The Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV is not only adorable and rugged, kids love that get the pleasure of riding in one and will never want to get out - unless it's to dump things out of the back.
Peg Perego is a large brand of electric children’s vehicles in Italy, and because their designs and products are so good, they’ve started to appear here in the US.
Peg Perego is known for its utility vehicles such as the Polaris Outlaw and with this John Deere Gator XUV, you can tell Peg Perego really knows what children like and want - here, we see it’s a mid sized version of something that’s both way too expensive to let a kid drive and way too big to keep in a suburban garage. But this electric car fits fine in almost any garage, and that’s already a huge plus for it.
Imagine it whooshing around your yard with your kids while you sip ice tea on the longest day of summer. Those are the kind of memories that this sort of ride-on toy build, and trust me, as a former child, things like this John Deere Gator are the things you remember. Why? Because of the freedom, of course - which can be any ride-on toy, so let’s look and see why this Peg Perego product might be the best choice for you.
Let’s start with something super positive about the Peg Perego’s product and start with its best feature: large dump bed with opening tailgate.
That thing is so cool your kids will never stop playing with it! Just load it up, haul it to another part of the yard, dump it out, and do it all over again - just like a real tractor.
Heck, you could use this little vehicle to move entire piles of gardening dirt from one part of the yard to the other if you wanted some help with your new plants.
Imagine it whooshing around your yard with your kids while you sip ice tea on the longest day of summer.
Those are the kind of memories that this sort of ride-on toy build, and trust me, as a former child, things like this John Deere Gator are the things you remember.
Because of the freedom, of course - which can be any ride-on toy, so let’s look and see why this Peg Perego product might be the best choice for you.
Just because there’s a best feature of this roadster doesn’t mean there aren’t also other excellent features we need to discuss. Here are a few of our highlights.
Batteries are almost always an issue in battery-powered vehicles for kids. They are very easy to destroy by simply overcharging them, which is awful when you’re a busy parent and just forget to unplug the battery after ten hours or what have you. You’re easily out fifty or a hundred bucks.
The battery in the John Deere Gator XUV is a little different. While the battery is a 12-volt (standard for the industry), it also has a quick-charger power supply for the batter that trickle charges the 12-volt over about a day.
This battery is very powerful because of this method, and will absolutely spark at the connectors when you place it in the vehicle to drive.
In fact, you have to grab a screwdriver to remove the compartment cover to put the battery in - you can’t just drop it in and hook it up like in most vehicles.
This does provide a decent amount of upfront power, an hour or two of driving time, and some leniency when it comes to leaving the battery on the charger for more than a couple of hours.
To make the best of the rechargeable battery, I recommend that you get the Peg Perego 12V Quick charger which allows you to recharge the batteries in under 2 hours.
The reverse is excellent engineered on this vehicle. In addition to having 2-speed shifter and a limiter to keep the truck from going faster than you can run, it has a cup holder, automatic brakes, and the cherry on top: reverse.
If you don’t hold the shifter in the right direction, the Gator won’t keep going backwards, which does wonders in stopping some serious tree crashes.
If for some reason your child keeps going in reverse anyway, there’s a nice passenger grab-handle for any riders who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of going backwards when they expected to be going forwards.
The cockpit of this John Deere ride-on is fantastic - it looks like the real thing (and perhaps is even a bit classier. Don’t murder me, John Deere).
The entire front looks like it came straight off a tractor; yellow pair of side by side seats, a yellow-rimmed steering wheel and tires, and the best dumper handle right in between the seats.
This is a great feature because the driver obviously operates all the fun stuff, like the go and the steering, but this gives the passenger an opportunity to be more than just a companion for a fun ride.
We talked about this a little bit above, but I want to introduce it as its own point because it’s so neat: automatic brakes.
If your child takes their foot off the accelerator pedal, the car stops - done and done.
This is great for new drivers or particularly panicky seasoned drivers, too.
The Best Choice’s Classic Car Ride On is a cheap ride on that that comes with many features such as working headlights, a horn and even MP3 player capability.
For children still new to riding electric cars, parents can control and steer the car via remote control to ensure that the child drives at safe speed.
The remote control feature can be turned off when the child is comfortable driving on their own.
This ride on car can be driven on any surface and also plays music through the MP3 input plug accessible through their steering wheel.
The battery of this ride on lasts up to 2 hours guaranteeing a lot of play time for the child.
With every good, there has to be a bad. Fortunately, the bads are super limited on this vehicle, but we still need to mention them to be fair. No one wants to spend this kind of money on a toy only to find out that it really wasn’t what they wanted.
This is by far the most difficult part of this vehicle. While the instructions are clear and concise, which is a HUGE plus, there are thirty steps to assembling this puppy out of the box. Each step takes an average of 15 minutes, meaning that this Peg Perego Gator SUV can take up to eight hours to assemble - and that’s AFTER you’ve spent the money to purchase it in the first place.
It is recommended that you place the battery on the charger as soon as possible because it takes 18 to 20 hours to charge the first time, and since you’ll spend some time assembling it you can save on time and shorten the amount of time before you get to ride it. The end product is great, however, and it isn’t difficult to do everything exactly right.
Another big complaint about this vehicle across the board is the wheels. They are plastic, meaning the traction is substandard on hills and basically anywhere but grass.
If this ride on vehicle is driven a lot on concrete, the wheels will wear down in a matter of months, and forget about getting it to go up any amount of hill once those wheels are shot.
However, there’s a reason behind this - if the ride-on had rubber wheels, it would get better traction most certainly.
But the battery life would be greatly reduced, and it would either need a secondary battery (more weight and definitely more expense) or a larger battery in the first place (which is not common in small vehicles with tough speed caps like this one).
The good news here is that not only are the wheels replaceable if you find yourself in a pickle, they’re also easy to tread with some rubber to get better traction. A little bit of rubber goes a long way, and there’s a LOT of power behind the back end. Hills, concrete, grass, dirt or hard surfaces at all really is not an issue as soon as it has some traction.
While there are some flaws with this John Deere Gator XUV, it’s an adorable, charming, and fun toy for kids up to about six.
It comes with a 2-year warranty, too, for those extra rough and tumble kids, and it’s just as photogenic as can be.
This is a lovely toy that will grow with its kids for several years, and then have several years more with another child who will enjoy it and dump things all over the yard as much as their heart desires.