What's the used Skoda Yeti estate like?
Being one of the first small family SUV’s, the Skoda Yeti needed to stand out. To do this, it features some chunky, Tonka toy looks, particularly the blistered wheel arches, oversized roof rails and lower-body cladding. Then there is the name, which is that of a large, hairy abominable snowman. Fortunately, there is nothing abominable about this practical alternative to a family hatchback.
Being quite wide and tall means the Yeti has a generous amount of space inside for five passengers. Just like its contemporaries, the rear seats slide to aid rear leg room or boot space; combined with the Yeti’s boxy shape, this means the boot is a useful size, especially for those who need to fit a pushchair in there. That said, it isn’t quite as big as the one offered in the Peugeot 3008.
The raised ride height and large window area afford the driver great all-round visibility, while the driver’s seat has plenty of adjustment to suit all sizes.
The Yeti is surprisingly enjoyable to drive, with sharp steering and plenty of traction. The trade-off is that, with the extra ride height, the ride is rather firm. Wind noise is also a problem at speed, which is something that doesn’t trouble rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai.
The car was facelifted in 2013, which brought new front and rear bumpers and introduced two model variations: Yeti and Yeti Outdoor. The move aimed to offer buyers a choice based on how they use their car; the standard Yeti for those for don’t need off-road capability and Yeti Outdoor for those who do. This is similar to what was offered with the Volkswagen Tiguan, as the Yeti Outdoor has different bumpers that increase the approach and departure angles to make it more capable off-road.