POLARIS RZR XP 4 1000

POLARIS RZR XP 4 1000

When we get a Polaris, Can-Am or Arctic Cat UTV to test from the manufacturer, it’s a brand-new machine off of the assembly line and prepped by a local dealer. We then put as many miles on the machine as we can in the time allotted before having to return it. Sometimes we do demo-ride tests on machines with many miles on them, and the 2020 Sky Blue Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 EPS we drove at last month’s Rock Pirates Polaris Adventures Premium Outfitter had 3000 hard miles on it. We hammered it some more for this test.

As with the Turbo Pro XPs, the RZR XP 4 1000 comes in Base, Limited Edition and Premium packages for 2020. We spent a weekend with a Sky Blue base XP 4 on a Rock Pirates Polaris Adventure tour of Colorado’s Alpine Loop and Animas Ghost Town loop.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020?

For 2020, the RZR XP 4 1000 comes in Base, Premium and Limited Edition packages. All models still have WER 2.0 front and 2.5 rear needle shocks and EPS. The Premium adds Ride Command with the 7-inch interactive screen, LED headlights and accent lights, and door lowers. The new Limited comes in Onyx Black with premium painted panels; door lowers; LED head, eyebrow and accent lights; and special LE graphics.

In 2019, all RZR XPs got a new, more-aggressive front and rear fascia and grill, with Turbos and Special Editions getting LED eyebrows and 1000s getting highlight inserts. They also got the new dash from the Turbo S with new center storage bins on top and bottom, with the top bin replacing the Turbo S Ride Command screen, plus a new cubbyhole with rubberized mesh above the adjustable T-bar and large glove box.

The 999cc ProStar inline twin has two 48mm EFI throttle bodies, 11.0:1 compression and an output of 110 horsepower. It feels potent, even above 12,000 feet. Its CVT isn’t as stout as the one that comes in the single-seat RS1 1000 or XP Turbo, even though the XP 4 has a load rating of 900 pounds.

The XP 4 also got the same analog/digital instrument panel as the Turbo S, but it doesn’t tilt with the steering wheel like the RZR RS1 unit does. Large analog needles on each side indicate speed and rpm, while the center LCD readout can be set to show engine temperature or other parameters with red or blue backlighting. Rear seats get the T-Rail-adjustable top seatbelt mount, and only the driver’s seat has fore/aft adjustment via a slider frame.

Polaris Adventure XP 4 1000s also get accessory lower-door insert kits with tubular frames (#2879942, $849.99) for more comfort and confidence. They also get GPS tracker units being rental UTVs.

Yes, that’s 3,042.4 miles on the odometer, and the XP 4’s fuel gauge and analog speedometer and tachometer are easy to read. Toggles to the right let the owner configure readouts for tracking gas mileage or engine temperature.

HOW DOES COST COMPARE?

The 2020 RZR XP 4 1000 EPS is $21,499, up $1000 from 2019. The new XP 4 Premium is $23,899, and the new Limited Edition is $22,499. The RZR S 4 1000 goes for $19,599, and the RZR XP 4 Turbo is $23,699. Can-Am’s 60-inch 2020 Maverick Max Sport 1000 DPS is $19,599, and the base Maverick X3 Max Turbo is $21,999. The Maverick Max X3 X ds Turbo R is $23,699, and the Max X3 X rs Turbo R is $25,199. The new Honda Talon 1000X-4 is $21,999, while the X-4 Live Valve is $23,999. The Polaris General 4 starts at $21,799 and jumps to $24,999 for the General XP 4 Deluxe with Ride Command.

HOW FAST IS THE PROSTAR 1000?

It packs a punch! The 110-horsepower ProStar twin has 11.0:1 compression and great throttle response with two 48mm EFI throttle bodies. It even feels fast at 12,000-plus-feet elevation. It’ll propel the 1,659-pound machine up to 78 mph in High range, and we got it up to 35 in Low. It doesn’t pin you to the seat like a RZR XP 4 Turbo, but Polaris outfitters don’t rent Turbos, as many customers are novice UTV drivers.

Width is 64 inches. Front travel is 16 inches (20 inches landing from jumps), and ground clearance is 14 inches with 29×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn tires. Rock Pirates outfits its XP 4s with the accessory sunroof and lower door inserts ($849.99).

WHAT ABOUT THE CVT/AWD DELIVERY?

It’s predictable for novices yet quick for more experienced drivers. Even with 3000 miles on our XP 4, the clutches and belt engaged smoothly with no surprises. The CVT and EFI throttle map are well matched, too. The On-Demand front diff also engages smoothly and quickly when needed for extra climbing traction or pulling the car out of a drift. The XP 4 doesn’t have any sort of engine-braking system or ADC, though, and compression braking only slows the rear wheels, as the fronts freewheel.

HOW DOES THE XP 4 HANDLE?

Like an off-road limousine. The four-seat RZR has a 117-inch wheelbase, so it’s very stable and predictable on rocky USFS roads and trails. On-Demand AWD lets it turn into corners in 2WD without the dreaded 4×4 push, and then it pulls you out of the drift with 4WD. Its relatively short wheelbase for a four-seater makes it great on mountain switchbacks. A Can-Am Maverick X3 Max WB is 135 inches, and the Defender Max is 116 inches. A Honda Talon 1000X-4 has a 116.4-inch wheelbase. Desert racers like the XP 4 better than a two-seat XP1K in whoops, too.

