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The compact powerhouse

The dynamic drive train on the 500 Vario is highly efficient and enables excellent fuel-economy. The lively 4.04 liter four-cylinder engine boasts the modern and environmentally friendly SCR technology for exhaust after-treatment. The 500 Vario features a continuously variable Vario transmission and provides ideal comfort and economy in the power range from 125 to 165 hp maximum output. The combination of high performance with a compact design makes the 500 Vario ideal for universal applications.

Engine technology

The maximum output of the 500 Vario ranges from 125 up to 165 hp. For this new series, Fendt exhaust gas recirculation (AGRex), Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and a Coated Soot Filter (CSF) diesel particulate filter for compliance with emissions with emissions stage Tier 4 final/Stage 4. On the Fendt high-horsepower tractors, this drive train – the engine together and the Vario transmission – has already proven itself to be extremely economical.

SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) for exhaust gas after-treatment

SCR Catalyst

CSF Coated Soot Filter

Dosing Module

Supply module with filter

DEF tank

With SCR technology, exhaust is after-treated with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), a 32.5 percent solution of urea, which converts nitrous oxides NOx into non-toxic nitrogen and water. The consumption of DEF, the standard urea-water solution used by commercial vehicles, lies at an average of seven percent of the diesel consumption. This can vary depending on the operation. DEF is available at most gas stations or through AGCO Parts.

Easy access to engine compartment

The engine compartment is very easy to access for inspection and maintenance, even when the front loader mounting parts are attached. The one-piece hood with two separate side panels can be opened without tools.

The compact cooler unit is very easy to access and can be easily cleaned thanks to the large spaces between the radiators and the flat floor. The smart heat exchanger design lowers hydraulic and transmission oil temperatures, which has a positive effect on the efficiency and lifetime of the tractor.

The ingenious Fendt Vario transmission

The Fendt Vario transmission is a hydrostatic-mechanical power split drive. With increasing speed, the share of the mechanical power transmitted through the planetary set increases. Power splitting and hydrostats that swing 45 degrees ensure outstanding efficiency. The transmission is uniquely efficient and permits speeds starting from 60 ft/h to 31 mph (20 m/h to 50 km/h) without shifting.

Engine torque

Hydraulic pump


Hydro motor

Planetary gear set transmission

Range I / II

Rear PTO 540/1000

The ideal of efficiency

Fendt automated efficiency functions make saving easy

Stepless speed adjustment provides enormous savings potential in time and money. In the 500 Vario, the continuously variable transmission ensures high drive train efficiency. The Tractor Management System TMS keeps the tractor operating at an economic optimum. Operators only need to specify the desired speed and the activated TMS takes control over the engine and transmission. That means efficiency, fully automatically.

Automatically drive at the limit

The automatic maximum output control regulates the engine speed (engine load) dependent on the power requirement, so that the engine works in the optimal range in terms of fuel consumption and the preset driving speed. There are different optimum values that can be set as the load limit for different operations, for example transport, heavy-duty draft work or for work with PTO-driven implements. The tractor sets the ideal load limit automatically. Operators therefore do not need to set the automatic maximum output control when entering or leaving the field. And the interplay between the engine and transmission is just right for every operation. Alternately, operators can also set the maximum output control manually.

TMS and maximum output control

On a Fendt Vario, automated functions optimize driving. The Tractor Management System TMS controls the engine speed and transmission ratio to ensure as low a fuel consumption as possible. With the automatic maximum output control, the engine load is adapted to the particular operation.

Individual driving mode

The driving mode can be individually and freely selected depending on the area of application. Operators can select the pedal mode and control the speed of the tractor with their foot. The alternative is joystick control with up to four different acceleration rates.

Vehicle body

Economical dynamics

The compact 500 Vario is fast, flexible and manoeuvrable in transport work. A top speed of 31 mph (50 km/h) at a reduced engine speed permits fast and, most importantly, economical driving on the road. The low weight-power ratio enables high payloads without a problem.

Six points for your comfort

The 500 Vario allows you to perform transport work at 31 mph (50 km/h) at a fuel-saving 1,700 rpm. The chassis design provides the best ride comfort as well as optimum ergonomics. Six points ensure an exceptional driving sensation:

  • the self-leveling front axle suspension
  • the Fendt Reaction steering system
  • the shock load stabilizing
  • the cab suspension
  • the seat suspension
  • the automatic steering axle lock

Comfortable ride with high payloads

The vehicle design is based on a robust cast half-frame, which enables a permissible overall weight of up to 23,148 lb (10,500 kg) (depends on country). The practically maintenance-free wet multi-disc brakes on the rear axle can brake high loads quickly. Additionally, every time the brakes are actuated, the front wheels are braked with the four-wheel drive. The self-levelling front axle suspension also contributes to maximum ride comfort. The suspension can be locked with the push of a button, so front-mounted implements can be guided precisely.

Fendt Reaction steering system

The Fendt Reaction steering system ensures ideal straight-ahead driving. After negotiating a curve, a hydrostat quickly brings the steering wheel back into the starting position and provides the driver with steering feedback. This makes sensitive steering much easier.

Automatic steering axle lock

The optional automatic steering axle lock automatically unlocks the steering axle at a predefined speed on trailers with self-steering axles. On straight stretches, the rigid self-steering axle ensures stable handling. Operators do not need to lock the self-steering axle manually outside of the preselected speed range and when reversing.

Ideal weight-power ratio

Get the most out of every bit of horsepower is the motto behind the 500 Vario. The 516 Vario has an outstanding weight-power ratio of 39 kg/hp, which ensures liveliness and dynamics.


The design of the suspension on the 500 Vario enables maximum ride comfort in the field and on the road. The combination of front axle suspension, cab suspension and seat suspension, which provide a driving sensation on par with passenger cars, was adopted from the high-horsepower tractors.

Shock load stabilizing prevents the tractor and implement from bouncing by actively counteracting movements using the hydraulics. It reduces pitching movements so you benefit from improved steering and ride comfort.

With the VarioActive superimposed steering system, a stronger steering ratio can be activated. It adapts itself to the steering movement and ground speed. This enhances operating comfort, especially for front loader work in tight farmyards or at the headlands.

Standard front axle suspension

The front axle, which has a suspension system as standard, enables high payloads along with the best ride comfort. The +/– 50 mm suspension travel, absorbs uneven surfaces very well. The swing angle of 8° ensures stability while driving. The 52° steering angle of the front axle guarantees maximum manoeuvrability.

Clever controls

The control units can be conveniently operated with the crossgate lever and multi-function joystick.

A comfortable place to sit:

The upholstered passenger seat in the 500 Vario provides a comfortable place to sit.

Powerful lighting concept

The ingenious lighting concept on the 500 Vario doesn’t leave you in the dark. The work lights on the 500 Vario can be individually adjusted by up to 360 degrees. Xenon or LED lights are available as an option.


The corner lights illuminate the entire wheel arch in the front. This gives you an excellent view to the track at night.

  • Mosaic

    The corner lights illuminate the entire wheel arch in the front. This gives you an excellent view to the track at night.

  • Mosaic

    The arrangement of the lights in the 500 Vario is unique – the work lights are “cross-eyed”. This completely prevents all shadows and reflections so operators profit from an optimally illuminated field of vision.

  • Mosaic

    The integrated coming home light permits operators to climb down from the tractor safely, even in the dark. The headlights continue to shine after the tractor has been switched off.

Clever lighting controls

The lighting is easily set and adjusted thanks to its straightforward layout. With the smart one-button system, all previously set work lights can be switched on easily and quickly with just one touch of a button in the membrane keypad.