Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI SE L Drive 4x4
New trim level
If you like intricate new technology on your car, you won’t find any solace here. This is the Skoda Yeti SE L Drive, and there’s not a single new exotic material or any cleverer combustion alchemy employed. Broadly speaking, it’s the same car that has been around since 2009, but there is some consolation: this new Drive trim gives you more toys.
First, let’s explain that Drive is like a spec boost for the Yeti’s two most popular trims. So there’s an SE Drive, which, we’re told, adds up to £2295 worth of extra equipment for a £935 premium over the regular SE. Then there’s the SE L Drive, which bolsters the standard SE L trim with another £1850 worth of goodies for just £755, and is the one we have here.
What do you get? Well, SE Drive adds sat-nav and a DAB radio, heated front seats and a heated windscreen, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, special 17in alloy wheels, new seat trim and front parking sensors to go with the rear sensors already fitted to the SE variant.
This SE L Drive version has all of that as well as leather seats, bi-xenon headlights, LED tail-lights, a different design of 17in alloys and silver roof rails.
This one is equipped with the most powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel, complete with four-wheel drive and a slick six-speed manual gearbox. The engine offers plenty of real-world flexibility and adequate outright pace. Don’t expect the last word in refinement, though, because it is a little clattery.
The Yeti is due for replacement in 2018 but it remains one of the most fun-handling SUVS for the money. In fact, being such a boxy car that steers so accurately, grips so hard and checks body roll so handsomely still surprises, even after all these years. The payback is a brittle ride over rough town roads, although it smooths out as your speed increases.
We’d still suggest putting the Yeti on your shortlist, but perhaps not this £26,030 version, which looks quite pricey against the equivalent variant of the more up-to-date Seat Ateca. Stick to the cheaper versions and the Yeti remains a very worthy, practical and enjoyable car to drive.
SE L Drive trim means leather seats, sat-nav and DAB radio