more solid throttle response would
make the MXU sportier and more fun
without hurting its tractability.
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
Independent double A-arms front and
rear with 6. 2 inches of travel up front
and 6. 8 out back. The front and rear
shocks offer five-position spring-preload
adjustment, and there’s a rear sway bar
to limit body roll.
HOW WELL DOES THE SUSPENSION
It’s tuned for a comfortable ride, and
it’s very plush and compliant over the
roots, rocks and ruts that try to pound
you on most trails. The new power-steering system contributes to the
smoothness by calming the kick bumps
normally sent through the steering. The
700i suspension can handle a pretty
quick pace on most trails, but high
speeds and big impacts will overwork it.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
Power steering has improved the
700i’s handling in a big way. We’ve
ridden the MXU 700i without power
steering, and it’s not hard to steer for a
big 4x4, but there’s more bump steer
than we’d like. With power steering,
the 700i is more relaxed and easier to
handle. The Kymco corners well for a
big 4x4 without too much body roll. In
really tough terrain where you want to
lock the front differential, power steering
keeps the steering light so you can
concentrate on riding.
HOW IS IT ON HILLS?
It’s an expert climber. The smooth,
abundant power makes quick work of
challenging climbs. The 4WD system
has a setting for as much or as little
traction as the hill you’re up against
offers, and the 700i is well balanced, so
the power produces upward progress,
not excess wheelspin or unwanted
Getting back down what you’ve
climbed is no problem, thanks to
predictable engine braking and powerful
brakes. The right handlebar lever lets
you use the front brakes alone, or you
can apply the front and rear brakes with
the left lever or the brake pedal, which
offers more control than linked, single-
HOW DOES IT HANDLE WATER AND MUD?
Water crossings and mud bogs are
some of the most fun parts of the trail
on the 700i because of its power and
versatile 4WD system. The LE’s 26-inch
tires on 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels
create plenty of grip and almost 11
inches of ground clearance, but you
lose some splash protection compared
to the base or camo MXU 700i because
of the wheels’ wider offset. If you or
your riding buddies go too deep, the
LE’s 3000-pound winch can help with
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most are great; some could be
better. The MXU’s ergonomics are
comfortable, but the machine’s
midsection is wider than we’d like.
The finish quality on the bodywork
is excellent. The seat’s shape and
softness are good, but the best
seats out there have thicker padding.
The engine is quiet and smooth.
Instrumentation includes a speedometer
and fuel gauge, plus nice features
like a tach, coolant temperature
Kymco’s “bottle cap” 2WD/4WD/front differential-lock
switch makes it easy to select drive modes and see what
mode you’re in. Power steering makes the 2015 MXU 700i LE the best-handling Kymco 700 yet.
We like the range selector’s smooth action,
and the instrumentation includes an analog
tach and coolant temperature gauge.