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Yeti 1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol 77TSI six-speed manual $26,290*
Yeti 1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol 77TSI seven-speed DSG $28,590*
Yeti 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel 103TDI six-speed manual $35,690*
Yeti 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel 103TDI six-speed DSG $37,990*

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The Skoda Yeti debuted in March 2009 with hopes that it would be released locally in 2010. After some delay, Skoda's small SUV has now arrived in Australia.

Its mix of two and four-wheel drive, diesel and petrol engines, flexible seating arrangements, high driving position and bold styling mean that, unlike its legendary namesake, Yeti is as at home conquering the urban jungle as it is in the wilderness.

The Yeti has been completely designed, detailed and engineered by Skoda Auto at the Design and Technical Centre in Mlada Boleslav.

Thanks to its sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, Yeti is capable off-road. It is able to climb, descend and cross rough terrain, while its additional ground clearance, high ride height and rugged looks make it a direct competitor to vehicles in the compact SUV market.

Design and Dimension


With Yeti, Skoda’s design team led by Head of Design, Jozef Kaban, has introduced a new dimension to Skoda’s design portfolio.

Thanks to its smooth lines, striking profile and unmistakable details, Skoda has provided in Yeti a vehicle that offers a completely fresh approach to family motoring. Yeti strikes the balance between off-road ruggedness and hatchback practicality. Bold yet approachable, Yeti’s exterior design imparts a feeling of solidity and safety without looking bulky or intimidating.

At the front, the chrome-framed grille and V-shaped bonnet creases clearly mark Yeti out as a member of the Skoda 'family', while the large, high-mounted headlights give the front end a powerful but friendly appearance.

The strong lines continue along the side where the large wheel arches, lower body protection strips and black A and C-pillars give the car a long, flowing profile.

At the rear, Yeti features a distinctive wraparound design that incorporates black C-pillars to provide a continuous window surface to the B-pillars – elongating the rear passenger compartment. The tailgate is generously sized and, thanks to the car’s high ride height, even tall drivers will be able to stand underneath it when open. Completing Yeti’s design details are high-mounted rear light clusters that display the familiar ‘C’ shape when lit, along with the bumper that incorporates additional reflectors and underfloor protection.

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Exterior dimensions

Length [mm] 4,223
Width [mm] 1,793
Height [mm] 1,691
Wheelbase [mm] 2,578
Ground clearance [mm] 180
Track front/rear [mm] 1,541/1,537


The ‘best of both worlds’ approach that typifies Yeti’s exterior design is continued inside the vehicle. Engineered to make the most of the car’s exceptional interior space, Yeti’s cabin delivers the qualities demanded by families on the move.

Thanks to quality materials, intelligent ergonomics and outstanding equipment levels, Skoda Yeti has an appropriate driving environment. Clever use of coloured trims and different surface textures give Yeti a bright, spacious feel that strikes a balance between practicality and comfort.

The rear passenger compartment features Skoda’s innovative VarioFlex seating arrangement. The system allows the seats to be positioned in many different ways, folded up or removed completely. Passengers seated in the back are able to find the most comfortable position while maximising the load space in the boot of the car.

What’s more, those riding in the back have a great view out thanks to seat bases that are mounted 20 mm higher than those in the front. A feature more commonly associated with high-end SUVs, the ‘platform’ seating also makes access to the rear seats even easier.

An optional electrically operated panoramic sunroof brings additional light, air and feeling of space into the cabin.

Interior dimensions

Interior width (front/rear) [mm] 1446/1437
Headroom in front/rear [mm] 1,034/1,027
Storage capacity
- depending on the seats position [litres] 310-415
- with rear seats removed [litres] 1,665


The variable lay out of the rear seats have been designed solely by the Skoda engineering and design team. There are three separate seats with adjustable backrest inclination covering a range of 13.5 degrees. The outer seats can slide backwards and forwards; after the middle seat has been removed, the outer seats can be moved 80 mm towards the centre, thus making exceptional room for two rear passengers. The entire seat can be folded forward with the backrest folded down. Once the seats have been folded over and forwards in this way, they can be removed by a means of simple release function. (copyright image)
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Yeti is suitably sized for life on Australian roads. At just over 4.2 metres long, it’s big enough to hold a family on the move, yet easy to park and manoeuvre in tight spaces. It’s also a wide car – a quality that pays dividends in terms of road presence and stability.

