Mahindra Bolero Facelift First Drive Review


Mahindra Bolero Overview

Bolero is one of the age old SUVs coming from Mahindra & Mahindra which has made quite an image of itself in its 13 years of career. One of the most reliable and rugged people’s carrier, Bolero is still dominating the space. The car is perfect for the terrain regions and rough roads. The company introduced a sub-4 meter model of the Bolero SUV recently to bring it under the affordable range. Being a sub-4 meter SUV it falls under the lower excise tax bracket which in turn benefits the customers. For more detail on car loan check Fincarz.

Bolero Power Plus strikes the chord with the buyers who need the same character as Bolero in the compact form and reasonable price band. The Bolero Power Plus has the rugged SUV appearance; it’s the perfect combination of masculine looks, rugged attitude and powerful performance. Mahindra Bolero Power Plus comes with the same outer profile as Bolero while interiors too remain the same, except some of the additional features. Mechanically, it has been totally changed, the older diesel drivetrain has been replaced by the new engine that is more powerful and frugal.

Mahindra Bolero Exteriors

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.

Mahindra Bolero Interiors

Pretty much the same as the standard Bolero. The cabin hasn’t received any significant changes over the existing Bolero. The hard grainy plastics, fit, finish and quality of the equipment is strictly average for an eight lakh rupee car. Same is the case with the driving ergonomics with near horizontal steering wheel, offset pedals and instrument cluster. What adds to the woes are the unsupportive front seats that are flat. In the second row too, the seats are flat, but at least they are wide to seat three people easily with just about sufficient legroom. The third row is too cramped up making the jump seats almost unusable. However, when folded, they make for a good luggage space even if the loading lip is too high.

On a positive note, the large windows and thin pillars give a good outside view. The beige interiors also make the cabin feel a bit more airy. Features like an air-conditioner, music system with AUX and USB and central locking with remote are standard in this top-of-the-line ZLX version. All of these are functional, but it still gives a feeling of something is amiss. True, the Bolero has always been targeted at the rural and commercial markets, so a long list of creature comforts isn’t expected. That said, at least optional safety features like airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors could have made its way into the cabin that was revamped five years ago.

Mahindra Bolero Gearbox

The Power+ is the old-school Bolero’s way of keeping up with the era of engine downsizing. Instead of the 2.6-litre m2DiCR engine, it features a 1.5-litre motor from Mahindra’s ‘mHawk’ series. Smaller engine? Yes, but not only does it make the same 195Nm of torque as the standard Bolero, it makes 71PS of power – 8PS more than its big brother

Fire it up and in seconds you notice the improved noise, vibration and harshness levels. No, were not saying it’s appreciable, just appreciably better than the larger engine. It still sounds crude, but the improved refinement levels do not go unnoticed. As you’d expect, it’s an engine that doesn’t like to be pushed. It gets considerably louder as the revs climb and no matter how much you mash the accelerator, progress isn’t rapid. Check for Mahindra Bolero in Spectralreview

However, the mHawkD70 is generous with its low-end torque delivery. As long as you’re patient, it will get up to cruising speeds easily and you can also benefit from the 16.5kmpl fuel efficiency figure while you’re at it. In fact, the torque is enough to get the Power+ going from a dead stop in 3rd gear. The gear ratios themselves are closely spaced and you will find the need to upshift early. That said, it’s a powertrain that’s ready to take the strain of the heavy passenger load Boleros are usually used to transport. The gear lever though, has a long throw and isn’t sure slotting either. The clutch does have a lot of travel, but thankfully, it is really light.

Mahindra Bolero Driving

Ride quality, for the most part, is what I like to call ‘choppy’. Potholes aren’t a big issue and it doesn’t thud, but it makes sure you know you drove through one. There’s a fair bit of vertical movement, which is amplified if you happen to be seated in the second or third row. A full house will definitely make the ride more tolerable, but drive solo or with just a couple of passengers and the bouncy ride is ought to get to you. Cornering has never been the Bolero’s forte, and it is no different with this one. The steering keeps you guessing, and a dead feel on the brake pedal makes you back off as well. On a related note, there’s absolutely no safety tech on offer, even as an option.

Mahindra Bolero 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 Price 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 Summing Up

There has to be some reason on why it is called India’s no.1 SUV and it is very simple. The product is built in a very strong way possible. The new engine offered is smooth and also high on fuel efficiency.

The features that it offers at this price point are envious for the competition especially compared to cars like the Tata Sumo. Do we recommend this SUV? Yes Indeed we do as even if stranded anywhere Mahindra has a super strong after sales network to take care of the car. For price details on Mahindra Bolero  check AutoZhop.

Also with the SsangYong acquisition, may be the Bolero too can get some international lines and attributes

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