First Look, KYMCO’s Side by Side UXV 500

9 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First Look, KYMCO’s Side by Side UXV 500
Kymco UXV 500

The 4-stroke single cylinder with 499cc and a CVT transmission delivers 34.7 maximum horsepower at 6500 rpm.

In Europe the name KYMCO is well known in the ATV and Motor Scooter business. The company, founded in 1963, now takes its first steps in the U.S.-ATV market. Nevertheless they are going with the flow.

Therefore, the new KYMCO side by side UXV 500 4×4 will be, as things look now, leaving the assembly lines in Asia in March, 2008.

By an invitation I had the chance to test ride the preproduction model of the UXV 500 4×4 in Taiwan at KYMCO headquarters. Some weeks later I could test drive one of the first street legal models for Europe in Germany–on and off road. There a film was made about the new side by side.


KYMCO uses the same liquid-cooled engine with some minor mounting differences in comparison to their ATV flagship MXU 500. The 4-stroke single cylinder with 499cc and a CVT transmission delivers 34.7 maximum horsepower at 6500 rpm. Maximum torque is at 5500 rpm. The centrally-mounted engine position provides great balance and stable driving characteristics. It conforms to U.S. regulation EPA and the European emission legislation.

Like other models on the market, it does not take long to gain access to the components of the engine for maintenance.

The transmission system provides high and low speed, neutral and reverse. The parking brake is separate.

The high capacity steel fuel tank with 32 Liters/8.5 gallons offers the ability for long-term use between re-fills.

A-arms are beefy yet light weight.

A look at the UXV’s stabilizer bar.

UXV 500 rear drive-train


Kymco UXV 500

Because of the cooperation with Arctic Cat on some ATV models like the MXU 400/Arctic Cat 366cc, it seems that the chassis of the KYMCO UXV 500 is similar to the one found at the Prowler. It’s a robust reinforced chassis casing and cab for driver protection and safety. In the front you will find an integrated steel and plastic molded bumper to help prevent chassis impact damage.

The steel rear box with plastic cover takes a load capacity of 190 kg. It is equipped with an easy-to-use tilt mechanism. The towing capacity is 280 kg for the U.S. market.


The UXV 500 is equipped with a selectable 2 WD/4 WD system that can be activated while driving. There is also a diff-lock for the front axle. It can be switched on and off only when the vehicle comes to a stop. The 4-wheel independent suspension system is designed to enhance driving comfort. For stopping, three hydraulic disk brakes (2Fr/1RR: 202/200) can be operated simultaneously by a single brake pedal.

The UXV runs on tire sizes 25×8-12 in the front and 25×10-12 in the rear.

Everything feels appropriately placed and well within reach. However, there are two things I would like to see changed. First, the gas pedal would be much better if it had the pattern of the brake pedal. Under wet conditions it is too slippery under your boots during rough riding. And secondly, the middle console external engine cooling vent which is located just aft of the driver’s right elbow generates excessive heat.

Maybe it is nice to have this in wintertime, but in summertime it will cook your arm. Too much engine heat is coming up here if you ride slowly or come to a halt with the UXV.

Kymco UXV 500

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