John Deere XUV835R
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  • Roomy and quiet operator station
    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) dash shownHeating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) dash shown
    Operator stationOperator station

    Whether it is a completely open operator station or a factory installed cab, the interior has been redesigned with comfort and ergonomics in mind.

    • Gear shift control and differential shifter to the dash
    HVAC dash shown (M trim)
    • Tilt steering
    Tilt steeringTilt steering (up position)Tilt steering (down position)
    • Bench seat with diver adjustment
    Bench seat adjustment
    • Three-wide seating


  • Extra-durable deluxe cargo box ensures hard-working performance and longevity
    Deluxe cargo box with optional light protectorsDeluxe cargo box with optional light protectors
    Top view of cargo boxTop view of cargo box

    The deluxe cargo box consists of a 15 percent glass-filled polypropylene composite material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise.

    Deluxe cargo box tailgate
    Tailgate handleTailgate handle
    Tailgate openTailgate open
    Tailgate lowered to 150 degreesTailgate lowered to 150 degrees

    The tailgate can be opened or removed for easier cleanout and to carry longer items. The tailgate has been improved, features truck-like performance, and can be operated with one hand.


    The standard-installed lanyards can also be removed to lower the tailgate to 150 degrees for convenient loading and unloading tasks.

    Deluxe cargo box tilt
    Integrated handle for manual cargo box tiltIntegrated handle for manual cargo box tilt

    The deluxe cargo box is easier to latch, unlatch, raise, and lower with the integrated handle design and gas assist.


    A prop rod is provided to hold the box in the upright position for operator convenience, as well as limit box pivot travel.

    Integrated tie-down points
    Integrated tie-down point in cargo-box bedIntegrated tie-down point in cargo-box bed
    Additional tie-down points (TH 6X4 shown)Additional tie-down points (TH 6X4 shown)

    The deluxe cargo box offers integrated tie-down points for increased versatility. Tie-down points are located in the following areas:

    • Four corners inside the cargo box bed
    • Four points on the load guard directly behind the operator station (A)
    • Tie-down bars on either side of the cargo box (B)
    • Six points on the underside of the cargo box frame (circled)
    Converting deluxe cargo box to a flatbed
    XUV835 Cab shownXUV835 Cab shown
    XUV835M Cab shownXUV835M Cab shown

    Optional accessories for the deluxe cargo box:

    • See attachment Sales Manual information




     Length 1143 mm (45 in.)
     Width 1320 mm (52 in.)
     Depth 304 mm (12 in.)
     Volume 0.46 m3 (16.4 cu ft)
     Weight capacity 454 kg (1000 lb)
     Dump angle 47 degrees


    CAUTION: Carrying extra-long cargo that extends beyond the box can adversely affect stability.

  • R trim details

    The R trim is cab only and comes with a tan interior and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) as standard equipment. Electrical wiring for increased flexibility for attachments also comes standard.

    R-trim level tan interiorR-trim level tan interior
    • Headliner is standard
    Standard headliner 
    • Tan cloth 40/60 bench seat
    Tan cloth bench seat 
    • Standard light-emitting diode (LED) headlights with high and low beams
    LED headlight 
    • A and B post covers
    Post cover Post cover 
    • Rear panel cover
    Rear panel cover 
    • Tan door panels
    Tan door panels 
    • Interior rearview mirror
    Rearview mirror 
    • Sun visors
    Sun visor Sun visor 
    • Dome light
    Dome light 
    • Windshield wiper and washer
    Windshield wiperWindshield washer
    Build-to-order options
    • Available factory-installed winch on M- and R-trim units
    • Available factory-installed brush guard
    • Available factory-installed brush guard extensions
    • Available factory-installed rear cargo box fender guards (rear bumper required, also factory installed)
  • Attachment-ready electrical system

    On M- and R-trim vehicles, adding attachments and accessories is made easier by the inclusion of some main wiring harnesses that facilitate efficient hook-up.

