There was little to choose between the Skoda Yeti and the Octavia hatch. Both have the same engine, the kerbweights are only 20kg apart and both proved stable at motorway speeds. The Yeti managed all but one item from our typical holiday luggage load, but beat the Octavia with a higher noseweight limit.
A tyre repair kit is standard but Skoda says it’s permissible to use the get-you-home gunk if you have a puncture while towing. Again, the same applies if you choose the Octavia.
However, in the lane-change test the Yeti was decisively better, stabilising quickly after each violent direction change.