However it will probably sell even more by being more mainstream, and as a mid-life update it looks pretty good.

14 August 2013

Many didn't like the original styling, inlcuding my wife.

For me, it is only interesting if Skoda have brought back somewhere for me to rest my right foot when using cruise control. It is in mu 2009 Octavia, but not in the new one nor in the original Yeti. Silly perhaps, but a dealbreaker!  I no longer get sore ankles on longer journeys.

14 August 2013

Always liked the Yeti. It's round lights and boxy shape had a certain charm to it. I've been tempted to go for one before.

But now? No thanks. They've taken away exactly what I liked about it.

Much like the S-Max, smaller round lights looked really good. Why are they lost or not used much?

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14 August 2013

Technical. This word is creeping in, but what does it mean? Technical-looking lights? What do ordinary lights look like? LIke something grown on a farm? Someone at Autocar please explain what is meant by this - what we are supposed to think it means - rather than just slipping in another piece of lazy I-went-to-design-college jargon.

14 August 2013

...make my mind up for me. I do not miss the round lights at all, the city version is far better than the outdoor variant. However like the rest of you it has lost a certain charm. Fearful that it's success will keep prices higher than they could be (quelle surprise).

14 August 2013

Such a shame, the things that made the Yeti stand out from the usual boring crowd has been eliminated, now the Yeti, is the same, shame on you Skoda, your cars are become identical VW clones, and are not in the spirit off the original Skoda's

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14 August 2013

Looks like a nice prettifying effort from Skoda. But not updating the engines or aerodynamics? Do the new headlamps fix the poor lighting of the originatrims standard trims? I guess we'll see in a few months...

14 August 2013

What have they done? They've just ruined a funky looking car, made it look boring. Such a disappointment

14 August 2013

I owned one of the original Yetis and liked the round foglights, however, having seen this I do not miss them and will definitely consider it. 

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