REVIEW: Polaris Ute 570 ATV

By: Barry Ashenhurst, Photography by: Barry Ashenhurst, Video by: Barry Ashenhurst

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Polaris made the Sportsman Ute 570 for Australasian farmers who are apparently harder on their quads than their American counterparts. Barry Ashenhurst finds out if the Ute really is tougher.

If anecdotal evidence is any indication, your average Australian land owner doesn’t do much to mitigate the consequences of premature mechanical failure.

He’s not that committed to preventive maintenance in other words, so problems are fixed only when they arise. He’s not too worried about driving (or riding) his equipment to the limit. He tows to the rated capacity and beyond.

For that very reason, it is no wonder some off-road vehicle manufacturers come to Australia to prove their products. They would test their equipment in Australia before releasing it on a global market, and upgrade a spec where they thought it would do some good.

The recently introduced Polaris Sportsman Ute 570 is an example. This model was made for Australia and New Zealand, which explains the vernacular name.

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CONTENTS

The Machine

Engine and transmission

Controls

Performance

Suspension and ride quality

Verdict

Specifications

 

POLARIS UTE 570: THE MACHINE

Polaris Ute 570

The Ute looked to us like a modified X2 without the pillion seat but we were wrong.

When it comes to wheelbase the Ute is something of a hybrid. It’s 6cm shorter than a standard Sportsman 850 but 13cm shorter than the 550 EPS two-seater. Maybe Polaris needed a highly specific wheelbase for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with a dump box on the back.

The thing is, when you’re on it the Ute doesn’t feel any bigger, longer or wider than a standard Sportsman.

To prepare this quad for a hard life among you lot, several mods were carried out. It has got mirrors, indicators and a horn so it could be driven on properties where primary producer registration allows it.  

The ball-joints are now sealed and greasable. The driveshaft and suspension bushings were sealed too, in the hope that our particular brand of bulldust would be less likely to penetrate and grind to powder the critical components sealed therein.   

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POLARIS UTE 570 ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

The Ute got the 576cc Polaris engine, and what a damn fine engine it is. This ATV is fast enough for anyone and its acceleration suits us fine.

But the impressive feature of this engine coupled to this drivetrain —presuming you haven’t bitten off more than you can spit out —is that it gives you precise control of the machine on any terrain.

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POLARIS UTE 570 CONTROLS

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The control layout on the Ute is typical Polaris. Braking is controlled with a single handlebar lever on the left-hand side and a foot brake pedal on the right-hand side. Gauges are unchanged as far as we can see.

One control on the right-hand switch-block manages the two to four-wheel drive transition, and ADC engagement. It’s all familiar and, from our ergonomic lookout, minimalist and efficient.

We’ve banged on about Polaris’ four-wheel drive system being the best in the business and it still is.

The machine switches from 3WD to 4WD very quickly, certainly quicker than a Can-Am does, and unlike the Can-Am, you need no throttle to keep the diff lock engaged.

Polaris has also fixed the Auto Descent Control (ADC). The current version works well, though you won’t always need it; the Ute has impressive engine braking even in high range without ADC.

Another feature we have to say is damn useful is that the power-steering on this quad is electronic. If you get caught on a nasty hill and have to turn around, not an unheard of predicament I’m sure you’ll agree, you can turn the engine off, but as long as the ignition is on, you retain power-steering.

This means you can manoeuvre the quad, and use the brakes, throttle and gear shifter, while walking next to it.

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POLARIS UTE 570 ATV PERFORMANCE

In our video review of the Ute above, you can see our chief tester Reg Grant crawling over a jagged boulder field, an obstacle posing no problems for the Ute when controlled by someone with Reggie’s sensitivities and eye for the right line.

Gung-ho speed is no use here. What you need is a smooth throttle action, plenty of low down torque, and suspension clearance that enables the quad to get through without gouging metallic chunks from its nether regions.

Not one Asian-made quad ever made it all the way around our test track without damage. The Ute 570: no probs.

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POLARIS UTE 570 SUSPENSION AND RIDE QUALITY

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Polaris makes no specific mention of changes to suspension for this Australian model, which has a McPherson Strut up front and dual A-arms down the back.

McPherson Strut assemblies are cheaper to manufacture and of a simpler design so they tend to need less maintenance than dual A-arms and in many cases that’s a good thing.

Generally speaking, ride quality is not as plush with a McPherson Strut, and handling less precise. Nevertheless the set-up on the Ute works well.

Ride quality is pretty good and no compromise seems to have been needed to achieve this in a suspension package that handles heavy as well as light loads with no mechanism for rebound or compression adjustment.

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THE VERDICT

The Ute 570 retails for $10,000. Since there aren’t many full-size ATVs with a rear dump box, and dump boxes are useful, maybe you should toddle down to the nearest Polaris dealer and have a look at Polaris’s latest release.

Polaris Ute 570 Hits

  • All-round usefulness
  • Great drive system
  • Comfortable and easy to ride

Polaris Ute 570 Misses

  • The 570 was a little thirsty

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POLARIS UTE 570 SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

Type: SOHC 4-stroke

Capacity: 576cc

Fuel management: EFI

Fuel tank capacity: 17 litres

Engine braking system: EBS/4WDC Auto Descent Control

TRANSMISSION

Type: Automatic PVT

Drive system: Polaris On-Demand AWD/2WD

Park brake: In the transmission

RUNNING GEAR

Front suspension: McPherson Strut w/20.8cm travel

Rear suspension: Dual A-arms w/ 26cm travel

Brakes: Hydraulic discs, twoup front, one on the rear.

Front tyres: 25x8-12

Rear tyres: 25x10-12

Wheels: Stamped steel 

DIMENSIONS

Length: 218.4cm

Width: 121.9cm

Height: 121.9cm

Dry weight: 352kg

Clearance: 27.9cm

Dump box dimensions: 96.5 L x 99.1 W x 20.3cm H

Dump box capacity: 180kg

PRICE

$10,000

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