Front-wheel-drive Skoda Yetis are offered with a choice of two turbocharged engines. The 1.2 TSI petrol is the cheapest option, but it revs smoothly and has enough performance for most buyers. Many company car choosers will want to pick the 2.0-litre diesel, though; it has only 108bhp but there’s plenty of low-down grunt for relaxed progress.
Four-wheel-drive Yetis get the same diesel engine or a more powerful version with 148bhp. There’s also a four-wheel-drive petrol edition, equipped with a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged unit. That stronger diesel engine is powerful and copes easily with B-road overtaking, but it is quite loud at most speeds, only settling down when cruising in sixth on the motorway.
Despite these other options, it’s hard to look beyond the lower-powered diesel or the 1.2 petrol, since they both have enough power.
The standard gearboxes are a five-speed manual on the front-wheel-drive diesel or a six-speed manual on the 1.2 and 1.4 petrols and the four-wheel-drive diesels. You can get a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic on the high-powered four-wheel-drive diesel, and a seven-speed version of the same gearbox on the front-wheel-drive 1.2 petrol.