Farm buggy test: Polaris Ranger

Polaris Ranger Diesel

Engine 904cc Yanmar
Power 24hp
Transmission 2/4wd, 2Fx1R CVT
Hill climb time 2:54.4*
Towing capacity 907.2kg
Payload 680.4kg
Load bay capacity (DxLxW) 28×92.5×138
Suspension Double A-arms front and rear
Ground clearance 305mm
Weight 652kg
Price £11,199

*Set distance hill climb under load

LIKES

  • Driving position
  • Quiet
  • Lightweight, agile and handles well
  • Off-road ability

GRIPES

  • Service access
  • Lack of protection/covers underneath
  • Load bay size
  • Tipping – not over-centred

Load bay

The build and design of the plastic load bay rivals that of the John Deere, but the Ranger is short of hooks for tying cargo do the deck.

We rated the pickup-style tailgate highly but the load bay was small and, because it’s not over-centred, wrestling to tip was hard work.

Score: 7/10


Driving

The Ranger would be the boy racer’s choice in our buggy line-up.

It’s nippy, agile and fun to drive off-road, but can also double-up as a true workhorse – it was fastest along our mile-long time trial.

You can also get it started while it’s in gear (provided you lean a boot on the break pedal). Its Achilles heel is service access under the bench seat – the lack of covers, mudguards and protection meant that after a day’s driving the battery terminals were caked in mud.

Score: 8/10


Controls

The handbrake is positioned on the left-hand side of the dash and the Ranger is the only test buggy to get steering wheel rake adjustment.

Most functions are controlled by flick switches, including the three-way rocker for one-, two- or four-wheel drive engagement.

Score: 7/10

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  •  Polaris Ranger
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