In this article, we compare the Razor Dirt Quad vs Dune Buggy – both are excellent choices if you want to treat the young adrenaline junkie in your family to a well specified electric four wheeler, designed specifically with kids in mind.
But, although they share many of the same mechanical and electrical components, there are some big differences between the two. So which one is the best?
Our guide below will help you find the most suitable ride for your kids. First we’ve got a quick comparison table of the main features of the Razor Dirt Quad vs Dune Buggy.
Then we look at the advantages of each four wheeler, in turn. Finally, we’ll summarize the strengths and weaknesses of both rides, to assist you in making the right choice for your kids.
Razor Dirt Quad vs Dune Buggy – Quick Comparison
Let’s take a closer look at these electric vehicles from Razor to help you choose which is the best!
In the table below we’ve summarized the main features of each ride in a side by side comparison to make it easy to spot the differences between them.
|Miniature electric off-road dirt quad with authentic quad geometry||Miniature electric buggy with specially designed reduction drive for lower torque climbing and off roading|
|5-10 * Children should be supervised by an adult||5-10 * Children should be supervised by an adult|
|120 lbs||120 lbs|
|8 mph||9 mph|
|Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
|24V (2 x 12V) sealed lead acid rechargeable - charger included||24V (2 x 12V) sealed lead acid rechargeable - charger included|
|Up to 40 minutes of continuous use||Up to 40 minutes of continuous use|
|12 hours||12 hours|
|350W, high torque, gear reduction, chain||350W, high torque, reduction drive, chain|
|Variable speed with twist grip||Variable speed with thumb tab|
|Hand operated rear disc||Hand operated rear disc|
|Rear droop travel with coil shock||Rear with coil shock|
|Powder coated tubular frame for all weather durability||Powder coated tubular frame for all weather durability|
|Padded||Padded, bucket style|
|Adjustable height, riser style, with soft rubber grips||Adjustable height|
|13” pneumatic knobby||8” pneumatic knobby|
|89 lbs||65 lbs|
|43" x 24" x 31.5"||41” x 26.5” x 17.5”|
|95% pre-assembled||99% pre-assembled|
(assembly recommended by an adult with experience in bicycle mechanics)
* Razor’s recommended age for both the Dirt Quad and Dune Buggy is a very conservative 8+ but an age range of 5-10 (real world guide…) with parental supervision may be more suitable for the relatively small size of these vehicles – kids over 10 may find them too small…
Advantages of Razor Dirt Quad
The Dirt Quad won our best buy award for kids aged 5-10 when we reviewed the best ATVs for kids recently – our top choices for teens and youths went to larger ATVs.
The Razor Dirt Quad has much wider and larger tires (13″) than the Dune Buggy (8″) and several inches higher ground clearance – this lets it travel over a much greater variety of terrain than the Dune Buggy. This is the biggest difference between both vehicles.
The Dirt Quad can therefore handle riding on rough terrain such as loose stone, gravel, sand, grassy fields and bumpy dirt tracks, as well as flat surfaces like concrete – at slow speed it can even overcome small obstacles like curbs.
However, the Dune Buggy has just 1 inch ground clearance and smaller, narrower tires so is best suited to flat surfaces like concrete or level grass areas. Note that, despite the name, it isn’t really able to cope with sand (or soft dirt) either – the tires are just too small.
Learning to ride the ATV-style Dirt Quad safely, at an early age, may also help kids transition more easily in future to a larger, faster electric or gas ATV.
Finally, because the Dirt Quad looks like a scaled down adult ATV, this may be cool for young kids as they can emulate the look of their ATV-riding parents or older siblings.
Advantages of Razor Dune Buggy
The Razor Dune Buggy was our top choice for kids under 10 in our review of the best go karts and dune buggies for kids recently.
It is 99% pre-built right out of the box so it is much easier and quicker to assemble than the Dirt Quad which may take half an hour or more, depending on your experience.
Although both vehicles can be stored upright to save space, and the Dirt Quad has a carry handle at the rear to assist, the Dune Buggy is substantially lighter (65 lbs vs 89 lbs) so it is much easier to lift it up or hang for storage.
Although both vehicles have a 350W motor and 24V battery, the Dune Buggy has a slightly faster top speed (9 mph vs 8 mph) because it weighs less than the Dirt Quad.
The Dune Buggy also has more safety features:
- it sits much lower to the ground so is more balanced and stable – it would be really hard to roll the Dune Buggy whereas it is not very difficult to roll the Dirt Quad on tight turns at maximum speed, if care is not taken
- the Dune Buggy also has a (lap) seat belt for added safety
- it has a side roll cage which creates a barrier between the rider and the outside
- the Dune Buggy also has a safety flag at the rear which lets the rider be seen more easily – the flag is optional, you don’t have to install it
The Dune Buggy typically costs a few dollars less than the Dirt Quad.
Strengths of Dirt Quad and Dune Buggy
Here is a summary of what is great about both models:
- Easy to recharge the battery using house electric supply
- User friendly controls
- Specifically designed for children
- Adjustable height handlebars helps the vehicle to continue to be used as your child grows
- Fast enough to give children an adrenaline rush
- Slow and stable enough to minimize the risk of your child rolling the vehicle or being thrown off/out (more so for the Dune Buggy)
- Semi-professional wheels can tackle many ground conditions (more so for the Dirt Quad)
- Weather resistant body
- Razor is a US manufacturer and replacement parts are readily available from their website
Weaknesses of Dirt Quad and Dune Buggy
Here is a summary of what is not so great about both models:
- Relatively short battery life per full charge – although 40 minutes is still enough to cover about 6 miles
- Battery recharge time is 12 hours so charging needs to be planned (although such a time is common for electric vehicles that can reach up to 10 mph)
- No reverse gear so can be awkward to maneuver in tight spaces (less so for the Dune Buggy as it is much lighter than the Dirt Quad)
- No headlights or taillights so can only be used safely during daylight
- Not intended for use on public roads or sidewalks (in common with all such vehicles for young kids)
- Protective clothing (especially a helmet) is recommended at all times which may be uncomfortable in hot weather
- The vehicle must be stored in a dry area, due to the electrical components
The owner’s manual for the Dirt Quad is available in PDF format from Razor here.
The owner’s manual for the Dune Buggy is available in PDF format from Razor here.
NOTE: A parent’s decision to allow their child to ride either the Razor Dirt Quad or the Razor Dune Buggy should depend on the child’s individual maturity, skill and ability to follow rules.