Can a Skoda Yeti tow a caravan?
Can a Skoda Yeti tow a caravan?
With a maximum towing capacity of 2000 kg, a Skoda Yeti would pass the test for towing a caravan. The 140-horsepower “stud” is a sufficiently large capacity for a 1,545 kg crossover like the Yeti, regardless of the tread, and pulls seriously only after 2,000 rpm.
The maximum torque of 320 Nm is felt on a range between 1,750 and 2,500 “turns”, helping manoeuvres exceed the limit.
Skoda Yeti Towing Capacity
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The new Skoda Yeti is built on the Volkswagen Tiguan’s technical platform, but the exterior does not betray in any way the kinship with the Wolfsburg brother.
The Czech model has a unique, atypical look for an SUV, perhaps the most original exterior design in the compact SUV segment, which remained true to the concept of the same name first unveiled in Geneva in 2005.
The new Yeti is not the most attractive model from the Skoda range (he didn’t even intend to do this), but it’s an exciting model that doesn’t look like anyone, which is a big thing in today’s car industry.
What is it like to drive a Skoda Yeti?
The general impression is that you have a more extensive and taller Roomster in front of you.
The headlights, along with the unconventionally placed fog lights (which have lost the nickname “The Eye”) and the radiator grille on which the Skoda logo sits are more reminiscent of this model, while the black plastic sidebands reinforce the idea that we have dealt with an offroader.
Another thing you can’t help but notice is the wheel bosses and the potential of the suspension race, a feature that makes us expect the Yeti to have decent off-road behaviour for a vehicle in the compact SUV segment.
Once in the Yeti’s cabin, you quickly realize that Skoda engineers have sacrificed a lot in terms of design for the sake of space (extremely generous, especially in the front seats), functionality and practicability, all in favour of the customer.
In addition, you can’t help but notice the striking resemblance to the Tiguan in terms of details, from the dashboard clocks to the audio and touch-screen navigation system.
But, this is not a bad thing because we are dealing with high-quality elements, a chapter in which the Yeti excels. The polyurethane foam with which the dashboard was covered, the material that covers the door panels and last but not least the plastic used on the buttons, but also on the centre console and on the doors are just as many marks of the quality of the khaki sign.
The controls are ergonomically arranged in the purest German-style possible, similar to those on the Tiguan, but slightly restyled. The seats are comfortable and offer good side support, and the driver’s seat offers an excellent steering position due to the numerous adjustments.
Visibility is excellent thanks to a high steering wheel position and large exterior mirrors. At night, bi-xenon adaptive headlights and cornering headlights offer equally good visibility.
The interior abounds in cup holders and storage spaces, from those on the doors to those at the base of the centre console, as befits a recreational vehicle. Instead, the glovebox can be moved to the “we did not like” section because of the extremely small space it offers and which does not allow you to insert too many objects, much less bulky ones.
The trunk is spacious, but it is not necessarily distinguished by its volume (it has 416 litres and can reach 1,760 litres with the seat folded with the VarioFlex system’s help), but especially by the multiple possibilities of compartmentalization.
Skoda Yeti engine and more
The 2.0 TDI 140 hp, is the dream of any diesel fan. The engine is equipped with common-rail technology and a particulate filter, as well as the fourth-generation Haldex all-wheel-drive system.
Normally, on paved roads, Volkswagen’s patented 4M4 4×4 system transmits 96% of engine resources to the front axle. On routes of medium difficulties, when the sensors feel that the front wheels lose grip, the Haldex differential directs up to 90% of the torque to the rear axle, helping the Yeti to the face of the hardest trials.
The Yeti has something extra for situations where there is no asphalt on the ground for a long time. It is about assistance on descending the slope or starting the ramp patented by Skoda, in which an essential role is played by the Hill Descent Control (HDC) system.
The off-road mode is a great asset of the new Yeti and works differently from other similar systems. All the driver has to do is press a button on the centre console to activate the “off-road” function, but the gearbox is neutral and releases the brake pedal and clutch.
The Yeti begins to descend safely, regardless of the slope or the tread. Everything happens at a constant speed of a maximum of 15 km / h, and the one at the wheel can focus on the direction and can operate the brake pedal or the accelerator at any time without the car losing grip.
The “off-road” function also works when the Yeti descends a slope with its back, intervening when the engine stops during an ascent manoeuvre made by the driver.
The Skoda Yeti can be ordered with two petrol engines, an entry-level 1.2 TSI version of 105 hp and a 1.8 TSI engine of 160 hp, while diesel fans can opt for the well-known 2.0 TDI with common-rail, which is offered in three power variants: 110, 140 and 170 hp.
The 2.0 “TDI engine with 140” horses “has a pleasant growl, specific to diesel, but after 3,500 rpm, i.e. at a speed of over 130 km / h, it becomes noisy, the wind noise making its presence in the passenger compartment.
The 140-horsepower “stud” is sufficiently large luggage for a 1,545 kg crossover like the Yeti, regardless of the tread, and pulls seriously only after 2,000 rpm. The maximum torque of 320 Nm is felt on a range between 1,750 and 2,500 “turns”, being very helpful in manoeuvres to exceed the limit.
Connected to a fairly precise six-speed manual transmission, the 2.0 TDI 140 hp takes 9.9 seconds to reach 100 km / h and can run at a top speed of 190 km / h. In terms of consumption, in the technical book of the Yeti appears a 6.1 l / 100 km in mixed mode.
Please feel free to get in contact if there are questions we haven’t answered or information we haven’t covered in this article. If you are a Yeti owner we’d love to know about your experience.
FAQ on Can a Skoda Yeti tow a caravan?
Is a Skoda Yeti good for towing?
A Skoda Yeti is good for towing. It can pull a caravan from 30-60mph took just 12.4 seconds and it ensures a comfortable drive.
Is Skoda Yeti a good car?
Skoda Yeti is a good car, especially when it comes to taking it off-road. The off-road mode is a great asset of the new Yeti and works differently from other similar systems. All the driver has to do is press a button on the centre console to activate the “off-road” function, but the gearbox is neutral and releases the brake pedal and clutch.
How heavy is a Skoda Yeti?
A Skoda Yeti can weigh from 1,259kg to 1,565kg.
What length is a Skoda Yeti?
A Skoda Yeti is 4.2 m (13′ 10″) long.
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