2014 Kymco UXV 700i Side-x-Side Review ATV Illustrated

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Kymco UXV 500 LE

New Model Test — Climber

There are few better to test a vehicle than to set off on a country adventure. You get to know a when you rely on it to reach a and we did just that recently KYMCO’s all-new UXV 700i. The we would cross on our ride was no Iowa prairie, but instead we set out to conquer the Gateway Canyon of rugged, Western Colorado.

started out as a ride darting the sagebrush and around dusty on the valley floor quickly into a rock infested to over 10,000 feet. just the way we like it!


Kymco the UXV 500 several years ago and it’s a reliable performer on the trail or the farm. Designed as a “crossover” the UXV chassis is adept at hauling or cinder blocks during the but it’s also ready for when loaded down hunting gear or a cooler on the

Since they introduced an 700cc engine in the MXU 700 ATV last it was only natural to build a UXV the new motor this year and just what they For 2014 there is not just one UXV model though but FIVE, all a common engine and chassis but equipped with different that make them

UXV 700i Highlights:

New Body with highly durable tough rear dump box

Cooled, 695cc, 4-Stroke engine with Electronic Injection

Smooth shifting CVT with H-L-N-R-P and Differential (2WD 4WD)

Tube ladder type chassis Dual Front A-Arms and Rear Suspension


Electronic Instrument Cluster fuel gauge, speedometer, trip meter, high indicator, neutral/reverse, and high light.

Standard 2” Receiver

Easy access mesh nets bucket seats

under-hood front storage

mounted engine for optimum balance

C.A.R.B. Certified USFS-Approved Spark Arrestor

Limited Factory Warranty

Option packages and Special models

New Body Style

restyled the bodywork on all UXV models the base model UXV 500. We the new bodywork styling which the UXV a tough, aggressive look to some pickups. Headlights are into the bodywork and a center opening provides plenty of for the radiator which is tucked inside the frame tubes.

One of the greatest features is underneath the though, and a large storage bin is under the front hood. perfect for tools, tie-downs, gear, or practically anything you can jam into it. If you’ve still got gear to stow, there is a storage container under the as well. At the rear, a sturdy, dump box with durable bodywork and inset tail complete the pickup style

We appreciate how Kymco actually you working tail lights are a good safety feature. companies offer the reflective but no light while others the rear lights and lenses We also really like excellent bodywork which scratches while taking of abuse.

The UXV 700i cab area dual bucket seats a center mounted engine and lever. Shifting is very On the dash is a locking glove an open storage space, the style 2wd/4wd/differential lock switch, and the light switch. In the of the dash is the digital display a fuel gauge, speedometer, trip meter, high indicator, neutral/reverse light, and a temperature warning light.

the only feature we would to see on future models is a tilting wheel.

Engine and Chassis

equips the UXV 700i with the engine they’ve ever for off-road use. The liquid 695cc 4-… power is fed by Electronic Fuel Injection and out a very respectable 45 horsepower. more than enough to conquer any trail obstacle or tow a load.

Mated to the engine is a CVT that features Hi, Low, and Reverse. Switching between is smooth and the CVT “gearing” seems whether ramping up during or when backing off the easy-to-control Kymco has a huge amount of with CVT transmissions and it shows.

4wd is needed, rotating a knob on the gets the front wheels for traction. When you’ve got a sticky problem, a front lock is ready to help you out. Thanks to material and careful design, the new engine is lighter than the UXV 500 motor, and it smooth and strong.

We like it.

The new UXV 700i rides on a tube, ladder type and it shares a chassis with its brother, the UXV 500. We’ve the UXV 500 chassis to be extremely durable in the To help control the ride, all UXV come with independent front and rear, along dual a-arms and adjustable oil shocks with coil Suspension travel at each is listed at 7.5 inches.

Steel are found on the base model UXV but upgrade and special edition get great looking cast wheels. We’ve never had a with either the steel or the Kymco wheels. Disc at all corners bring everything to a stop and they provide feel and great stopping

Since the UXV 700i is also a machine, Kymco gave it a 2” hitch at the rear while at the it comes prewired for a winch the mounting plate already You’ll fall to your and rejoice to the maker for both when installing a winch.

Mountain Climber

Our Colorado ride would prove to be a test of the UXV 700i’s chassis and with the first half of the day running down fast and around sweeping turns. In area the suspension was up to the task no bottoming or unusual handling In fact, the UXV steers quickly much quicker than other UTVs giving it a sporty feel.

It was possible to at times and the back end would to drift out ever so slightly, can be a blast. However, you want to do so caution and be ready to correct a split second reaction. the UXV is not available with power and we didn’t miss it although models will likely be with an Electronic Power system.

The fast desert carried us ever closer to the ahead and our desert sprint to take on the look of a climbing One by one we fell into line and the began carefully picking its way a winding ledge with between us and an express ride to the regions. We needed 4wd for almost foot of the climb and a twist of a mounted knob got our UXV 700i straight up the mountain. The UXV climbs a mountain goat!

Again, when bouncing rocks, the suspension worked although we did manage to bottom at when trying to clear the boulders. Thankfully, good on the underside of the chassis kept closest to the trail well

Steep climbs and trails to higher elevations have the effect on most ATV and UTV motors as do on yours. A shortness of breath and a off in power is common. The UXV 700i handled the steep, rocky to over 10,000 feet an Olympic class Nordic however, and didn’t seem to how high we climbed.

