New Skoda Yeti vs crossover rivals

5 Mar, 2014 1:00pm

Rugged new Skoda Yeti aims to edge Nissan Qashqai and Vauxhall Mokka in crossover battle

The rate of progress in the crossover class is relentless – no sooner has one new model arrived than another manufacturer is taking the wraps off its latest contender.

The all-new Nissan Qashqai took the top honours in our last crossover test, but one car was conspicuous by its absence then: the Skoda Yeti. Now it’s judgement day, as the updated model has just arrived in the UK.

Skoda Yeti review

Nissan Qashqai review

Vauxhall Mokka review

We’ve lined up 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol versions of both, and while these low-capacity engines may seem too small on paper, they’re actually surprisingly capable in practice.

And we’ve included another turbocharged petrol crossover in the shape of the Vauxhall Mokka. We’ve already tested the somewhat unrefined diesel version, but this is the first time we’ve looked at the 1.4-litre petrol car. Will this engine help the Mokka deliver on its initial promise? And will the revamped Yeti be good enough to end the Qashqai’s reign at the top of the crossover pile?

Head-to-head

Off road

Skoda Yeti vs rivals off road

Even with two-wheel drive, our high-riding trio can tackle the sort of rutted lane that would leave a normal family hatch floundering. In Outdoor form, the Yeti offers 180mm of ground clearance, while the rugged bodykit improves its approach and departure angles.

The Mokka goes a step further – even front-wheel-drive cars get hill-descent control, which helps control your speed while driving down steep, slippery slopes.

Safety kit

All Yetis come with seven airbags and stability control, as well as a £40 optional driver fatigue sensor. The Mokka can be fitted with front collision alert, lane departure warning and sign recognition for £750. However, the Nissan is offered with the same kit, plus auto high beams, for just £450.

Engines

Skoda Yeti vs rivals - engines

Each car uses a small-capacity turbocharged engine. The Yeti’s 1.2-litre TSI is found throughout the VW Group line-up. Nissan’s 1.2-litre DiG-T comes from Renault, while the Vauxhall’s 1.4 is also used in the Astra and Insignia.

Verdict

1st place: Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti static

Subtle tweaks keep the Skoda on top. It’s not quite as clean as its rivals, but it’s more practical, better to drive and represents excellent value. And while the Tonka toy looks aren’t as sophisticated as its grown-up rivals’, the Yeti’s cabin matches the best for quality.

2nd place: Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai 2014 static

The upmarket Qashqai tastes defeat for the first time. In 1.2-litre petrol guise, it’s smooth and refined, plus it has an upmarket cabin and plenty of kit. But it’s uninspiring to drive and undermined by a high price and less roomy rear seats.

3rd place: Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall Mokka static

With a roomier cabin and bigger boot, the Mokka could have finished higher up the order. But if you don’t need the space and want a distinctive, well equipped and refined compact crossover, the petrol Vauxhall deserves serious consideration.

Figures

Skoda Yeti Outdoor 1.2 TSI SE Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DiG-T Acenta Vauxhall Mokka 1.4 Turbo Exclusive FWD
On the road price/total as tested £18,110/£20,985 £19,145/£19,145 £18,719/£20,319
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) £8,693/48.0% £9,094/47.5% £7,525/40.2%
Depreciation £9,417 £10,051 £11,194
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £688/£1,376 £683/£1,366 £704/£1,409
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £1,913/£3,188 £2,106/£3,510 £2,138/£3,563
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 13/£342/F/£140 17/£335/D/£105 12/£365/E/£125
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service £529 (3yrs/30,000) £109/£169/£109 £129/£229/£129
Length/wheelbase 4,222/2,578mm 4,377/2,646mm 4,278/2,555mm
Height/width 1,645/1,793mm 1,590/1,806mm 1,654/1,777mm
Engine 4cyl in-line/1,197cc 4cyl in-line/1,197cc 4cyl in-line/1,364cc
Peak power/revs 104/5,000 bhp/rpm 113/5,000 bhp/rpm 138/4,900 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 175/1,550 Nm/rpm 189/2,000 Nm/rpm 200/1,850 Nm/rpm
Transmission 6-spd man/fwd 6-spd man/fwd 6-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 55 litres/£150 55 litres/foam 54 litres/£95
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 416/1,580 litres 430/1,585 litres 362/1,372 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,259/620/1,200kg 1,318/542/1,200kg 1,260/N/A/1,200kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient 10.0 metres/0.36Cd 10.7 metres/N/A 10.9 metres/0.36Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealers 10,000 (1yr)/165 12,500 (1yr)/212 20,000 (1yr)/349
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 2nd/7th 12th/11th 26th/18th
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars 92/78/46/5 N/A 96/90/67/5
0-60/30-70mph 10.9/11.3 secs 11.2/11.4 secs 9.6/9.4 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 5.5/7.9 secs 5.9/8.7 secs 5.1/7.7 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th 18.3/13.2 secs 13.7/20.2 secs 11.5/15.8 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 109mph/2,500rpm 115mph/2,400rpm 120mph/2,400rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 47.7/36.2/9.1m 51.3/34.6/9.8m 51.8/35.4/9.6m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph 62/41/62/71dB 61/45/62/69dB 60/42/65/71dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 36.9/8.2/446 miles 33.6/7.4/407 miles 33.1/7.4/393 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 38.7/52.3/46.3mpg 40.9/57.6/50.4mpg 37.2/55.4/47.1mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 8.5/11.5/10.2mpl 9.0/12.7/11.1mpl 8.2/12.2/10.4mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 177/142g/km/20% 194/129g/km/18% 197/139g/km/19%
Airbags/Isofix/park sensors/camera Seven/y/y/£250^ Six/yes/£450/no Six/yes/yes/£200^
Automatic box/stability/cruise ctrl £1,100/yes/yes No/yes/yes £930/yes/yes
Climate ctrl/leather/heated seats Yes/£1,800/£230 Yes/no/no Yes/no/£270
Met paint/xenon lights/keyless go £525/£900/£400 £525/no/no £545/£790/no
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth £535/y/£535*/y No/yes/no/yes £1,055/yes/yes/yes

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Haha. Yeah whatever you say AutoExpress. The most important thing is to keep Axel Springer AG happy of course.

