Nov 15, 2023
UTV buyer's guide 2023
There are farm buggies galore listed in the latest Ultimate Guide to UTVs, with a growing number of electrically powered models now available. However, despite their much quieter, “cleaner” and
There are farm buggies galore listed in the latest Ultimate Guide to UTVs, with a growing number of electrically powered models now available.
However, despite their much quieter, “cleaner” and lower-running cost operation, petrol and diesel-fuelled examples still dominate.
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Boss ORV, distributor of the Terrain UTVs from Spanish manufacturer Corvus, has dropped the two-wheel drive DX2 model in favour of an entirely four-wheel drive line-up in Britain.
The range offers both diesel-fuelled and electrically-powered models, all with three-person cab seating and a 450kg-capacity tipping cargo box.
The least powerful model in the HiSun buggy range from Barrus – the 25hp Sector 450 – has gone by the wayside.
However, the 30hp version forges on as the sole petrol model, as the distributor’s spotlight falls on the better-selling Sector electric versions.
The line-up provides four lithium-ion battery capacities and three electric drive motor outputs to suit different applications.
The new Kioti K9 2400 UC with factory-fitted cab includes air con © Kioti
To complement the ROPS and Field Cabin versions of the Kioti K9 2400 buggy, the factory now produces a new K9 complete with a factory-installed sealed cabin featuring heating and air conditioning.
The vehicle itself has a new CVT transmission, this time with electronically controlled engine braking. The current hydraulic power steering is replaced by a speed-related electric system.
The cab has fully sealed doors to make the most of the air conditioning, which takes up the space beneath the hood previously available for tools and oddments storage.
Wind-down glass windows and a top-hinged opening windscreen also feature, and there is said to be greater noise suppression thanks to the cab insulation.
This includes a cover over the engine and transmission beneath the three-person bench seat.
The Nipper electric UTV is now available with increased range © Electric Wheels
An extended-range version of The Nipper buggy from distributor Electric Wheels is reckoned to push the standard model’s endurance from about 75 miles to 95 miles.
The extra distance comes courtesy of a larger-capacity lithium-ion battery for another £1,000 on the list price.
All versions of the two-seat Nipper – there is also a lower-cost lead-acid, battery-powered version – comes with an electrically-tipped 200kg-capacity cargo box, and a winch and tow hitch as standard.
Ranger XP Kinetic is now the sole electric UTV from Polaris © Polaris
With the higher-performance Ranger EV Kinetic electric utility buggy now firmly established, Polaris Britain has dropped the 23kW EV from its range.
There are two Kinetic models providing a choice of 15kWh and near 30kWh batteries to feed the 82kW drive motor.
The Segway Fugleman on steel wheels features new subdued colours © Segway
A pared-back version of the Segway Fugleman UTV has been introduced, with £1,250 knocked off the list price.
It has steel, rather than alloy, wheels and sombre Grey/Black or Prairie/Camo colours in place of the garish white and red or black and bright green alternatives.
There are cab side nets in place of half doors and it comes without the 10.4in touchscreen of the regular version that gives access to driving settings, vehicle data and wireless “team-up” with other Fugleman U10TX buggies.
However, the Fugleman U10E still includes the Smart Moving data app and a wild 1-litre 105hp petrol motor, with a power-restriction setting available.
It also has seating for three, a manually tipped 450kg cargo box, and a factory-fitted tracker.
A pair of electric UTVs branded Shire by Propel Energies are listed in the guide for the first time.
The Centaur E-UTV sports a 72V lithium-ion battery to give the 14kW electric motor some juice as it powers through a transmission providing drive-selected two- and four-wheel drive.
Standard equipment includes a windscreen and roof panel to afford the two occupants some protection from the elements, and an electric tipping mechanism for the 400kg-capacity cargo box.
The Shire Brutus is a more substantial six-wheeler with a 5kW electric motor on each of the two rear axles.
Offering 1,000kg of payload capacity, the vehicle weighs in at just over 1t with lead-acid batteries and 100kg less with a higher-performance lithium-ion or lithium-ion phosphate alternative.
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