Skoda Yeti (2009-present)

The Skoda Yeti is a compact SUV that blends impressive practicality with low running costs

Strengths & Weaknesses


Plenty of space inside
Wide range of cheap-to-run engines
Skoda has a good reputation


Yeti is getting quite old
Interior is quite bland
Rear seats heavy and difficult to remove

The Skoda Yeti is a compact SUV that goes against what many other small SUVs - sometimes referred to as ‘compact crossovers’ - are marketed on - as fashionable cars with sleek lines and sporty styling. It’s a boxy car, but it also looks funky and unique. The interior isn’t as interesting to look at as the exterior, as the grey VW-derived dashboard design is quite bland to look at. It’s all high-quality, though, with a feeling of solidity present throughout.

The car’s boxy shape means there’s plenty of room inside, though. There’s ample space for five to sit comfortably, with its high roof lending itself to generous levels of headroom for passengers in both the front and the rear. The boot is a reasonable 416 litres, plus the square bootlid and low loading lip means it’s easy to load and unload large, heavy items. The rear seats can also tumble forwards or be removed, turning the Yeti into an extremely practical, makeshift removals van.

On the road, the Skoda Yeti isn’t as quite as comfortable and refined as the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage, but it very enjoyable to drive for a car that rides a little higher than other cars. The steering is accurate and feels planted to the road when you’re driving around corners. The trade-off for this is a slightly firmer ride, but this is to be expected for more enjoyable driving experience. The Yeti comes with either a manual gearbox or DSG automatic gearbox, and both are smooth and pleasant to use - and are available across the range with a choice of economical and powerful petrol or diesel engines.

The Yeti range is split in two - the standard Yeti and the Yeti Outdoor. Models that fall under the Yeti Outdoor range have slightly more rugged exterior styling, while the standard models focus more on the car’s styling - particularly more expensive models such as the Monte Carlo special edition and the luxurious Laurin & Klement range-topper.

Buyers will be reassured with Skoda’s reputation for producing reliable cars that owners enjoy owning, as shown in the annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. The brand regularly features in the top 3 manufacturer ratings, and the Yeti has also topped the survey previously. The Yeti is a very safe car, too, achieving a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Last Updated 

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 16:15

Key facts 

3 years, 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
416 litres
Tax (min to max): 
£0 to £145

Best Skoda Yeti for... 

Skoda Yeti S 2.0 TDI 110PS manual
The 2.0 TDI 110PS diesel engine is the least powerful in the range, but it’s also the most economical. It returns up to 64mpg and emits 115g/km, meaning a £30 annual road tax bill. It’s front-wheel drive, which helps increase fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Skoda Yeti SE Business 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4
The more powerful 2.0 TDI diesel engine is great if you regularly carry passengers and luggage. It’s extra power over the less-powerful 2.0 TDI 110 means it keeps up with fast traffic more easily, but it’s almost as economical. Four-wheel drive adds security in slippery conditions, too.
Skoda Yeti Laurin & Klement 1.4 TSI 150PS 4x4
The 1.4 TSI is a niche choice, because it has the worst economy figures (45mpg average) in the whole Yeti range, however the combination of a turbocharged 148bhp petrol engine and four-wheel drive means it’s the fastest to 62mph, taking 8.7 seconds.
Skoda Yeti S 2.0 TDI 110PS 4x4
While the 2.0 TDI engine is economical, entry-level S trim doesn’t have a generous equipment list. It has air-con and electric front windows, but not much more than that. It’s paying the extra to step up at least to SE trim to get a few more luxuries and practical touches, including roof rails, a central armrest and dual-zone climate control.

