Our friends at ATV on Demand shipped over their video review of the 2009 Polaris XP 550 EFI. Watch as this mid-size utility quad gets a full-size workout. Check out the full story in our 2009 Polaris Sportsman XP 550 ATV Review.
- Rider interface is positive with a digital instrument panel that has a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, tripmeter, hourmeter, clock, gear indicator, fuel gauge for the 5.25-gallon tank and temperature and battery lights.
- The AWD works exceptionally well as does the Active Descent Control which activates the brakes to work in conjunction with the engine braking to control downhill speed.
- The only time you actually realize you are on a machine with IRS is when you start hitting a lot of uneven bumps where the Rolled IRS keeps the rear end planted and tracking straight.
- A 42mm throttle body feeds the liquid-cooled mill with precision and trustworthy efficiency.
- A bigger motor, EFI and improved suspension provide its 'Extreme Performance.'
- The XP 550 is all-new in 2009 and builds off the Sportsman 500 model. With 549cc displacement, the XP (extreme performance) makes a claimed 40 horsepower from its SOHC single-cylinder motor.
- Hitting small jumps and G-outs you almost forget you are on 700 plus-pound machine until you find the limits of the suspension, which isn’t that easy to accomplish.
- The AWD setting is an 'on-demand' configuration which means it operates in two-wheel mode until they slip, at which point it transfers power to the front.
- Polaris sells the XP 550 with a $7499 base price and offers optional electronic power steering for an extra 700 bucks.
- The radiator is larger and held higher to avoid potential damage.
- Rolled independent rear suspension with 10.25 inches of travel keeps things sorted out and comfortable out back, while dual A-Arms with nine inches of movement take care of the front.
- We like the high fenders and plastic racks. The durable polymer is good for 120 lbs of carrying capacity up front and 240 on the rear.
- 2009 Polaris Sportsman XP 550 ATV Review
- The Polaris Sportsman XP 550 is a worthy contender in the middle-weight utility ATV division.
- The smaller XP model doesn’t have the massive power of its big sibling, but it served all our work purposes and was adequate for what the testers described as a brisk trail pace.
- It has a third headlight which is mounted on the handlebar to help illuminate turns.