Polaris Sportsman Touring XP1000 ATV: we offer a detailed review, technical parameters and test drive of this giant of the American industry

The Polaris SPORTSMAN XP 1000 ATV was introduced in 2015. This model has a 952 cc ProStar 1000 power plant with two cylinders. The camshaft of the unit, like the valves, is located on top. The rated output power of the engine is 88 horsepower. The ATV is 6 horsepower superior to its direct competitor, the Outlander 1000. It should also be noted that the new model is 18 horsepower more powerful than the flagship version of the 2014 Sportsman XP 850. The engine is equipped with a fuel injection system, two balance shafts, and also has an angle crankshaft displacement by 270 degrees. In addition to these features, there are several more, some of which are the presence of a new drive system with several modes (On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive (AWD)), electric power steering as standard, and an engine braking system, also known as EBS (Polaris Engine Braking System). The latter includes another Active Descent Control (ADC) system, which controls engine braking during descents. Thus, optimal controllability and smooth, equal deceleration of all wheels of the ATV are achieved.

The ATV differs from many of its analogues in its impressive towing force, which is 680 kilograms. If we also compare it with the Outlander 1000 model, here this figure has increased by 100 kilograms. Another difference is its fairly high load capacity, which is why the ATV often carries large tools and luggage. A load weighing 54 kilograms can be placed on the front platform, while the rear platform can accommodate 108 kilograms. In addition, special mounting points are provided that significantly expand the capabilities of this model.

The softening of the ride of the Polaris 1000 model is due to the presence of front and rear suspension with double parallel A-arms. The forward travel of the design is 229 millimeters, and the rear travel is 260 millimeters. The ground clearance of the model is 292 millimeters. All this together ensures high maneuverability and driving comfort, both over rough terrain and on ordinary roads.

But in addition to the advantages, this ATV also has several disadvantages, one of which is its very large weight for this type of motorcycle. The structural weight of the model without fuel and other working fluids is 373 kilograms, which is 30 kilograms heavier than the same Outlander 1000. Because of this, the vehicle’s power in some cases noticeably suffers, since it is more difficult for the engine to move a loaded ATV.


The Polaris SPORTSMAN XP 1000 ATV without mileage is currently in the price range from 800 thousand rubles to 1 million Russian rubles. The price tag of a car directly depends on the configuration and year of manufacture, therefore, the newer the equipment and the richer its configuration, the more expensive it is.

The used version is now in the price range from 550 thousand rubles to 790 thousand Russian rubles, depending on factors such as technical condition, mileage and year of production.

Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Specifications

Engine: 952 cm3 SOHC 2 cylinders, 4-stroke liquid cooled, 88 hp Fuel supply: electronic fuel injection Transmission: PVT with low, high and neutral gears, reverse and park. On-Demand True 2WD/4WD Engine Braking System: Hill Descent Control (ACD) Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.87 L Wheelbase: 134.62 cm L H: 211.46 cm 120.9 cm 128.91 cm Seat Height: 93.98 cm Ground clearance: 29.21 cm Dry weight: 373.31 kg Load capacity: 260.82 kg Towing capacity: 680.39 kg Front rack load capacity: 54.43 kg Rear rack load capacity: 108.86 kg Front suspension : Double A-arms, preloaded shocks, 22.86 cm of suspension travel Rear Suspension: Double A-arms, preloaded shocks, 26.04 cm of suspension travel Front Brakes: Dual hydraulic discs Rear Brakes: Dual hydraulic discs Front tires: 26 8-14 PXT Rear tires: 26 10-14 PXT Wheels: cast aluminum Lighting devices: high/low beam 50W, tail lights and brake light Instruments: digital speedometer, odometer, tachometer, trip meter , fuel level indicator, gear engaged, clock Colors: black, camouflage


  1. I am a lover of outdoor activities and often like to go for a drive through the forest and surrounding area on weekends. Previously I had a snowmobile, but due to limitations in terms of use (only in winter), I decided to switch to a more, so to speak, universal equipment. There were two ATVs in total. The first one had to be sold due to moving. The second was the Polaris SPORTSMAN XP 1000 model. I really liked the device, both externally and technically. It picks up speed confidently, maintains excellent stability even on sharp turns, and most importantly, its cross-country ability is truly impressive. Can go almost anywhere. At the moment, the ATV has undergone only one major overhaul, and this despite the fact that it has been actively used for quite a long time. I didn’t notice any shortcomings, although there were some little things.
  2. We purchased this model three years ago. First impressions were positive. However, it’s the same now. The equipment is not very demanding on maintenance and is very economical, despite its fairly large volume and power. The only malfunctions so far have been problems with the wiring, namely with indicators and other things. All this was resolved without much difficulty. I really liked the quad bike.

