John Deere Gator XUV 855D
|Transmission||2/4wd, 2Fx1R CVT|
|Hill climb time||2:57.6*|
|Load bay capacity||(DxLxW) 30x113x130|
|Suspension||Fully independent double A-arms, adjustable coils front and rear|
|Price||£12,739 (updated model)|
*Set distance hill climb under load
- Load bay lashing points and tailgate
- Performance under load
- Off-road ability
- Compact/agile runaround
Rails running along the top of the thick plastic load bay make ideal lashing points, as do four hooks on the inside of the bay.
Lights are cage-protected and positioned on the back of the load bay where they are least likely to get crunched. The tailgate has a pickup style latch and, handily, there’s a ruler marked on the tailgate for any rough-and-ready measuring.
The Gator delivers weighty but easy-to-control and responsive steering, even with a heavy load in the back. However, the driving position is pretty cramped and the engine chatters loudly (even at idle).
It finished a respectable second in the up-hill dash, but it’s off-road where the Gator really bosses things. Nobbly tyres helped with traction.
It’s standard Gator fare in the cab with simple controls and switches. Transmission levers stand above a central tunnel between the driver and passenger.
Our test machine wasn’t fitted with an instrument cluster, but Deere has since given the Gator a facelift, adding gauges as well as a bigger alternator and fuel tank.
Surprisingly, the plastics had a cheap, flimsy feel to them – not what you’d expect from the Green Giant.
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