Front-wheel-drive Yetis are attractively priced and hold their value well, so stick to this end of the line-up for the best value. Four-wheel-drive editions look fairly pricey by comparison, so make sure you need the extra driven wheels before paying the premium.
Fuel economy is good for most models; even the 1.2 TSI manages more than 40mpg, and the diesels have even more appealing fuel consumption, along with CO2 emissions figures that will keep down company car tax.
Entry-level S trim gets a reasonably generous amount of standard equipment, with that touch-screen infotainment system, electric windows, manual air-conditioning and Bluetooth. However, we reckon it’s worth forking out the extra for SE, which brings the upgraded touchscreen, chrome styling flourishes, some practical touches in the boot, rear parking sensors, cruise control and dual-zone climate control.
Further up the range, SE L adds leather upholstery, bi-xenon lights and heated front seats, while Laurin & Klement – available only in ‘Outdoor’ spec – brings a panoramic sunroof, a heated windscreen and satellite navigation. These are expensive editions, though, so it’s hard to justify the extra cost.
‘Outdoor’ editions – available on S, SE, SE L and Laurin & Klement – get steeper approach and departure angles to help with off-roading, as well as more chunky styling and different alloy wheel designs.
Skoda Yeti Outdoor reliability
The Yeti gets a great ownership rating from buyers; in fact, Skoda was the top brand overall in the latest J.D Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
The standard warranty on the Yeti is two years and unlimited mileage, with a third year of warranty up to 60,000 miles. This is par for the course but not as impressive as the five and seven-year deals offered on some of its key rivals. If you’re willing to pay extra, you can extend the warranty to get a five-year or 100,000-mile cover.
Skoda Yeti Outdoor safety & security
All Yetis come with stability control, anti-whiplash head restraints and Isofix child seat mounting points, plus front, side and curtain airbags and a driver's knee ’bag. The pre-facelift version of the car scored the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP safety test back in 2009 - although it's worth remembering that the evaluation has been revised since then.
The security experts at Thatcham have tested this generation of Yeti and given it the maximum five stars for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
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The entry-level trim gets a decent amount of kit, including air-conditioning, 16in alloy wheels, a trip computer, front fog lights and 5.0in touch-screen infotainment system with auxiliary and USB connections plus Bluetooth audio streaming.
This edition of the S is designed to make the Yeti look more like a genuine ‘off-roader’ - so it gets styling add-ons including chunky side mouldings and black sills and bumpers. There’s no extra kit that’s really useful, though, so it’s only worth choosing if the styling appeals.
Our pick SE
Our favourite trim adds dual-zone air-con, rear parking sensors, horizontal rails with hooks to help you organise the boot, cruise control, more speakers for the stereo, a larger touchscreen, 17in alloy wheels and integrated headlight washers. It’s a great blend of equipment for the price.
This version of our preferred trim level brings styling add-ons designed to give the Yeti a more rugged look. You get black trim on the door mouldings, side sills and both bumpers - plus silver door mirrors and a different design of alloy wheel. It’s all about styling, though, with no extra kit that’s actually useful, so be sure you want the appearance before committing to spending more money.
This trim level starts to make the Yeti look almost luxurious, with leather upholstery, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights. It also gets lumbar support on the front seats - a notable omission on lower-end models. It’s expensive, though, so be sure you really want the extra features before spending the extra cash over SE.
Outdoor SE L
This version of SE L gets styling add-ons to make the Yeti look more chunky, with a different design of 17in alloy wheels and black plastic cladding on the sides of the body. It’s an expensive way to make a road-focused SUV look like an off-roader, though.
This motorsport-influenced trim level gets styling tweaks, including a contrasting roof colour and black alloy wheels, plus sports seats, bi-xenon headlights, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a different design of 17in alloy wheel. It’s available only with the high-powered diesel engine and four-wheel drive, though, so you’ll really need to be a motorsport enthusiast to justify spending so much cash on a Yeti.
Outdoor Laurin & Klement
Available only with the two most powerful diesel engines or the 1.8 petrol, and in four-wheel-drive Outdoor form (with plastic cladding for a more rugged look), L&K gets brown leather upholstery, a heated windscreen, a leather armrest, a panoramic sunroof, sat-nav with DAB radio, a park assistance system and piano-black dashboard inserts.