Yeti is based on a modified platform, the same structure that underpins the Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4.

Passengers have plenty of legroom and headroom and, thanks to the VarioFlex seating; those riding in the back are in control of their own comfort.

Engines and Transmissions

Skoda Yeti features the latest in engine and transmission technology – offering an all–turbo powerplant line-up. Two engines are available – one petrol and one diesel – with outputs of 77 kW and 103 kW respectively.

Both variants are transversely mounted and drive through either a six-speed fully synchronised manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed DSG transmission with the 77TSI or six-speed DSG transmission matched with the 103TDI engine.

The 103TDI Yeti comes with an advanced four-wheel-drive system incorporating a fourth-generation Haldex clutch (for more information, see the Technology section). Peak power is reached at 4,200 rpm with the TDI engine producing up to 320 Newton-metres of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The 103TDI Yeti uses an average of 6.2 l/100 kms when matched with a manual transmission or 6.7 l/100 kms for the DSG.

Complementing the diesel Yeti is the state-of-the-art petrol engine which features direct injection. The turbocharged 1.2-litre TSI engine develops 77 kW and is available with a seven-speed DSG transmission or six-speed manual. Its combined fuel consumption is 6.6 litre per 100 kilometres for the manual and 7 litres for the DSG.

The 77 kW TSI engine produces a maximum of 175 newton metres of torque which is available between 1,550 and 4,100 rpm.


Generous levels of standard equipment and low running costs combine to make Yeti a package that offers value for money in the family car market.

All Yeti models are fitted with Skoda’s innovative VarioFlex rear seating system in addition to air conditioning, power steering, seven airbags including dual front, front side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags and central door locking.

Yeti 77TSI standard equipment highlights:

  • Nevis 16” alloy wheels (4)
  • 16” steel spare wheel
  • Body coloured wing mirrors and door handles
  • Side indicators integrated into side mirrors
  • Black roof rails
  • Cruise control
  • Driver, passenger front, side and curtain airbags
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Power windows front and rear
  • Height adjustable halogen projector headlights
  • Height and reach-adjustable four-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel (with radio and phone controls)
  • Air conditioning
  • Cooled front passenger glove compartment
  • Swing radio with CD and MP3 player (eight speakers)
  • Remote central locking (with two keys)
  • VarioFlex rear seating system
  • Lashing eyes in boot
  • Luggage net restraint programme

Yeti 103TDI standard equipment highlights:
(In addition to the equipment level of the Yeti 77TSI)

  • Spitzberg 17” alloy wheels (16” steel spare wheel)
  • Auto Lights (Coming Home/Leaving Home function, Tunnel light)
  • Front foglights
  • Chrome package (gearlever, gearlever frame, handbrake button)
  • Radio Bolero – 2 DIN with integrated CD changer (6 CD), can play MP3 recordings
  • Warning lights in front doors
  • Underbody protection
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
  • Auto rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • Silver roof rails
  • Height-adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar support
  • Sunglass storage and storage compartment under passenger seat
  • Cooled and illuminated front passenger glove compartment in instrument panel
  • Lashing eyes and adjustable hooks in boot

Five-point walk around

Yeti from the front

  • High positioned foglights (and daytime running lights) to protect against dirt and damage, improving visibility and safety of occupants
  • Progressive front crumple zones ensure optimal crumpling in an accident by absorbing as much energy as possible
  • 19.0 degree approach angle allowing for greater freedom and accessibility whilst off-road
  • ‘Yeti’ detailing on the front headlight

