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The ideal engine for your farm.

High on torque, efficient and clean

With up to 507 lb/ft (516 Vario), the dynamic, high-torque 4-cylinder engine is tried and tested for all kinds of work in the power segment with a maximum output of 131 to 171 hp. The 4-valve technology with common rail injection enables efficient fuel consumption for the best overall efficiency. With the combination of the SCR exhaust after-treatment and CSF passive diesel particulate filter, the Fendt 500 Vario complies with the latest emissions standard Tier 4 final and boasts an especially economical diesel and DEF consumption. ​

Powerful cooling to unleash more power

Areas that develop a lot of heat need to be cooled accordingly. Radiator, intercooler, transmission oil and fuel cooler form a highly efficient cooler unit for an efficient and powerful engine. The powerful water pumps delivers 82 GPM for ultimate engine cooling. The additional fuel cooler allows for an even more effective use of energy, because cooler fuel produces more power. Together with the engine oil heat exchanger, the engine runs at particularly low temperatures. This means the Fendt 500 Vario delivers the best performance, even under extremely high temperatures.​

Powerful, quiet and efficient results in the third party Profi Test (7-2017):
Along with DLG, the neutral testers from the specialist farming magazine put the 514 Vario through its paces. Their verdict was this: "At 4.1l the 4-cylinder is powerful, quiet and efficient. The DLG tests on the PTO brake showed off the best side of the 514 unit. Of the 99 kW (132 hp) rated engine power, almost 94 kW (126 hp) were felt at the stub. At maximum speed, it was 101 kW (125 hp).” This power efficiency coupled with technology of the engine and powertrain result in a high level of both fuel and DEF efficiency. ​

Efficient exhaust technology:
The exhaust after-treatment and diesel particulate filter reliably clean the exhaust, reduce AdBlue consumption and ensure a long lifetime with low operating costs. The external exhaust gas recirculation (EGRex) already reduces nitrogen oxides before they reach the exhaust line, so less AdBlue is required. The passive diesel particulate filter (Coated Soot Filter, CSF) cleans unburned hydrocarbons and particulate matter out of the exhaust. The integrated heat management system regenerates the diesel particulate filter (CSF) automatically while driving.

The high-performance air filter on the Fendt 500 Vario has a long filter life thanks to a precleaner, and is easy to access for maintenance work. It has a particularly effective position in the low-dust area behind the cooler unit.

The Fendt 500 Vario reaches its top speed of 31 MPH (50 km/h) at a low engine speed of 1,700 rpm, with 25 MPH (40 km/h) achieved at a low, quiet 1,400 rpm.

The 500 Vario has a 78.7 gallon (298 l) capacity diesel tank which allows this machine to operate for a long days work without stopping to refuel. The DEF tank is fully integrated into the diesel tank and holds 8.2 gallon (31 liters). Both tanks can be filled from the same side.

Information at a glance – e.g. via the consumption indicator on the terminal.

Engine characteristics – Fendt 516 Vario

507 lb/ft torque, 171 hp maximum output at 1,900 rpm.

Enjoy and benefit from Vario added power.

Vario added power – save on time and fuel

The extra power of the Fendt Vario comes from always working at the perfect speed and optimum efficiency to achieve maximum area coverage. It taps into power reserves that quick shift gears just can't touch. The Vario transmission ensures that either a new operator or even the most experienced operator can always ensure they are keeping the tractor in an efficient power band to accomplish work.​

* Landwirtschaftliches Wochenblatt Westfalen-Lippe, 5-2001; 100 ha forage farm;

** Own calculations: 165 hp tractor, 700 operating hours per year – runtime 10 years/7,000 operating hours; average consumption 25 l diesel / operating hours; saved operating costs: Rental costs for a 165-hp tractor – €24/operating hour *** (machine ring adjustment rates 165 hp – http://www.mr-bayreuth.de/images/inhalte/ verrechnungsheft2018.pdf; 460 operating hours = €15,360/7,000 operating hours

Perfect handling: Continuous power even at a crawl:
From a slow 65 ft/hr (20 m/h) up to 31 mph (50km/h), work with continuous power transmission without changing gears. Even on slopes you can come to a smooth standstill thanks to the active stop control – and accelerate gently and without any jolting. This protects you and your soil.​

Reverse without changing gears, and with 2 cruise controls:
Stepless, wear-free reverse for even easier handling – optionally via joystick on the right or the reversing lever with integrated holding function below the steering wheel on the left. Excellent support especially during loading work. With 2 cruise controls, you can save 2 speeds and retrieve them at any time.

