OK, so the name is quirky but from then on everything about the Skoda Yeti is sound, solid, dependable and practical, straight down the line, commonsense.
As such, it is not going to turn many heads but it’s got more than enough going for it to warrant a second glance.
The styling is in the Range Rover mould, but smaller. A choice of petrol or diesel engines turn the wheels in two-wheel drive mode on the standard Yeti and beefed-up Yeti Outdoor or are switchable between two and four-wheel drive on the new more ruggedly styled Yeti Outdoor 4x4 version.
Perfectly suited for city, motorway and country road use, the Yeti Outdoor opens a new dimension when you push the off-road button and head for the hills. In 4x4 mode the Yeti will clamber up the most slippery of farm tracks. The vehicle climbs giddyingly steep and rough climbs and safely negotiates mud, snow or ice covered descents
Flexible Varioflex rear seating helps ensure passenger comfort and there’s a big boot to swallow all of their luggage.
With SE, Elegance and Lauren & Klement trim levels and a vast range of factory fitted options – including a dog guard, an internal two-bike carrier, a luggage net – there are myriad ways to personalise this chameleon of a car.
The vehicle delivered to me for appraisal was an SE version of the Yeti Outdoor – to give it its full title: 2.0 TDI CR DPF 110 4x4 – with a basic price of £21,090, which ramped up to £25,125, thanks to a raft of those optional extras, including a sophisticated Columbus satellite navigation system, a special off-road package, extra airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Standard kits on all SE versions include 17-inch alloys, a three spoke multi-functional steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning with humidity sensor, front fogs and rear parking sensors.
Of course, it is no speedster with a top limit of 100 mph and a 12.2 seconds 0-62 mph time.
Despite its tall stance and rather under aerodynamic shape, the Yeti is capable of 47.9 mpg in the combined cycle.
Ideal both as a family runabout and a workhorse, the Yeti is solidly built and will likely be one of those cars that stays in its initial buyer’s hands until it finally gives up the ghost 250,00 or so miles down the road.