Skoda Yeti

The Essentials

  • Price from £14,945
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 61.4mpg
  • What is it? Skoda's quirky family car blends 4x4 styling and MPV practicality at a far from abominable price.

Great

  • Versatile seating arrangement
  • Skoda has an excellent track record for reliability
  • Enormous windows give everyone a fabulous view

Gripes

  • You'll need strong arms to remove the rear seats
  • Stability control costs extra on some models
  • You'll either love or hate the styling
  • Drive

    All versions are fun to drive, and four-wheel-drive models are surprisingly good off-road. All Yetis have an overly firm ride, though.

  • Inside

    The Yeti offers wonderful flexibility and a great view

  • Safety

    Headrests that help protect you from whiplash in a crash, and six airbags are standard. Stability control costs extra on some models

  • Reliability

    Skoda is a customer favourite and the metal bits have all proved their mettle in other models

  • Space

    The Yeti's forte - masses of versatile space for people and their luggage

  • Standard and extras

    Plenty as standard, but upgrade for leather, parking sensors, alloys and rain-sensing wipers

  • What's it like to drive?

    A mixed bag here - the engines are strong and there's a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. We like the 1.2-litre petrol version for its perky performance and low running costs, but it's only available in 2WD. The tyres grip the road well and the steering is direct, so it's quite fun to drive. Expect complaints from your passengers and the dog, however: every bump in the road is transmitted to the cabin along with too much external noise, particularly from the diesel engines.

  • What's it like inside?

    There's a slightly elevated driving position along with enough seat adjustment for any driver to get comfortable, and the enormous windows give everyone a great view out. The Yeti wins top marks for flexibility with rear seats that slide back and forth, fold flat or can be removed altogether. You'll need the strength of a Yeti to haul them out if you're regularly switching from minibus to removals van mode, though.
    Basic models have air-con, remote central locking, electric front windows and a CD player, and top-of-the-range models have leather, rain-sensing wipers and xenon headlamps.

  • How reliable is it?

    The Yeti doesnt feature in the current JD Power ownership satisfaction survey, but judging by the reliability of other Skoda models, the chances of a breakdown are slim.
    Garage bills should be minimal, because Skoda regularly appears top of the class in customer satisfaction and reliability surveys, and the engines are tried and tested in other models.
    Safety kit includes headrests that help protect you from whiplash in a crash, Isofix child seat fittings and six airbags. Stability control costs extra on some models. It gets the full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test, with an adult occupant safety score of 92%, compared with a fairly poor 78% for children.

  • Should I buy one?

    Prices for the Skoda Yeti compare well with the Nissan Qashqai crossover. Two-wheel drive models hold their value best and are cheaper to run, too. The Greenline 1.6-litre diesel offers 61.4mpg and a low tax bill.