    Roof harness electrical portRoof harness electrical port
    Main vehicle harness – winch connectionMain vehicle harness – winch connection
     Cargo box liftBackup alarmBrake / Tail / Reverse lightsSpeed limiter kitBase radioHeater4500 lb winchPremium radio (base radio kit needed)LED lights - front OPSWindshield wiperWindshield washerLED lights - brushguardLED headlightsTrun signalsHornBeacon lightLED lights - rear OPSSprayersSpreadersAMS integration kit
          aa,ca,c,da,c,da,c,da,ba,ba,ba,ba,c,e a,c,ea,fa,fa,c,e,f 
    M open        cc,dc,dc,dbbbbc,ec,effc,e,f
    M cab            bbbbeffe,f 
    R                 ff f


                    = connections in base harness 
    E-spec Attachment Harness 
    Front Attachments Harness 
    Roof attachment harness 
    Front cab harness 
    Rear cab harness 
    Dash port harness 
    If blank, the base chassis harness has the connector for the attachment 


  • Equipped with power steering

    This Gator™ XUV Crossover Utility Vehicle is equipped with power steering and a dual A-arm front suspension. These automotive-type systems exhibit excellent handling characteristics, as well as responsive steering and low steering effort:

    • Steel ball-bearings secure the steering shaft and deliver smooth, responsive operation
    • Completely sealed rack and pinion for long life
    • Low steering ratio (lock-to-lock) provides more responsive steering and less operator input
    • Shaft U-joints are phased for a smooth, uninterrupted motion of the steering wheel
    • Tilt steering wheel with XXXX in of travel
    Electric power-assist steering systemElectric power-assist steering system

    Electric power-assist steering (EPAS) system has advanced features:

    • Anti-kickback feature reduces the amount of steering unwinding when traversing difficult terrain.
    • The system is speed-sensing and adjusts steering effort as the speed of the vehicle changes.
      • As speed increases, there is less steering assist for improved road feel.
      • As speed decreases, steering assist increases to give lower steering efforts for improved maneuverability.
    • A warning/functional light on the instrument panel provides self-diagnostics and a warning light in the situation of no assist.
    • Torque sensor measures steering wheel input so the on-board computer can provide the appropriate output for various driving situations.


    With the EPAS system, the operator maintains a direct mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the front wheels. The power steering system interfaces mechanically with the steering system by being inserted between the steering wheel and the rack-and-pinion assembly.


    A differential torque sensor is integrated into the power steering assembly. The circuit board assembly is also integral with the power steering assembly.


    Power steering does not reduce turning radius but significantly reduces steering effort by approximately 85 percent compared to models without power steering.

    EPAS interface diagram
    EPAS interface diagramEPAS interface diagram

    The numbered descriptions refer to the EPAS interface diagram shown above:

    1. Torque sensor
    2. Electronic control unit (ECU)
    3. Fail-safe relay
    4. Current/thermal control circuit
    5. Reduction gears
    6. DC motor
    7. Rack and pinion
    8. Function/warning light
    9. Key power and ground
    10. Vehicle speed sensor
    11. Instrument cluster
    12. Relay module
  • Efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system
    HVAC details

    Automotive-style controls on the center of the dash - easy and convenient to reach for the operator or passengers

    • Four dash vents
      • Adjustable louvers and face plates
    • Windshield vents mounted on the top of the dash
      • Fast defrost
      • Efficient air flow
    • Air filter on the passenger side of the cab at foot level
    • Three fan speeds
      • 0: off
      • 1: low
      • 2: medium
      • 3: high
    • Temperature adjustment knob
      • Counterclockwise for cooler temperature
      • Clockwise for warmer temperature
    • Four air flow modes
      • Dash vents
      • Dash and floor vents
      • Defroster vents and floor vents
      • Defroster vents
    • HVAC compressor on/off button
      • Pushing the button once turns the air conditioning on - indicator light illuminates blue
      • Push the button again to turn off the air conditioning
    • Air flow constant with compressor on or off
    • Turn compressor off for full engine power
    • Gas machines have an idle bump to raise rpms to assist driving more power for the HVAC system
      • 1075 rpm in any gear at idle with air conditioning on
      • 1400 rpm when in neutral and the park brake is engaged
    • HVAC - if equipped
  • Powerful gas engine delivers superb starting, idling, and throttle response
    812-cm3 (49.6- cu in.) gasoline engine812-cm3 (49.6- cu in.) gasoline engine

