Polaris 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS Reviews

The new 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS

The 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS

The RZR XP Turbo EPS was introduced in July, 2015. The key aspect of the 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS is the 144 hp, 925cc, ProStar turbocharged engine which delivers 105 ft-lbs of peak torque. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and a new High Performance AWD/2WD drive system with new clutching and new drive belt designs and stronger half shafts. Other key features of the RZR XP Turbo EPS include:

  • 16″/18″ of front/rear suspension travel
  • 2.5″/3.0″ Fox Podium Internal Bypass shocks with compression adjustment and remote reservoirs
  • 4-Wheel hydraulic disc with triple-bore front and dual-bore rear calipers
  • 13.5″ of ground clearance
  • 29″ Maxxis Bighorn Tires
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Electronic power steering
  • LED lights
  • Upgraded cooling system

The MSRP has been lowered to $19,999 from $24,999 with the introduction of a new model version for 2017.

The following are the highlights from reviews of the 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS. As expected for such a high end machine there are not many negative comments about the vehicle. In general, all the reviewers were impressed by the increased power, handling, suspension and braking of this model. It should be noted that a recall was issued in December, 2015 for this vehicle because of an oil line issue. Polaris released additional information about this and other RZR recalls including warranty extensions, vouchers and discounts for vehicle owners.

Dirtwheelsmag.com test drive

  • Reached 78 mph during testing but could tweak the speed/rev limiter and possibly reach 90 mph
  • Suggest staying in 4WD
  • 2WD worked better in sand than on hard pack but Bighorn tires “wandered” in the sand
  • Very fast on straights and quick out of corners
  • Sway bar reduced body roll and provides for more steering precision
  • Cooling system is more complex
  • “This machine is best-suited for the sand dunes where traction is abundant and the trail is wide open, but it works just as well in the rocks.”
  • Comfortable and plush ride in a variety of terrain
  • Good rock crawler
  • ” It’s the best all-around-handling, fastest UTV out there.” (April, 2016)
  • “About the only thing we can see going wrong with this machine under normal conditions is the tires going bald.”
  • Best for dune riders, racers or skilled hard-pack riders


  • “It can go from zero to well over 70 mph quicker than virtually any other machine we’ve ever driven.” (September, 2015)
  • Turbo lags at the bottom end but very little lag after that
  • Smooth ride
  • Great handling and stability
  • Noticeably better braking

UTVGuide.net – Review of rock crawling abilities on Barrett Lake Jeep Trail. RZR modified with 30×15 Moto Race Tire Crawler tires, beadlock wheels, and underbody protection including skid plate, rock sliders, A-Arm and trailing arm guards.

  • New engine with upgraded drivetrain
  • Front sway bar did not affect performance on the trail
  • Throttle response was smooth even at low RPM
  • Clutch geared lower than RZR XP 1000
  • “…extremely long power band makes it ideal for all types of riding, including rock crawling, trails, desert, and dunes.”

Off-road.com – Short test ride at Dunefest in Oregon.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

  • New seat position “…greatly improves the orientation of the seat to steering wheel and gives you a better view over the hood of the vehicle.”
  • Very powerful
  • Steered nicely through corners
  • Fox shocks handled whoops with ease

UTVactionmag.com – Short test ride at Dunefest.

  • Fast
  • CVT spools quickly and there is no turbo lag
  • Clutch responds quickly
  • Agile, predictable and controllable handling
  • ” New tuning for the Fox IBP shocks allows the XP Turbo to float over hideous Oregon Dunes whoops at 55–60 mph…”
  • Excellent front/rear suspension balance
  • Very strong brakes but would want an engine braking system for harder conditions
  • More comfortable cockpit than RZR XP 1000 or 900’s
  • Best for dune riding or high speed desert trails
  • “It does everything very well and offers the best ride we’ve ever experienced from any original-equipment manufacturer.” (December, 2015)

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