Odes Jungle Cross 1000 Review

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If you’re not all that familiar with Odes, a review of Odes UTVs will bring you up to speed with why their vehicles disappeared for a while but were recently re-introduced with new names after their split from Massimo UTVs.

One of these newly named models is the Odes Jungle Cross 1000.

While a review of the Odes Desert Cross 1000 shows the Jungle Cross isn’t quite as flashy, it’s still a real beast of a UTV and includes quite a few unique features and accessories.

If the Jungle Cross 1000 looks familiar, that’s because minus a few tweaks it’s essentially the same vehicle as the old Odes Dominator 800 and 1000 models.

This review of the Jungle Cross 1000 models will highlight all of the good and bad with these UTVs so you can decide for yourself about their quality.

We’ll review the following:

  • Jungle Cross 1000 models and their differences
  • Build quality and performance
  • Design and durability
  • Key features and accessories that come standard
  • Strengths of these models
  • Weaknesses of these models

About The Odes Jungle Cross 1000

The Odes Jungle Cross 1000 models currently consist of both a two-seater and five-seater:

  • Jungle Cross X2 1000 LT (Long Travel)
  • Jungle Cross X5 1000 LT (Long Travel)

There were a few ST (short travel) models in the past, but most of the ST models you’ll find are of the Jungle Cross 800 variety.

The only real difference in the two Jungle Cross 1000 LT models is the number of seats, and resulting sizes.

As you can probably guess, the Jungle Cross X2 1000 is your two-seater while the Jungle Cross X5 1000 is your five-seater that is slightly longer.

Both models are big, striking vehicles that resemble toughness.  But let’s review their build quality and performance to see if they run that way as well.

Build Quality & Performance


The Jungle Cross 1000 models are each powered by Odes’ 1000cc V-Twin engine with a max output of around 85 HP.

This engine is loaded with low-end power, so even as heavier models the Jungle Crosses will have no issue powering through rough terrain.

Throttle response and torque is solid in the lower RPM ranges, so these models accelerate well and have no problem on pretty much any type of trail they can fit on.

But they are slightly lacking when it comes to top-end speed, with the RPMs noticeably falling off in the upper ranges.

The engine is a mid-mount, so is located directly between the front seats underneath the console cover.

This does lead to more heat and noise in the cab than you might like, similar to the CFMoto UForce 800 that was phased out recently.

Engine TypeFour-Stroke
Cylinder ArrangementV-Twin
Max Horsepower85 HP
Fuel SupplyElectronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Engine CoolingLiquid Cooled
Fuel Capacity9 Gallons
Ignition SystemElectronic Control Unit (ECU)


Each Jungle Cross 1000 model features selectable 2WD/4WD and the ability to lock the front differential via switches on the dash.

You can also unlock the rear differential and put these vehicles in “Turf Mode”, which only sends power to one rear wheel so you don’t rip up your grass or leave tire marks on the pavement when turning sharply.

When in 4WD with the front differential locked, there’s really no steep terrain this model can’t crawl up.  But it’s tough to steer in this mode, so you’ll want to reserve it for uphill straightaways for the most part.

The transmission is fully automatic, and a dash-mounted gear shift lets you move between High and Low ranges along with Park, Reverse, and Neutral settings.

Drive System2WD/4WD w/ Front Differential Lock & Turf Mode
Transmission TypeAutomatic CVT
Gear Shift PatternL-H-N-R-P


The suspension systems of each of these models consist of independent dual A-Arms and sway bars in both the front and rear.

Each end also offers fully adjustable shocks so that you can tighten or loosen the spring compression for a softer or firmer ride.

The suspension system makes for a comfortable ride in most any terrain, with the adjustable shocks letting you find the best setting for your riding style and terrain.

An impressive 13+ inches of ground clearance depending on the model means you’ll rarely run into bottoming out or even skimming issues in these models.

And each model is equipped with electronic power steering, which makes it that much easier to control these big boys.

Wheelbase110.8 inches
Ground Clearance13+ inches
Front SuspensionIndependent Dual A-Arm w/ Adjustable Shocks
Rear SuspensionIndependent Dual A-Arm w/ Adjustable Shocks

Tires & Brakes

The front and rear stock tires are all 29-inches in diameter, with aggressive tread patterns that won’t run out of traction on steep hills or in soft or slick terrain.

The 15-inch blacked-out aluminum rims really complement these models’ appearance.

The four wheel hydraulic disc brakes in the front and rear offer plenty of stopping power for these big machines, no matter the terrain or grade.

