Strong power and great 4×4 capability, fully lockable front differential, legal for sale and use in California
Handlebar bend is awkward, halogen headlights instead of LED
A midsize 4×4 ATV that will take you everywhere.
The KingQuad remains a rugged, powerful, and comfortable machine for a variety of uses. It’s a great choice for rugged trail rides, and a durable tool for utility and ranch work. Ergonomics are above average, mostly due to a narrow engine that is easier on the knees and hips. We really appreciate the inclusion of a third, handlebar-mounted headlight for increased visibility around corners. Do-it-yourself mechanics will appreciate the ease of maintenance offered by every KingQuad model.
Updates for 2022
No updates for 2022 other than a $100 price increase. The KingQuad did receive upgraded steel tubing in recent years, adding strength and rigidity to the chassis.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
2022 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi MSRP: $7,699
2022 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering MSRP: $9,199
2022 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering SE Camo MSRP: $9,649
2022 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering SE+ MSRP: $9,699
The base KingQuad 500AXi is available without power steering, and it works well, but once you’ve tried power steering you won’t want to go without it. Upgrading to the power steering model also includes removable cargo rack covers, which provide a more stable base to strap gear to. Color choices are Terra Green or Flame Red.
Step up to either the SE+ or SE Camo model for around $500 more and get blacked-out cast aluminum wheels and your choice of either Metallic Matte Rocky Gray or True Timber Kanati Camouflage pattern bodywork.
Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 493cc single-cylinder engine is tuned for a broad powerband. Torque is strong on the bottom-end for a midsize ATV. The cylinder head is canted forward to improve cooling and lower the center of gravity. Acceleration is managed easily with Suzuki’s “advanced” fuel injection system. Suzuki’s QuadMatic automatic transmission is easy to operate with high and low range gear. It’s also tuned to simulate true engine-braking and works well on rugged downhills. Riders can select between 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with front differential lock via a handlebar-mounted switch. It’s one of the better 4WD systems that we’ve tested.
Handling: Steering, Suspension
Steering action could be improved with a better handlebar bend. The grip area is pointed more downward than we would like for a more laid-back riding position, but it’s awkward when standing.
Independent suspension utilizes a double wishbone design with adequate wheel travel. There are five preload settings at each shock. Ground clearance is on par with competing models and works well with the shorter wheelbase. The 500AXi chassis is nearly identical to that of the 750AXi
Braking action is good on the KingQuad. Dual disc brakes work well up front. Suzuki’s sealed and oil-bathed “clutch-type” rear brake system is virtually maintenance free.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
Aside from an awkward handlebar bend, seating position is near perfect. We really like the narrow fuel tank and engine area. It’s easier to squeeze with the knees for better control and much more comfortable on the knees and hips. Full floorboards are spacious and utilize raised footpegs for a solid boot grip. The KingQuad weighs in at around 700 pounds depending on model, but the bulk of the mass is cradled low in the chassis, producing a much nimbler feel. Three separate storage compartments offer almost 11 gallons of sealed space for personal items.
Front and rear racks combined can handle almost 200 pounds of cargo, which is a little on the light side but still adequate. All power steering models are equipped with high-impact carrier covers over the racks, which help protect cargo from damage and provide a solid base to strap to. Towing capacity is substantial at 1,322 pounds. A standard 2-inch receiver accepts an automotive-style hitch.
LED headlights would be a pleasant upgrade from the stock 35-watt halogens, but we do like the third handlebar-mounted headlight that provides a higher beam that is always pointed in the direction of a turn. The multifunction instrument panel provides service reminders based on running time or mileage. The instrumentation includes LCD readouts for speedometer, odometer, twin tripmeters, hourmeter, clock, fuel level, driving range, and drive mode. There are LED indicators for high, low, neutral, reverse, 2WD/4WD, and differential-locked 4WD, and LED cautions for fuel injection and engine temperature.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
A 12-month factory unlimited-mileage warranty is included with purchase. Extended terms are available for additional purchase through Suzuki Extended Protection.
|Engine:||DOHC, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke single-cylinder; 4-valve|
|Bore x Stroke:||87.5 x 82.0mm|
|Transmission:||Automatic CVT variable ratio w/ high/low range and reverse|
|Drivetrain:||2WD, 4WD, 4WD Differential Lock|
|Front Suspension:||Double wishbone, gas-charged shocks; 5-way preload adjustable; 6.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Double wishbone, gas-charged shocks; 5-way preload adjustable; 7.7 in. travel|
|Front Brakes:||Disc brakes, twin rotors|
|Rear Brakes:||Sealed oil-bathed multidisc|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Steel (base, Power Steering), cast aluminum (all other models); 12 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||Carlisle; AT25x8-12/ AT25x10-12|
|Front/Rear Rack Capacity:||66 lb./132 lb.|
|Towing Capacity:||1,322 lb. w/ standard 2-in. receiver|
|Seat Height:||36.2 in.|
|Ground Clearance:||10.2 in.|
|Claimed Wet Weight:||695–714 lb. (depending on model)/697–716 lb. (California model)|
|Fuel Capacity:||4.6 gal.|
|Warranty:||12-month unlimited-mileage limited warranty; longer coverage available through Suzuki Extended Protection|
|Minimum Operator Age:||16|