Mahindra Bolero Performance & Price


Mahindra Bolero Overview

We believe that small adjustments make a big difference. In our day-to-day life, small things give us immense joy, be it a successful bargain with a vegetable vendor or a small drop in the fuel prices. In a similar fashion, a small adjustment in the length of the car gives automakers a lot of benefits. This encouraged manufacturers such as Tata, Maruti, Ford and Volkswagen to develop sub 4-metre cars. Due to the growing popularity of SUVs, Mahindra was the first company to introduce a sub 4-metre SUV, the Quanto. Mahindra also offers the TUV300 and the NuvoSport in this segment and now we have a new entry from the company, the Bolero.

That last bit is what has driven everyone from Tata and Maruti to Ford and Volkswagen to develop sub-4 metre offerings. However, with SUVs becoming the demand of the day, Mahindra was first to introduce a compact offering in the body style, by giving the Xylo a little adjustment to create the Quanto. M&M followed it up with the TUV300, NuvoSport, and now, it’s put the Bolero under the knife as well.

Mahindra’s beloved cash-cow now gets a version which loses a few cms in length, a few cc’s in displacement and healthy few Rupees in price too. So is this downsize a compromise?

Mahindra Bolero Design & Look

Bolero has kept the brand name alive for so many years and the new Power Plus model is taking the legacy further. The engineers out there have cleverly cut off 112mm of length from the Bolero making the car fall under the sub- meter mark and the end result is satisfactory. This has resulted in reduction of excise tax from 24 percent to 12 percent. The shaving is done on the front bumper which is now sleeker but the solidity is uncompromised. The same has been done to the rear bumpers. The headlights and the grille design also remain the same.

Small SUVs generally look like overgrown hatchbacks, but Bolero Power Plus is not one of them. The car still looks aggressive, especially from the front. At the side, the car continues to offer body coloured mirrors, silver wheel caps and 15-inch wheels shod with 215/75 section tyres. At the rear, it’s the Power+ badge that makes the car differ from the elder sibling while the split bumpers have been tucked inside and now comes in line with the body.For more details on Bolero check Incmanifesto

Mahindra Bolero Cabin & Comfort

Mahindra Bolero Power+ has several features, but nothing new as such. It has power steering, power windows, manual AC, music system, keyless entry, in-dash music system. There is even bluetooth connectivity as well. The instrument cluster is digital on the Bolero and the higher variants get micro hybrid technology too. The Mahindra Bolero Power+ even gets stylish interiors.

In terms of space, there is no change on the Mahindra Bolero Power+. It has seven seats, the second row is tight on knee room and the third row is good only for short distances as it gets jump seats. The boot too isn’t that large. What makes this a good deal is the fact that it now without any compromise on space or power, the Mahindra Bolero Power+ is more affordable..

Mahindra Bolero Engine & Gearbox

The Mahindra Bolero Power+ comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and it is more powerful than the older 2.4-litre unit. The oil-burner produces 70 HP of power and 195 Nm of torque. Torque delivery is smooth and linear. The car accelerates in 3rd gear from crawling speeds without much of a fuss. Acceleration is tiring slow, however, and 0-100 km/hr comes up in 20.76 seconds. There is some turbo lag but the mid-range feels punchy. There’s not much action after 4000 RPM though. 100 km/hr in 5th gear comes up near the 2500 RPM mark.Check for HDFC Car loan at Fincarz.

The new engine is very refined compared to the older unit and the clatter isn’t as bad as earlier. The insulation is very good and we were actually very surprised by the refinement. The Bolero Power+ isn’t meant to be driven fast at all and it is best enjoyed at cruising speeds. Gear shifts are very long and notchy but the clutch is super light. The Bolero Power+ has a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.5 km/l and we still managed to extract 15 km/l under normal driving conditions. The large fuel tank ensures that you get a range of around 700 kms on a full tank.

Mahindra Bolero Driving Dynamics

While overtaking on the highways, if the vehicle is not loaded takes good effort to push it but then the Bolero seems to die completely when fully occupied. On highways the engine response is very discouraging and the lack of power gets very evident. Not to forget the excess noise that penetrates inside the cabin making it a noisy one.  For more information on Mahindra Bolero check AutoZhop

The handling quality is weak and needs some major improvement from Mahindra. It is not a very easy to maneuver vehicle and gets a bit sticky in some scenarios especially as the gear stick behaves like a sore thumb. The brakes are of average quality and do not offer a precise feedback whatsoever. We got a real time mileage of 12 Kmpl which is average compared to the competition.

Mahindra Bolero Braking & Safety

Many would grumble about the brakes. The brake pedal is soft and direly needs sharper bite. And given the car’s desire for body-roll, the SUV can get unsettled when put to hard braking. In terms of safety, set aside airbags, even ABS is not an option in any of the variants. It is well known that the target audience of Bolero is different, but with the increasing road mishaps everyday, Mahindra should have seriously given a thought. There are only basic safety features such as central locking, child safety lock, headlamp beam adjuster and keyless entry.

Mahindra Bolero Cost in Chennai

Mahindra Bolero On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 6,24,791 to 10,38,929 for variants Bolero Power Plus LX 2WD BS4 and Bolero ZLX BS4 respectively. Mahindra Bolero is available in 14 variants and 10 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Bolero variants price in Chennai. Check for Bolero price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Mahindra Bolero Round Up

Why bring in another Bolero when you’re going to sell the older version as well. Mahindra says that the two SUVs will cater to different customer bases – one which wants the newer engine as well as lower running costs, and the second which wants to still go ahead with the older, proven engine and mechanicals. The company has added a three year/one lakh kilometres warranty package now on the SUV.

At Rs 8.03 lakh ex-Mumbai, the Bolero isn’t the best value, especially for someone looking for a more urban-biasedvehicle. Instead, for Rs 7.74 lakh, you get the TUV300 T4+ which has got ABS as well as airbags, is more powerful and feels far more modern. Of course, the Bolero will be the more logical choice for rugged, rural use. Another fun reason to buy a Bolero in white? People inadvertently mistake you for a cop. Traffic parts ways for you, and I actually saved good time on my commute home! Seriously though, given the popularity of the Bolero (over ten lakh have been sold so far), I see no reason why the cheaper and more powerful Power+ shouldn’t be a hit with its target audience as well.