POLARIS RZR PRO XP4

Polaris offers more than a handful of options that can accommodate your whole family on a ride. Its latest four-seat offering is a high-end RZR known as the 2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP4. Available in both two-  and four-seat configurations and three versions (Base, Premium and Ultimate), all have the latest 181-horsepower Pro Star turbocharged engine, standard wheel travel and a width of 64 inches. A long-travel “S” option hasn’t been announced as of press time.

POLARIS RZR PRO XP4
For now, the Pro XP is only available in a 64-inch width. The long-travel version is in the works, and this model will take you into tighter trails, making it more versatile.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The base Polaris RZR Pro XP4 starts at $25,699. At the other end of the spectrum, the Ultimate sells for $33,000. That model gets electronically adjustable Fox Shox, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, and Polaris’ Ride Command Navigation. The Premium model we tested has a price tag of $27,999 and includes added features, such as a roof and fold-down rear seats that turn one side or both back seats into a huge cargo area. Finally, Polaris’ version of six-point seat harnesses are provided for all four passengers. The back seat area looks like it could accommodate a center seat rather easily.

POLARIS RZR PRO XP4
The cockpit redesign features new seats that are more laid back than before. This “premium” model gets 6-point harnesses.

WHAT’S NEW?

The Polaris RZR Pro XP4 sits between the standard XP Turbo and the RZR Turbo S. It has an improved chassis and beefier suspension and drivetrain components like the Turbo S, but it’s not as tall and doesn’t have as much travel. It does have eight-ply, 30-inch-tall Maxxis Carnivore tires on all four corners mounted on non-beadlock aluminum wheels.

POLARIS RZR PRO XP4

POLARIS RZR PRO XP4
With the full-body redesign, Polaris made the engine a lot more accessible. By removing four screws, the cargo tray lifts right out. On the engine, they added coil packs and a steel fuel rail. Removing the rear seats and firewall is done without tools to access the air filter and the front of the engine.

The Polaris RZR Pro XP4 cockpit is totally new as well. The seats have a more laid-back feel very reminiscent of a Can-Am X3 or Yamaha’s YXZ. Also, like the Yamaha, it has full doors, except they are not totally enclosed at the front portion of the forward doors. We are not sure why. They may add a little ventilation, and the fenders do keep water from splashing in.

In addition to the rear seats that fold down, there are storage pockets and shelves throughout the dash area. Furthermore, a huge panel is available for switch placement, and Polaris claims the charging system puts out 900 watts, so accessories should not tax the system. Out back, the deep cargo tray can be removed with four T40 screws to access the engine for easy service. Our favorite new feature is the 13-gallon fuel tank that extends our riding days. The passenger gets a new grab handle as well. The rear passengers get their own 12-volt power supply, cup holders and a cargo pocket in the back. Finally, new for any UTV is a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

POLARIS RZR PRO XP4
With the rear seat back removed, the bases flip forward, creating a huge, flat storage area. Tie-down hooks are provided and help turn the rig into the ultimate overlander.

HOW ABOUT THE ENGINE?

The layout is identical to that of the older ProStar mills; however, the cylinder head has a bleed system to export any trapped air that may cause over-heating. The clutching and fuel-injection systems have been optimized to gain that 181 horsepower from the 925cc twin. Additionally, the transmission bearings have been upgraded, along with the axles and drive shafts.

Out back, beefy trailing arms and radius rods move 20 inches and are damped by 2.5-inch Walker Evans shocks. The axles are much thicker than they are on the older XP.

HOW’S THE POWER?

It’s strong; however, the power is not as explosive or wild as the standard XP Turbo. The new bigger tires hook up much better than the old Big Horns, and they weigh more. Speaking of weight, the Pro XP weighs 2026 pounds, which is 300 pounds more than an XP. So, the car doesn’t feel any faster.

That being said, however, it’s still fast. You can rip the dunes or rocket down trails at blindingly fast speeds. The RZR tops out at just over 80 mph. According to Polaris, you can hold it wide open longer thanks to new cooling measures taken within the construction of the CVT belt cover. The belt changing procedure is the same as on all previous turbo models.

The stock tires that come on the RZR Pro XP 4 are not great in the sand. The old Big Horns or any paddle tire would be better. However, the 181-horsepower turbo engine is perfect for ripping up the dunes.

