POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE TEST

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.

Big 30 inch tires give the General XP 4 1000 Deluxe plenty of ground clearance and they add to its comfortably smooth ride.

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.

The big tilting bed adds value and versatility to the General. Knob-type compression-damping adjusters on the Walker Evans Velocity shocks let you firm or soften the ride without tools. Arched A-arms add ground clearance.

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.

The cab is easy to enter and exit, and the comfortable, supportive seats have an upright seating position that aids visibility in steep terrain.

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.

This dash has it all—big, easy-to-read instruments; Rockford Fosgate audio; and available Ride Command trail locating and connectivity.

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.

The General XP 4 1000 Deluxe gives you sport UTV-level power and suspension with recreation UTV carrying capacity, storage and cabin comfort. It’s the UTV version of having your cake and eating it, too.

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.

The 100-horsepower, 999cc, double-overhead-cam, 8-valve twin puts the General’s acceleration in a whole different league than typical recreation UTVs.

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.

At 64 inches wide, the General XP 4 1000 fits many trails, and this four-seater maneuvers well on tight, twisty routes.

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.

The winch, heavy-duty front bumper and painted bodywork are standard equipment on the General XP 4 1000.

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/

SPECS:

POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC 4-stroke

twin

Displacement 999cc

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/back-up Electric/none

Starting procedure Turn ignition switch

Air filter:

  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/

auto diff-lock

Final drives Shafts

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.

Wheelbase 115”

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.

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame Steel round/square tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  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”

Brakes/actuation:

  Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

  Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

Parking Mode in transmission

Tires:

  Front 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler XGF

  Rear 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler XG

ELECTRICAL

DC outlet Console & dash

Lighting:

  Front 2 LED hi/lo headlights

  Rear Dual LED brake/taillights

DETAILS

Instrumentation Speed/odo/trip/hour/rpm/fuel/

gear/clock/2WD-4WD

Color Stealth Black/camo

Minimum recommended operator age 16

Suggested retail price $24,999

Contact Polaris, (800) POLARIS https://general.polaris.com/

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