2018 Mahindra mPact XTV Diesel vs. John Deere Gator XUV 865M: By the Numbers

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
In a battle of old guard vs. the new kid, we pit the John Deere Gator XUV 865M against the Mahindra mPact XTV Diesel.

The idea of diesel UTVs is nothing new. These heavy-duty haulers make for some extremely capable workhorses. Now, when it comes to tractors, especially compact tractors, two of the heavy-hitters in the arena are Mahindra and John Deere. These two players make up a huge part of the market, and they also offer up UTV options that are just as hard working as any machine you’ll find.

Mahindra mPACT XTV DieselJohn Deere Gator XUV 865M
Engine1000cc three-cylinder Kohler diesel854cc four-cycle diesel
Driveline/DifferentialAuto-lock diff front/Push-button lock diff rearOn-demand true four-wheel drive system
Wheelbase77 in84.5 in
Overall Dimensions113 x 63 x 78 in127 x 63.7 x 78 in
Weight1,695 lbs1,793 lbs
Front Tires27 x 10-1427 x 9-14 Maxxis Bighorn
Rear Tires27 x 12-1427 x 11-14 Maxxis Bighorn
Ground Clearance12 in11.2 in
Fuel Capacity9.0 gal11.2 gal
Front Suspension10 in Dual A-armDual A-arm/9.5 inches
Rear Suspension10 in Dual A-armDual A-arm/ 10.5 inches
Front /Rear Brakes4-wheel discHydraulic Disc Brakes with 9-inch Rotors, Dual Piston Calipers
Bed/Rack Capacity1,200 lbs1,000 lbs
Towing Capacity2,100 lbs2,000 lbs

Why Diesel?

The notion of a diesel truck or tractor is widely known, but why would you want one for your UTV? Let’s look at some of the items on the plus side of the comparison. A diesel engine runs cooler than a gas engine, so when you’re working it hard all day doing tasks around the ranch or worksite, the engine platform will keep on rumbling along.

John Deere Gator XUV 865M Front

There is also the idea of fuel consumption. Diesel engines tend to have better fuel economy, yes, but an added benefit to having a diesel-powered UTV is having it run on the same fuel as other machinery you already have. That way you don’t need to have two kinds of fuel on hand.

Mahindra mPact XTV Diesel Profile

And then there’s the whole idea of power. You’re going to get a lot of torque from a diesel engine. That means there is plenty of power for doing tasks like pulling heavy trailers, running implements and more.

mPact vs. Gator

So why would you want one of these capable machines? The Mahindra mPact XTV Diesel has a 1,000cc Kohler diesel versus the 865cc Gator. Both will run you up to 33mph, but you don’t buy one for speed. There are a few major differences between the two vehicles.

John Deere Gator XUV 865M Working

The bed is a major difference that may sway your decision. The Gator has standard-style bed with a 1,000-pound capacity and 20 tie-down points. It has standard power-dump assist, which is very nice when you come even marginally close to maxing out the capacity. The Mahindra Flexhauler box holds 1,200 pounds of whatever you want to put in it. The sides also fold flat for larger loads, giving you a great deal of flexibility in what you haul. It, too, comes with power dump assist.

Different Differential

Another area of difference is the differentials. The Gator comes with a manual-locking differential that operates with a hand-lever on the floor in front of the seats. This creates a very solid locking mechanism, which overcomes the awkward feeling of engaging it. The Mahindra mPact XTV Diesel has a conventional electronic-locking differential. It is activated by a switch on the dash.

Mahindra mPact XTV Diesel Rear

Both machines are very capable workhorses that will serve you for years to come. As with many of these types of purchases, it may just come down to some brand loyalty. While some folks are pretty loyal about their trucks, baseball teams and firearm brands, there are no more brand-loyal people out there than farmers and their tractors and these are two of the largest tractor manufacturers in the world.

Learn more about the Mahindra at your local dealership, or by going to the website. Want to find out more on the Gator? Hit up your local John Deere dealership, or go to the website.

Derrek Sigler
Derrek Sigler

Derrek's love for all things ATV started when he was a mere 11 years old, growing up on his family farm. His mom gave him and his sister a choice - get a horse, or a three-wheeler. The sister wanted the horse, and Derrek wanted the ATV. Luckily he won out, and was soon burning up the trails on a Yamaha Tri-Moto 200. By the time he was 14, he had saved enough of his own money by working on the farm and in his folks restaurant to buy a new 4-wheeler. That happened the day he and his mom were driving past the dealership and saw 1987 Banshee. His mom had no idea what he was buying, and he never looked back. He's been riding ever since, and been writing professionally for many years. He has ridden all over North America and been behind the controls of just about every machine out there. And yes, he still has his 1987 Yamaha Banshee.

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