It has the front grill of a Sportsman ATV
but a steering wheel and certified ROPS
(roll-over protection system) roll cage
like a UTV. We consider it more of a single-seat RZR than an ATV.
but you do feel as quick in this as you
do in the RZR 570 or even the older
800. Being closer to the ground might
accentuate the feeling. But regardless, it’s fun. It feels just about as quick
in two-wheel drive as it does in four.
Traction is abundant, and you don’t
feel the machine fishtailing whatsoever. In fact, our testers preferred
driving the Ace in two-wheel drive,
unless we needed the traction of all-wheel drive to get over an obstacle.
For comparison, we think you can
drive faster in RZRs using four-wheel
drive. When driving the Ace in rough
terrain in 4WD, feedback through the
steering wheel is apparent, just like it
is on most non-EPS-equipped ATVs.
Steering lock to lock requires a bit of
hand movement, but it’s not bad, and
we agree that having a little slower
steering is perfect for the entry-lev-el driver these machines are aimed
at. Electronic power steering can be
added to this machine, but it is a
Up front under the cargo rack, a small
cargo box can also store and protect
smaller items you might want to take
along. The cockpit of any Ace is a lot
different than a RZR. It’s easiest to get
in from the left side, but you can shim-
my past the shift lever and enter from
the right if needed. Both sides close
you in like a nice triangle-shaped
nest. However, we like the accessory
doors Polaris offers even better. The
Ace has about the same legroom as
a RZR, if not a little more. It does have
more shoulder and hip room. The
seat is adjustable for different-sized
riders, and the steering wheel tilts,
too, adding to the list of options. The
steering wheel sits very upright like a
car. There is no glovebox, but there is
a cup holder. On the dash of this Ace,
an analog instrument cluster is easy
to read and is the only item other than
the key, light switch and 4WD switch.
You start the Ace with a keyed
ignition, and thanks to an EFI system, warm-up time is almost instant.
Engine noise is quiet, but when you
stab the throttle, you can hear a
fun growl out of the 45-horsepower
engine. The engine revs up and down
quickly, and there is zero hesitation
in the motor. However, it’s after you
shift the transmission into high when
the fun begins. Take-off is instant and
exciting. No, it’s not RZR XP 1000-fast,
The single seat in the Ace is adjustable
forward and backward. The driver gets
a three-point harness and a cup holder.
Side nets are provided, but we like the
optional doors much better.
Under the front storage rack of the Ace
you will find a small tray to haul other
items you may want to keep out of
the elements. It’s a feature that most
Polaris 4x4 quads have and we are big
At the rear end of the Ace 320 and 570, dual A-arms provide 9. 5 inches of travel.
The rear shocks are preload adjustable in case you need to carry a load or are in
need of a diet.
Polaris used MacPherson-strut front suspension on the original Sportsman
quads. The setup makes the machine very stable in the corners. It helps make the
Ace fun to slide around corners. On this Ace, 8. 2 inches of travel is provided.