No matter how you look at it, the Qashqai may look like a 4x4, but it’s deceptive. Most versions of Nissan Qashqai are actually only 2-wheel drive and no more likely to get you across a muddy field than a traditional hatchback. There’s no off-road option and while the raised driving position gives you extra ground clearance, you don’t get the same off-road capabilities a traditional 4x4 gives you. For poor conditions like snow, then the extra assurance of a proper 4-wheel drive system will help a great deal.
To this end Nissan offer a 4WD version of the Qashqai. While the Nissan Qashqai itself isn’t considered to be a 4x4 it does offer a 4-wheel drive version in its more powerful variants. For the most part, the driver only has the single choice of a 1.6 dCi diesel engine as it has the most torque to benefit the 4-wheel drive system, and strangely, it’s currently only available with a manual gearbox right now. The older generations of the Nissan Qashqai are known to have 3 modes – 2-wheel drive, AUTO and LOCK. In 2-wheel drive, the Qashqai is essentially front wheel drive until a tyre slips, and when that happens the 4-wheel drive will kick in and the rear wheels help out, where traction has been lost.
In AUTO mode the car is in 4 wheel drive all the time, and will attempt to “vector” torque to whatever wheel slips first. In LOCK mode all the wheels turn together and work just like a conventional 4×4 system with the Diff Locks engaged. This means that none of the wheels will turn faster than the others, so they cannot spin on their own. In this mode, the Nissan Qashqai manages to be able to drive over anything in its path.
If you exceed certain conditions put in place, for example, exceeding the 30-mph road speed, or you use too much steering lock, then the LOCK mode returns to AUTO without you having to do a thing. The one defining feature that the Qashqai has above all other vehicles is the fact that the system that the Qashqai uses has makes it possible to swap easily between 2-wheel drive and AUTO at any speed.
The latest generation of the Nissan Qashqai, which you can find at Brindley Nissan, also comes with 4×4 and front wheel drive versions, which has surely gone down nicely with all the Qashqai fans out there. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is the best engine that people have bought into, 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 2-wheel drive, 1.5dci model should do the trick for everyday life.
Contact Brindley Nissan in Cannock, West Midlands today for more information on which Nissan Qashqai would work for you and to arrange a test drive.