Yeti from the side

  • Wheels ranging from 16” alloy wheels featured on the 77TSI and 17” alloy wheels on the 103TSI model
  • Reinforced doors to help absorb energy from side impact
  • Black protective side running strips help protect Yeti from scuffs from other car doors
  • Integrated indicators in the door mirrors increase the visibility of your intended manoeuvre for other road users
  • Black (77TSI) or silver (103TDI) roof rails for fixing roof bars or roof boxes for additional storage

Yeti from the rear

  • Progressive rear crumple zone, in case of collision
  • Up to 415 litre boot
  • Flexible luggage restraint system with movable hooks in the boot (103TDI)

Yeti inside rear

  • VarioFlex seating, providing over 20 different seating combinations
  • Raised seating for increased visibility from the rear
  • Fold down table on rear middle seat

Yeti inside front

  • Height and reach adjustable leather steering wheel
  • Driver and passenger, front, side and knee airbags
  • Air conditioning (77TSI) and dual-zone air-conditioning (103TDI) for increased driver and passenger comfort


Active safety

A range of features and measures on Yeti to prevent and avoid accidents include:

ESC (Electronic Stability Control) features a long list of electronic systems designed to stabilise the vehicle in critical handling situations, including ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control. As an option with the 103TDI, the Yeti can feature Skoda’s advanced Off-road Technology Package (Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Assist, plus off-road modes for ABS, ASR and EDL).

Effective lighting
The new Skoda Yeti follows the golden rule; ‘see and be seen’. Yeti has an array of lights designed for safety; height adjustable halogen headlights, third rear brake light and integrated indicators in door mirror housings, making it easier to see for other road users and warning reflectors/lights on all doors when open; all come as standard on both models. Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic angle control and integrated headlight washers are available as an option; front foglights (option 77TSI); cornering foglights (option 103TDI).

Disc brakes on all four wheels
Ensuring maximum braking power, state-of-the-art brakes have been fitted to the Yeti providing the car with the greatest opportunity to stop safely in the event of an emergency. Both Yeti’s feature a hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with Dual Rate system. The front wheels have been fitted with ventilated disc brakes with single piston floating caliper, and disc brakes have been fitted to the rear wheels.

Speed dependent power steering
The variable-assist power steering provides the driver with a lighter steering feel when parking and driving at low speeds, whilst providing more feedback and resistance at higher speeds. This is critical for providing easy manoeuvrability and driving in a safe manner.

Increased visibility of surroundings
Yeti provides the driver with an increased view of the surrounding by using a raised seating position and large window areas. This increases the safety of the driver and occupants by providing a greater view, allowing the driver more time to avoid any potential obstructions, vehicles and pedestrians.

Passive safety

Yeti features a number of passive safety systems designed to lessen the risk of injury during an accident:

Body design
The use of high strength materials ensures high levels of chassis rigidity, particularly in the passenger compartment.

Progressive crumple zones
Front and rear crumple zones ensure optimal crumpling to absorb as much energy as possible on impact.

Additional interior protection
Areas within the interior where there is a high probability of body contact during a crash have been specifically designed with properties to provide maximum protection against injury (including dashboard, door panels and B-pillar).

Design of doors
The front doors have been designed with triple side stiffeners, and the rear doors with one stiffener. These increase rigidity and are capable of absorbing energy in the event of a side impact.

Yeti is fitted with seven airbags as standard which includes dual front, front side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags.


Yeti has a number of innovative features designed to make life safer, easier and more enjoyable for owners.

These include optional systems and technologies premiered on the Superb – Park Assist and touch-screen displays – along with new features developed specifically for Yeti.

Yeti’s off-road ability is achieved through a mixture of incredible new technologies such as the off-road functionality featuring Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Assist, plus off-road modes for ABS, ASR and EDL, joined by the fourth-generation Haldex clutch.

Fourth-generation Haldex clutch
On dry roads, 96 per cent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the front wheels. However, if Yeti’s electronic control unit and its army of sensors detect a difference in speed between the front and rear axles, the Haldex clutch can divert up to 90 per cent of the torque to the rear axle. Thanks to the fitment of a limited slip differential on the rear axle, drive is also distributed evenly from side to side, ensuring excellent grip and stability on all roads at all times.

