Skoda Yeti Review (2010)
Skoda Yeti Review (2010)

The Skoda Yeti is the latest vehicle in the Skoda line-up and, like most things Skoda, it is already on the trophy trail having started with the Top Gear award for Best Family Car of the Year.

It is a handsome beast and whoever was responsible for naming it, got it just right - oddball enough to attract further enquiry, easily remembered. The car itself has the off-road capabilities, a rugged appearance associated with the beast, whether or not it is fictitious, and this is especially so when the body colour is white.

Until its launch in September 2009, the Skoda Yeti remained almost as illusive as its namesake, first seen as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, way back in 2005.

In terms of looks, comparisons can be made with the Skoda Yeti's stablemate, the Skoda Roomster. Both offer space and practicality but the Skoda Yeti seems to have a lot more presence with a purposeful stance, squared-off shape and low stance, which isn't as low as first impressions would suggest.

The front end is where the similarities between the two vehicles are strongest, although the Skoda Yeti's foglights are set higher up, at the lower edge of the upper grille. It keeps them cleaner in mucky conditions. It is the darker bumpers, sills and the inclusion of front and rear protective under-plates that gives the Skoda Yeti its rugged expression.

However, the main difference is that the rear windows in the Skoda Roomster are larger than those at the front, whereas the Skoda Yeti has a straight, lower window-line with black A- and C-pillars, which makes it look as if the windows wrap around the body of the car and are only held in place by the B-pillars. Once again, this effect is emphasised by lighter colours, particularly the white.

Although the Skoda Yeti shares its platform with the Skoda Octavia Scout,it has more in common with the Skoda Roomster, in terms of size. The Skoda Yeti is slightly longer by 18mm and a good bit wider - 85mm wider to be exact and that allows for deep, broad seats and plenty of elbow-room.

As befits a so-called, crossover vehicle, there is a two-wheel-drive version for people who like the size and feel of an SUV but have no need for the 4x4 element. That said, after a winter like this one, having 4WD capability on tap is not bad thing. So, with 2WD and 4WD in the line-up, the Skoda Yeti's main competitor is the Nissan QASHQAI. Both have the driveability of a hatch, the spaciousness of a smaller MPV and the off-road flexibility of an SUV. Of course they each have benefits over the other but for me, the Skoda Yeti just has the edge by dint of fit, finish and smart good looks.

Published : 25/03/10 Author : Melanie Carter

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