In terms of the engines, a relatively small 1.2-litre petrol engine that develops 108bhp has proven to be a good seller. It’s a bit noisy when pushed hard, but feels at home on the motorway.
However, it’s the 2.0-litre diesel engine that proves to be the real champion when driving the Yeti Outdoor on a full load. Available in either 109 or 148bhp, it’s an affordable enough engine. That said, only the latter can be paired up with four-wheel-drive, and doing so bumps up running costs.
To keep costs down, you’ll need to go for either the petrol or the 109bhp 2.0-litre diesel. With two-wheel-drive, they both emit less than 130g/km of CO2. The diesel, meanwhile, averages 60.5mpg economy, which is impressive for this class. Opt for the four-wheel-drive 148bhp diesel, and economy drops to 55.4mpg.
Inside, the Skoda Yeti Outdoor is comfortable and spacious. Build quality is good, with the materials looking durable enough to deal with whatever your family can throw at them.
The dash is similar to the one in the VW Passat. This means the dials and buttons are clear and well-placed, and everything feels solid to touch. A 5” touchscreen infotainment system is standard on entry-level models, as is air conditioning and remote control central locking.
However, what really ensures the Skoda stands out is its practicality. Its boxy shape might not be the most attractive, but it provides wide dimensions and lots of interior versatility. The windows are big and wide, the driving position is high, and there are storage spaces literally everywhere.
Leg and headroom are good all-around, with the only person losing out being the one sat in the middle. Yes, a transmission tunnel is in the way.
The boot, meanwhile, measures 416-litres. In isolation, that’s good. But it’s miles off the Nissan.
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