Unique styling. Solid build. Excellent petrol engines including frugal yet peppy 1.2 TSI. Good space in the back. 2WD or 4WD. Frugal 1.6 TDI Greenline can return 60mpg+.
Original 1.8 TSI 4WD is thirsty (improved and cheaper 1.8 TSI from May 2011). Unusual looks not for everyone.
Latest Update Skoda Yeti: Apparently, 4WD when fitted does not work in reverse.
26-4-2013: Top of Top 100 in Auto Express 2013 Driver Power survey responded to by 46,000 drivers.
20-4-2013: Hesitation glitch on 1.2TSI 105 coded 24W6 consists of fitting a 2mm shim under the turbo solonoid and a major software update
Combining the best parts of a compact hatchback and an off-roader, the Skoda Yeti is labelled as a 'crossover' in a similar vein as the Nissan Qashqai. It may not seem like an obvious mix but it works very well with the affordability and running costs of a normal hatch blended with the extra practicality and chunky styling of a 4x4.
The result has been a huge success and the Skoda Yeti is a great family car that's versatile and roomy. Inside there's plenty of space for four adults, with impressive legroom for those in the back, plus a large boot. The tall shape helps in terms of headroom and makes the cabin feel light and spacious. Thanks to a forgiving ride, it's incredibly comfortable too and means long journeys needn't be a chore.
Like many cars of this ilk, it's available with four-wheel drive, which is useful in slippery conditions or if you regularly tow a trailer. But what does surprise is how genuinely capable the Yeti is when tackling off-road terrain, even in situations where you might expect a traditional 4x4 to struggle.
It's just as good on the road with neatly responsive steering, good body control in bends and a positive gear change. As a result it's easy to drive and park in town, but also composed at motorway speeds and will happily cruise along with minimal fuss.
This is helped by a good choice of engines including the 2.0 TDI (available with three different power outputs) that's found across the Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi ranges. The entry-level choice is the 1.2 TSI, but don't be put off by its small size, thanks to a turbocharger it offers surprisingly nippy performance and good fuel economy.