    The machine is powered by an 812-cm3 (49.6-cu in.), 3-cylinder, dual overhead cams, liquid-cooled, four-cycle gasoline engine. It produces 6.5 kgm (47 lb-ft) of torque at 3200 rpm. The advanced electronic controls and fuel-injection system deliver superb starting, idling, and throttle response during operation.


    The engine offers the following performance and reliability features:

    • 40.3 kW (54 hp*) at 6000 rpm
    • 72-km/h (45-mph) top speed
    • Electronic fuel injection for superb performance, altitude adjustment, and cold-weather starting (tested to -28.9°C [-20°F])
    • Electronic ignition is continuously variable for optimum engine power and provides fast, reliable starts
    • Exclusive electronic ground-speed governor and throttle body
    • Auto-compensates by providing more power when going up a hill or through difficult terrain
    • Eliminates top-speed degradation from belt wear
    • Overhead valve design provides greater efficiency and fuel economy
    • Full-pressure lubrication system
    • Spin-on oil filter with drain bracket and oil drain plug enable easy servicing
    • Dry, replaceable, single-element air cleaner with remote intake
    • See-through coolant recovery tank permits the operator to check the coolant level without having to remove the radiator cap
    • Open front grille allows air flow and proper ventilation to the radiator
    • Standard high-capacity alternator - 85 amps for maximum accessory capability


    * The engine horsepower information is provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. The actual operating horsepower will be less.

  • Superior terrain capability

    The Gator™ XUV Crossover Series Utility Vehicle has a precision-engineered drivetrain system that fully utilizes engine power, optimizing acceleration, hauling, towing, and hill-climbing capabilities. Power is transmitted from the engine through a continuously-variable clutch system to the transaxle.


    Key elements of the drive system include:

    Variable-speed drive
    Variable-speed driveVariable-speed drive

    The variable-speed drive consists of two clutches and a drive belt:

    • Drive clutch is attached to the engine.
    • Driven clutch is attached to the transaxle.


    Features include:

    • The engine braking system utilizes a tight belt for operation, requiring an idler sleeve on the primary clutch for neutral. The secondary clutch is a build-on-shaft design that utilizes a cam to tune the acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle. The clutch will stay engaged, providing deceleration until approximately 5 km/h (3 mph).
    • The continuously variable transmission (CVT) air intake draws in 50 percent more air versus previous designs to reduce heat and the amount of water ingestion into the CVT system. The system will reduce belt slippage and improve durability.
    • A low- and high-speed forward gear offering:
      • Low range is 0 km/h to 47 km/h (0 mph to 29 mph), XUV835
      • Low range is 0 km/h to 24 km/h (0 mph to 15 mph), XUV865
      • High range is 0 km/h to 72 km/h (0 mph to 45 mph), XUV835
      • High range is 0 km/h to 51 km/h (0 mph to 32 mph), XUV865
    • Ability to creep along slowly to maneuver in tight spaces
    • Standard full-clutch enclosure with high speed fan provides longer belt and clutch life
    • High-ratio clutches with three cam weights for maximum belt-clamp load in high torque conditions


    NOTE: Delivery and torque to the ground depends on tire size, which is a function of nominal size and pressure.


