If you're searching for an affordable and practical family SUV, then the Skoda Yeti is definitely worth looking at.
Competition in this market is fierce, with everything from the SsangYong Tivoli to the class-leading Seat Ateca all fighting for supremacy. There's also the Renault Kadjar, Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage to consider, too.
Skoda designed the Yeti firmly with families in mind. It's superbly practical, spacious inside, and able to stand up to the rigours of modern family life. It's also fairly economical, and can go off-road if needed. The Yeti also represents real value for money in the right guise.
There are two Yeti models to choose from - the standard Yeti and the Yeti Outdoor, which gets different styling. In reality, though, both are equally practical and versatile.
Here are five reasons why a Skoda Yeti should be on your shopping list.
5 reasons to buy a Skoda Yeti
5. Rough terrain? No problem
Four-wheel-drive versions of the Skoda Yeti are more than capable of tackling mud - in fact, you're likely to be surprised by just how far you can push it away from the Tarmac should you need to. There's also excellent body control through corners.
4. Petrol power
Despite its apparent size, you don't need a big diesel engine to get the most from the Yeti - the small but gutsy 1.2-litre petrol engine is our preferred option, both for its flexible performance and reasonable real-world fuel economy.
3. Back seat space
There's space for three adults to sit shoulder to shoulder on the rear bench without getting uncomfortable on longer journeys, and the other seats can slide backwards to increase leg room.
2. Assured reliability
Speak to the vast majority of Yeti owners and they'll tell you not to expect any problems with your car. Skoda has a good record for reliability and the brand finished top in our most recent customer satisfaction survey.
1. Generous kit
The Yeti gets plenty of goodies as standard, but out favoured SE trim adds dual-zone air conditioning, rear parking sensors, a boot organiser, larger touchscreen infotainment system and 17in alloy wheels, which really help the Yeti to stand out.
There's no getting away from the fact that the Yeti is starting to feel dated in some key areas, however, especially inside so if you're looking for the latest technology it's best to look elsewhere.
What about buying used?
The Skoda Yeti was launched in 2009 and the pre-facelift version went off sale in 2013 to make way for the current model. Like most small SUVs, its rugged styling suggests a greater off-road ability than is actually achievable, but it is nonetheless a very practical and affordable choice for families.
If you're mainly going to be doing urban journeys with only occasional jaunts into the countryside, then it's best to stick with the 1.2-litre petrol version. It needs to be revved hard to perform at its best, but it's fairly economical. If you're after a diesel Yeti then the frugal 1.6-litre Greenline version is worth considering. All Yetis get air conditioning, a CD player and front electric windows, too.
A budget of £4500 will get you a well used Skoda Yeti, but around £9000 will get you a late 2013 diesel model with less than 50,000 miles on the clock. The Yeti is also cheaper to service than the Nissan Qashqai, and its resale values are generally strong.
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