The Skoda Yeti carried me through some very tricky terrain in the wilds of Bhutan last year, so I have a certain attachment to this funny-looking SUV which has gained a cult – if niche – following.

So I’m as surprised as many that Skoda has decided to abandon the Yeti name and instead call its compact SUV, the Karoq. More on that later.

The Yeti has been a quiet success for Skoda – since launching in 2009, its sales continued to grow each year until 2016. It might not be on the scale of the ubiquitous Nissan Qashqai, but it’s held its own in a fast-expanding segment.