speed or power, but don’t expect eye-opening, sport UTV-style acceleration.
Kymco’s 700 moves out in low, but the
throttle response is so smooth in high it
masks the 700’s power. The UXV 700i
feels relaxed at its 50-mph top speed.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
It proves why 700s are such popular
trail machines. This size machine has
the muscle you need to motor through
ugly terrain or maintain a good pace on
steep mountain trails, but
there’s not so much power
that you have to have
great throttle control to
The UXV 700i’s power
delivery could be more
responsive, but we like its
smoothness in challenging
terrain, like slick rock ledges
and slippery off-cambers
beside big drop-offs.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION
DOES IT HAVE?
Double A-arms front and rear
with preload adjustable shocks. A rear
sway bar keeps body roll in check.
The shocks have racing-type locking
rings on the threaded shock body to
set the spring preload, which is better
for fine adjustments but not as quick
and convenient as simpler stepped
adjusters. Seven and a half inches
of travel at both ends gives the 700
enough stroke for big bumps at typical
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s comfortable for cruising speeds,
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
and it’s able to handle a pretty quick
trail pace. Sport utility UTVs often
have to cover a lot of territory quickly,
and the Kymco suspension doesn’t
bottom on rough, rocky terrain when
it’s being rushed down the trail. The
ride isn’t quite as smooth and refined
as Kawasaki’s Fox-suspended Teryx,
but it’s impressive. Long drives are a
pleasure, even on rugged trails.
The Kymco corners easily and
accurately, which is reassuring on twisty
trails lined by trees or treacherous
drops. It’s also very stable and
predictable. We overcooked a few
turns and ran across some steep,
tilted sections of trail that really tested
the 700’s composure and it never felt
unsettled. In normal driving conditions,
it has a relaxing, nicely planted feel.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE HILLS?
It’s a sure-footed climber. We took
HOW IS IT IN MUD AND WATER?
the 700 up some steep trails that were
mostly loose, traction-less rocks and
the machine never struggled or got
stuck. In really ugly terrain, having the
ability to lock the front differential is
handy, like when a vehicle ahead gets
stuck in a steep section and you have
to start from a dead stop on a hill. With
no power steering, steering effort is
heavy with the front differential locked.
The Kymco’s engine braking acts on all
four wheels in 4WD, and the machine’s
strong brakes make sure you don’t go
downhill any faster than you want.
The Kymco has 12. 2 inches of
ground clearance, and being a sport
utility UTV, its bodywork offers far
better splash protection than sport
The fuel-injected, single-overhead-cam, four-valve, 695cc engine
produces plenty of smooth, torquey power.
The tilting bed can carry 420 pounds, and the UXV can tow1200
pounds from the 2-inch receiver hitch.
UXV 700i LE comes
bodywork, a 3000-
pound winch, and