The Skoda Yeti is a compact crossover that offers light off-roading ability and excellent seating flexibility for rear passengers. Even though most of the Yeti models are front-wheel drive, the higher suspension does make it easier to drive them that little bit further off-road than you can most other cars, and speed bumps pose no problem whatsoever. The top-spec Yetis are also available with four-wheel drive, though, which does give them that extra bit of rural practicality.
If you need a seal of approval, why not take a look at the 2012 and 2013 Driver Power customer satisfaction surveys? The Skoda Yeti came top both years – an impressive record for any car. Its wide range of specifications and engines – ranging from frugal to powerful – all come at a decent price, too, while each one offers decent economy and performance, with even the smaller 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine not too far behind the diesel engines for fuel economy.
The Yeti comes in ten main specifications so there's plenty of choice and a Yeti for every budget. Entry-level E models come fitted with air-conditioning as standard, though S models do add alloy wheels and a knee airbag for just a few hundred quid extra. A new model Skoda Yeti is expected at the beginning of 2014.