Polaris Ranger: This ranger rampages like a Tasmanian devil

Actually, nothing beats my Niva, I think, when the AUTO BILD editorial team calls me and asks if I would swap my service Lada for a Polaris Ranger for two weeks.

Rangers, Polaris? Never heard of that thing. Does the thing even have doors, a windshield, and a roof? Yes, everything is there, the editors reassure me. And because they praise the little Kraxler as the ideal emergency vehicle for our gravel plant, I finally agree to the deal.

The first encounter is a bit sobering for me. As promised, there is a closed passenger compartment. But I would not have expected that the loaner would be significantly more economical than my Niva in terms of comfort.

Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS

The handling of the Polaris Ranger is not entirely uncritical.

Rough sandpit buddy

Before my maiden voyage with the Polaris, I have the stubborn selector lever and the locks of the switchable all-wheel drive explained to me. I immediately notice: my new sandpit buddy is a pretty rough little fellow, wants to be handled hard, otherwise he refuses to even start driving. And it also has one or two snags when it comes to operation.

I probably wouldn’t have found out how to switch on the low beam (turning the ignition key back a notch after the start) in the following two weeks either. When driving off, the two-cylinder engine, which is only one liter in size (the Niva has twice as many combustion chambers), brutally roars at me.

Something isn’t quite right there, so I’ll take my foot off the gas again. In fact, the fault lies with me – because I didn’t put on my hearing protection. Without it, driving in the Polaris soon becomes torture.

Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS

No embankment too steep, no ground too loose. With short overhangs and four-wheel drive, the Polaris climbs every peak in the pit.

Completely new perspectives

The little beast seems to me like a hungry Tasmanian devil that you don’t want to let loose in your living room under any circumstances. Here in the gravel pit, the wild all-wheel drive vehicle can let off steam. I quickly find out that the XP 1000 also takes me to places in my workplace that I haven’t been able to explore before.

The reason: The Polaris fights its way up almost every pile of sand, no matter how steep or freshly heaped up the mountain is. From now on, my colleagues who drive wheel loaders are amazed, just like me, that I can now supply them with spare parts even at the most impassable locations.

Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS

Despite simple operation, a brief introduction to the subtleties of Polaris is required.

Set new priorities

The passenger cell of the Polaris is not really closed, the water comes through many cracks. Not an exclusion criterion for me, after all I’m always out and about in rainproof work clothes. And it’s a good thing that you can, even wrapped up very thickly, fit through the rear-hinged, wide-opening doors without any contortions.

So I understand the topic of comfort here in a completely new way, and given the otherwise rough manners, I enjoy the interior heating. But even more importantly: the Ranger can be hosed down both inside and out – that’s also a plus for me, because my Niva wouldn’t forgive me for such an act of cleaning.

The Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS in an everyday test

Commute: The Polaris doesn’t like constant full throttle – points 1/5

Shopping: Paper bags can get wet on the truck bed – points 2/5

Transport: Bulky luggage can be accommodated well – points 3/5

Vacation: It goes to the quarry pond around the corner, please don’t go much further – points 1/5

Profession: There’s no getting stuck, the Polaris digs through everywhere – points 5/5

family life: Far too loud, but the kids still love it – points 2/5

In a nutshell

What will the neighbors say if I drive up? Crazy box! May I sit down?
Why would I recommend the car to my best friend? Because you can go anywhere with the Polaris. There are almost no limits in the terrain.
What do I remember? The volume! Headphones are mandatory here!

Specifications and price: Polaris Ranger XP 1000 EPS

• Engine Four-stroke two-cylinder
• Displacement 999cc3
• Perfomance 60 kW (82 hp)
• Top approx. 90 km/h
• L/W/H 3050/1580/1960mm
• Ground clearance 330mm
• Towing capacity 1134kg
• curb weight 775kg
• Price from 25,559 euros

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