The Yeti is not an insignificant achievement. Popular though the segment might be, very few crossovers are genuinely likeable upon introduction. The little Skoda is. While its rivals continue to become more car like - in shape as well as ethos - there is still something pleasingly utilitarian about the Yeti. It's rather like driving around in your favourite, weather-worn rucksack. 

The accuracy and honesty with which it goes about its business is a big part of this appeal. While Skoda may not have aimed the Yeti at the enthusiast, by giving it a credibly agile chassis it has made a car that is nonetheless good to drive. It’s easy to drive, too, with a comfortable ride for the most part.

Matt Burt

Matt Burt

Executive Editor, Autocar
The Yeti is easy to drive and has a comfortable ride

Nevertheless, the shortcomings - recognisable from the outset, and hardly dulled by the now considerable weight of the competition - cannot be entirely ignored. For a segment which prides itself on extra practicality, the Yeti's compactness does work against it. It's also not the most exciting, modern-looking prospect to sit in. 

Add in a big asking price for the best equipped versions, and the temptation to look elsewhere is all but unavoidable. Indeed, if your budget and space requirements are large, we'd recommend that you do. However, if you're buying in the mid spec sweet spot, only have little legs to accommodate or the occasional field to cross, the Yeti remains a compelling choice. 

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As an amalgamation of established VW Group hardware, it is pieced together about as cleverly and distinctively as one could hope; as a well-engineered example of functionality and ease of use, it is potentially precisely as good as it needs to be. Is it better to own and live with that say a Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca or Volkswagen Tiguan? Probably not, but then it doesn't need to be, as the soon to arrive Karoq will be responsible for answering those questions.

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