Skoda Yeti SUV
Price £16,605 - £27,730
- Great to drive
- Very practical
- 4x4 models are great off-road
- Slightly uncomfortable ride
- High CO2 emissions
- Not as good value as it once was
The Skoda Yeti is a talented compact crossover that rivals models like the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Peugeot 3008. It looks more rugged than those models, though, thanks to boxy dimensions and chunky, Tonka-toy styling.
The standard Yeti is two-wheel drive, but Yeti Outdoor models get a four-wheel drive system, which – combined with the car's raised ride height – makes it a very effective off-roader. It also has a clever, versatile Varioflex seating layout, which lets you slide, tumble or completely remove the seats for superb practicality.
Skoda gave the Yeti an update at the end of 2013, redesigning the exterior to bring it more in line with the rest of the Skoda range and making some tweaks to the spec levels. Despite this, the Yeti is beginning to show its age, and emission levels and mpg lag behind its main rivals. The interior looks a little dated, too, and the Yeti has a bit of an uncomfortable ride thanks to a firm suspension set-up. It's still an incredibly competent car, though – and few vehicles are so beloved by their owners, just take a look at its performance in the Driver Power satisfaction survey. It came second in the 2011 Top 100 cars and first in 2012 and 2013. So as far as UK motorists are concerned, it is the most satisfying car to own. That's not a bad recommendation.