Any car that wins as many awards as the Skoda Yeti is special. And anything that scoops our Car of the Year gong has to be very special indeed. Plus, when you consider it topped our Driver Power 2012 survey, it’s clear the Yeti is truly exceptional.
Driver Power respondents put the Skoda first for ease of driving, handling and reliability on its way to overall victory. So if you’re looking for good family transport, you’d be daft not to consider one.
The Yeti reached UK showrooms in September 2009, initially with 105bhp 1.2 TSI and 160bhp 1.8 TSI petrol engines or a 2.0 TDI diesel in 110, 140 or 170bhp forms. There was a choice of four trim levels (E, S, SE and Elegance), with even entry-level cars getting air-con, front electric windows and remote central locking.
By August 2010, Skoda had added a 1.4 TSI option, and three months later the frugal GreenLine appeared, with a 1.6 TDI engine. The good-value SE Plus trim level (sitting below Elegance) arrived in May 2011, and March 2012 saw the limited-run Urban debut.
The Nissan Qashqai is a tough rival for the Yeti thanks to smart looks, efficient engines, strong reliability and a seven-seat option.
It’s also available with four-wheel drive, unlike the Peugeot 3008, which is good to drive, well equipped and decent value for money. The smaller front-wheel-drive-only Citroen C3 Picasso features similar boxy styling to the Yeti, and it’s quite practical, too. Used prices are low, too starting at just £6,000.
If four-wheel drive is vital, you should check out the Ford Kuga, which holds its value well, plus is good to drive and reliable.