In the high-spec trim the Skoda Yeti is an expensive proposition, asking you to pay the same price as many bigger models – including Skoda’s own excellent Superb. This, together with the high level of initial depreciation, makes this a rare example of a Skoda offering fairly poor value for money. In contrast, the lower end models in the range come well equipped and are more temptingly priced.
As such, the 1.2-litre TSI engine is an interesting proposition, although not in paupers ‘E’ spec. You may get air-con, but there’s little else to write home about, and you do without some of the external addenda that give the car its funky looks.
S spec models add alloy wheels, front foglights and powered rear windows. Our pick would be SE, which provides dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and a six-disc CD changer with touch-screen controls, to which SE Plus adds touch-screen sat-nav, Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel. Top-end Elegance cars have leather upholstery, rain-sensing wipers and xenon headlamps.
For those looking for more frugality, the Yeti Greenline puts a good case for itself – it’s reasonably driveable and returns excellent figures. CO2 output is impressively low, as is the official fuel economy. The best-seller, though, is the mid-spec 2.0 TDI, which matches all-round drivability with a decent average fuel economy and low CO2 figures. Importantly, whatever engine you choose the Yeti’s running costs will amount to little more than those of a normal hatchback.