2012 KYMCO UXV 500i review ATV Illustrated

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Kymco UXV 500

Field Tested — The UXV 500i

Last year we a couple days prowling the woods of South Carolina on UXV 500i and it performed extremely crawling over downed crossing streams and mud holes, and through the tight trees. year we would be giving the UXV an new challenge and rather than the woods, we would be taking it some of the toughest, yet most terrain on the planet. Saddle up for

Moab Rock Rally

you want to test a machine’s a good start is by looking for hill climbs, deep and desert heat. Moab, offers all that and more. area Uranium mining to a halt in the 70’s, off-road soon began to trickle town not only for the incredibly scenery, but to test themselves and machines in the deserts and canyons. a large portion of Moab’s is based on tourism dollars, of that coming from

With the annual Rally on the UTV rally in town, it seemed the perfect time to get the UXV 500i out for its test.

From our previous to Moab, we knew the terrain can be regardless of what you’re and when we pulled into the it quickly became evident how tough others thought it be as well. Everywhere there long travel machines with huge tires, suspension travel, and just every accessory you could on. ‘Nary could a stock be found other than our UXV’s, and we began to wonder if bitten off more than we chew. At this point it matter; tomorrow was trail day and we always love a challenge.


The UXV 500i is as a “crossover” machine. That it’s meant to do a little bit of well, from hauling tools and hay bales to weekend rides. This would be on the end of the trail riding spectrum and an test for the UXV.

In the tight rugged trails, hair hill climbs and endless that make up the MOAB it doesn’t take long to a machine’s reliability, maneuverability, and Once committed to the MOAB there’s no other way out.

The UXV is built on a solid, sturdy chassis with independent at all corners, dual a-arms, and oil filled shocks with springs. Suspension travel at wheel is listed at 7.5 inches and we be using all of it. KYMCO outfits the UXV steel wheels and Kenda on most models (which found do a good job in the mud), but the Edition and Special Edition UXV come with great and super durable cast wheels. Disc brakes at all bring everything to a quick

A 499cc, liquid cooled, engine powers every UXV of model, but Electronic Fuel is available and it’s well having. Thanks to EFI, you can instant starts regardless of consistent operating temperature, and fuel economy. KYMCO have always been reliable, and the UXV power plants up to the family reputation.

While a 500cc engine is in the mid-range of Side x Side the engine delivers a claimed 36 No trophy girl is ever to hand you the checkered flag the stock UXV engine, but it does what it was designed to do. It gets the UXV up to quickly with no hesitation and enough power on tap for hill or pulling a load.

Top speed is in the mid which is right in line other models of similar and we believe the power is well to the chassis.

Mated to the engine is a CVT that features Hi, Low, and Reverse. Switching between is as simple as sliding the right lever (found between the and passenger seats) into the of your choosing. Shifting is and the CVT “gearing” seems good ramping up during acceleration or backing off the easy-to-control throttle. has a huge amount of experience CVT transmissions and it shows.

When 4wd is needed – and it often is in Moab – a mounted switch gets the wheels grabbing for traction. you’re really in trouble, a differential lock is ready to pull you out.

UXV Comfort

always liked the bodywork on all models. The plastic is excellent and it resists scratches while a ton of abuse. Overall look of the UXV is uncluttered inside and out, and than a full safety net system, KYMCO gave the UXV nets” which help you inside the vehicle, especially feet and legs.

True to its utilitarian side, at the is a large, handy dump box to carry 420 pounds, while below is a 2” receiver hitch. KYMCO also gave the UXV an storage box under the front for an extra jacket, tools, or anything else you want to

Inside the rider area, layout on the UXV is pretty basic a few switches on the dash and a nice mounted digital display a fuel gauge, speedometer, trip meter, high indicator, neutral/reverse light, and a temperature warning light. It has you need, but it would be nice to a tilting steering wheel. there is an open spot the dash, and even a locking box which easily carries a few of water, gloves, maps,

Since the engine on the UXV is center between the two seats, a bench is not an option, but two comfy, well-positioned and seats hold the occupants in For long trail rides, a back bucket style would be a great addition on models. Both the driver and are kept securely in place a locking, three point lap and belt system.

With our lap fastened and the engine purring at idle, it was time to see what the UXV could do on the Moab trails.

Rock Climber

Our caravan of would-be rock crawlers out onto the trails, ready to Moab’s toughest. What on the banks of the Colorado River turned into a climb up the walls on a winding, rocky where any mistake could be a of the permanent variety. Everyone was picking their line.

Kymco UXV 500

Despite costing less half of some of the high-dollar the UXV 500i was doing a great job and it right at home, as sure as a mountain goat. Most of the we were driving the UXV in Low gear for the added torque and the controllability extreme terrain, but in the whoops and in sections, we slipped it into

Not once did it feel down on regardless of which gear we in, and transmission backshifting was also on; a stab at the throttle delivered throttle response both to the CVT and EFI. Since the engine is the console between the seats, you do it purring away, but there a lot of extra, annoying drive noise.

From either the or passenger seat, there is room and the seat belts do a job of holding you securely in place; it would be great if the upper mount were adjustable. At it would ride up onto our and that can be a little annoying. they’re at it, the head rests to be at least two inches further They’re actually slightly of the upper seat back, and than once we bounced our off of the thick, rubber pad.

Both are easy changes to and would improve rider As expected, the further we ventured the back country, the trail got more rugged, with staircase climbs and descents, and that would all give relatives cause to worry.

sections of the trail gave us an to test the suspension, and in the whoops the did a good job of soaking up the bumps. Big didn’t seem to be a problem, but in sections, the rebound abilities of the would eventually be overwhelmed by the choppy bumps. Overall, the responded well to our aggressive with no noticeable flex or any chassis noise.

It never tippy or unstable even crossing rock ledges or at angles, which really inspire confidence for both the and passenger. The brakes always did an job of bringing everything to a quick and, much to our relief, never faded even on descents. At MOAB if you’ve got a problem, you’ve got real — as many YouTube will demonstrate.

We even gave them a high stop test. When back to the staging area, than watching the trail we found ourselves watching heading for the river banks and we looked forward again, the in front of us had stopped. DOAH! It was one of instant pucker moments, and a heavy foot rammed on the the UXV 500i screeched to a quick Thankfully, it held its line with no pull to either

That was too close! We had become and complacent in the KYMCO UXV and it nearly us.

Rock Star

Crossing as tough as that around is usually a riding adventure by intermittent problem fixing. Not time! In three days, we have so much as a bent rim or cut on our UXV 500i, and even the drivers of the dollar machines were impressed!

The KYMCO UXV 500i a lot of value for the money with most riders look for as 4wd with a differential lock, of storage, a dump box and 2 inch hitch, a winch mount built into the chassis, torque, and a reliable motor. our Moab adventure though, the can add one more attribute to the list: tough!

Durability and reliability are for any owner, and both in the woods East and in the tough rocks and of the West, the KYMCO XUV500i has it can take a beating. It’s the deal.

Kymco UXV 500
Kymco UXV 500
Kymco UXV 500
Kymco UXV 500

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