The Nissan Qashqai ST opens the mini-SUV range at $25,990 for the manual and $28,490 for the CVT auto, making it the most expensive of any of its competitors. What you do get, though, is the biggest car in its class and a basic specification that helps justify that price difference.
Your money buys you 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth trim, cruise control, air-conditioning, some fake leather trim on things like the steering wheel and gear selector, a reversing camera, halogen headlights, a four-speaker stereo with a 5.0-inch touchscreen.
The stereo comes with AM/FM radio, MP3 compatibility, basic connectivity with Android and iPhone via USB and Bluetooth and controls on the steering wheel.
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The ST misses out on some convenience features like push button start, some storage trinkets like the tray in the top of the centre console and back seat passengers go without an armrest, cupholders and document pockets. The boot floor isn't removable either.
The seats are manually adjustable, the headlights are of the halogen variety and there aren't any foglights. It's no poverty pack, though, just stripped of fripperies.