While all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are yet to gain popularity among off-road riding enthusiasts, they are quite popular in other developed countries for their multi-purpose uses in the closed riding environment. In India, the official presence of ATVs is limited to a few offerings from Polaris, but the world is already getting a lot more for both practical and sporty riding purposes. Here’s a list of our pick of ten best ATVs available in the global markets which we hope to see in India soon:
Polaris Sportsman 570
Polaris was one of the first proper all-terrain vehicles manufacturers who entered officially in India with its range of globally-accomplished models. The most popular of them all is the Polaris Sportsman 570, a two-seater ATV with a handlebar. Available in a single variant, the Polaris Sportsman 570 has an electronic power steering for its handlebar and gets independent suspension and a four-wheel-drive system on-demand as parts of standard equipment.
The Polaris Sportsman 570 is powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 567cc engine, which is coupled to an automatic transmission and produces 34 bhp of maximum power output. This ATV is equipped with a lock and ride cargo system with 23 litres of front storage and 8 litres of rear storage. The Polaris Sportsman 570 has gained decent popularity in salt farming, orchard farming and tea plantations.
Suzuki Kingquad 750
Trust Japanese vehicle manufacturers to make a good quality vehicle, and they ace the task by making a reliable package. The Suzuki Kingquad 750 is one fine example of this belief. This four-wheeler handlebar-operated ATV from Suzuki has gained a lot of popularity with its reliable and powerful engine and fine fit and finish levels, which are good to last long.
The Suzuki Kingquad 750 is powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 722cc engine, which is one of the biggest single-cylinder engines for an ATV. Coupled with a CVT gearbox, this engine is well assisted with a compact torque-sensing limited-slip differential and a differential lock system for the capable four-wheel-drive system. The Suzuki Kingquad 750 is also equipped with gas-charged independent front suspension, a large diameter stabilizer bar at the rear, two 4.0-litre rear storage compartments and a 2.8-litre front storage compartment.
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Yamaha YFZ450R SE
Another desirable Japanese ATV in the business, the Yamaha YFZ450R SE is known for its sporty demeanour in the way it looks and rides, while retaining all the virtues of a traditional Japanese vehicle when it comes to reliability and durability. The Yamaha YFZ450R SE is a quad bike which has aggressive bodywork at the top and a rugged mechanical setup at the bottom.
Powering the Yamaha YFZ450R SE is a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 449cc engine, which is coupled to a super slick 5-speed manual gearbox. The seat, which is narrower at the front and becomes wider towards the rear, gives it a sporty riding posture to match its overall sporty character. Even the KYB-sourced suspension unit comprising of front forks and rear piggyback mono-shock makes it a great handler, despite all the bulk it carries.
Want to experience the fun element of riding an ATV, which is smaller and friendlier for beginners, the Honda TRX250X is one of the finest entry-level sports all-terrain vehicles you can buy. The compact dimensions make it a not-so-frightening machine for people who are new to riding ATVs. However, despite its smaller size, the Honda TRX250X maintains its true potential as a sports ATV which is fast yet rugged on tougher terrains.
The Honda TRX250X is powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 229cc engine, which channels the power to the rear wheels of the ATV through a 5-speed gearbox. The suspension setup of the Honda TRX250X, comprising of an independent double-wishbone with 5.9 inches of travel and a swingarm with a single shock with 5.7 inches of travel, makes it a sporty handler which is fun and agile to ride.
Can-am Outlander 570
The Can-am Outlander 570 is the range-topping model in the Outlander series of all-terrain vehicles produced by North American-based ATV manufacturer, Can-AM. While the Can-am Outlander 570 is not a very familiar name in the Indian context, this rugged ATV has made its name for being a tough and go-anywhere vehicle, which feels equally sporty and practical at the same time.
The Can-am Outlander 570 sources its power from a four-stroke, V-twin, liquid-cooled, 570cc, 48 bhp engine, which is paired to a CVT gearbox and is assisted with a selectable four-wheel-drive system with auto-locking front differential. While the Can-am Outlander 570 has a towing capacity of 590 kg, it has a load capacity of 10.9 litres. With double A-arm front suspension and torsional trailing arm independent rear suspension, the Can-am Outlander 570 gets Carlisle Trail Wolf off-road tyres.
