The Skoda Yeti is a very interesting product from the Czech Republic based auto major. As a product, it has always been applauded for what it offers, however, Indians have not really been able to digest its high price point.

A 5 seater SUV, which as such does not have any direct competition from the anything in India. The Yeti facelift, which was first showcased at the Auto Expo, aims to bring the compact SUV in tandem with the new Skoda’s design philosophy.

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Here is a quick comparison between the new Yeti, Renault Duster, Renault Koleos and Mahindra XUV500, all of which are smaller or larger than the Yeti!

New Yeti vs Duster vs Koleos vs XUV500:

Specification Renault Duster 110PS Renault Koleos 4×2 MT Mahindra XUV 500 New Yeti facelift FWD
Engine 1.5L dCi 2.0L dCi 2.2L mHawk 2.0L TDi
Power 110PS at 3900rpm 150PS at 4000rpm 142PS at 3750rpm 110PS at 4200rpm
Torque 248Nm at 2250rpm 320Nm at 2000rpm 330Nm at 1600-2800rpm 250Nm at 1500-2500rpm
Dimensions (in mm) 4315×1822×1695 4520×2120×1710 4585×1890×1785 4222×1793×1691
Wheelbase 2673mm 2690mm 2700mm 2578mm
Ground Clearance 205mm 206mm N/A 180mm
Transmission 6 speed manual 6 speed manual 6 speed manual 5 speed manual
Turning Radius 5.2m 5.8m 5.6m 5.0m
Tires 215/65 R16 225/60 R17 235/65 R17 215 /60 R16
Price (in Rupees) Rs 11.91 lakhs Rs 21.99 lakhs Rs 14.68 lakhs Rs 18.99 lakhs

So, as you see, Yeti is the smallest SUV here, shorter than Duster. It is also the narrowest as well as the shortest! In terms of engines, the new Duster produces similar amount of torque and power from a smaller engine. In terms of wheelbase also, Yeti is outdone by all the SUVs listed here. It also receives one cog less (the 4WD gets a 6-speed transmission).

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Despite all the deficits, Yeti is sold at a price which is way over anything which you can comprehend. However, it is a gem of a car and once inside you just love what you drive. Skoda could have offered the new Yeti at slightly lesser prices of around 15 odd lakhs to make sense out of the new launch, but still, if you want a premium compact SUV with good drive quality, fairly good power, loads of safety and a lot more, Yeti makes sense!

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