2022 Polaris RZR Pro Xp4 Trail Test



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Are you a spirited off-road driving pilot ? If so, the 2022 Polaris RZR Pro Xp4 might just be the ultimate answer to your desires! Featuring a powerful 181 hp off-road engine, advanced suspension technology and the ability to tackle the most demanding terrain, this vehicle is built to get you where you want to go, no matter the trail can be rough. Thanks to our partner Thibault Marine, we were able to get our hands on this amazing machine and discover all it has to offer!

An engine with a power of 181 hp

The 2022 Polaris RZR Pro XP4 features a 181-horsepower, turbocharged, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder engine that is liquid-cooled and features an 8-valve DOHC architecture. The robust drive system uses an efficient and responsive continuously variable gearbox, with high and low range ratios for optimum control in difficult terrain. The 4WD system gives the driver exceptional power transfer between the engine and the wheels, delivering balanced performance in all conditions. The all-wheel drive also includes an electronic front differential lock that automatically locks when extra traction is needed in low-traction conditions like mud or snow.

“The Polaris RZR Pro XP4 offers high-performance mechanics. »

Combined with its 14.5-inch ground clearance and solidly planted on its 20-inch Maxxis Carnivore tires, the RZR Pro XP4 can take you anywhere you want to go in your off-road adventures. Plus, Electric Power Steering (EPS) reduces fatigue by making it easier to drive, even in tight spots, while providing precise control in fast turns and curves.

A very elaborate Dynamix 2.0 electronic suspension

The Dynamix 2.0 electronic suspension that our vehicle is equipped with is a revolutionary advancement in off-road technology. This suspension system is controlled by the driver through a menu on the central screen of the dashboard. It allows you to opt for factory presets or customize the suspension behavior you prefer.

“The Dynamix electronic active suspension is diabolically effective. »

With constant millisecond monitoring of suspension behavior, the Dynamix 2.0 provides better shock absorption and handles whatever the trail throws at it with ease. Unlike traditional springs, the electronic suspension system uses a series of tuned dampers to provide on-the-fly suspension control and adjustment. The damping force can be adjusted to strike the perfect balance between comfort and performance when you’re hurtling down rough trails.

Life on board

The ergonomic design provides the driver and passengers with plenty of space, especially for the driver’s legs. Thanks to the raised front seats, the driver benefits from better forward visibility, while the rear seat is easily accessible through the wide opening of the doors. Towards the rear, the driver will not see much because of the very raised body line. However, Polaris has alleviated the situation by installing a rear view camera.

“The central LCD touch screen combines the functions of reversing camera, suspension management, Ride and Command navigation display and general display of vehicle information. »

The interior layout pampers the occupants. First, the wraparound seats are comfortable and will hold passengers securely in place with the 5-point seat belts. The driver will have digital gauges in front of him that provide relevant, routine information at a glance. In addition, an 8-inch LCD screen placed prominently in the center of the dashboard controls audio controls, navigation via the Ride and Command system, control of Dynamix suspension settings and rear view camera display.

“The driver has clear instrumentation and a all-round steering wheel. »

Finally, the driver will have a thick, padded steering wheel for greater driving comfort. It is equipped with integrated controls for easy operation without having to take your hands off the wheel. There is also a Bluetooth connectivity option, which allows you to use your phone or other device hands-free while driving.

Driving impressions – 2022 Polaris RZR Pro Xp4 Trail Test

A very good layout of the vehicle

Well strapped in our seats, we enter the narrow path by gauging the large dimensions of the vehicle. Since the model is maneuverable, we quickly forget the appreciable footprint of the RZR Pro XP4. We appreciate the comfort of the seats as well as the facilities and clearances provided for passengers such as the well-placed armrest and the storage spaces provided for small items. The five-point seat belt system keeps us in place without feeling restricted in our movements.

Homogenous high-level mechanics

The trail surface is quite uneven, with erosion gullies more than 40 cm wide and deep, not to mention the rock notches that exceeded the surface by 15 to 30 cm. When riding at a speed of 40 km/h, it is very impressive to see the suspension literally swallowing up all the bumps in the trail. The ride comfort is astonishing and the stability imperturbable. You don’t feel any jolts and kickbacks in the steering wheel. The driver feels reassured and hits the trails with great confidence.

“The Polaris RZR PRO XP4 offers a high-level off-road experience for all four passengers. »

Obviously, the powertrain has a very high performance. Having a four-passenger vehicle, the engine sits far behind and you don’t hear it screeching too much when you push it all the way. What is impressive is the seemingly endless power reserve. As much as you press the gas pedal, the more the vehicle rushes forward. Skids are an endless slide that the pilot manages with his toes to place the RZR in the alignment he wants to get out of a curve. We must be careful if we are followed too closely, because the rocks propelled by the tires could seriously injure someone.

Strengths and weaknesses – 2022 Polaris RZR Pro Xp4 Trail Test

The Raven Media team noted the following highlights of this vehicle:

  • The performance level of the engine/transmission combo
  • The general comfort of the vehicle
  • The diabolical efficiency of the suspension

We also found a few areas for improvement:

  • Rattling of the front door closing mechanism is annoying on a vehicle of this price
  • Precisely, the asking price is very high

Conclusion – 2022 Polaris RZR Pro Xp4 Trail Test

Driving the RZR Pro XP4 is a remarkable experience. The Polaris ProStar engine provides massive power that makes the rider feel comfortable and safe in any situation. The suspensions provide rock-solid control of body movements and keep the wheels on the ground at all times. Packed power, exceptional handling and stability make the RZR Pro XP4 the ultimate riding experience for all adventure seekers.

The ATV Trail rider team would like to thank Thibault Marine for making this test possible.