Skoda Yeti 4×2 variant launched at Rs. 13.46 lakh

Skoda India has launched the 4×2 variants of the Yeti priced at Rs. 13.46 lakh for the base Active variant and Rs. 14.32 lakh for the top-end Ambition variant. Last week CarToq had reported about the possible launch of Yeti 4×2 in January 2012, but the launch has happened earlier than we expected. As expected, the Yeti 4×2 is powered by the 2.0-litre 110 bhp engine, mated to 5-speed gear box.

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Photo: The Skoda Yeti is now available in a more affordable 4x2 variant

The launch of 4×2 variant will make the Yeti accessible to a slightly wider band of buyers who are not particular about having a four-wheel-drive system. Let’s take a look at prices of the Skoda Yeti and its competition, the Aria 4×2 and the XUV 500 W6 variants.

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Clearly, the Aria 4×2 and the XUV 500 which are proper 7-seater SUVs are priced significantly lesser than the Yeti 4×2 which is only a 5-seater.

Skoda Yeti 4×2 vs. Tata Aria 4×2

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Looks, space and comfort

The Yeti 4×2 retains the same looks of the Yeti 4×4 variant except for the missing 4×4 badge on the tailgate. The Yeti 4×2 gets all the lines that characterize a compact SUV though it has radical design cues especially at the front and the sides. The Aria, on the other hand has radical looks and an elegant road stance. It is dimensionally larger than the Yeti making it grab attention of buyers who love big vehicles.

In terms of comfort, the Yeti 4×2 has an ergonomically laid out dashboard just as in the 4×4 variant. The front passenger seats are extremely comfortable but at the rear legroom and elbow room are only adequate. The high transmission tunnel eats into the rear middle passenger’s legroom, while the rear AC vents also intrudes into the middle passenger’s space. Fit and finish of the Yeti is slightly better than that of the Aria but in terms of comfort the Aria has a significant edge over the Yeti.

Performance and mileage

The Yeti 4×2’s 2-litre diesel motor puts out 110 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Aria 4×2’s 2.2 litre common-rail diesel motor puts out 138 bhp and 320 Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. However, the power to weight ratio reveals a different story. The Aria 4×2 has a power to weight ratio of 69.3 bhp per ton.  But the Yeti 4×2 will have a power to weight ratio of 76.1 bhp per ton and hence it will accelerate better than the Aria 4×2.  The Yeti 4×2 has a claimed mileage of 17.72 kmpl which is higher than the Aria 4×2 which has a claimed mileage of 13.7 kmpl.

Price and features

Comparing the base variants, the Skoda Yeti Active is priced at Rs. 13.46 lakh while the Tata Aria 4×2 Pure is priced at Rs. 11.61 lakh. The top-end variant of the Yeti (Ambition) is priced at Rs. 14.32 lakh while the top=end variant of Aria 4×2 (Prestige) is priced at Rs. 14.26 lakh. Hence, only the base variant of the Aria 4×2 is significantly cheaper than the Yeti Active while the top-end variants of both the cars are similarly priced.

Let’s take a closer look at how the Yeti 4×2 variants stack up against the Aria 4×2 variants. Both the cars come with ABS with EBD, rear AC vents, Electric mirrors, engine immobilizer, audio system and fabric upholstery. However, the Yeti 4×2 also gets Dual front airbags and alloy wheels not found in the Aria 4×2 base variant. However, the Yeti 4×2 Active gets front airbags and alloy wheels not found in the Aria 4×2 Pure. With regard to mid variants, the Yeti 4×2 gets Hill Hold Control (HHC), Hydraulic Brake Assistant (HBA) and Mechanical Brake Assistant (MBA). These features are not available in the Aria 4×2 mid variant. Summing up, features wise, the Yeti 4×2 has an edge over the Aria 4×2.

Skoda Yeti 4×2 vs. Mahindra XUV 500 W6

Looks, space and comfort

The XUV 500 has sporty looks, bold road stance and is significantly bigger than the Skoda Yeti. The fit and finish levels of the XUV 500 are not as great as the Yeti. However, comfort wise, the XUV 500 wins over the Yeti as it gets comfortable front and middle row seats while the third row will be adequate only for kids.

Performance and mileage

The Yeti 4×2’s 2-litre diesel motor puts out 110 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the XUV 500 is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The diesel motor is coupled with a VGT (variable geometry turbocharger) and makes 140 bhp of max power and 330 Nm of max torque. Hence, specification wise the XUV 500 W6 has an edge over the Yeti.

However the XUV 500 W6 has a power to weight ratio of 78.4 bhp per ton while the Yeti 4×2 will have a power to weight ratio of 76.1 bhp per ton which is quite close and hence the performance of Yeti 4×2 should be at a par with the XUV 500 W6. The claimed mileage of Yeti 4×2 is 17.72 kmpl which is higher than that of the XUV 500 W6 which has a claimed mileage of 15.2 kmpl.

Price and features

The XUV 500 W6 is priced aggressively starting at Rs. 10.80 lakh while the Yeti 4×2 Active priced at Rs. 13.46 lakh is Rs. 2.62 lakh more. Similarly, the Yeti 4×2 Ambition priced at Rs. 14.32 is Rs.2.37 lakh more than the XUV 500 W8 priced at Rs. 11.95 lakh.

Surprisingly, despite the low price, the features offered in the XUV 500 are at par with those of the Yeti 4×2. For instance, the base variants of both the crossovers get front airbags, ABS with EBD, music system, rear AC vents. The XUV 500 W6 in addition also gets driver seat height adjust, parking sensors and front and rear fog lamps not available in the Yeti 4×2 Active.

Similarly, the XUV 500 W8 4×2 is well kitted with GPS navigation, curtain & side airbags apart from front dual airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), DVD player, Tyretronics, Hill hold and Hill descent control making it have more safety features than the Yeti 4×2 Ambition. Overall, both price and feature wise, the XUV 500 4×2 is better value for money than the Yeti 4×2.

Let’s take a look at some essential information about the Skoda Yeti 4×2, given below in the form of a table.

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