    How the variable-speed drive works:

    1. As engine speed increases, the spring-loaded drive clutch is closed by weights being forced out by centrifugal force.
    2. As the drive clutch closes, the belt rides up to the largest diameter of the drive clutch and forces open the driven clutch.
    3. With the belt running in the smallest diameter of the driven clutch, the speed being transferred to the transaxle is increased.
    4. The driven clutch is designed to sense varying loads (inclines, mud, etc.) and constantly adjusts drive speed upward or downward so that engine rpm remains optimal.
    Transaxle, mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD), and constant velocity (CV) shafts
    Side view of CVT intake and clutch enclosureSide view of CVT intake and clutch enclosure
    Differential lock lever and MFWD switchDifferential lock lever and MFWD switch
    Rear view of transaxle and CV shaftsRear view of transaxle and CV shafts
    CV boot protectionCV boot protection

    Operator interface features:

    • On-demand true four-wheel drive (4WD) system with an auto-locking front differential and dash-mounted electronic rocker switch is best in class. When the rocker switch is in the on 4WD position, the front differential will automatically lock for extra traction when needed, but when the rocker switch is in the off two-wheel drive (2WD) position, the vehicle will remain in 2WD.
      • Provides exceptional traction in challenging conditions
      • Maintains turf-friendly operation in 2WD mode
      • Illuminated for visibility in low-light condition


    Transaxle features:

    • Two-speed, fully-enclosed oil bath transaxle allows for superior pulling ability
    • Cast-aluminum design is the most robust in the industry
    • Helical forward and reverse gears are used for quiet operation
    • Rear traction assist (differential lock) is built in and can be engaged on demand
      • Allows locking the rear drive wheels together
      • Provides increased traction in tough spots

    NOTE: Differential design reduces scuffing of the turf during turns because it allows the inside wheels to turn slower than the outside wheels.

    • Neutral start safety interlock for engine ignition system
    • Large, sealed bearings are located inside the housing for better protection and durability
    • Contains gear case for transferring power to the MFWD
    • Splined shaft interfaces for maximum torque transfer and durability
    • All drive gears machined from highest grade gear steel
    • Protected by a skid plate


    MFWD features:

    • Electronic design is auto-locking for ease of use
      • Performs like a locking differential when engaged, but like an open differential when cornering
      • Offers positive engagement of both front wheels in forward and reverse as a differential package
      • Automatic engagement on the fly—no shift linkages required
      • Protected by a skid plate and frame


    Drive shaft features:

    • Rear CV shaft diameter measures 27 mm (1.1 in.) and is designed for peak engine and braking torque
    • Front CV shaft diameter measures 23 mm (0.91 in.) and is designed for peak engine torque
    • Propshaft is designed for peak engine torque
    • All CV shaft and propshaft joints are maintenance free and protected by exclusive thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) boots for durability
  • Dual A-arm front and rear suspension provides a smooth ride over challenging terrain and excellent hauling characteristics
    XUV front suspension detailXUV front suspension detail

    To complement the robust frame, the XUV is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension.


    A dual A-arm front and rear suspension provides a smooth ride over challenging terrain and excellent hauling characteristics.


    The entire suspension system has been optimized to handle cargo without compromising ride quality or vehicle stability.


    M-trim cab units (factory installed) and R-trim units have heavy-duty front and rear shocks installed from the factory.

    • A higher spring rate and higher preload force versus standard springs prevent the vehicle from sagging with a heavy payload.
    • These heavy-duty shocks help with the heavier weight of the cab and when attachments are installed, like blades.
    Dual A-arm independent front suspension features include:
    • 200.7 mm (7.9 in.) of travel provides ample wheel travel to keep all four wheels on the ground for superior traction, excellent ride quality, and vehicle control
    • Heavy-duty nodular cast-iron knuckles support the constant-velocity (CV) shaft and wheel
    • Maintenance-free rubber torsional A-arm pivots for long life and quiet operation
    • CV shaft protection from sticks that may puncture the rubber boot
    • Coil-over shocks absorb the most demanding terrain
    XUV rear suspension detailXUV rear suspension detail
    XUV rear suspension detailXUV rear suspension detail

    Dual A-arm independent rear suspension features include:

