The Skoda Yeti was introduced in 2009 and shook up the overcrowded small SUV class with its distinctive looks, compact body and super-versatile interior including sliding and removable rear seats.

the Yeti is robust,
and dependable.

Skoda Yeti engine options

It was offered with a broad spread of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and there was a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic offered on most as well. However, the vast majority of used examples are the 1.6- or 2.0-litre diesel varieties, and they are the best options if you’re keen to keep fuel costs down. Don’t discount the petrols, though – the 1.2 is surprisingly zesty and is great for school-run stuff but you’ll struggle to get even 40mpg out of it, while the 2.0 TDI 140 is our pick of the lot for being punchy, frugal and widely available. Four-wheel drive is available, but the front-wheel drive is stoic and grippy in all but the wildest and wintriest of on-road conditions.

A heavy facelift in 2014 saw the controversial headlight design switched to a blander but less divisive look, and a Yeti ‘Outdoor’ model also joined the range. This is essentially just a more rugged looking model, with tough black plastic trim. If you’re looking for something a little more mainstream style-wise, the Hyundai Santa Fe might be more up your street.

Avoid entry-level E models for the Skoda Yeti, which are rare anyway. SE or up is fine, while Elegance steps up to leather upholstery and heated seats.

Our verdict on the Skodi Yeti as a used car

Maintenance schedules vary on the Yeti depending on how the car’s driven, but it comes with a dashboard warning when a service is due and you can expect this to happen at least every two years. 

The Yeti is robust and dependable, hence why we like it so much. Check that the air-con blows cold, since the compressor can fail and that’s a pricey fix, and keep a keen eye out for any odd electrical glitches in the multimedia system or on the dash, as there have been reports of hard-to-diagnose electrical gremlins.

Otherwise, don’t be afraid of high mileage cars if you’re looking for a cheaper car, as long as they’ve been serviced properly. There are a lot out there, and they’re a lot cheaper than the low mileage examples and are proving reliable and dependable choices, despite the leggy mileage. 

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