The system relies on a network of sensors to deliver data to the central control unit. These devices constantly analyse information coming from the engine control unit (which contains data relating to revs and throttle pedal position), the ABS and ESC systems (which also capture information on wheel speed, brake light switch and acceleration forces), and also the steering wheel turning sensor.

Yeti’s four-wheel-drive system works in conjunction with both the ABS and ESC systems to ensure that safety and stability is maintained at all times. When the ESC system is engaged, control of the Haldex clutch is taken over by ABS/ESC control unit. When the ABS system is called into action, the Haldex clutch is decoupled.

The four-wheel drive in Yeti is controlled through the fourth generation Haldex clutch. The clutch reponds immediately depending on the driving situation and traction of each individual wheel.

  • When pulling away and accelerating, drive is directed from the rear axle
  • The highest torque is available during acceleration
  • When braking, no transfer of torque to the rear axle is required
  • Electronics disengage drive to the rear
  • Driving on slippery surfaces such as wet gravel and snowy roads, torque to the rear axle is engaged as needed
  • Instructions come from the ABS and ESC control unit recognising any wheel slippage
  • When driving at higher speeds, power is directed through the front axle
  • Electronics disengage drive to the rear
  • During parking, only limited torque is transferred to the rear axle, as and when required
  • During any ABS intervention the Haldex is completely disengaged
  • When ESC intervenes the Haldex is controlled by signals from the ABS and ESC control unit
  • If both front wheels slip on snow or ice, the Haldex clutch is activated and drive switches to the rear
  • If one wheel slips, EDL intervenes
  • Slipping wheel is braked
  • Torque is routed to other front wheel and to the rear axle

Distribution of torque in various driving situations – synergy between the Haldex clutch and braking systems (ABS, ASR, EDL).

Park Assist 2

Park Assist 2 is an option aimed at making urban life a little easier. It is the ideal system for when the driver needs to park quickly and accurately. Based on the award-winning system offered as an option on the Superb, Yeti’s Park Assist feature goes one better by including a control unit that looks after forward movement. As a result, Yeti can be squeezed automatically into a space just 80 cm longer than the car itself.

  • The Park Assist 2 system uses a set of ultrasonic sensors to find the right sized parking space
  • The Yeti requires a space of approximately 5 m in length; that is, the length of the car + 40 cm at the front and rear
  • Park Assist intervenes in steering, not only when reversing but also whilst moving forward, an improvement over Superb
  • To operate, press the Park Assist button. Drive past spaces at up to 30 km/h and Yeti will search for a spaceon the driver or passenger side as determined by the indicator
  • When a space is found, the Maxi-dot displays an arrow reversing into the space with an ‘R’
  • Engage reverse. Remove hands from steering wheel. Driver controls speed and braking. Manoeuvre will be cancelled if the wheel is touched
  • Rear parking sensors sound when the car is near the parked car. Maxi-dot instructs the driver to engage first gear. Drive forward and the system straightens the car
  • The driver is responsible for the manoeuvre at all times. The manoeuvre is cancelled if the steering wheel is touched or the speed exceeds 5 km/h.


Yeti 1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol 77TSI six-speed manual $26,290*
Yeti 1.2 litre 4-cylinder petrol 77TSI seven-speed DSG $28,590*
Yeti 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel 103TDI six-speed manual $35,690*
Yeti 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel 103TDI six-speed DSG $37,990*

Metallic/pearl effect paint $490*
Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic angle control and integrated headlight washers $1,490*
Columbus Satellite navigation incl. 30GB hard drive and voice control $2,890*
Panoramic roof $1,990*
Front foglights (Yeti 77TSI) $340*
Front foglights with ‘corner’ function (Yeti 4x4 103TDI) $240*
Privacy glass for B pillar $250*
Alarm system $540*
Rear parking sensors $640*
Front and rear parking sensors $990*
Park Assist 2 $1,390*
Coloured roof $390*
Off road technology (Yeti 4x4 103TDI) $290*
Heated front seats (Yeti 4x4 103TDI) $290*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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