Skoda Yeti tyres
The Yeti’s cheeky and chunky styling won’t be to everyone’s taste. For many, though, it’s something which is easily forgiven. This really is a ‘sports utility vehicle’, unlike some other cars which fall into that category by default or without any real claims to the label. The Yeti is part family hatch and part off-roader. It has all the performance and affordability of a hatchback yet the practicality of a four-wheel-drive car.
Certainly the Yeti is a practical small car, even if four-wheel-drive is an option rather than standard to all models. Since 2013, the 4×4 version has been known as the Outdoor. As with any four-wheel-drive car, mixing and matching tyre types is not recommended. This is because the car’s computer relies on minutely accurate data from wheel sensors before deciding how much drive power to send to each wheel. If one tyre is slightly different, this can confuse the computer and cause it to over-compensate, risking excessive driveshaft and differential wear.
Four-wheel-drive is a common option on the Yeti. To maximise engine economy and to ensure the lowest fuel consumption, the engine usually drives on just the front wheels. Power is only sent to either rear wheel if the car’s computer detects a loss of grip. Since the rear wheels are therefore only used on a part-time basis, the front tyres (which of course also steer the car) will usually wear more quickly than those fitted on the rear axle. While the Yeti is no more demanding of its tyres than the average car, many drives will nonetheless swap the front and rear wheels once a year for balanced tyre wear.
One of the ironies of fitting a four-wheel-drive system to a car like this is that, while it can provide important safety and performance benefits, in reality it is rarely used. The Yeti is one of those cars which can take you anywhere but whose off-road capability has to be balanced with the more usual need for town or motorway driving. Indeed 99% of drivers will never go off road in a Yeti, which explains the need for Skoda to fit ‘normal’ tyres suited to a hatchback or saloon rather than a specialist off-road tyre. However, many drivers choose four-wheel-drive on a car like this in much the same way they’d buy a mousetrap, a packet of plasters or an insurance policy: because it’ll be there on the day they do need it!
In common with many cars from Skoda and the wider Volkswagen group, the Yeti is factory-fitted with various tyre types. Dunlop’s Sport SP range has been the most popular original equipment range. These feature extraordinarily low wear on this car if they are maintained properly. This long tyre life will of course be blunted if tyre pressures are not checked regularly. Other factory-fitted tyres include Continental’s Premium Contact range, Pirelli P Zero tyres and various Goodyear ranges. Common to all of these is that they come from better-known manufacturers. The durability of all of these original equipment tyres is a key feature. It’s no surprise that these factory-fitted ranges are etyres’ best-selling tyres for the Yeti.
The occasional Yeti is used for regular off-road work, an environment to which the car is particularly suited. With any car, tyre choice should be primarily influenced by your own driving style. If that driving does include a lot of off-road motoring, then specialist tyres are worth considering. Yokohama Geolandar, Michelin Latitude and Goodyear Wranger tyres have all been well-reviewed when fitted to the Yeti.