Skoda brings new entrant into the Sports Utility Vehicle segment into India with their new Skoda Yeti. It’s brings plenty of new features into a compact size. Skoda is known as one of the top German car manufacturers and is renowned for their build quality and premiums feel of its vehicles. Aria from Tata is a fine multi-utility vehicle comes loaded with goodies for its prospective customers. Tata is one of India’s largest passenger car and heavy vehicle manufacturers and known for building affordable means of transport. Today let’s find out how the Skoda Yeti fares against its competitor from Tata Motors.
Looks and design:
Skoda Yeti comes with contemporary and modern design element despite resembling a tall-boy station wagon it brings excellent road presence. It has a sporty looking front end with large fog lamps which are merged with the headlamps adds character to the sporty nature of the car. It brings 7 spoke alloy wheels on the high end Elegance variant while the base variant Ambiente gets 5 spoke wheels. Skoda Yeti sports a large windshield and provides excellent visibility to the driver thanks to its large windshield and long snout up front. It has flared wheel arches and roof rails which add to the looks of this compact soft roader. It has body colored bumpers upfront, however it lacks the same as far the rear is concerned. Despite this little detail missed out even on the Elegance variant, the Skoda Yeti looks proportionate from front to rear. Skoda Yeti retains the excellent build quality seen in any other Skoda car. It sports excellent fit and finish and the paint job is fantastic.
Tata Aria brings new features into this segment and more importantly has a well designed styling which is contemporary. It brings body colored bumpers and its huge size gives it immense road presence. It looks bulky and given its wide tyres manages to look sporty and the flared wheel arches, combined with the multi spoke alloy wheels adds to the aggressive styling of the Aria. Tata Aria has a long wheelbase and in comparison with some of its rivals it is quite huge. Tata has made a sincere effort in ensuring that the build quality of the Aria remains top notch and it shows when you look at the fit and finish of the car. It is indeed a notch above what we have seen from this giant of a manufacturer in the past.
Looks overall – Skoda Yeti – 8/10
Looks overall – Tata Aria – 8/10
Interiors – design, space and features:
Skoda Yeti has well sculpted seats which provide excellent adjustable lumbar support. It has ample interior space and combines the solid build of an expensive German car. It has plenty of head and leg from to accommodate the taller passengers. The visibility of the road from driver’s seat is excellent. Skoda Yeti has a 5 star NCAP safety rating and comes with 6 airbags, traction control, all-wheel drive, front and rear parking sensors, auto dimming interior & external mirrors, active headrests, ESP + EBD and ABS as well. It has a few more features such as 6.5” touch screen on the Elegance is fun to use. It has plenty of space for your knick knacks and brings cup holders, slide out tray beneath passenger seat and storage areas for small items. Skoda Yeti has climate control, 6-CD changer, steering mounted audio controls, fog lamps and electric seats. It also brings auto-on headlights should you forget to turn it on yourself. Skoda Yeti has a large 415 liters of boot space for all your storage needs.
Tata have given their best shot at making the Aria a feature packed SUV. It brings very comfortable seats and height adjustable armrests and excellent lumbar support. The interior quality is pretty good on the Aria but still has some way to go before it matches its German counterparts. It is feature packed and as such has 6 airbags, reverse guide camera, auto-climate control, auto headlamps and auto wipers, cruise control system, 6 speakers stereo music system with steering mounted controls and Bluetooth pairing of upto 5 phones. Tata has given Aria loads of features and brings added value to the whole package. It also features height adjustable driver seat and electrically adjustable RVMs and not to forget those full leather seats that give a taste of luxury. It also offers ample space for all your little items that you need to hide away inside the car but also gives you plenty of boot space.
Interiors overall – Skoda Yeti – 8/10
Interiors overall – Tata Aria – 7.5/10
Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:
Skoda has some good engine options and with the Skoda Yeti it has brought a diesel engine that produces 140 BHP at 4200 RPM and 320 NM of torque from 1750-2500 PRM. It has a slick gearshift which makes it easy to shift gears in the city. It has an all-wheel drive variant which makes it an excellent option to own. It brings a 6 and 5 gear options depending on your choice of the available levels of trim. It has ample low end torque if you maintain revs of over 1000 RPM and the motor is quite tractable above 1000 RPM and offers plenty of fun. Skoda Yeti has been certified by ARAI to deliver a fuel efficiency of 17.67 kmpl and there is also a 110 BHP engine lined up for the 4x2 wheel drive version of the Skoda Yeti.