The Can-am DS70 is a very compact and sporty-looking ATV, which is perfectly suited for those who just want to begin exploring off-road terrains at a very early age. This small-sized ATV from Can-am is suited for children aged six and above, which makes it a perfect beginner ATV. It looks the same as bigger ATVs in the DS range of sports ATVs from Can-am, without compromising on their prowess of them.
The pint-sized Can-am DS70 is powered by an equally smaller four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled, 70cc engine, which has power enough to make beginners feel at home and make it easy to control in their hands. Like a proper rugged ATV, the DS70 gets an independent A-arm at the front and a swingarm at the rear, with Duro Thrasher off-road tyres. The DS70 has a load-carrying capacity of just 2.7-litres.
Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4×4
To take on the heavyweight ADVs in the 450-700cc category, Honda has the Fourtrax Foreman 4×4 in its lineup. Featuring an intimidating yet practical design, which is quintessentially a conventional ATV, the Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4×4 is powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 518cc engine, which is powerful enough to make even hill-climbing duties effortless.
While the Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4×4 is available with a manual gearbox as standard, it is also offered with a premium dual-clutch automatic transmission with an electric shift program. The fixed rear swingarm with a solid axle provides good stability and traction for hauling and towing. The load-carrying capacity of the front and rear storage compartments in the Honda Fourtrax Foreman 4×4 is 120 kg.
Kawasaki KFX 90
For those who want an entry-level ATV for beginners, but want a slightly more amount of power rather than just having a 50-70cc engine, the Kawasaki KFX 90 makes a lot of sense. This ATV from Kawasaki offers additional power and performance from the regular beginner all-terrain vehicles, thus making it more thrilling to ride without compromising on friendliness and easy controlling of power which people expect from a small-sized ATV.
The Kawasaki KFX 90 is bestowed with a four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder, 89.9cc engine, which is mated to an easy-to-use CVT gearbox. The power is channelled to the rear wheels of the ATV using a chain drive. The Kawasaki KFX 90 is available with LED accent lights at the front and an LED tail lamp at the rear. It also gets full coverage floorboards with slip-resistant footing, independent A-arm suspension at the front and swingarm suspension at the rear.
Suzuki Quadsport Z90
Another beginner’s ATV which feels slightly more powerful and bigger than the usual entry-level 50-70cc ATVs is the Suzuki Quadsport Z90. Available in a single shade of Champion Yellow, the Suzuki Quadsport Z90 feels chunky and muscular for an entry-level ATV, thanks to its large-sized tyres and bigger body panels. The rakish front apron of the Suzuki Quadsport Z90 placed between the high front fenders also comes integrated with a triangular headlamp.
Power to the rear wheels of the Suzuki Quadsport Z90 is supplied by a four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder, 90cc engine, which is paired to a CVT gearbox here. This ATV from Suzuki gets a conventional suspension setup of an independent swing axle at the front and swingarm at the rear, both of which get oil-damped coil springs. The automatic clutch has a speed limiter collar that restricts the top speed to 25 kmph, which can be increased as per requirement.
Polaris Scrambler 850
Talk of funky-looking all-terrain vehicles on this list, and the name of Polaris Scrambler 850 pops up. No, it is not a scrambler style of motorcycle, but a proper ATV with rugged four wheels, heavy-duty chassis and suspension and a conventional quad bike styling with sharp-looking body panels and lamps. The Polaris Scrambler 850 has a sport sculpted seat to reduce fatigue on legs while riding, while it has wider floorboards with narrow vehicle width at the knees and ankle for a sportier riding posture.
The Polaris Scrambler 850 features a four-stroke, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 850cc engine, which is good enough to produce 78 bhp. The other major highlights of the Polaris Scrambler 850 are total luggage carrying capacity of 34 kgs, sport-tune rolled independent rear suspension, 11.5-inch ground clearance and 26-inch CST off-road tyres.