Traditionally, John Deere made Gators specially for farm work. In 2010, they released the 825i, and the new line of XUV was born.
I have driven all of our UTVs, as well as most of our competitors. In my opinion, the suspension design delivers the smoothest ride available. The longer wheelbase of the 550 makes it even smoother. Many of the specs are shared between the two machines, or are fairly close. One feature that people really seem to like on the 550 S4, is the ability to fold the back seat flat, and use it as an extended cargo box. I honestly don’t know if the other machines can do this, I just know that I have had many conversations with customers about the option.
All that being said, my advice is to drive both machines. I don’t know where you live, but our dealership will bring the equipment to you, and let you test drive the equipment at your place. Or, at our Bryan location, we have a course designed with lots of obstacles to test the ride, traction, and durability. If nothing else, it is fun to take a ride and get a little muddy! Also, our dealerships have some demo units available right now that include full warranty and discounted based on the number of hours on the machine- so you can get a pretty good deal.
As always, make sure that you are comfortable with the dealership, and the service department. It is a big purchase, and one that should bring you a lot of enjoyment!
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