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 Mahindra 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?
This new Bolero Power+ remains virtually identical to the standard
Bolero except at the edges. Look closer and you’ll notice that the
front bumpers are actually inward sloping and don’t jut out any more.
Even the metal foot plate at the rear has been re-designed so that
this vehicle qualifies as a ‘compact car’. There are some badges on
the sides with the ‘P’ in Power+ marked in red which suggest that this
is the more powerful version (more on that in a bit).
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.PERFORMANCE ;
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.
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.
RIDE AND HANDLING
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
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.
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.
Mahindra Bolero Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,56,141/- (Bolero Plus Non AC BS3) to 8,57,497/- (Bolero Power Plus SLX BS4) .Mahindra Bolero has 15 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Mahindra Bolero comes in 10 colours, namely Power Plus Diamond White,Power Plus Silver,Power Plus Rocky Beige,Power Plus Java Brown,Java Brown,Rocky Beige,Diamond White,Mist Silver,Molten Red,Silver.