    • Unequal length and dual A-arm construction for superior wheel control and travel
    • 231.14 mm (9.1 in.) of total travel provides ample wheel travel to keep all four wheels on the ground for superior traction, excellent ride quality, and vehicle control
    • Coil-over shocks absorb the most demanding terrain
    • A-arms made from square/rectangular tubing reduce weight while remaining rigid
    • Heavy-duty nodular cast-iron uprights support wheel loads with a double row of ball bearings
    • CV driveshaft protection from sticks that may puncture the rubber boot
    • Rear sway bar for lateral stability
  • Enhanced cab comfort


    • Functioning door windows – roll up and down
    M cab doorR cab door 
    • Fully opening front window with vent position
    Side windows and front window Venting position
    • Automotive-style sealing
    Door sealing
    • Styled roof with channels designed-in to move water to the outside edges
    Styled roof (R roof shown) 
    • Molded-in pockets for front and rear light mounting
      • Keeps lights below the roof line for protection
    Front roof light Rear roof light 
    • Easy-opening door handles and mechanisms
    Inner door handle Outer door handle 
    • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) – if equipped
    M-trim HVAC controls 


Type Front/rear hydraulic disc with twin piston front calipers
Park brake Driveline, internal wet multi-disc, foot operated (hand release)


3 Reviews
Mar 08, 2018

Very good


Have wore out two drive shafts in the six years that I have owned my 825i gator. Very costly to replace. I think it needs to be a lot stronger. Other than that, the only other thing is that it is very hard to change the oil. Hopefully they have made some improvements in the last 6 years. They are really fun to have around the farm.


  • From: St. Francis, ar
  • Usage Frequency: Weekly
  • Level of Experience: Expert
Apr 12, 2018

Deere needs to work out the bugs


At first glance my 835r is a nice looking machine the trouble begins with the build quality. From the moment it was delivered there was wind noise around each door. After several adjustments it was decided the doors are too flimsy to hold a seal at the top of each side. One of the first things that happened was the window regulator crank fell off the right side within 30 minutes of taking delivery. The installation of turn signals additional lights and radio should be pretty straight-forward with the already installed wiring harnesses. Although the wiring harnesses sound like a good idea the cab has to be practically disassemble to find the ends do use. All of the instructions that came with any of the add-on accessories are worthless since none of them have been written for the 835r. The instructions only have value for the 8:25 and the components don't resemble one another. Before buying one of these Gators you should consider very carefully waiting until Deere gets their act together.


  • From: Michigan
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
Nov 04, 2018

Great Machine


I’ve had my 835R for about 4 months and I absolutely love it. The factory installed cab far out performs all of the competition. I researched all of the competitors to make sure I wasn’t missing anything before I purchased the 835R. To be sure I drove a demo unit before I purchased. The HVAC system in the cab is fantastic and has an actual automotive style control for fan speed, air direction output and temperature. No other machine I looked at had this same style control. Some competitors have HVAC but require you to close and open multiple vents to get air where you need it. The AC is very cold. So cold in fact that even on warm days if you’re working in the machine you will want to change the temperature to blend a little warm air with the AC. Same with the heat. The heat will quickly and effectively warm the cab. Also gone are the days of steamed up windows on wet fall days. With the AC on and the air directed to defrost, your windows will never fog up. The fan is more than powerful enough to move air in the cabin and keep all the windows clear. The HVAC system serves another purpose and that is to pressurize the cab. When I’m not using my Gator for work I will take it on the trail. Some trails can prove to be dusty and even with the cab on my 825 I would find sand had crept in and settle on your clothes etc. With the windows closed and the HVAC system on the air pressure is positive inside the 835R and the dirt is driven away and kept out of the cab. You will still get some dust in very dry dusty environments but nothing major. With a cloth headliner, cloth seats and sun visors this Gator is quiet and comfortable. The build quality on my machine is excellent. I have had no problems with the door seals, engine or any components. The only drawback is the width. The 835R is 69” wide. Wide for some trails with 65” limits. I find the trade off is worth it however since I use the machine primarily for work around the ranch.


  • From: Monroe, WI 53566, USA
  • Usage Frequency: Daily
  • Level of Experience: Expert