One the best sellers ever, the Mahindra Bolero has been topping the charts for a long time. Now the company has introduced a new version of this SUV called the Bolero Power+. It is not all new, but it gets many changes to make it more appealing and affordable to buyers. There is a change in dimensions, engines but the features remain the same. So, what is the Mahindra Bolero Power+ all about? We share our detailed review on this new SUV. Get On Road Price of Mahindra cars in Carzprice
Mahindra Bolero recently got a facelift and this time it has incorporated the Mahindra family look with the toothed radiator grille. The radiator grille is done in too much chrome and looks tacky. The new headlamps look smart with integrated turn indicators.
Flat head bonnet paired with square cut lines all over make the Bolero look very raw and strong. The Mahindra Bolero has got characteristic design features. There is not a slight hint of flow in the design and instead everything looks linear. The pillars are straight and strong. There are mild flares on the side profile. There is also a provision for side step for easy access of passengers inside the cabin.
In the rear profile, these is a spare wheel on the tail gate with the names encrypted on the cover of it. The model name appears on the side profile and is done in chunk chrome. Check for Mahindra Bolero price in Kolkata
So Overall, there is not plenty to write about a Mahindra Bolero exterior design reason being this one is made to look strong. Indeed the Bolero comes out as a soldier looking SUV of India with no redundant design lines or fat on the profiles. Mahindra has changed the vehicle periodically but then they have managed to retain the essence of it.
Inside, there isn’t much new to speak of either. There are multiple shades of brown around the cabin, and wooden trim around the AC vents and the centre console. Space is adequate for passengers in the first two rows, and the last row is best left vacant. Cushioning is slightly hard, and the front seats don’t support the back too well. I found myself fidgeting around the seat way too often. I also wish there was height adjust on offer, for the shorter folks among us. That said, the seating position gives you a fantastic view out.
Goodies include a digital speedometer, a driver information display, a Kenwood sound system and audio warnings that remind you to wear your seatbelt and close the doors. In true Bolero fashion, there are a few issues as well. For instance, quality is just about acceptable, the speedometer is offset to the left, the power window switches are positioned at an awkward angle next to the handbrake and there’s practically no space on the door to rest the arm. And, I’m slightly puzzled as to why Mahindra hasn’t utilised the space on the inside to include a set of usable cubby holes. Also, since the Bolero is supposed to be a utilitarian brute, it is rather surprising that the second row does not fold down to the floor.
ENGINE AND PERFOMANCE ;
The heart of this Bolero Power+ is a three-cylinder 1493cc diesel engine which produces 71hp (8hp more than the 2.5L version) and 195Nm of torque. While these numbers might not seem impressive on paper, what’s truly incredible is the way in which the engine performs. All the torque is available at lower revs and that combined with its short gearing makes it very easy to potter around town and keep up with city traffic. There’s adequate pulling power from as low as idling revs (1000rpm) which means that a downshift isn’t required to pull away from crawling speeds in third gear. Drive sedately and this motor rewards you with excellent drivability. If you try to hustle this engine, it will take its own sweet time to build speed. Having said that, out on the open road in terms of outright acceleration it takes 20.90 seconds to reach 100kph from a standstill, which is 4.71 seconds faster than the outgoing version. Even in-gear acceleration times have significantly improved now with the car taking 4.32 seconds lesser for 20-80kphin third gear and 6.15 seconds lesser for the 40-100kph sprint in fourth gear. The shortened Bolero is shockingly refined for what is essentially a rural SUV. Even at higher revs it doesn’t sound coarse or strained. Noise, vibrations and harshness (NVH) levels of this vehicle are minimal and sound insulation is surprisingly good. Where it does begin to show its age is when it comes to its ride quality. It’s actually compliant at city speeds but feels loose and wayward over wavy surfaces, the faster you go. The high centre of gravity can be felt at every curve and there’s a fair bit of body roll and vagueness in the handling that can be unnerving at highway speeds.
Claimed fuel efficiency has marginally increased to 16.5kpl (from 2.5 litre engine’s 15.96kpl) but we’ll have to wait for a full road test to see how it fares in the real world.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The Mahindra Bolero has a very bumpy ride and the car tends to lose composure at high speeds. At low speeds, the suspension does a decent job of handling potholes and undulations but at high speeds, the car just doesn’t feel stable over uneven surfaces. It comes with a power steering but the steering feels very heavy. The wheel also doesn’t have much feel and after taking a turn, the car takes some time before it actually straightens again. There is also a lot of body roll which is again testament to the fact that the MUV should be kept miles away from aggressive driving mannerisms. The brakes are very spongey and braking performance is below average, sometimes making you uncertain of braking distances
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.