IS THE PRICE CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION?
Yes. At $9799, the 2015 MXU 700i
LE is a steal compared to other 700-
class quads with painted bodywork,
cast-aluminum wheels, a winch and
power steering. Can-Am’s Outlander
650 XT is $10,599. The Kymco’s price
is also less than that of special-edition,
700-class, power-steering 4x4s that
don’t come with a winch, like the $9899
2014 Suzuki KingQuad 750 Power
Steering LE and Yamaha’s $10,099
Grizzly 700 EPS SE. The camo version
of the MXU 700i is also available with
EPS for $9399.
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 695cc, fuel-injected, four-valve,
engine. This isn’t a big-bore version
of the double-overhead-cam engine
in Kymco’s MXU 500; it’s a new
powerplant, and it’s lighter and
smoother-running, in addition to being
ANYTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE
Yes. The MXU 700i has a fully
automatic, dual-range, continuously
variable transmission (CVT) like most
4x4s. Unlike most CVTs, a centrifugal
clutch on the drive clutch protects the
drive belt and provides natural engine
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with front
differential-lock mode. Modes are
selected with a simple bottle-cap-shaped switch that lets you see what
mode you’re in at a glance.
HOW POWERFUL IS IT?
More powerful than most riders need
most of the time, which is precisely why
700cc ATVs are so popular. The Kymco
doesn’t accelerate with quite the same
muscle-quad thrust as the Brute Force
750, the latest Grizzly 700 or Suzuki’s
KingQuad 750, but it makes large
distances disappear in a hurry.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Strong but gentle. The MXU 700i
has the power to conquer challenging,
technical terrain and tall, steep hills
without working hard. There’s enough
thrust to loft the front end if you need
to and enough torque for steep climbs
with little or no run, like you find on
tight woods trails. The Kymco’s power
delivery is milder than some 700s,
which can make slick terrain and ugly
rock steps easier to tackle. Quicker,
The MXU 700i has enough power for anything the trail throws your way, plus some in reserve
just for fun.
The largest Kymco 4x4 has plenty of
room for the rider, but it would be more
comfortable if the midsection were slimmer.
The double-A-arm front suspension is plush. Power steering adds
smoothness and reduces bump steer.
Double A-arm rear suspension delivers a comfortable ride, but hitting
big bumps at high speeds uses all of its travel.