And there’s an E-Brake that can be pulled, located on the right hand side of the driver’s seat.

Front Tires29 x 8-15
Rear Tires29 x 10-15
WheelsAluminum, 15”
Front Brake TypeHydraulic Disc
Rear Brake TypeHydraulic Disc

Dimensions & Capacities

All of Odes’ utility vehicles are known for being among the biggest in the industry, and the Jungle Cross models are no different.

To account for the added seats in the five-seater, it’s a slightly longer vehicle at 151 inches in length vs the two-seater’s 120 inches in length and is slightly heavier.

As big models, the Jungle Cross 1000’s are really only limited in types of riding they can do by their big builds, with tight trails or wooded areas not in the question.

They offer rear power dump beds with the ability to haul up to 800 lbs of cargo, and they can tow up to 2,200 lbs.

Length120/151 in
Width68 in
Height78 in
Weight2,116 lbs
Cargo Bed Dimensions43.9 x 31.5 x 12.5 in
Bed Capacity800 lbs
Towing Capacity 2,200 lbs

Key Features & Accessories

The Odes Jungle Cross 1000 models stand out from the crowd in more ways than just their size, offering a number of impressive features and accessories that come standard.

  • Individual racing-style leather bucket seats with seatbelts that can be adjusted backward or forward for plenty of legroom and shoulder space.
  • Electric power dump bed that automatically tilts up and down with the flick of a switch on the dash and includes a bed mat and double-latch tailgate.
  • Work boxes located on the side of the dump bed that are sealed and offer plenty of room to store tools, gear, etc.
  • Reverse lights and a rear mounted work light that provide plenty of light for backing up or seeing what’s behind you while driving in the dark.

And aside from these unique features, the Jungle Cross 1000 models are also flush with the following accessories:

  • Heavy duty front and rear steel bumpers
  • 3,500 lbs front synthetic rope winch
  • Hard top roof with front light bar
  • Plastic half side doors
  • Two piece adjustable front windshield
  • High and low beam headlights
  • Hazard lights
  • Turn lights
  • Tail lights and brake lights
  • Horn
  • Adjustable tilt steering wheel
  • Anti-theft steering wheel lock
  • Lockable glove box
  • Fender flares
  • 2-inch rear hitch receiver
  • Digital instrument cluster w/ speedometer, tachometer, coolant and fuel gauges

Odes Jungle Cross 1000 Top Speed

The Jungle Cross 1000’s are built more with low-end power and torque to make them workhorses than with speed in mind.

But the Jungle Cross 1000 top speed is 55 mph, which is pretty respectable for such big, powerful vehicles.

You won’t win a race in these models, but they offer enough of a thrill to keep things interesting in any terrain.

Jungle Cross 1000 Review – Strengths

  • The outer plastic stands up well to the abuses of trail riding and working to help avoid scratching and scuffing.
  • The automatic power dump bed lifts up and down with the push of a button so there’s not much manual work involved.
  • Each bucket seat can be adjusted forward or backward for legs of all lengths to be comfortable.
  • The LED light bar and headlights provide plenty of light for night riding.
  • These models are flush with accessories that are usually only included as extras or on the highest trim levels of some bigger-name competition.
  • Plenty of suspension travel and adjustable shocks make the ride quite comfy.

Jungle Cross 1000 Review – Weaknesses

  • The belts are known to whine in these models when cruising between 25 and 40 mph without accelerating.
  • There are no outer door latches, so you’ll need to reach over and open them from the inside when getting in.
  • You’ll need to let these models warm up for at least 30 seconds before driving off of the gear shifts will tend to stick when attempting to shift, especially in cold temps.
  • The gas pedals extend a little high off the floor making foot placement awkward.
  • The stock batteries drain quickly if they aren’t used for more than a week at a time, so you’ll need to hook them up to a Battery Tender Plus between rides.
  • Replacement parts are hard to find and can take a long time to arrive.
  • You’ll want to really vet the dealer you buy an Odes model from, as some are better than others in supporting you and Odes is only recently back up and running.

For more issues with Odes and how to overcome them, check out this guide to Odes 800 Dominator problems as they’re very similar to the Jungle Cross models.

Final Word

While the Odes Jungle Cross 1000 models are straight beasts, they don’t come without some drawbacks.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Odes has been able to right the ship in terms of the overall quality of their vehicles.

If so, the Jungle Cross 1000’s may find themselves on the list of best UTVs for the money before long.