Winnsboro, SC -
KYMCO MXU 500I 4x4 IRS Utility ATV
The growing genre
of sport utility ATV’s has many manufacturers
putting out various models and versions of these
popular vehicles in order to broaden their consumer
base and provide a certain niche for their existing
customers. While there is a wide selection of
options and specs for these machines that can
vary widely in price, Kymco has filled a void
for the budget minded consumer, who is looking
for quality at an affordable price by releasing
the Kymco MXU 500I Utility ATV.
The MXU 500I comes with a price tag of $6,999.00
and with the introduction of EFI on some of
their 2012 models, Kymco has dropped the price
of their carbureted MXU 500 IRS to $5,499.00,
which we think is an excellent value for a machine
that comes standard with independent rear suspension
and differential lock.
ATVRiders.com was recently invited out to Carolina
Adventure Park in South Carolina for the Kymco
Press event to reveal and test some of the company’s
2012 model line up, including the MXU 500I.
It was a great day for riding so we were very
excited to get a look at the MXU 500I and get
it out on the trails to see what it could do.
2012 KYMCO MXU 500I 4x4 IRS now has sa
fuel injected 498.5 cc engine that produces
At first sight, the MXU 500I is a fairly attractive
machine that offers good protection from the
elements. For 2012, Kymco has added fuel injection
to several models of the sport and UTV lines
to stay current in the industry and has taken
the liberty of adding EFI to the MXU 500I, which
features a dual overhead cam, four-stroke, four
valve 498.5cc engine with a Synerjet throttle
body that puts out 36 HP stock. The engine produces
decent power for a larger framed machine and
the EFI is responsive, smooth, and consistent.
convenient easy to use gear shifter is
located on the left side of the ATV that
features high, low, neutral, and park
The high and low range on the machine work
well with the low range delivering lots of torque
to clear just about any obstacle and has a top
speed of about 30 mph. The high range offers
smooth controllable power and has a top speed
of about 50-55 mph. The machine seems to handle
quite well at lower speeds, but when you start
pushing the 50 mph threshold, the steering gets
a bit twitchy.
One feature of the MXU500I that really stood
out for us, was that while most manufacturers
put a speed governor on their reverse gears,
the MXU 500I does not have one and you are able
to spin the tires and get going at quite a good
pace going backwards.