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Skoda Yeti Hatchback review

2009 - 2017 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 54.4

At a glance

Price new £15,110 - £27,990
Used prices £2,131 - £17,148
Road tax cost £35 - £365
Insurance group 9 - 24
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 462 - 774 miles
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Diesel

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Distinctive looks
  • Available with four-wheel drive
  • Strong but frugal engines
  • Good rear passenger space
CONS
  • Unusual styling not to everyone's taste

Written by Dan Harrison Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 18 May 2023

Overview

Part family hatch and part SUV, the Skoda Yeti is an unusual model. It’s a similar idea to the Nissan Qashqai and combines the user-friendliness and affordability of a hatchback along with the practicality of a four-wheel drive. The result is a real success, making the Yeti one of the best used car for less than £5,000.

There’s plenty of room inside, especially for rear passengers, while the boot can swallow an impressive amount of luggage or shopping. It drives well too, and excellent ride quality means it’s incredibly comfortable over the roughest of roads.

The choice of engines includes the frugal 2.0 TDI along with a 1.2 TSI that comes with two-wheel, rather than four-wheel drive. There’s even a super-economy model called the Greenline II, that’s claimed to be capable of averaging 61.4mpg. Add in a top quality interior, good levels of standard equipment and the Yeti has even more appeal.

Facelifted before 2014

From the end of 2013 the Yeti gets a fresh appearance with sharper, more angular headlights and tail-lights, front grille and bumpers along with new wheels, interior updates and an expanded engine range.

An addition to the visual updates, the Yeti range has been split into two model lines: the regular Skoda Yeti, now marketed as a car for urban driving, and the Yeti Outdoor, designed with a tougher appearance. The Yeti Outdoor retains the black plastic sill guards and side mouldings that make the original car so distinctive while the rest of the Yeti range now gets body-coloured bumpers and sills for a more upmarket appearance.

Good passenger space

Most family hatches offer decent space for their occupants, but the Yeti’s SUV-like styling means it provides a huge amount of room for people and luggage. Even with so much interior space, the Yeti occupies the same amount of road space as the average small hatch, so it doesn’t sacrifice ease of driving for interior space.

The front seat passengers are afforded acres of room, while the rear seat easily holds three and the boot is very generous. Fold the 40/20/40 split and tip rear seat and the Yeti has near van-like levers of cargo capacity.

Looks don’t suit everyone

In a market where looks and image can be a considerable factor in the buying decision, the Yeti’s bluff-fronted styling may not be to everyone’s taste. It’s not stopped the Yeti from being a massive sales hit for Skoda, which has seen used values remain impressively solid even through the bleak years of recession the Yeti was launched into.