Skoda Yeti History 

March 2009: Skoda Yeti first launched

September 2009: Yeti GreenLine launched with focus on economy and low running costs

March 2011: Yeti SE Plus trim added to the range, with revised 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine

March 2012: Limited edition Yeti Urban launched. It was based on SE trim, but added extras such as sat-nav, parking sensors, cruise control and Bluetooth

May 2013: 1.8 TSI 160PS engine dropped from the range

June 2013: Yeti Adventure, based on SE trim, launched with extra equipment

October 2013: Facelifted Yeti revealed with changed to engines, trim levels and exterior styling

June 2014: Yeti Tour de France special edition launched. Only 198 cars available and celebrated the Tour de France bike race - cars come with extras such as internal bike rack and bicycle wheel bags for easy transportation

Understanding Skoda Yeti car names 

  • Yeti
  • Trim
    SE L
  • Engine
    2.0 TDI 150PS
  • Drive
  • Trim
    Trims: Outdoor S, SE, SE L, Outdoor SE Business, Monte Carlo, Outdoor Laurin & Klement
  • Engine
    Engines: Range of petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines Gearbox: Either manual gearbox or automatic (DSG)

Skoda Yeti Engines 

Engines: Petrol - 1.2 TSI 110PS, 1.4 TSI 150PS; Diesel - 2.0 TDI 110PS & 2.0 TDI 150PS

The Skoda Yeti’s engine range has altered several times in its lifetime, in keeping with the introduction of new or tweaked engines in the VW Group from which it derives its engines. If you’re buying a new Yeti, the engine range is easy to navigate thanks to the availability of just four engines.

If you prefer petrol power, the Yeti range kicks off with a 108bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged engine. It’s actually quicker than its small size suggests, but still returns around 50mpg. If you don’t always carry lots of passengers and luggage, and don’t cover high mileages each year, this engine is worth considering as it’s quick enough for most types of driving, plus it’s very quiet and refined. If you want more power, there’s a 1.4 TSI engine with 148bhp. It goes from 0-62mph in just 8.7 seconds, but it’s only available with four-wheel drive and in top-spec Laurin & Klement spec. Not only is it more expensive to buy, but it will also be the most expensive engine in the range to run.

Diesels are your best bet if you regularly carry passengers and luggage. There are two 2.0-litre diesel engines - a 108bhp version and a more powerful 148bhp version. Both are available with four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, in manual or DSG gearboxes. The lower-powered engine is capable of returning more than 60mpg, although the 148bhp version is the better option if you need to ferry the family and associated paraphernalia around. The extra power makes it easier to get up to speed and keep up with motorway traffic. Running costs should actually be quite similar to the 108bhp 2.0 TDI engine in everyday driving, too.



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Skoda Yeti Trims 

Trims: Outdoor S, SE, SE L, Outdoor SE Business, Monte Carlo, Outdoor Laurin & Klement

Like the engines, the Skoda Yeti’s trim levels have changed quite a bit since it first arrived in 2009. Things kick off with entry-level S trim. It has air-conditioning and electric front windows, but not much else.

Move up to SE if you want dual-zone climate control and some more family-friendly interior storage solutions, while SE L is gets heated leather seats. SE Business has sat-nav, DAB radio and touchscreen infotainment system, while Laurin & Klement models sit at the top of the range with a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, a parking system where the car can park itself, plus more chrome on the exterior. Go for Monte Carlo trim if you want something with a bit more visual punch. It comes with contrasting roof colours and black wheels for a sportier look.

Skoda Yeti Reliability and warranty 

The Skoda Yeti comes with a 3-year, 60,000-mile warranty, plus it uses tried-and-tested engines and components from the VW Group, meaning everything should be fairly reliable. To back this up, the Yeti topped the Driver Power customer satisfaction survey for three years in a row (2012, 2013 & 2014), while it still came second in 2015. Yeti owners are clearly very happy with what their cars are like to own.

The Yeti achieved a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating when it was tested in 2009, with an impressive 92 per cent rating for adult occupant protection. Newer crossovers and compact SUVs offer more safety systems, such as autonomous emergency braking, meaning the Yeti is starting to lag behind in this area, however it remains a safe and reliable family car.

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Best for performance







1.4 TSI 150PS Laurin & Klement 4x4






Best for families

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business 4x4












Best for economy

2.0 TDI 110PS S