What is it?
The Skoda Yeti. With just enough cosmetic alterations to justify a second look before the manufacturer turns its attention to a replacement.
The biggest twist is a split in the range; the straight-up Yeti (almost exactly the same as before, and now called the 'City') is joined by one dubbed the ‘Outdoor’, which gets a more rugged look courtesy of black, slightly rehashed bumpers and side skirts.
For devotees, the gentlest of facelifts adjusts the fog light position, moves the Skoda badge and adds an LED strip of daytime illumination to the front headlights.
Technological changes are even thinner on the ground; the engine line-up is a carry over with the 1.2-litre TSI, 1.8-litre TSI, 1.6-litre TDI (in fuel-sipping Greenline format only) and 2.0-litre TDI arriving in the UK. The latter is split into 108bhp, 138bhp and 168bhp variants, with the likely best-selling middleweight tested here, in 4x4 guise.
Despite the drag on efficiency, the all-wheel-drive Yetis remain highly popular, and are given a modest boost here with the introduction of Haldex’s fifth-generation clutch system, which replaces the hydraulic reservoir with an electric pump - speeding up response times and lowering component weight. A bit.
There’s also a rough road package (added underfloor protection) and an off-road button inside if you buy from sufficiently high up in the S, SE, Elegance, Laurin & Klement trim range. The switch retunes the traction, ABS and stability control for slippery ground.