It’s not been more than a month and a half when we tested the Skoda Yeti 4X2 and praised it a lot for its very unlike-SUV on road manners and quality materials. We also said that Skoda has finally got it right by shelling off the 4X4 Haldex Setup that was of no use since Indians don’t generally go off roading. But then, there needs to be some reason why manufacturers still flourish our market with 4X4s, apart from the revenues that they generate. The same question tickled our grey matters when we decided to finally lay our hands on the Yeti 4X4 to learn if it is still practical to buy a 4X4. Before proceeding, I’d however like to introduce the 4X4 Haldex Clutch in little detail.
2011 Skoda Yeti 4X4 Review
Under normal driving, the Haldex Clutch distributes 97.5% torque to the front wheels and 2.5% to the rear wheels. In conditions where both the front wheels lose torque, i.e. when there’s a wheelspin, all the torque gets transferred to the rear wheels so as to take the vehicle out of that mess. Since the Yeti 4X4 also comes equipped with Electronic Differential Lock, torque also gets distributed between opposite wheels (left and right) on the driving axle, hence moving the car forward even if only one of the front wheel is grounded.
So, the Haldex does put a fair amount of muscle in the standard Yeti apart from the additional 30PS power that the same 2 litre TDI CR engine generates. Let us now find out if the additional power, 4X4 muscle and Elegance variant (which you don’t have in 4X2 Yeti) justify the price tag or it is the 4X2 that makes more sense.
Shocked to see the pricing first? Yes, and this is not an uploading error, just that it’s the war of siblings and unless the pricing be discussed, it becomes difficult to justify which of the two 4X4 or 4X2 makes more sense.
So, the 4X2 Yeti in the topmost variant available i.e. the Ambition costs 14.8 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi while the topmost variant in the 4X4 Yeti is the Elegance that will set you back by 17.50 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.
Between the top model of 4X4 and 4×2, he price difference is 2.70 lakh rupees which will only increase if the on road prices are considered. So, does the 4X4 Yeti still make a competitive case for itself, let’s see.
Dimensionally, both the 4X2 and 4X4 are alike. There is however a minute difference like a different set of alloy wheels, though same in size. The 4X2 variant gets 16” Moon alloy wheels while the 4X4 gets 16” Nevis alloys. On sheer designing terms however, I particularly liked the Moon ones. The 4X4 Yeti also gets Parktronic sensors at front which the 4X2 variant doesn’t. To facilitate ingress into the car, there are boarding lamps on both sides that add to the feeling of being pampered.