Quarter final 4
Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
EntrantsWINNER: Skoda Superb (£16,665-£27,875) WINNER Skoda Superb
RUNNER-UP: Skoda Yeti (£13,990-£22,635) Our choice: 1.2 TSI S
What a bad draw for Skoda! The Czech brand has two models in the quarter finals – and they’ve been pitted against one another. On the plus side, it does at least guarantee the company a presence in the semis… but which car will win through?
The Yeti is the underdog. It’s the firm’s first-ever compact SUV, although it doesn’t show. From its chunky looks and practical cabin to its attractive prices and interesting engines, the Yeti is set to become a common sight in the UK. The entry-level model features a 1.2-litre engine, but don’t be put off – the smooth TSI unit is a brilliant powerplant. In two-wheel-drive trim,it results in combined economy of 44.1mpg and emissions of 149g/km.
Its opponent has an equally talented squad of engines at its disposal, from the VW Group’s 1.4-litre turbo to its latest 2.0-litre common-rail diesel.
It’s big, too. Measuring 4.8 metres long, the Superb is huge inside. Rear legroom is even more generous than you’ll find in the Yeti, and the boot provides a massive 565 litres of space.
The twin-opening tailgate is a bit of a gimmick and opens as both a saloon or, at the touch of a button, a hatchback. The former method lets you access the load area without disturbing the calm of the interior, but it’s of limited value.
If there is clear air between the cars when it comes to space, there’s barely a cigarette paper between them on the road. The sharp car-like dynamics of the Yeti impress, and the Superb only trumps it for comfort and refinement.
Both are also available with 4x4 transmissions, and they share the same dealer network and reputation for customer satisfaction. So which car makes it through? In the end, the extra space and refinement of the Superb are enough, but the Yeti is unlucky – if it had met any of our other quarter finalists, Skoda could have had two cars in the semis…
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault ScenicMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4 - currently readingSkoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVsPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family carsWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
- 15Group 2: Supermini-MPVsThese cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.