Entry-level Visia models come with air-conditioning, Bluetooth and cruise control, but they miss out on lots of desirable kit, so we’d recommend going for a higher-spec model if you can.
Acenta trim is certainly worth considering, because it adds dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels and automatic lights and wipers.
Our favourite, however, is N-Connecta, which brings luxuries such as sat-nav, front, side and rear cameras, and front and rear parking sensors. It also has 18in wheels and keyless engine starting.
Tekna models are too pricey to recommend, even though they get heated leather seats, LED headlights, a heated windscreen and 19in wheels. Meanwhile, Tekna+ comes with more luxurious Nappa leather seats, lumbar adjustment and Bose sound system, but it makes the Qashqai extremely expensive, placing it against premium small SUV rivals with which it can’t realistically compete.