Big power, big suspension travel, big capacities, big comfort, big fun
Big price, may be too wide for some gates, only one color option
The 2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S is a four-wheel-drive utility-turned-sport ATV that offers a riding experience and level of performance that can only be fully extracted by advanced and expert-level riders.
The 2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S shares its bones with the utility-minded Sportsman, but ups the ante with hardware perfected by the departed Scrambler 1000 S. With 89 hp from the ProStar engine and 11.6/14 inches of suspension travel front/rear, the only limiting factor is the 970-pound claimed dry weight. There simply are no other options out there that offer the same level of performance and towing capability as the 2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S. Its price reflects this accordingly.
Updates for 2022
The Sportsman XP 1000 S is unchanged from 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S MSRP: $15,599
Pricing for the 2022 Sportsman XP 1000 S is $15,599. There are no other models or trim levels for 2022.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Sportsman XP 1000 S uses a ProStar twin-cylinder four-stroke engine that includes Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) and a single overhead cam (SOHC). The engine makes fabulous sounds and equally glorious power, ringing in at a claimed 89 hp. This is an engine that pulls hard and doesn’t let up until its rider backs out. Novices need not apply.
Power is sent via shaft to the front and rear axles and controlled with a Passively Variable Transmission (PVT). It offers Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H with in-line shifting.
The on-demand AWD/2WD allows riders to continue riding hard without worrying about when to lock the front differential as the machine takes care of that on its own. It includes the front differential from the Ranger XP for added strength in managing the 1,000cc engine’s power. This system works well and provides ample grip but may leave experts wanting for more control over when the system locks and unlocks.
The Sportsman XP 1000 S was designed to handle. Multi-select electric power steering is standard, and the machine has been widened to 55 inches for maximum cornering ability. There are sealed dual A-arms front and rear, the latter featuring rolled independent rear suspension. The design promises a smoother ride. Polaris has worked hard to get the geometries right, and has maximized travel for a total of 11.6 inches up front and 14 at the back. Ground clearance is strong at 14.5 inches, which means riders won’t have to dodge obstacles. This is a seriously strong machine when it comes to handling, the downside being mass and width, both of which can make it a handful on the tightest of trails.
The Sportsman XP 1000 S uses Polaris’ single lever on the right handlebar to operate four-wheel hydraulic discs, and there’s a hydraulic rear foot brake. The transmission features a park gear, and there’s a lockable hand brake.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
The Sportsman XP 1000 S is extremely comfortable. The suspension is adjustable and can be fine-tuned to each specific owner’s liking.
Although perhaps not its main priority, the Sportsman XP 1000 S is a true worker when it needs to be. The front rack is rated for 200 pounds and the rear for 300 pounds. Payload is a stout 715 pounds, and it is rated to tow 1,750 pounds via the standard 2-inch receiver style hitch.
The base Sportsman XP 1000 S comes with a digital gauge cluster that includes a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, two tripmeters, an hourmeter, gear indicator, fuel gauge, AWD indicator, voltmeter, coolant temperature display, high-temp light, clock, and a DC outlet. LED pods, LED bumper lights, and dual LED brake lights/taillights are standard, as is Polaris’ brilliant In Pod Battery Charge Port.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Sportsman XP 1000 S comes with Polaris’ standard six-month warranty.
2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 S Claimed Specifications
|Engine:||ProStar SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke twin-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||90.5 x 74.0mm|
|Transmission:||Automatic PVT w/ high and low range, reverse; in-line shifting|
|Claimed Horsepower:||89 hp|
|Steering:||Multi-select electric power steering|
|Drivetrain:||One Touch On-Demand AWD/2WD|
|Front Suspension:||Sealed dual A-arms; 11.6 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Sealed dual A-arms, rolled IRS; 14.0 in. travel|
|Brakes:||1-lever 4-wheel hydraulic disc w/ hydraulic rear foot brake|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Aluminum; 14 in|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Duro PowerGrip V2; 27×9 / 27×11|
|Front/Rear Rack Capacity:||200 lb. / 300 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,750 lb.|
|Seat Height:||37.0 in.|
|Ground Clearance:||14.5 in.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||970 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||5.25 gal.|
|Minimum Operator Age:||N/A|