Skoda Yeti: in from the wild

Czech beast joins the Parker's line-up

Since the Nissan Qashqai went on sale back in 2007, more and more manufacturers have joined the battle for the best crossover. Peugeot has the 3008, Hyundai has ix35 and this is Skoda's effort - the Yeti  - and it's joining our car line-up for the next six months.

It's not the most attractive thing to look at - but named after a hairy mythical best would you expect it to? Like most crossovers the Yeti comes in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Ours is the 2.0 TDI 4x4 models with 140bhp in top-of-the-range Elegance spec. I'm hoping that the 2.0-litre engine will give me plenty of power but also decent economy for my lengthy commute.

The pleasure of having Elegance spec means we get bi-xenon headlights with cornering function, cornering front fog lights, full leather, heated front seats, hill hold control, off-road button, rain sensing and auto-dimming rear-view mirror and Bluetooth connectivity.

There are also a couple of optional extras on top of the lengthy standard equipment including front and rear parking sensors at £245 - although I think these will come in handy as the Yeti is an awkward shape to judge around the tight space - and the excellent panoramic sunroof the priciest luxury at £850. This all pushes the price up to a reasonable £21,234.

All-in-all the Yeti is an interesting proposition and there are a couple of tough questions for it to answer. Firstly is it really an alternative to a regular family hatchback? Secondly, is that 4x4 merely a badge or can it really handle some tough off-road terrain?

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