Review

Skoda Yeti SUV

Price  £16,915 - £28,170

Skoda Yeti SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Versatile seating
  • Inexpensive to own
Cons
  • Removing seats takes effort
  • Harsh ride on poor road surfaces
  • Dull interior styling

At a glance

The greenest
1.6 TDI CR 105 Elegance Greenline 5dr £21,675
The cheapest
1.2 TSI S 5dr £16,915
The fastest
2.0 TDI CR 170 4x4 Elegance 5dr £24,840
Top of the range
2.0 TDI CR 170 4x4 DSG L & K 5dr £28,170

"The Skoda Yeti is a practical, economical and dependable compact crossover car, designed to cope with everything family life can throw at it."

The Skoda Yeti is perhaps the most rugged-looking of all mid-sized crossovers. While it's closer in concept to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and even the Volkswagen Golf (on which it's based), it looks more like a fully fledged 4x4 than those models.

Most Yetis are front-wheel drive, though, but they do have raised suspension and beefy bodywork that allows them to travel further off the beaten track than a conventional family hatchback such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra or VW Golf. However, if you pick one of the more expensive 4x4 versions, it’ll even tackle some light off-roading while carrying five people in total comfort.

Your first choice when buying a Yeti is between the standard and Outdoor versions. The standard car features stylish body-coloured exterior trim and is only available with front-wheel drive, while the Outdoor has a more rugged appearance and can be specified with two- or four-wheel drive.

The standard Yeti offers a choice of S, SE and Elegance specification, while the Outdoor has a broader range encompassing the top-of-the-range Laurin & Klement, which has all the bells and whistles you could want on a new car. All models feature air-conditioning as standard, but you’ll need to spend a bit more if you want kit like alloy wheels, knee airbags or parking sensors. Every Yeti benefits from parent company Volkswagen's renowned build quality and this model really feels like it’ll stand the test of time better than some rivals.

In terms of engines, the regular Yeti is available with a 1.2-litre TSI petrol, a 2.0-litre TDI diesel and the ultra-efficient 1.6-litre GreenLine II diesel. The Outdoor adds two more powerful versions of the 2.0-litre diesel. All of these engines are economical, yet none feels particularly slow – even the basic 1.2-litre TSI combines 46.3mpg economy with a 0-62mph of 11.8 seconds.

For most drivers, we'd recommend the 1.6-litre diesel for the best balance between performance and wallet-friendly economy. The pick of the trims is the SE, which boasts dual-zone climate-control air-con, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

Many new (and used) car buyers value reliability and ownership satisfaction above all else – and here the Skoda Yeti beats the competition hands-down. It came top overall in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Driver Power survey, which ranks cars based on owners’ opinions and their experiences with their car. That's no small feat for any manufacturer, let alone one that was something of a laughing stock just a couple of decades ago.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

4.5 / 5

Reasonably good in this area, but the Skoda Yeti is starting to lag behind rivals when it comes to fuel economy and emissions.

Engines, drive & performance

4.4 / 5

The Skoda Yeti is surprisingly car-like – even entertaining – to drive, yet the 4x4 models also make decent off-roaders.

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

Seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of space inside the Skoda Yeti, but the ride is firm

Practicality & boot space

4.2 / 5

A huge boot, loads of passenger space and clever seating system make the Skoda Yeti one of the most practical cars you can buy.

Reliability & safety

4.3 / 5

Rated by its owners as the most satisfying car to own in the UK for three years running, the Skoda Yeti is also a top safety performer.

What the others say

3.9 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
"Entry-level models are reasonably priced, but those on a higher budget can choose well equipped four-wheel-drive versions should they need greater luxury and genuine off-road ability."
4 / 5
"Two-wheel drive Yetis are attractively priced and hold their value well, but the four-wheel drive models look quite pricey. Fuel economy is good for most models; our pick of the range, the 1.2 TSI, averages 44.1mpg, while the four-wheel drive diesel versions all manage over 45mpg."
4.5 / 5
"Part family hatch and part 4x4, the Skoda Yeti is an unusual model. It's a similar idea to the Nissan Qashqai and combines the user-friendliness and affordability of a hatchback along with the practicality of a four-wheel drive. The result is a real success, making the Yeti an ideal family car."
13 / 20
"Well built, decent to drive, economical and practical – there's a lot to like about the Yeti. Look out Qashqai, Skoda has you in its sights."

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What owners say

4.4848739495798
4.5 /5 based on 238 reviews
83%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
22 Sep 2014
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