Skoda Yeti vs Renault Duster vs Mahindra XUV500

The Yeti's interior on the other hand is no-nonsense, and not in a bad way. Cabin quality is better than in the Duster and the XUV. But its equipment list isn't as long as the others'. Still, all the essentials are there. And even though they may trump it on equipment, the Yeti feels a lot more upmarket than the other two. The fully loaded W8 FWD XUV comes in at Rs 14.56 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). At that price, and given its sheer load of equipment, it’s strong value for money. The Duster RxZ retails at Rs 14.33 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). The Yeti, at Rs 17.27 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) for the Active 4x2, is the most expensive of the three.

But there are good discounts going. As a package, despite that hefty price tag, the Yeti is a great buy. It has the most car-like feel to it. For your money, you get excellent build quality. The Yeti’s feature list is not something to brag about, but it has all the necessities. The XUV may do well in the value-for-money stakes. And the Duster makes a good case for itself as an urban SUV. But if you really want an all-rounder, the Yeti is the one we’ll pick every time, despite that stiff price tag.

(Words: Agasti Kaulgi, Photos: Himanshu Pandya)