Skoda Yeti information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the quirky crossover. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Yeti car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
Skoda’s Yeti is far from abominable. In fact, it’s brilliant, if pricey. A crossover it’s okay to like. From the end of 2013 it was split into two model lines: the regular Yeti and the tougher-looking Yeti Outdoor. For more information on the Skoda Yeti family, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
These days you have a choice of two Yetis: the regular model, now with lots of body-coloured bits and marketed as an urban runabout, or the Millets-spec Yeti Outdoor, which hangs on to the original car’s plastic body guards. 4x4 versions get a Haldex clutch system and can sort of off-road (a bit), but it’s on ordinary tarmac that you’ll discover one of the Yeti’s strengths: it’s actually nice to drive, not just for a crossover but nice full stop. Shame the ride’s a bit firm – surprising for a car with such vast wheelarches. As a family car, it’s genuinely practical with three individual seats that can be individually folded or removed altogether, like in the Skoda Roomster. Nissan’s Qashqai arguably offers better efficiency and value for money, but it lacks the Yeti’s charm and handling.
The one we’d buy
Little 1.2 TSI petrol surprisingly flexible and the one to go for if you do most of your driving in town. Otherwise pick one of the many diesel options
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Base S trim is a bit sparse on kit
Rivals to consider
Kia Soul/Sportage, Nissan Juke/Qashqai, Peugeot 3008
Characterful, practical, good engines, 4wd option
Firm ride, quite pricey, stingy kit levels