Polaris upgraded the XP 4’s rear fascia to the Turbo S version for 2019, and the bed holds 300 pounds. Walker Evans piggyback needle shocks deliver 18 inches of travel, plus another 2 inches when jumping. The rear 29×11-14 Maxxis Bighorns had half the tread left at 3000 miles.

HOW ABOUT THE WALKER EVANS SUSPENSION?

It works well after 3000 miles, but the technology is dated. The A-arm and trailing-arm bushings were loose, but it tracked well and the Walker Evans shocks delivered a good ride over the rocky mountain trails. The 2.0 front and 2.5 rear WER needle shocks have 16-position compression damping adjustments, and ours were backed all the way out for a plush ride on chop. Tapered aluminum needles inside the shock bodies provide extra bottoming resistance, but RZR shocks do not have true dual-rate springs with adjustable crossover rings like Maverick Max X3s and many two-seat sport 1000 UTVs. The top springs are short “tender” or top-out springs that are coil-bound at ride height. Longer aftermarket top springs provide a plusher ride.

Rock Pirates provides a tablet for every rental, and the GPS map keeps your current location centered on the screen. As you can see, there are many side trails to explore off of the two loops Rock Pirates services. Each rental also gets an emergency tracker unit that can be activated as needed.

HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?

Strong enough for any adventure. The XP 4 1000 has twin-piston hydraulic calipers squeezing 248mm rotors at all four corners, but the XP 4 Turbo has triple-piston front calipers.

WHERE IS THE XP 4 HAPPIEST?

Seeking adventure at any speed. The XP 4 is much more stable over rough terrain than the XP1K and carries more people. Many people prefer the longer wheelbase for rock crawling, too, as its wheelbase and weight give it better traction on really steep rock faces. The XP 4 1000 is also way easier to drive in muddy, slick conditions than RZR Turbos.

All four hydraulic disc brakes have twin-piston calipers squeezing 248mm (9.76-inch) perforated rotors, and the 29-inch Bighorns provide good braking bite, but the XP 4 doesn’t have EBS or ADC.

WHAT ABOUT TRAIL COMFORT?

It’s limo-like. We prefer the XP 4’s ride to that of the XP 1000 Premium we tested in our August 2020 issue, as the suspension is fully broken in for ride quality, and the longer wheelbase adds control and comfort. The accessory door lowers on our Rock Pirates unit come standard on the LE and Premium, but the roof doesn’t. The doors and roof added greatly to comfort on the adventure, and the XP 4 has plenty of rear-seat leg and elbow room for full-sized adults. We wish the front seats got the same T-Rail-adjustable seat belts that the rear seats have, though. Engine and CVT noise in the cabin was minimal, and there were few vibrations or rattles with our test unit. Overall, ride quality and cabin comfort are way better in the RZR XP 4 than in the Talon 1000X-4.

WHAT’S OUR FINAL ANSWER?

We had a blast in the southwest Colorado Rockies in the Rock Pirates RZR XP 4 1000. It does everything well and delivers a sporty yet secure ride over hideous terrain while letting you take in the beautiful sights. Cabin comfort is great in all four seats, and the new-for-2019 dash from the Turbo S provides more storage than before. The XP 4 1000 has plenty of power that is totally controllable, and the suspension, handling and brakes add control to the adventure. While the newer Honda Talon 1000X-4 doesn’t have a CVT belt to wear out and replace, we prefer the ride quality and cabin comfort of the RZR XP 4. If you’re looking to get your family into a UTV, check out www.adventures.polaris.com for an outfitter near you and take a test drive.

See what’s new on the 2021 Polaris UTVs here: https://utvactionmag.com/2021-polaris-utvs-2/

SPECS:

2020 POLARIS  RZR XP 4 1000 EPS

ENGINE/TRANSMISSION

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC

4-stroke twin

Displacement 999cc

Bore x stroke 93mm x 73.5mm (x2)

Compression ratio 11.0:1

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, undo 4 clasps

Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ reverse

Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”

Drive system Selectable 2WD/4WD w/ auto diff-lock

Final drives Shafts

DIMENSIONS/CAPACITIES/WEIGHTS

Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.

Wheelbase 117.0”

Overall length/width/height 146”/64”/73.75”

Ground clearance 14.0”

Claimed dry weight 1,659 lb.

Bed weight limit 300 lb.

Hitch No

Towing limit N/A

ROLLING CHASSIS

Frame Steel round tube

Suspension/wheel travel:

  Front Dual A-arm w/ prel./comp.-adj. 2.0 WER

shocks/16”

  Rear IRS Trailing-arms w/ prel./comp.-adj. 2.5 WER

shocks/18”

Brakes/actuation:

  Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

  Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal

Parking Lever on console

Tires:

  Front AT 29×9-14 Maxxis Bighorn

  Rear AT 29×11-14 Maxxis Bighorn

ELECTRICAL

DC outlet Console

Lighting:

  Front 2 LED hi/lo headlights

  Rear Dual LED brake/taillights

DETAILS

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

gear/clock/2WD-4WD

Colors White Lightning, Sky Blue

Minimum recommended operator age 16

Suggested retail price $21,499

Contact Polaris, (800) POLARIS, https://rzr.polaris.com/en-us/rzr-xp-4-1000-eps/

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