Driving pedal or joystick control: The driving mode can be selected individually: The speed can be controlled with either the pedal or the joystick. Change drive direction either with the joystick or the reverser lever with integral stop and go function.

Wear-free reversing with neutral and Stop and Go. Constant power transfer – for smooth, soil-protecting acceleration.

Exclusive and particularly practical: The indicator reset has 3 trigger settings: steering angle, time and speed.

Three-speed rear PTO with 1000 E economy PTO

The direct force path from the engine to the PTO stub means the 500 Vario, with its 3 PTO speeds, transmits power to the PTO with exceptional efficiency. The optional 1000E PTO – delivering 1000 rpm with just 1,540 engine turns – can save you 7% on fuel.

Triple PTO with start-up control and lift height-dependent PTO automatic mode – easily preset electro-hydraulically on the membrane keypad, the start-up control ensures a gentle, implement-friendly startup. Another benefit is the PTO automatic mode, which conveniently switches on and off the PTO depending on the lifting height.

The ingenious Fendt Vario transmission is a hydrostaticmechanical power split drive. The PTO stub rotates freely.

The perfect duo: TMS and automatic maximum load system 2.0

The tractor management system TMS controls the engine and transmission so that they are always effortlessly working at their best. You just have to specify the desired speed. Then there's the automatic maximum load control, which sets the engine pressure according to power requirements. This means the engine works at its ideal speed range. Operators can adjust the maximum output control manually. With kick-down mode you can start off like driving an automatic car.

You can easily adjust the transmission functions on the armrest, e.g. the driving pedal range with the rotary control. TMS, 4WD and PTO speed with a click on the keypad. The PTO preset and auto functions are marked in yellow.

Ahead of the rest in more ways than one.

The superior driving and working comfort of an HGV:
The intelligent combination of three systems guarantees maximum ride and operating comfort: selflevelling front axle suspension with anti-roll control, cab suspension and active shock load stabilising.

Rugged performance even with high payloads:
The 500 Vario is based on a robust half-frame, which is designed for a permissible overall weight of 23,150 lbs. (10,500 kg) and a high payload of over 8820 lbs. (4,000 kg). The space-saving half-frame design creates the space required for the suspension with longitudinal arm, which provides especially high ride comfort.​

Front axle suspension – Up to 7% more area coverage and couldn't be easier

The self-levelling front axle suspension with 80 mm suspension guarantees optimum traction and increases your area coverage by up to 7%. The ever powerful Vario drive also delivers the best driving safety even on hillsides or with front loader use.

Self-levelling with full control:
The integral automatic self-levelling with position sensor guarantees constant suspension comfort for any load. The suspension can be completely deactivated at the touch of a button for work that requires particular accuracy and precision, like loading.

Smart 4WD and automatic differential lock:
The automatic steering and speed-dependent system for 4WD and the rear multi-disk differential lock is a huge help on the headland. Depending on the requirements, both systems are switched on or off depending on steering angle or speed. The result is ultimate tractive power and soil protection with full manoeuvrability.

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


The integrated shock load stabilising prevents the tractor and implement from bouncing by actively counteracting movements using the hydraulics. It reduces pitching movements so you benefit from improved steering safety and higher ride comfort.*


Smart assistants for even more safety

The 500 Vario features 2 active assistants for deceleration and brake lights, for even more driving safety. Any deceleration of the vehicle even without braking triggers the brake light indicator and provides faster early detection for the traffic behind you. By detecting thrust, the deceleration assist ensures increased driving stability and flexibly adjusts the deceleration when driving with a trailer attached. This also ensures less load on the drive train and a long service life.

Fendt Reaction steering for safe straight-ahead driving: This exclusive Fendt steering system enables particularly sensitive and safe control and has excellent responses for safe straight-ahead driving.

At the headland or during front loading work, you benefit from VarioActive steering, reaching a full wheel turn with just one steering wheel rotation. Up to 8km/h the superimposed steering system is unrestricted, from 8 to 18 km/h the superimposition effect is linear.*