Where do we start with the Skoda Yeti? The brilliant crossover model has been showered with accolades; it was the Auto Express Car of the Year in 2010. The chunky Tonka toy looks still divide opinion, but the classy interior features a mixture of Volkswagen Group components, so it feels more expensive than it is.
Versatile individually folding MPV-style rear seats add to its credentials as a flexible family car, while its large boot and excellent reliability seal the deal. The Yeti’s neatest trick is the way it drives, because its nimble handling and range of responsive engines make for an entertaining experience. And it should last well, too, if its high ranking in our annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey is anything to go by.
The only chink in the Skoda Yeti’s armour is its emissions. The efficient GreenLine model doesn’t come in 4x4 guise, and the rest of the line-up lags behind the very best. The penalty is small enough for most private buyers to overlook, given its other talents, but company car drivers may get more for their money elsewhere.