In the months since Polaris unveiled most of its 2019 lineup, many of us have been wondering if the company was going to unveil its big-bore utility ATVs for the 2019 model year. Well, our questions were answered recently when Polaris dropped the hammer on its 2019 big-bore ATVs. The good news is all of our favorites have returned and there are even some new special editions that solidify this ATV lineup as one of the best in the industry.
While most of these quads remain fundamentally the same for the new model year, there are some new components, electronic updates, and special-edition models to round out the lineup. Let’s start with the biggest beast in the group—the Sportsman XP 1000.
The 2019 Sportsman XP 1000 comes in five varieties: XP 1000 base model, XP 1000 Premium (new!), Touring XP 1000, XP 1000 High Lifter Edition, and the XP 1000 Hunter Edition (new!). The 2019 Sportsman 850 comes in the following varieties: 850 base model, 850 SP, 850 SP Premium, Scrambler 850, Touring 850, and 850 High Lifter Edition.
No matter which model you choose, the XP 1000 and 850 lineups come with a rolled independent rear suspension system that features constant-radius arched lower A-arms. Depending on which model you choose, the vehicles are set up to provide either 11.5 or 12 inches of ground clearance. Front suspension travel numbers come in at 9 inches or more, while the rear provides a healthy 10.25 inches of travel (some models have up to 12 inches). New for 2019 on all models is a larger battery (up in size by 67 percent) with more cold cranking amps so that keeping the machine starting in tough winter conditions is an easy task. There is also an improved electronic power steering (EPS) system that is adaptable to the speed and terrain you are traveling. Keeping everything smooth from a dead start or while traveling at speed, a recalibrated clutching system is said to provide quicker engagement.
In addition to all of the aforementioned features that come on every Sportsman XP 1000, the Premium model comes with an “ultimate” front bumper, 3,500-pound winch, 27-inch Duro Power Grip tires, a cut-and-sew seat, and a high-intensity LED taillight. The Hunter Edition comes with, you guessed it, hunting-specific accessories that include: front and rear bumpers, a 3,500-pound winch, front and rear rack extenders that allow riders to haul their big game back from remote locations, Kolpin Stronghold Gun Boot gun scabbard, and hand and thumb warmers for those cool days and nights out on the hunt. Last but not least, the Hunter Edition of course comes with special premium dipped graphics to give it a distinct yet discreet camo look.
Highlighting the 850 class of Sportsman ATVs is the new 850 SP Premium, which sees all of the 2019 changes and factory accessories installed with the machine, including an ultimate front bumper, ultimate rear bumper, and a 3,500-pound winch setup.
Both the 850 and XP 1000 models can also be had in the High Lifter Edition, which includes specific accessories to make it a mud-ready machine right from the factory. The 29.5-inch High Lifter Outlaw 2 tires keep this machine churning through all of the mud you can find. Just in case you do find some serious mud, a high-mounted radiator keeps the cool air flowing, and a 3,500-pound Polaris HD winch with integrated tow hooks on the front bumper allows riders to get themselves out or help friends.
Never forgetting the sport-minded enthusiasts, the Sportsman Scrambler 850 soldiers on for the new year in its unmistakable design language and a fun-to-ride personality with a ton of power and performance.
Last but not least, the Sportsman Touring 850 and Sportsman Touring XP 1000 two-up models also receive updates for the 2019 model year. Both include the following changes: new 67-percent-larger battery, adaptable electronic power steering (EPS), and clutching upgrades for quicker engagement.
All in all, the new 2019 Polaris Sportsman big-bore lineup is full of highly capable machines that have a wide range of retail prices fit for many different budgets. MSRP for the Sportsman 850 starts at $8,899, and you can top out one of these Premium or Hunter editions at slightly less than $13K.