Even in base 1.2 TSI form, very competent indeed. This Yeti is energetic and agile, and while the engine needs to be worked harder than higher-capacity units to perform, it doesn't feel overburdened and noise is never an issue.
Beyond 2000rpm there’s a reasonable amount of torque, and the six-speed manual gearbox offers up a decent shift action and well-spaced ratios. Our only complaint is that taller drivers would likely prefer the gearstick to be higher, making it easier to reach.
On Gloucestershire’s waterlogged roads, the Yeti felt capable and for the most part well planted. There’s some fidgeting from the rear end when taking corners at speed, and the ride does border on the firm.
Both, however, are relatively minor grumbles in what is otherwise a pleasant driving experience.
Inside, the Yeti's cabin remains pleasantly finished and spacious. There’s a good amount of adjustment both in the steering wheel and the supportive front seats, with the upright driving position providing excellent views of the road ahead. Even adults allocated to the rear row of seats will be comfortable, with enough legroom and headroom throughout.
Most of the cabin fixtures and fittings, especially on the mid-level SE trim we tried, are borrowed from the previous Yeti, meaning they’re functional and for the most part pleasing to touch. A new three-spoke steering wheel design is a notable improvement over the somewhat budget-looking four-spoke item found in its predecessor.
As with the pre-facelift Yeti, rear seats can be slid forwards, folded up or removed altogether, increasing available load space to a total of 1760 litres. With the seats in place, standard load space is 416 litres, a small way off the 430 litres of the Nissan Qashqai.