It easily the climb without so much as a and at the top was still able to sprint a high mountain meadow a big horn sheep. We noticed no in power delivery at the higher which indicates KYMCO did an excellent job of calibrating the fuel system. The UXV does have a bad of dribbling fuel though. We the metal CVT cover radiates which is transmitted to the nearby tank.

This begins to the fuel which escapes the opening. It’s disconcerting to or leak fuel from any and a heat shield between the 8.5 tank and the CVT cover would eliminate the problem.


Climbing is only half of any adventure. Descending any steep, trail requires a deft on the wheel and a good set of brakes. less gives your ones cause to worry. the UXV 700i comes equipped a set of brakes that would a truck driver proud.

On our from the clouds, the brakes faded, squealed or otherwise despite our abuse, semi-regular and all out locking up the wheels as we sometimes our way down loose, rocky The only troubling part with the UXV nose now pointed the front wheels wanted to to full lock. Coupled very quick steering on land, that is a sure of a very shallow caster

Castor angle is the imaginary from the center of the lower joint through the center of the ball joint. Typically, the leans back a few degrees (As as inward for Camber). The further it back (creating POSITIVE the better the stability, but steering is increased. Too shallow an angle and the can get very twitchy and downright when a vehicle’s nose down either from braking or descending a very grade.

When that the front wheels would turn to full lock; is hardly the best situation on any much less when a mountain goat trail. of the shopping cart style wobble and you’ll get the idea. On the the stock caster angle is shallow already resulting in quick steering, but when a slope, it quickly reverses NEGATIVE caster with the ball joint actually the lower.

Kymco UXV 500 LE
Kymco UXV 500 LE

The first time occurs on a severe mountain is a full test of one’s respiratory, intestine containment and crisis management skills.

The spots with the UXV are the tires and Despite countless opportunities for our group managed to bring all the back from our mountain adventure with ‘nary a rim or a tire cut. That’s a new record for the group of pizza journalists on hand.

We even got to try a UXV a turf saving, rear which opens up Kymco to departments, golf courses, fields, and even for home who would like to protect lawn but still have a UTV to help with everyday While Kymco continues to their products each there are a couple areas a few well designed, cost changes could really the product to a whole new level.

A Wish List

It’s not to be good in the Side x Side these days – you’ve got to be as each year models all manufacturers become more KYMCO clearly has the durability, and reliability to compete and there are a few they need to refine to the UXV to the next level. Luckily, all can be easily accomplished.

Front end geometry must be A change in caster angle hugely improve the handling. do not have enough positive angle and the result is very but imprecise handling.

Since is a trait repeated across every model in the fleet, clear their engineering needs new direction in this A secondary upgrade would be to the which need to provide a ride over choppy Perhaps an internal valve would help, but if not, a change would be required.

Two must also be made for comfort. The head rest be moved back. As it is now, the rest is actually in front of the seat back and the result is head routinely bounces off the pad. It’s incredibly and every time it happens, we to grab the designer by the visor and his helmet off the rubber pad to illustrate the Unless you’re shaped the hunchback Quasimodo, you’ll understand what we mean.

The change is the upper seat mount must be relocated or It doesn’t take long on any before the belt begins into your neck, and it matter whether you are the passenger or the Imagine a little dog gnawing on neck for half the ride and get the idea.

For three years, been complaining about problems and offering an incredibly solution and it’s time to changes.

Kymco built brand by being a major to several of the mainstream OEMS and still build complete for some other manufacturers. their own lineup, they out a niche by providing quality at a very competitive and sometimes reduced price point the competition. Through the years, the price differential has narrowed and all but while quality, performance and from all brands have increased.

That puts at a crossroads and if the game plan is to with similar priced they’ll have to increase development pace. All manufacturers two things very well the customers are increasingly savvy, and isn’t good enough

Something Special

Each the Kymco ATVs and Side x get better and better, and they to impress us with their and reliability. The new UXV 700i carries into territory they’ve been before. Knowing reputation for reliability, it will outlive most owners and to add value, it even comes a one year warranty.

There are even a couple Edition models such as the Edition (HE) and the grass TURF model. The HE will be at home in the woods with a Timber Conceal camouflage scheme, a half windshield, and racks and bumper. The TURF gets different tires and an rear differential designed for turning and less tearing on turf.

The differential can still be for maximum traction though be four-wheel drive. Whichever Kymco you pick, it promises to be on the for a very long time.

UXV 700i Specifications – MSRP:$

UXV 700i SP (Moab Special Model) MSRP: $11,599

Red wheels, Hard top, 1/2 doors, 1/2 Windshield, Light bar (4) LED lights, Rear cab net, cargo net, Spare rack w/spare (26” aluminum wheel), Rear 2 Tone (Black/Red) Washable covers, Dual beverage and Standard 2 receiver hitch.

UXV LE MSRP: $11,399

Aluminium wheels, 3,000lb. Winch, top, Soft enclosure, Windshield, Tilting cargo bed and beverage holder and Standard 2 hitch


Winch mounting plate, cargo bed and Dual beverage and Standard 2 receiver hitch, Tires

UXV 700i HE (Hunter MSRP: $11,399

True Conceal Camo, Hard Hood rack/Brush guard, 1/2 Winch mounting plate, cargo bed and Dual beverage and Standard 2 receiver hitch

Kymco UXV 500 LE
Kymco UXV 500 LE
Kymco UXV 500 LE
Kymco UXV 500 LE
Kymco UXV 500 LE
Kymco UXV 500 LE


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