Polaris’ new XP1000 is here, and we have been spending quite a bit of time getting acquainted with it. To be a worthy successor to the mighty XP1000, the second generation car had to not only be good, but clever. Here are a few of our favorite things about it. Here are Our 8 Favorite 2024 Polaris RZR XP1000 New Features.
1. FRONT AND REAR TIE-DOWN POINTS
No more wrapping straps over A-arms, trailing arms, tow hooks, or laying on your back to tie down under the car. Simple 4-point tie down loops exist at all four corners for ease of transport.
2. UPGRADED FRONT DIFF AND DRIVELINE
Polaris claims the new driveline is 25% stronger, which is a huge improvement. The new front differential looks substantially upgraded in terms of size and mounting. The transmission also includes a geared reverse, rather than a chain-operated one.
3. UPGRADED 8-POINT ROPS
Safety is paramount in a vehicle as capable as the new XP. Its mostly-welded ROPS structure attaches to the frame in 8 places, with no faux tubes. They have a vertical support bar at the base of the A-pillar and a flat front bar for a better accessory windshield seal.
4. AUTOMOTIVE-STYLE FULL DOORS
Gone are the small, triangular mini doors of the last gen XP1000, replaced here with full-coverage doors that open like your truck. We tried to get in from the wrong side a handful of times. They have a rubber seal around the outer edge as well, although it doesn’t contact the bodywork all the way around the door.
5. UPGRADED HARNESSES WITH NO RETRACTOR
While they aren’t the most comfortable belts we have ever used, the 4-point harnesses in the RZR XP1000 Ultimate hold you in very well. Coupled with a grippy stock seat that flexes much less than previous models, the stock seat and belt configuration in our XP test rig was quite good.
6. TRICK PASSENGER GRAB BAR
Despite having an adjustment mechanism that needs improvement, the grab bar itself is best in class. The bar feels solid with zero rattle, and has beefy grips that are easy to hang onto. It also features a large adjustment range, and has 18mm and 19mm sockets molded into the ends. This means you don’t have to pack a breaker bar in order to do a trailside tire change.
7. TWIN GLOVE BOXES
Polaris continues the original RZR XP theme of having the instrumentation in the center of the dash. This time, Polaris made smart use of the dash space this freed up and included individual magnetic-latched storage boxes on either side of the top of the dash. They hold a decent amount of gear (enough to empty your pockets) and keep your phone in easy reach.
8. TRAILSIDE REMOVABLE BED/TOOL KIT
Polaris includes a decent amount of tools in the standard tool kit that ships with the RZR XP 1000. Included is a large torx bit needed to remove just four bolts from the bed before you can pull the entire pan out of the car. This reveals the top of the engine for maintenance, or in case you want to just stare at it.