All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs)

What is an All-Terrain Vehicle?

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are four-wheeled vehicles primarily designed for off-road recreational use. They are also known as quad bikes or four-wheelers and are distinguished by their four wheels and handlebars. While they are occasionally used for work, they are primarily regarded as recreational vehicles.

Scot Agri supplies and services Honda Fourtrax and Fourman ATVs from our Huntly and Fraserburgh depots. The Honda Fourtrax range of ATVs is the best-selling four-wheeler in the UK. It boasts a powerful and efficient 420cc engine and a towing capacity of 384kg. The Fourman range of ATVs features a larger engine (518cc) and the ability to tow up to 599kg.

What is a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)?

A Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), also known as a four-wheeled off-road vehicle or side-by-side, resembles a small car with two seats. These vehicles are primarily used for utility purposes and are well-suited to businesses requiring versatile off-road capabilities. They are known for their reliability, durability, and ability to provide both utility and fun.

The Honda Pioneer 520 is available from Scot Agri Huntly and Fraserburgh. The Pioneer 520 is not only robust and sturdy but also compact in size. This UTV features a 204kg cargo bed capacity and a fuel-injected 518cc engine.

What is the difference between an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)?

While both ATVs and UTVs (also known as side-by-sides) share some similarities, there are four key differences to consider when making a purchase decision:

  1. Design: ATVs have a straddle-style seat designed for one or occasionally two riders, similar to a motorcycle. UTVs have side-by-side seats, typically in a bench style or two-bucket seat configuration. The Honda Pioneer 520 offers a bench seat for a comfortable ride for both the driver and passenger. Both ATVs and UTVs have four wheels, but UTVs have a wider wheelbase and a longer frame, making them more stable, while ATVs are nimbler and more manoeuvrable in tight spaces.
  2. Applications: ATVs are primarily used for recreational purposes such as racing and hunting. Although they are used for some utility work, they excel in tasks where space is limited, and agility is required. UTVs, on the other hand, were specifically designed for work and are better suited for carrying heavier loads or towing.
  3. Safety: UTVs provide a more comfortable and enclosed seating area compared to ATVs, which have no protection. UTVs also come with a roll cage that offers protection in case of an accident. When using an ATV, it's essential to wear proper safety gear, including a helmet, as there is no inherent protection in case of an accident.
  4. Terrains: ATVs are well-suited for navigating narrow trails and rough terrain. They excel on routes with obstacles due to their size and dexterous design. UTVs shine in wide-open spaces, for tasks such as towing cargo and carrying passengers across various terrains, including farms, construction sites, or recreational areas.

When choosing between an ATV (four-wheeler) and a UTV (side-by-side), it's crucial to consider where you'll be using the vehicle and who will be riding in it.

For further assistance in making the right choice, please contact our Huntly or Fraserburgh depot, or explore our ATV and UTV section to view the full range of vehicles supplied by Scot Agri from Honda.


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