What is it?
No bigger than the Golf on which it is based, the Yeti is perhaps the most sensible 'off-roader' yet. Short and tall with impressive interior space, the Yeti possess serious off-road ability, especially when fitted with the optional electronic off-road chassis aids.
What’s it like?
This car may look a lot smaller (and it is certainly a much less bulky car in the flesh) than the typical Honda CR-V or Ford Kuga, but it doesn’t give much away on interior space.
The combination of the high roof and upright seating position means it offers remarkable leg and headroom. It’s not widest cabin, but it is a very restful place to sit.
It benefits from fine front seats and the dashboard fit and finish is first rate. Components such as the steering wheel and switchgear are of admirable quality.
The boot isn’t huge (it suffers from a high floor when the essentially full-size spare is fitted and its not that deep because the Yeti isn’t that long) but you can tumble fold the rear seats or take them out altogether. And when you do, the floor is nearly completely flat.
Other neat touches include runners on each side of the boot, equipped with hooks, from which you can hang shopping bags.
So, while the functional Yeti is not as sexy as a typical 'on-roader' it is probably much more space efficient and much more useful a genuine load carrier. And because the Yeti does not sit unnecessarily high on its wheels, it is easier to get and out of and easier to load.
VW Group’s excellent 158bhp 1.8 TSi petrol engine, which combines direct injection and a turbocharger, is well suited to the Yeti. The unit is smooth, very quiet and has the serious low-down muscle to rival the best diesels. The six-speed manual is slick and positive, but strangely, there’s no DSG twin-clutch version on the horizon.
TheSkoda rode extremely well on the poor roads we tried it on – indeed Skoda says one of its aims was to have best ride in class. The Yeti is also very refined, even allowing front-to-rear conversations in the cabin, something many, more luxurious, cars can’t manage.