For The sharp steering and fine body control make the Skoda Yeti fun to drive; plus, it’s great for families thanks to a massive cabin with versatile seating. The 4x4 model is surprisingly capable off-road, too.
Against There’s a lot of wind and road noise and the ride is jittery. The removable rear seats are heavy to lift out and awkward to replace.
What Car? says
The Skoda Yeti is a stylish and practical alternative to traditional family hatchbacks. It handles brilliantly, too, but the ride and refinement disappoint.
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There are 28 Skoda Yeti versions available
Target Price team says:
The 1.2-litre turbo petrol is the pick of the range because it’s a lively performer, attractively priced and affordable to run. However, it can’t be combined with four-wheel drive – you’ll need a 1.8-litre turbo petrol or 2.0-litre diesel if you plan to head off-road. Of these, the basic 2.0 TDI is our pick, because it’s reasonably gutsy and the only one that’s available with more affordable trims.
Company car drivers will be best off choosing the 1.6 TDI Greenline II, because its low emissions put it in the 18% band for Benefit in Kind tax.
Entry-level models have most of what you want, including air-con, electric front windows and a CD player. We'd upgrade to S trim, though – you get alloys, front foglights and powered rear windows.
Next up is SE, which provides dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and a CD changer with touchscreen controls. Range-topping Elegance cars have an off-road mode, leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers and xenon headlamps.
Reader test team says:
Good car to drive, fantastic in the snow, and pretty good use of space. However, despite being a calm, considerate and more MPG than tyre-wearing…
I have the yeti 2.0 TDI CR 140 SE PLUS 4WD DSG & just completed 1k miles from new first impressions are good, seating is comfortable good driving…
I've had my 1.8 since 2009, covered 22,000 miles. This compact 4x4 has has plenty of character and it's been easy to own. The ride is not the best,…
We have owned a Yeti for three years now (and have just exchanged it for another!) Initially, the care felt tight and smooth, but gradually over…