Juicy orange

The first thing you notice when looking at the ATV from the side is not even the bright orange color, but the unusually large wheels. They are indeed larger than the standard Sportsman ones both in diameter and width. And with their toothiness they can compete even with tractor ones. These are exactly what you need to overcome big mud (which is what the Sportsman in the High Lifter version is designed for)! The second point that attracts attention is the same orange color, so beloved by all rescue services. The front metal of the quad, the rear of the frame, as well as the steering wheel, elements of the dashboard and seats, and even the High Lifter inscription itself are thickly painted in it as the culprit of this holiday called the “orange harvest.”

When we try to look under its bottom, we again see the “orange stash” - the suspension arms. And an experienced eye will immediately notice the unusual shape of the lower arms: they are not straight, as is usually the case, but curved! Due to this bending, the distance between the wheel mounting point and the frame is increased, which in turn leads to an increase in ground clearance and, consequently, cross-country ability.

A glance from the front did not reveal... a radiator. On a standard Sportsman, like most regular civilian ATVs, it is positioned vertically and quite low, which often leads to clogging with dirt and even damage from stones or sharp branches. In the High Lifter version, the radiator was actually under the front trunk - at the top and securely covered by the frame, plastic and a two-ton winch, which is included as standard.

It is clear that such intervention cannot improve handling, but one must understand that the Sportsman High Lifter is not made for high-speed racing, but for overcoming water and mud obstacles. It is there that he should feel in his element.

Test Drive

We recently had the opportunity to ride the 2014 Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 for a bit. We didn't have time to tinker with the suspension settings, but we were able to get a definite impression of the car.

Once you turn the key, the Scrambler starts immediately without any problems thanks to the electronic fuel injection system. The 270-degree offset crankshaft and twin balancer shafts provide surprisingly low vibration levels for such a large and powerful engine, although its aggressive nature is evident in the low-pitched exhaust note.

Despite the considerable size of the engine, the Scrambler vibrates little - a sign of high-quality and thoughtful assembly of the machine. Polaris put a lot of effort into making this monster as docile as possible. Sure, it's damn fast, but if the driver knows what he's doing, navigating tricky, twisty sections with the throttle slightly open is no problem. There's enough low-end torque to climb almost any hill that comes your way.

But it is necessary to be able to control the gas well. In areas with good traction, if you're not careful, you can easily fly off the back of the car, no matter how far you lean forward. The power and speed at mid to high revs is incredible. The engine is damn fast, and not just for new or impressionable drivers. It picks up speed quickly and has plenty of power in any situation.

Fans of dirt climbs and racing will definitely love this engine, but for everyday driving the Scrambler XP 1000 may be a little overkill. It seems to us that we could drive no less quickly (and in some areas even faster) on a slightly less powerful Scrambler XP 850. But if you absolutely need to have the most powerful and largest unit, then there is probably no replacement for the Scrambler XP 1000 .

As you'd expect, the Scrambler has enough low-end power to get you almost anywhere. As you'd expect, the Scrambler has enough low-end power to get you almost anywhere.

With such incredible torque, we never felt the need to downshift. We'd probably use it for long uphill climbs, just to avoid stressing the transmission belt, or for towing a truck.

In two-wheel drive mode, the rear of the ATV easily skids when cornering. On broken gravel roads you can drift in all-wheel drive mode. Despite its heavy dry weight (348 kg), the Scrambler XP 1000 climbs large slopes with all four driven wheels. If the rear tires lose traction, the front wheels will take the lead and help you climb a hill, drive through mud or drive over a log, providing confident traction and movement until the driver releases the throttle. If the rear wheels can grip the ground, then when the throttle is opened, the drive system will again send power only to them. Two-wheel drive is good for gliding and free-wheeling through mud, but we drove the Scrambler in all-wheel drive most of the time for better traction and reliability.

Fans of cornering skidding will definitely not be disappointed with the Scrambler XP 1000. Fans of cornering skidding will definitely not be disappointed with the Scrambler XP 1000.

