The Skoda Yeti, first launched in 2009, can persuasively lay claim to a place among the original members of the crossover segment. With tall, chunky styling and tidy, hatchback-sourced handling, it was certainly an early marker for how appealing the new concept could potentially be.

Treated to a facelift in 2014, the range was subsequently split in two: the standard Yeti continues as a two-wheel-drive model, while the four-wheel drive version is now dubbed the Yeti Outdoor (although its extra heft can be had with front drive if you insist). 

However, what continues to really split the car apart is its slightly unusual size. At only 4.2 metres long, its blocky proportions and silhouette are somewhere between a Fiat Panda 4x4 and a conventional C segment offering, such as the Volkswagen Tiguan. While there have been renderings of the 2018 model which is set to take inspiration from the larger Skoda Kodiaq.

Its price, unfortunately, especially in the higher trim levels, continues to push towards the latter - especially as you move up the engine range into the higher-powered 2.0-litre diesels and climb towards the top of the specification list, or begin ticking option boxes. 

To find out what our sister site, What Car? made of the Skoda Yeti, watch the video below.

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