When it comes to utility side by sides, you have to admire Polaris. There are other players in this field, but they don’t seem to be too bothered with marketing and promoting their product. Good for Polaris because they hold a firm market share in this category.
We featured the Mid size 2 seater machine a couple of issues back, so no- you are not seeing things – and no, this is not a repeat. The mid-size is better suited to tighter trailer and farming application like vinyards or orchards, and the full size is better suited to carrying bigger loads on wider trails. This is the full size 570 and we decided to take it doe a spin to see whether the Pro Star 570 mill is as good in the full sized chassis as it is in a slightly smaller unit.
Naturally, with a bigger 3-seater model, Polaris was able to bolt on some extra features… after a day of testing the newest version of the Ranger, it was clear that this model delivers more than enough ruggedness and versatility for the average user.
Our route took us out on the first section of the famous JHB – Durban route that boasts some cool dine climbs, mud puddles and all sorts. The Pro Star engine platform has been touted as the most powerful design to date, and this 567cc engine brings 44-hp to the table with loads of torque that you can definitely feel in the driver’s seat. She easily accelerates to a top speed just over 80kph mark.
Polaris updated the intake opening to give the full sized Ranger 570 the ability to take a deeper breath for more efficient power development. One more crucial item you will notice is just how quite it is. Driver and passenger can carry on a conversation without having to screen across the cab. This is because the engine is located under the cargo box.
They tell us that the is machine can handle up to 500 kilograms in the roomy cargo box, and will also tow a full ton. Slowing the Ranger 570 is a non-issue. The four-wheel disc brakes react well and provide ample stopping power on solid ground.
Obviously sandy soil or loose gravely surfaces should still be navigated with caution, but with the On-Demand True All wheel drive, 2WD, and Versa Trac turf modes you have the right selection for any terrain. The turf mode reduces the tyre bite on sensitive grass, allowing you to drive the Ranger 570 on even the most delicate surfaces like MX track golf courses!
Polaris has also included a true Park gear in the se lection of drive modes to keep the 570 where you park it. If you encounter rough or
uneven terrain, the Ranger 570 offers ample suspension to soak up the rough spots. This dual A-Arm independent suspension for both front and rear allows the wheels to travel 10 inches, which ultimately produces a more stable ride.
With 12 inches of ground clearance in the full size Ranger there are
no problems avoiding obstacles on the trail. Guys- we’ll say it again – Polaris builds some of the best suspension in the business. The only apparent downside with this model is the lack of EPS-unless you purchase the Turbo silver deluxe model [order only].
These days, all models should have a power steering option. They do tell us that a bolt-on EPS system is available. Other features include a standard 2-inch receiver. This feature is often dismissed, but also possibly the most desired when hauling a load or pulling the plough. If you head out before the sun is up and come back long after it’s one to bed, you can appreciate the 55-watt low beams and 60-watt high beam headlights.
The 40-litre fuel tank keeps gas stops few and far between on the trail. You can seat three in the cab, and all of the controls are easily accessible. The tilt steering is an added bonus, which allows almost any size driver easy entry to the vehicle and a comfortable driving position.
As a larger rider, we appreciate the extended legroom, and the ability to slip through the cab from either the left or the right without obstructions is beneficial, too. The storage for gloves, small tools, or even a lunch box is inside the cab, under the seating and inside the large dash.
Polaris has created a rugged line of machines with the Ranger badge, and there’s no doubt this is another great product option. This one was designed as a workhorse, but the leisure market is huge and these things are just so versatile. This one was converted locally for use as a game viewing vehicle. Factory finish, beautiful craftsmanship.
For more information contact Smith on 011 284 2000