Skoda is the best VW Group brand (excluding Porsche) and the Yeti is very good, might even be the best of the 3. But given AutoExpress track record, the result was a given regardless and therefore cannot be taken seriously.

Big pinch of salt all round.

"With a roomier cabin and bigger boot, the Mokka could have finished higher up the order."

well considering the Mokka is in the B-segment whereas the others are in the C-segment that comment is pointless. at least test it against an Antara (although even that is a sub class above the Yeti and quasqai)

Yeti is the definition of ugliness. Other Skodas have moved on with their looks and make a good proposition. But based on looks alone I could never justify paying my money on this box. Even the Dacia jeep looks better.
Quashquai all the way

Auto Express its sister paper from VW sponsored Springer AG paper Auto Bild in Germany.And surprise surprise Skoda its owned by? yippee yeah VW.

Warning Fraud! AutoExpress is a propaganda sister, of the neo-fascist Springer AG Germany.wich is sponsored from VW (VW, Porsche, Audi, Skoda, Seat) do not be foolish and belief what they say.

Just a tad jealous that the awful Vauxhall can't beat a better German owned & Czech built car, eh?

And every other review I've read of the Nissan states it's now clearly the best in class. #confused.

Please explain the 'sponsored' bit.

Stop talking out of your backside...

About overpriced advertisements, "journalists" will be invited to travel to holiday get free cars etc. This typical VW its lobbying here in Germany and the axel springer ag a hidden nat. far right publishing group a very helpful propaganda platform.

You talk such rubbish! If you could back up any of your claims you wouldn't look like such a muppet!

All the car companies 'lobby' journalists. They launch new models in exotic locations, put them up in first class hotels. This is normal. In fact VAG seem to be quite stingy with this relative to other manufactures.

Please support your claims of them being far right. Not only do you bore people with your tedious nonsense, you are just a desperate liar!

This is normal?really? AXELSpringer AG its a very aggressive part of the so called "Deutschland AG" where many high high industrial and people where become rich trough the expropriation of the Jews like the family Quant (BMW) try to rewrite of the disastrous history of Germany.And the ultimate power to get over Europe.And the little lie with methods of Goebbels like, slandering, and audition the sympathetic bourgeois. don `t be foolish Englishman! A little bit strange this to handle here on a car paper, but typical for dangerous German Propaganda.

Hey mate, looks like the nazis missed your forefathers. If they had managed to wipe out all the people with mentalisim then you wouldn't be here today talking rubbish.

The nurse will be along shortly to give you your medicince.

check the facts and I guess you needs the medicine.

Do research about family Porsche, Mr. Ferdinand Piëch(VW,Audi,Porsche) family Quant (BMW) and you will be shocked and surprised.

That was until the New Yeti came out and showed it who's boss!

Look at the price of the Mokka though, it's more expensive than the Skoda yet sits in a class below it. More over-priced Vauxhall/Opel crud.

New? Really - that's all new!? Suppose you can't really deny it's parentage then!

Well face-lifted then, all manufacturers facelift their models mid-life. Just goes to prove just how excellent the Yeti was in the first place. Nothing wrong with coming from the VW Group - good stablemates like Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini etc....

You're a complete & utter feckwit.

Someone called Vauxhall/Opel crud, I have a Mokka in SE trim and the amount of kit is incredible. The quality of the interior is superb and it has a modern styling throughout. If I had wanted a van I would have bought a Yeti!

More gratuitous bad language. You may well be right about the vehicle but I would not know and I suspect you don't either.

Bad language? Where? Why don't you just go and do one please, you pop up everwhere there is a VW Group test and just snarl and swipe at them. You drive a DS3, not a bad car, but it's not exactly a brilliant one either. VW Group build what people want, simple as, the climbing sales figures across the globe reinforce that. And i am in the motor trade so get to drive cars of different makes on an almost daily basis, so yes, i have had the chance to drive the Mokka, and it's extremely overpriced for what it is, essentially a jacked up corsa.

The Yeti isn't a van though, it's a proper SUV, not some jacked up overpriced Corsa thing. How much money will your Mokka have lost in 3 years, compared to the class leading residuals of the Yeti.....

"Crud" is a bad word. Too many of them on here just as there is too much vulgar abuse and an excess of unmeasured adulation of certain manufacturers. As a matter of fact I rather liked the Yeti until it was blandified at the last "facelift". However I also rather liked the last generation Octavias until I actually rode in them! LittleSoter has got it about right I feel.

3yrs (60,000)/1yr on the Mokka, eh?

Thought it was a Lifetime/100,000 warranty on all Vauxhalls these days...
Please sort out your facts, AE!

Not bothered about residuals, it is the last thing I think of when buying a car. The annual mileage that I do, I could keep the Vauxhall for twelve years and still have a warranty! How come Skoda, or any other VAG cars do not have the confidence to offer a lifetime warranty?

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