Let us start with that simple question. Is the XUV 865R the most comfortable Gator ever produced by John Deere? In a nutshell, yes, and here is why. For a start, the diesel engine’s noise and vibration is really well masked from the operator by the ‘automotive’ style cab. Although a ‘proper’ cab is offered on the less expensive XUV 865M, with the same wind down door windows and opening front screen as fitted to its more expensive sibling, the latter has upgrades such as a thick roof lining, covered ‘A’ pillars and soft fabric covered seats. This may not sound like a big deal, but it all adds up.