Possibly the key feature that you pay more for in a Qashqai is the diesel engine. In fact, the more expensive of the two petrol-engined Qashqais costs about the same as the less costly of the two diesels.
Nevertheless, if you step up in price from the cheaper petrol Qashqai, the ST, to the cheaper diesel, the TS, you also get more equipment. There is smart key entry, which allows you to unlock the doors without taking the key out of your pocket or bag. Headlamps on the TS switch on automatically in low light, and its exterior mirrors can be folded electrically (to reduce the chance of damage from other cars on narrow streets). There is dual-zone air-conditioning, which allows separate temperatures to be set for each side of the cabin.
Spend your money instead on the luxury petrol version, the Qashqai Ti, and you get in addition a parking assistance system, which can automatically steer the car into place. The Ti also has a sunroof, partial leather trim (it’s a mix between real and fake leather), heated front seats, a power-adjusted driver’s seat, and the bigger touchscreen with satellite navigation. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains.
The Ti also has active safety features that include a lane departure warning (which alerts you if the car wanders out of its lane) and a blind spot warning (this alerts you if there is another car alongside, out of view, when you indicate to change lanes). And it has bigger, 19-inch wheels fitted with wider, lower-profile tyres.
The diesel engined Qashqai TL has the same equipment as the Qashqai Ti.