Tata Aria brings the same engine as seen on the Tata Safari DiCOR. The diesel 2.2 liter DiCOR CRDi engine develops 138 BHP at 4000 RPM and 320 NM of torque between 1700 to 2700 RPM. It has minimal turbo lag and does a great job accelerating this car. It has excellent low-mid range response and the motor being quite tractable it allows for some serious fun in the hills and offers easy to drive capabilities in the city and stop and go traffic situations. It delivers very good fuel economy of 13.5 kmpl as certified by ARAI. It is a versatile car delivering strong performance with excellent fuel efficiency. It has plenty of torque to power the car when it’s fully loaded and a stronger performer on the highways.
Engine overall –Skoda Yeti – 8/10
Engine overall – Tata Aria – 8/10
Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:
Skoda Yeti brings a firm yet comfy ride quality which is sure to be appreciated by all. It offers an excellent suspension setup which absorbs all the bumps in the road and gobbles up all the pot holes without throwing the passengers around inside the car. It is a soft roader and hence isn’t built for tackling serious off-road. The chassis and suspension is well sorted out to enable the Yeti take on fast corners and triple digit speeds on the highways. Skoda Yeti has ABS + EBD and traction control to help slow it down and retain stability while doing it quickly. It brings innovations such as Hill Descent Control, Drive-Off Assistant and Off-Road ABS. It also brings Airbags for added safety of its passengers.
Tata Aria is a good performer in all aspects. It is around 200 kilos lighter than its AWD variant. The two wheel drive ensures that it handles better than the all wheel drive. However given its competition it matches up well in the handling department given its size and bulk. Tata Aria has a slight stiff suspension but it ensures that the ride quality isn’t hampered and remains comfortable. It does get slightly bouncy on bad roads but given its good ground clearance its nothing to be alarmed about. It brings excellent braking package courtesy ABS and EBD combo along with disk brakes at the front and rear wheels help in slowing it down from speed. ESP with traction control system ensures that even in the wet you get sufficient grip.
Suspension overall – Skoda Yeti – 8/10
Suspension overall – Tata Aria – 7.5/10
Value for money – sticker price, standard features:
Skoda has been in India for a long time and has been building good cars over the years. The issues have been mostly related to after sales and service problems than anything related to the product itself. However Skoda has been trying to overcome some of the issues with that and it seems that it is working for it. Skoda Yeti offers good fuel efficiency and performance not to forget the premium and luxurious feel of it. It has been well priced starting with the base model Skoda Yeti Active 4x2 starting from 13.46 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi, Skoda Yeti Ambition 2WD top end model is priced at 15.20 lakhs. The AWD versions start with Skoda Yeti Ambiente priced at 14.32 lakhs and the top end model 4x4 Skoda Yeti Elegance is priced at 16.89 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi price.
Tata Aria is a feature packed MPV and a fantastic car and Tata have set the price (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base model Tata Aria Pura 4x2 at 11.62 lakhs, Tata Aria Pleasure 4x2 is at the middle ground priced at 12.61 lakhs and the top variant of Tata Aria Prestige 4x2 is priced at 14.26 lakh rupees. This pricing will help the car as it offers features that are mostly available only in SUV from the premium SUV segment and rarely they make it to MPVs. Tata has tried to price it well however given the options in the market we certainly think that a feature packed SUV like the Aria is well priced and would do well in the market in the long run.
Value for money overall – Skoda Yeti – 8/10
Value for money overall – Tata Aria – 8.5/10
Skoda Yeti is a compact sports utility vehicle. It may not be a full time off roader but it will certainly take you places. It brings an excellent German build quality and offers plenty to its prospective customers at a good price. Tata has also done a fine job with their very versatile Aria which brings nearly endless amount of features with it. If you are looking for a big people carrier which has plenty of space and features then Tata Aria is a great choice. If you want German build quality and European styling then Skoda Yeti is the one for you. However with both these options there is so much more than meets the eye so go ahead and take a test drive and see if either of these two cars meets your demands.
|Car version||Elegance 4WD||Active 2WD||Ambition 2WD||Ambition 4WD||Pleasure 4X4||Pleasure 4x2||Prestige 4x2|
|Max. Power||142PS @4200rpm||110PS@4200rpm||110PS@4200rpm||140PS @4200rpm||140PS @4000rpm||NA||140 @ 4000||140 @ 4000|
|Max. Torque||320Nm @1750rpm||250Nm@1500-2500rpm||250Nm@1500-2500 rpm||320Nm@1750-2500 rpm||320Nm @1700rpm||NA||3138||3138|
|Tyre||215 / 60 R16||NA||NA||215/60 R16||235/70 R 16||NA||235/65 R 17, 235/70 R 16||235/65 R 17, 235/70 R 16|
|Front||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser||McPherson type with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser||Independent Double wish bone with coil spring||NA||Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring||Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring|
|Rear||Multi-element axle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabiliser||Multi element axle||Multi element axle||Multi element axle||5Link Suspension with coil spring||NA||5 Link suspension with coil spring||5 Link suspension with coil spring|