HOW ABOUT THE SUSPENSION?

Up front, thick dual A-arms move 17 inches, with a 2-inch Walker Evans shock controlling the damping via 16 clickers. Out back, trailing arms are controlled by 2.5-inch Walker Evans shocks moving 20 inches. High-clearance lower radius rods are standard as well.

The RZR Pro XP is the latest family fun wagon from Polaris. It’s upgraded inside and out. The best upgrade is a larger 13-gallon gas tank that will take you and your passengers a lot further.

Riding the trails with the clickers turned out, the RZR Pro XP is a Cadillac. It offers a plush ride in rocks, over ditches and through whoops. It’s actually one of the most comfortable four-seaters we’ve driven. Our back seat passengers felt the same.

On higher speed trails, we felt the same as we did driving the two seater. The rear sits a little too low and drags dirt in certain situations. We were able to get an extra inch of ride height by adding preload to the rear springs. But after doing that, we quickly felt the front shocks were heating up and finding their limits. The front end needs a bigger shock if driven aggressively.

Maxxis Carnivores are coming on more machines lately as standard equipment. On this rig, they slide predictably and, better yet, are 8-ply and very puncture-resistant.

HOW DOES IT HANDLE?

Really well. It doesn’t push in the corners like some four-seaters do. It’s not the nimblest car, but you can get into tight places fairly easy. The lower seat bases and reclined seat backs get you lower in the car, and the full doors add to that comfort. Vision out front is better than in most UTVs. The feeling is somewhere between being in a fighter jet and a bobsled. Under braking, there is a little diving, but it brakes great thanks to the better-gripping tires.

A new dash houses two big storage bins and a huge spot for accessory switches. That new steering wheel tilts and telescopes.

You can flick the long car around corners with total control, then aim the front tire to straighten up quickly. The new steering wheel feels a bit smaller than the old one, thus a little heavier, but the ergonomics of the car feel better.

Up front, 17 inches of wheel travel is handled by 2-inch Walker Evans compression-adjustable shocks. They work decent for a casual family outing, but are in need of an upgrade for aggressive drivers.

WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?

We like the RZR four-seaters. From the RZR 900 or standard XP 1000 4 to the Turbo S and this monster, they are a blast to own and drive. If you want the latest in Polaris technology and don’t need a wide 72-inch model, you will love the Pro XP. For anything other than wide-open deserts, this car will outperform its competition all while giving the occupants some creature comforts that the older RZRs are lacking. If you need that long-travel suspension, the aftermarket is already on your side and has you covered; however, we bet Polaris will have that, too, in no time. 

SPECS:

2020 POLARIS RZR PRO XP 4

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, twin cylinder, DOHC,

turbocharged, 4 stroke

Displacement 925cc

Lubrication system Wet sump

Additional cooling Auto fan

Induction EFI

Starting/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure Turn ignition switch w/shifter in park

Air filter:

  Type Paper pleat

  Access Behind driver and firewall

Transmission Automatic CVT

Reverse procedure Brake on, move range selector “R”

Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ EPS

Final drives Shafts

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 13 gal.

Wheelbase 125”

Turning Radius 21.7”

Overall length/width/height 155”/64”/73.6”

Ground clearance 14.5”

Claimed dry weight 2026 lb.

Bed weight limit 299 lb.

Bed Box Dimensions 26×17.7×11.5”

Hitch No

Towing limit N/A

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame 2” steel round tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Dual A-arm w/prel./comp.-adj. shocks/ 17”

  Rear IRS  3-link trailing arms w/prel./comp -adj.

shocks/20”

Brakes/actuation:

  Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

  Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

Parking Lever on console

Tires:

  Front 30×10-14, 8-Ply Maxxis Carnivore

  Rear 30×10-14, 8-Ply Maxxis Carnivore

ELECTRICAL

DC outlet Console

Lighting:

  Front LED headlights

  Rear LED brake/tail lights

DETAILS

Instrumentation Analog speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/

gear/clock/2WD-4WD

Colors Black, Red, White

Minimum recommended operator age 16

Suggested retail price $25,699 (Base), $27,999

(Premium), $32,999 (Ultimate)

Contact www.polaris.com

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