POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE TEST
The Polaris General is basically the body of a comfortable recreation machine with a big, tilting cargo bed and a sport UTV underneath. UTV enthusiasts liked the combination so much, Polaris followed it up with the General XP 1000—a machine with longer travel suspension that’s more comfortable and lets you go even faster. We did the four-seat Polaris General XP 4 1000 Deluxe test for UTVers who want to go riding with the most people, the most cargo and still go fast.
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
At $24,999, the General XP 4 1000 Deluxe is the lowest-priced General XP 4 1000. The General XP 4 1000 Pursuit Edition is $25,999 and the General XP 4 1000 Factory Custom Edition goes for $27,999. The General 4 1000 starts at $21,799 and goes to $22,799 for the General 4 1000 Deluxe. Yamaha’s new RMAX4 1000 starts at $21,299 and goes to $25,299.
WHAT’S SO DELUXE ABOUT THE GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE?
The General XP 4 1000 Deluxe is considerably upgraded from the General 4 1000, though both have 100 horsepower. It’s 64 inches wide, while the General 4 is 60. General XP 4 1000s have 14 inches of travel front and rear and 30-inch tires on 15-inch wheels. Non-XP Generals have 27-inch tires on 12-inch wheels, 12.25 inches of travel up front and 13.2 inches in the rear. A roof, doors, rear-view mirror, 4500-pound winch and Rockford Fosgate audio system are also standard equipment on the General XP 4 1000 Deluxe. For 2021, all General models have upgraded, semi-perforated seating surfaces.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 100-horsepower, naturally aspirated, 999cc, eight-valve, double-overhead-cam parallel twin.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT HAVE?
Selectable 2WD/4WD with an automatic locking front differential. The rear differential unlocks for tight turns or delicate turf.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
The most common type of UTV transmission—a dual-range, fully automatic, belt-type continuously variable transmission.
HOW FAST IS IT?
Seriously fast for a big four-seat recreation machine. With 100 horsepower on tap, the General XP 4 1000 is capable of sport UTV-like acceleration. The General 4 1000 is even quicker because it also has 100 horsepower and it’s lighter.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Responsive but tractable. The General delivers solid throttle response when you want to have fun, but it’s also controllable and predictable when you need it to be. Confined work areas and sketchy trails call for precise throttle control, and the General knows how to follow orders. We included plenty of tight, technical trails and faster open terrain in the Polaris General XP 4 1000 Deluxe test and the machine performed well on both.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
It’s all about comfort. The suspension really shines at a typical trail-riding pace. Thanks to the big tires and extra travel, it’s vastly more plush than the non-XP General. The General XP 4 1000’s 14 inches of front and rear travel also handle aggressive riding well, and you can carry speed in rough terrain that is completely out of the question for regular recreation UTVs. The knob-type compression-damping adjusters on the Walker Evans Velocity shocks let you firm or soften the ride without tools.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s agile enough that it rarely reminded us it’s a four-seater, and the 64-inch width gives the General XP 4 1000 a secure, well-planted feel in turns and uneven terrain. This machine’s 115-inch wheelbase is just 2 inches longer than the General 4 1000’s, so it’s compact enough to make its way through twisty trails easily. It’s also steady in high speed and open terrain, though it doesn’t have the appetite for whoops that a RZR XP 1000 has.
HOW IS IT IN CHALLENGING TERRAIN?
The General takes command of unruly trails. The 100-horsepower engine has plenty of reserve pull for big hills and deep mud. With 13.5 inches of ground clearance, compliant suspension, an effective 4WD system and a stable 64-inch stance, this machine is a pleasure on tough trails. Very good visibility from the upright seating position and the short, steep hood help, too, and the bodywork and full doors offer more splash protection than sport UTVs.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most are great. The cab is wide and easy to enter and exit, but there’s not much extra legroom up front for tall riders. More seat adjustment could solve that. The rear seating area is roomy enough for adults. The seats are comfortable and supportive. The General XP 4 Deluxe comes with a great sound system, a roof, painted bodywork and a winch. The closeable front and rear center consoles offer plenty of storage space, and each has a power port.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The General XP 4 1000 Deluxe is such a fun, comfortable trail machine, it would be a great choice even if it couldn’t help with chores. When you add in how much work it can do with its big tilting cargo bed, trailer hitch and winch, it’s one of the best values on the market.
See UTV Action’s full test on the new 2021 Polaris General XP 1000 Trail Boss here: https://utvactionmag.com/2021-polaris-ranger-xp-1000-trail-boss/
POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC 4-stroke
Bore x stroke 93mm x 73.5mm (x2)
Compression ratio 11:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Induction 48mm EFI (x2)
Starting procedure Turn ignition switch
Type Paper pleat
Access Tool-less; lift bed, undo two straps
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ rev. & EBS
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable Turf mode/2WD/4WD w/
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 150.2”/64”/77”
Ground clearance 13.5”
Claimed dry weight 2,058 lb.
Bed weight limit 600 lb.
Hitch 2” receiver
Towing limit 1,500 lb.
Frame Steel round/square tube
Front Dual A-arm w/ Walker Evans compression/
preload adj. shocks/14”
Rear IRS dual A-arms w/ Walker Evans
compression/preload adj. shocks/14”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Mode in transmission
Front 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler XGF
Rear 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler XG
DC outlet Console & dash
Front 2 LED hi/lo headlights
Rear Dual LED brake/taillights
Color Stealth Black/camo
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $24,999
Contact Polaris, (800) POLARIS https://general.polaris.com/