but it has the power to tackle tough
terrain, and the 4x4 capabilities are
a great help when things get rough,
steep or slippery. The CVT transmission is smooth and keeps the MXU in
a good rpm range for all types of terrain. The 700i also allows you to pull
up to 1050 pounds.
While piloting the 700i, you can
change settings from 2x4 to 4x4 and
4x4 with diff-lock. The selector switch
is tricky to operate, which can make
switching modes difficult on the fly.
The Kymco proved to manage all
the terrain we tested on easily, and
diff-lock was rarely needed. One
complaint was that when using the
MXU in 4x4 mode, (like any 4x4) the
steering is heavier and requires more
effort. Machines like the Kymco that
have electric power steering mask it,
but when the front wheels are driv-
ing, they naturally try to go straight,
and they resist turning.
STEERING AND SUSPENSION
The electronic power steering on
the MXU is much needed for the
big quick-steering quad. While the
EPS assistance is very helpful, it also
tends to feel like you have a steering
stabilizer attached. With the bars in a
straight to slightly turned position, the
steering is firm and tracks decently,
but when you get into the tricky trails,
the steering is tight to a point that it
feels like it breaks loose all of a sud-
den when entering a tight turn. This
can be alarming if you’re not used to it
and is reminiscent of how a stabilizer
The gauge setup on the Kymco is well-styled and easy to read. It gives you
your speed, tachometer, the selected
gear, 4WD indicator and more.
The standard MXU 700i comes with a
winch mounting plate, but the LE edition comes with a 3000-pound winch
included in the package.
The plastics on the MXU are well-styled and designed to keep a lot of the dirt and
mud off of you. The riding position is comfortable standing or sitting, so you will be
comfortable even on long rides.
The 50th Anniversary Edition MXU LE 700i comes with 14-inch aluminum alloy
wheels, along with gold-painted plastics with 50th Anniversary emblems on them.