- Cheap to run
- Fun to drive
- Spacious and practical
- Looks might not be for everyone
- Nissan Qashqai is more efficient
- Not the most refined ride
Stylish, practical family SUV
The Skoda Yeti is a car that’s built with families in mind, and it is one of the most versatile compact SUVs currently on the market. First introduced in 2009, the Yeti has become a firm family favourite, with the Yeti finishing top of the Driver Power Survey in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Nowadays, the Yeti is up against some tough competition. The ever popular Nissan Qashqai is its biggest rival, whilst the Kia Sportage offers a cheaper alternative. The Yeti though remains one of the best cars in its class, so if you’re looking for a perfect car for your family, you should seriously consider the Skoda Yeti.
An update in 2013 featured a minor facelift, with colour coded bumpers, an updated interior, and the introduction of a four-wheel drive Outdoor model.
Functional, classy, and spacious
One area in which the Yeti really excels is in its interior. It’s well-built, features some impressive materials, spacious, and generously equipped if you go for the right model. Family buyers will love it when they step into a Skoda Yeti.
Most families have a durable interior right at the top of their requirement lists when they’re searching for their next compact SUV. The Skoda Yeti doesn’t disappoint in this area. The cabin feels sturdy, whilst soft-touch materials give the Yeti a prestige feel not often found in cars in this class. The design isn’t particularly flashy, but controls are exactly where you’d want them to be, and they’re well-damped to boot, so they’re nice to use and far from flimsy.
The Yeti’s shape give it a great advantage when it comes to storage space over rivals. The boxy design might not be for everyone, but there’s plenty of room in the cabin for both driver and passengers. The 416 litre boot capacity is impressive as well, with enough room for a big family shop, a bulky buggy, or even a family’s worth of travel luggage. It’s also a good square shape, so getting awkward shaped items in and out is a doddle.
Equipment levels in the Yeti are pretty generous, no matter which trim you choose to go for. The entry-level S spec comes with electric windows, a touch-screen infotainment system, air-con, and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s worth spending a little bit more to upgrade to the SE trim however, as this adds chrome trim, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, and an upgraded touchscreen; additions that will appeal to most family buyers.
Excellent handling and decent refinement
For a car that looks almost van-like, the Yeti is an exceptional car to drive. The SUV class isn’t one that’s packed with drivers cars, but the Yeti is still among the best. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, whilst the steering offers plenty of positive feedback, so you can confidently throw it into a B-road bend. Body roll is also kept well in check thanks to the Yeti’s stiff chassis. All of these facets together make the Yeti quite a fun car to drive, both in town, and out on the open roads. 4WD models also have excellent off-road capability.
Whilst the Yeti is most certainly rewarding behind the wheel, it’s not the most refined car in its class. Around town, the Yeti is a little bit jumpy over rough surfaces and speed bumps. When you get it out of town it’s not the best either, as it wallows over potholes and poorly tarmaced roads. There’s also quite a bit of road and wind noise when you get the Yeti out on the motorway, so it’s not the most refined motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Yeti come in four guises. Entry-level diesel models come with a five-speed manual that’s sharp and snappy, though it’s only really suited to town driving. A six-speed manual is standard on manual versions, which adds flexibility for if you want to do long journeys. Two excellent DSG automatics are also available, with a six-speed version featuring on the high-powered 4WD version, and a seven-speed available with the 2WD 1.2 litre petrol engine.
All engines in the range have enough power
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Yeti, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. No matter which choice you go for you’ll have enough grunt, though they’re not the most efficient engines in the SUV class.
Family SUVs aren’t known for entertaining thrillseekers, and the Yeti is no different. The most powerful engine in the Yeti range is the diesel-powered 2.0 litre TDI CR 150 unit, which is paired with the 4WD chassis. It produces 150bhp, and will get you from 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds. It’s not the fastest car that money can buy, far from it, but it still feels pretty powerful for a compact SUV.
Eco-friendly buyers will be drawn to the lower-powered 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine. Yetis in this guise produce just 118g/km of CO2 emissions, which means that this model only costs £30 each year to tax. It’s pretty decent, but the most efficient Qashqai is tax-free, and features sub-100g/km emissions, so it’s a better option for true eco-warriors. Nevertheless, this low-powered diesel is great for money-savers. Not only is it the cheapest to tax in the Yeti range, it also offers an impressive 62.8mpg. Again, it’s not as efficient as the best Qashqai, but it’ll still save you plenty of money at the fuel pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Yeti, you’re going to have a reasonably efficient, flexible engine, with enough power for your everyday needs. They’re not the most modern or greenest engines in the compact SUV class, but this won’t be an issue for a lot of buyers.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with impressive standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Skoda Yeti easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 92% in adult safety, 78% in child safety, and 46% in pedestrian safety, the Yeti isn’t quite as safe as the Seat Ateca, the Mazda CX-5, or the Kia Sportage, but it’s still a car that you can feel safe in. You’ll also get the usual array of airbags, Isofix mounting points, electronic stability control, and traction control, even on the most basic models, which should make you feel even more secure in your Yeti.
Superb value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Skoda Yeti represents excellent value for money for family buyers. Not only is it one of the cheapest to buy in its class, it’s also pretty good value to run day-to-day. Fuel efficiency is impressive throughout the range (with no car falling below 51mpg), whilst road tax bands are standard for the class, thanks to decent CO2 emissions. The Yeti is also one of the most reliable cars on sale, so you won’t be spending much money at the garage.
Insurance groups in the Yeti depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 9 for the entry-level 1.2 TSI S, and climbs up to group 24 if you’re tempted by the range-topping limited edition 2.0 TDI CR (170bhp) Laurin + Klement 4x4 Outdoor. Whichever model you choose to go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a factor to consider with the Yeti, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Skoda Yeti is one of the best family SUVs that’s currently on the market. It’s unique styling, practicality, and high quality interior should be enough to sway most buyers. But factor in that it’s also safe, efficient, and excellent value for money, and even the most wary buyers should be convinced. If you’re looking for a family SUV, the Skoda Yeti should be seriously considered.
Buying a used Skoda Yeti online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Skoda Yeti for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Yeti. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Skoda Yeti online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Skoda? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Skoda Yeti, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Yeti, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Skoda to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.