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      Launch year
      2009
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Best bits

  • Excellent practicality and space efficiency
  • Genuine off-road ability
  • Appealing driving experience

Not so great

  • Looks might not be to all tastes
  • Occasionally poor ride quality
  • Noisy at higher speeds

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Overall verdict on the Skoda Yeti

"Enough has been written about how Skoda was transformed from an Eastern bloc manufacturer to a highly-competitive brand with a loyal following, but what is less well recognised is that it used the backing of Volkswagen to really push the boat out and turn some radical ideas into production reality."

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Not long after Nissan cracked the crossover formula with its Qashqai, Skoda introduced its Yeti, with a name that was as wild and wacky as the car it was applied to. Looking far more like an SUV than most of its crossover rivals, the Yeti had a butch, squared-off design that gave off all the right 4x4 signals but was relatively compact, and although its ride height was raised a little it certainly didn’t tower over you.


The relatively bluff exterior design was for a reason though, namely to free up as much interior space as possible. The Yeti offers an impressive amount of interior space given that it is still quite a compact car on the outside; it’s shorter than a current Ford Focus, but the tall, box-like rear end means an immense amount of practicality. 


The Yeti is also one of the first Skodas that really demonstrated the extra thought going into how people use the space; you can move the rear seats forwards and backwards independently and even remove the central seat and push the outer two closer together.


On the mechanical side the Yeti mixes conventional hatchback with actual off-road ability. The petrol engine range includes everything from a 1.2-litre petrol to a 1.8-litre with 160PS and lively acceleration, while there are four diesel options made up of a 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre in three power outputs. 


The Yeti is also available with four-wheel-drive depending on the engine choice; some came with 4WD as standard, some were front-wheel-drive only and others could be had with either. Following a facelift in 2013 the range was revised and a Yeti Outdoor model was added, which had different bumpers and came with four-wheel-drive as standard to suit buyers who really needed the off-road ability.


The Yeti offers a driving experience that is probably more conventional than you might expect. For all the visual toughness and slightly elevated driving position it is undemanding, comfortable and capable from behind the wheel, and it is this ease of use with the added practicality that makes the Yeti such a compelling proposition.


It’s certainly something of a leftfield option, but the secret to the Yeti’s appeal is actually quite straightforward. It’s a great example of the crossover formula, mixing the visual appeal and space of a 4x4 (and the ability if you want it) with the ease of use and running costs of a conventional car.


The Yeti was essentially replaced by two models - the Skoda Karoq and the Skoda Kamiq.


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Skoda Yeti

1.2 TSI 110 S 5dr DSG

  • 2016
  • 51,996 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Ford Birmingham
  • Warwickshire, B57AZ
Price:£8,500
HP: £231.36/mo

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1.2 TSI 110 Monte Carlo 5dr DSG

  • 2016
  • 25,522 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Barlows Skoda Newcastle
  • Staffordshire, ST57NL
Price:£12,295
PCP: £225.09/mo

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Is the Skoda Yeti right for you?

There are more than enough - probably too many in fact - compact hatchbacks that can carry people and stuff in comfort, but the Yeti delivers those same attributes with a bit more flair and personality. It’s a car that will suit a broad demographic; it’s arguably stylish enough for a singleton or couple, is practical enough for a family and is sufficiently easy to drive and comfortable that it could be used for slogging through urban traffic on a regular basis.


Where the Yeti is a little less capable is for anyone who is after a fun driving experience. There’s nothing wrong with the way it drives, and the 1.8-litre TSI version is actually impressive quick, but more conventional hatchbacks benefit from a lower centre of gravity which contributes to better handling. The Yeti is also not the most refined vehicle of this size, so if you regularly travel long distances you may be better off with a regular saloon or hatch.


What's the best Skoda Yeti model/engine to choose?

Because the Yeti is quite a versatile machine the best engine choice depends a great deal on what kind of driving you expect to do. If it’s running about town on a regular basis then the 1.2-litre TSI is probably all you’ll ever need. 


It’s quite refined, usefully torquey and economical with it, and you won’t be bothered by its modest high-speed performance. For most buyers however, the diesel option makes the most sense. If you don’t need four-wheel-drive, and most people don’t, then go for the 110PS version in two-wheel-drive guise - otherwise the more potent 140PS 2.0-litre TDI has the 4x4 option as standard and is ready for anything.


As for trim levels, for pre-facelift cars the SE offers the best balance of price and equipment and is one of the more popular options, with rear parking sensors, air con, cruise control and an MP3-compatible CD player as standard. On post-2014 models the basic S spec is quite generous, but the SE again adds the same useful features.


What other cars are similar to the Skoda Yeti?

There are few cars that look quite like the Yeti, but there are a few alternatives that are aimed at the same target audience. Nissan’s Qashqai was one of the cars responsible for the boom in crossovers, combining the easy driving dynamics of a regular car with the practicality and high driving position of an SUV. 


Similarly Toyota’s RAV4 and the Honda CR-V were on a similar path even before the Qashqai, mixing SUV styling with car-derived mechanicals. Skoda’s parent Volkswagen also got in on the act with its Volkswagen Tiguan, with a more premium approach to the segment.

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