Skoda Yeti (2009 – 2017) Review

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Skoda Yeti (2009 – 2017) At A Glance

Unique styling. Solid build. Excellent petrol engines including frugal yet peppy 1.2 TSI. Good space in the back. Frugal 1.6 TDI Greenline can return 60mpg+. Much loved model.

Original 1.8 TSI 4WD is thirsty. Unusual looks not for everyone. Numerous faults reported.

Insurance Groups are between 9–24
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure

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. It was facelifted in 2014 with new styling, bringing it in line with other Skoda models. There are now two versions - the standard Yeti and the more ruggedly styled Yeti Outdoor. Regardless of which one you go for, the formula that has made the car so popular with buyers remains the same. 

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.

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Real MPG average for a Skoda Yeti (2009 – 2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

87%

Real MPG

25–63 mpg

MPGs submitted

1359

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I have a Skoda Yeti on a lease - should buy it at the end of the lease period?
I have a 2017 Skoda Yeti 1.2 petrol auto on a four-year lease. I'm 76 years old, retired and active. I do about 8000 miles per year, mostly on country roads. Most of my driving is with my wife and/or collie dog. I have been pleased with the Yeti and like the higher driving position and it being an automatic. At the end of the lease, I can probably buy the car via a friend or relative. I'm in a quandary as to whether to buy it or go for another lease car. I have looked at similar cars (Skoda Kamiq. Skoda Karoq, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Soul, Kia Sportage etc), but to get one with similar specs as the Yeti takes the price above my budget. I've also read on your website that the Yeti has dropped from your recommended options because of 'reliability issues' and I would like to know what they are.
Most of the issues are linked to early versions of the 1.2 TSI engine, which used a timing chain. Skoda redesigned the engine in 2015 and replaced the chain with a cam belt (which is what your car uses). The DSG gearbox should be okay, as long as the gearbox oil and micro-filter is changed every four years or 40,000 miles (whichever comes first). I would make the oil change a condition of buying the car from the lease company, should you choose to keep it.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a small, automatic SUV?
I'm after a small, used SUV with an auto gearbox. I have a budget of £11,000 - £12,000. I'm doing 7000-8000 miles of mixed driving per year. So far I've narrowed it down to Suzuki Vitara, Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai. Any advise will be appreciated.
I really like the Skoda Yeti, but it has had a lot of reported problems over the past few years and it is probably best avoided. I'd say the same for the Qashqai, after its poor showing in our latest Satisfaction Index: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020/honest-john-satisfaction-index-2020-the-results/ The Suzuki Vitara, on the other hand, is a very good car. It also has a strong reputation for reliability and comfort. I would add the Kia Niro and Toyota C-HR to your list, too, as both are easy to use and have a good reputation for build quality.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a budget-friendly, reliable, no frills 4x4?
We're looking for a second car. Something with no frills; a proper 4x4 (rural Highlands and Islands) with a raised driving position, reliable and preferably under £5000. We are considering an old Nissan X-Trail, Skoda Yeti, Mitsubishi Shogun and Suzuki Vitara. Would you recommend any of these or something different? Thank you.
You might find that second-hand Shoguns have led pretty hard lives and finding a good one can be difficult. Diesel X-Trails can be troublesome, while we've also had a lot of issues reported with Yetis. My money would go on a Suzuki Grand Vitara or Honda CR-V. Both ought to be very reliable choices. Also, consider a Dacia Duster if you're after a no-frills 4x4.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Need a replacement for my ageing Skoda Yeti 4x4 - what do you suggest?
I drive a Skoda Yeti. The car now needs replacing, and I would like the same basic spec: petrol, 4x4 and manual gearbox. I am struggling to find a suitable model. Any ideas?
The most basic you can get with a petrol engine is a Dacia Duster Prestige 1.3TCe 150 4x4 at £18,895. There is also a Techroad version at £19,555. See: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/dacia/duster-2018/history/
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