Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI SE L Drive 4x4

New trim level

Autocar - - THIS WEEK - JOHN HOW­ELL @au­to­b­a­b­bler

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

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