5 of the best ATV/UTVs of 2015

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What were the best ATV/UTVs of 2015? Here are five of our favourite off-road vehicles.

Let’s face it, while tractors do most jobs on the farm, you can’t quite rely on them to ferry passengers or cargo around the property.

For that reason, almost all farmers have an ATV or two sitting in their sheds. 2015 saw the release of exciting new models from seasoned manufacturers like Can-Am and Polaris; and the arrival of fully Australian-owned diesel UTV model Landboss.

Based on our list of most popular ATV reviews below (in order), the models all share one thing in common and that is value for money.

Because who wouldn’t like an affordable yet hard yakka machine that is up for some mud bashing around the farm?


1. 2015 Can-Am Outlander L 450 ATV

can am outlander l 450 atv

A Can-Am for under $10,000, yes it exists in the form of the 2015 Can-Am Outlander L 450 farm spec ATV. It’s the first time the company has offered a midsize 4WD quad under $10K and based on what we can see, popularity is certainly travelling through the roof.

The 450L we looked at has an unfuelled weight of 308kg and can best be described as a stripped-down Outlander XT: with front and rear racks, steel wheels and independent front and rear suspension; but no bumpers, hand guards, full-length bash-plate or power-steering.

That’s how they make a quad cheaper. They take stuff off. But does it do its job as a farm spec ATV? Most definitely.


2. 2015 CFMoto X550 ATV

cf moto x550 atv

Chinese brand CFMoto’s X550 is an important model in their overall marketing plan for Australia this year.

It fitted perfectly with Aussie farmers’ preference for mid-size machines like this one, with around 500cc, fuel injection plus switchable 4WD and independent suspension.

Oh and it comes with electric power steering too and all that for $8,790. Good value? You bet. To top it off it’s a great looking unit too.


3. Landboss 800D LE UTV

Landboss 800D LE

Diesel UTVs are nothing new to the market but a fully Australian-owned one is. The Landboss brand arrived in the country in August and was officially unveiled to the public at Australia’s largest farm machinery field days, Agquip.  

A key feature of the UTV is its 800cc three-cylinder Perkins diesel engine. Diesels are more fuel efficient than petrol engines and last longer too.

The LE model we tested features electronic power-steering, a 3,000lb (1,361kg) front winch with remote control, an internal rear-view mirror, a roof and windscreen over the base model.

It takes a good flogging and is certainly great value for money.


4. Honda Pioneer 500 UTV

Honda Pioneer 500

When bigger and more powerful machines seem to be the trend in the UTV market, Honda has decided to go the other way with the Pioneer 500, offering customers a compact, lighter UTV.

It has a 475cc single-cylinder engine and a semi-auto transmission, operated by nifty little paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

While speed is not its forte, it offers reliability and manoeuvrability which are way more important factors to consider for farming purposes anyway.


5. Polaris Ace 570 UTV

Polaris Ace 570

The Polaris Ace 570 might stick out like a sore thumb in this list given the model is more for recreational riders than farmers but hey, who says you can’t farm in this?

The fuel-injected Pro Star single-cylinder engine has gobs of power, in fact enough to make the speedo needle walk the plank. If you have to cover a lot of ground quickly, the Ace will do it more easily.

The Ace wasn’t designed for work on a farm but is more than up for it. Getting in and out of an Ace takes a little longer than throwing a leg over a quad, but it’s a trifling annoyance when you consider how much safer you are in an machine designed to protect you over one that is not.

And we know how big an issue quad safety is nowadays. If you need a machine that offers maximum protection as well as speed, this is it.

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