Steering is very easy, allowing the driver to quickly change direction or steer if the rear of the ATV starts to wobble. We never had any problems with the Scrambler in corners; The steering is very precise and responsive, but at the same time the front end does not jerk at high speeds. With such crazy power, too sensitive and sharp steering could instantly cause an accident. The steering wheel is easy to control and responsive.

With the Scrambler's phenomenal suspension, you can't help but think you can easily tame all that power. Of course, this is not true, but the suspension makes this monster as compliant as possible. It is soft on small road debris, absorbs strong impacts and does not sag. The factory suspension settings are excellent. We didn't have time to adjust the shock absorbers, but we never had the desire to change anything. The Fox Podium X shocks perform amazingly well, the kind of soft suspension you won't find on a regular lightweight sport ATV. All four shock absorbers have reservoirs installed, and during the test the shock absorbers never let down or got hot.

Like other premium models, the Scrambler 1000 is equipped with Polaris engine braking, which is great for maintaining speed on long descents. Braking is natural and comfortable, just like on cars with manual transmission.

The Fox Podium X shocks are perhaps this ATV's biggest selling feature. The Fox Podium X shocks are perhaps this ATV's biggest selling feature.

Sitting on the Scrambler, you never forget for a second what a monster it is, but at the same time, the ATV is comfortable - tall drivers will especially be pleased. The rear of the seat is raised, similar to Quad Tech's Hump Seat, to prevent the driver from sliding backwards under heavy acceleration.

Small luggage racks in the front and rear allow you to take a few things on the road. The load capacity of the front pillar is a modest 11 kilograms, the rear – 22 kilograms. A standard towbar receiver allows you to tow up to 680 kilograms.

Horses matter

Of course, if you take an all-terrain vehicle solely to ride it three times a year to pick mushrooms and berries, then there is no point in chasing power indicators. However, for the needs of seasoned hunters, when you need to get into such wilds where a tank will disappear without a trace, and then drag out a large trophy in the form of a wild boar or elk, then horsepower plays a key role. The Polaris Sportsman Touring XP 1000 is equipped with a two-cylinder power plant producing 88 horsepower. With a weight of 403 kilos, this two-seater ATV has enough power for the eyes. Even when you have fully loaded the luggage racks and seated a well-fed passenger behind you, these circumstances do not affect the acceleration dynamics at all.

How quick is it to jump from a stop? Suffice it to say that this is the most powerful model in the Polaris ATV line. You press on the gas and it feels like the acceleration will never end. At the same time, adjusting the variator allows you not to cause wheels to slip when starting off. For example, when during the test we drove into a swamp and stopped, such a gentle adjustment of the variator allowed us to continue driving through the mess without “deepening”.


A powerful engine requires the equipment to strengthen all adjacent nodes. In particular, in order for the liter Sportsman Touring XP to withstand all the hardships of the Russian off-road with dignity, the manufacturer strengthened the front drives by 50% (we commonly call this part CV joints), added strength to the gearboxes and gearbox, and increased the performance of the braking system. Well, so that the engine can “breathe” easily off-road, I increased the air filter.

In terms of aesthetics, no matter how strange this phrase may sound, the “thousander” is also enhanced. To prevent contact with bushes and tree branches from spoiling the plastic, turning it in a couple of trips into the semblance of an old cast-iron, deeply scratched frying pan, the manufacturer used a new painting technology. Automotive paint is nine times more scratch resistant than body-painted plastic. In general, even after years of merciless use, your Touring XP 1000 will remain a piece of candy in appearance.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to reveal all the features of an off-road vehicle in a short test. And yet, after several hours of driving on rough off-road conditions, this liter “tourist” left the most positive impressions of itself. You can feel the enormous potential of the engine, excellent handling, excellent maneuverability and unsurpassed comfort. And at the price, the Polaris Sportsman Touring XP 1000 will probably give any classmate a run for its money.

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Two in a boat

As we said, the Touring XP 1000 is a thoroughbred two-seater. When driving in tandem, neither the helmsman nor the passenger feel any deterioration in ergonomics. There is more than enough space for both. Although in fairness it should be noted that the passenger rides with great comfort, because he sits on a real soft throne with an additional shock absorption system. By the way, despite the fact that the hero of our story is a comfortable two-seater ATV, you can’t call it a clumsy limousine. Polaris has extraordinary maneuverability, in the literal sense, you can spin like a snake between a palisade of growing birch trees.

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