Which Nissan Qashqai Is A 4×4

Here at Milner Off Road, we often get asked which Nissan Qashqai is a 4×4. So we thought we would answer that very question here.


The older generations of the Nissan Qashqai have 3 modes – 2WD, AUTO and LOCK. In 2WD drive the Qashqai is essentially FWD until a tyre slips, and when that happens the 4WD will kick in and the rear wheels help out, where traction has been lost. In AUTO mode the car is in 4WD all the time, and will attempt to “vector” torque to whatever wheel slips. In LOCK mode all the wheels turn together – just like a conventional 4×4 system with the Diff Locks engaged, meaning none of the wheels can turn faster than the others, so they can’t spin individually. In this mode, the Nissan Qashqai seems to be able to drive over anything in its path. If you exceed certain conditions (eg exceed 30mph road speed, or use too much steering lock) then the LOCK mode returns to AUTO automatically.

Unlike many conventional 4×4 systems, the system that the Qashqai has makes it possible to swap between 2WD and AUTO at any speed.

The latest generation of the Qashqai also comes with 4×4 and front wheel drive versions, which has surely gone done well with all the Qashqai fans out there. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is the most satisfying engine according to AutoExpress, and it’s the only unit to be offered with the Qashqai’s All Mode 4×4 set-up. So if you want to take your Qashqai on some off-road adventures, it’s the only choice to buy. If you don’t want to take your Qashqai off roading, then the 2WD 1.5dci model should do the trick for everyday life.

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5 Replies to “Which Nissan Qashqai Is A 4×4”

  1. Hi,

    How do you select the different 4×4 modes in the new Nissan Qashqai as can’t find a switch. I have the 1.6 dci (4WD) model. thanks

    1. Hi Carl, to switch the 4×4 modes, there should be a switch to the right of the steering wheel on the J11. To get the vehicle into AUTO, you need to switch the control to the neutral (AUTO) position and the Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) AUTO indicator light on the combination meter will illuminate.

      To get the vehicle to be in 2WD mode, simply switch the control to the 2WD position.

      More information can be seen in section 5, pages 26-29 of your owners manual.

  2. HI

    I have Nissan Qashqai SE 2008 Model, may I know that its 2WD or 4WD and also does I has Cruise control?

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