Mahindra Bolero Review – How’s the New BS6 Model of this Sturdy SUV?
What’s it like to buy a Mahindra Bolero when you have some amazing high-tech cars on sale these days? Is New Bolero BS6 worth buying? Let’s find out.
If you recall the most successful cars of auto-giant Mahindra & Mahindra, these would undoubtedly be the Scorpio and the Bolero. Although, the XUV500 too enjoyed a successful era, but it was until the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos were launched. Quite similar to the XUV500, the Scorpio too had a successful time in the Indian auto industry, but it too suffered a dent in sales due to rising competition with other compact SUVs. Someone in Mahindra’s portfolio who hasn’t been impacted much is the rough and rugged – Mahindra Bolero!
Liking for this sturdy, affordable SUV has remained constant, especially in the rural regions where terrains aren’t as good as the cities and you need a car that can do multiple duties whenever required. The Bolero car has also been a commendable road companion of various government agencies in India.
It was quite a long time since the Bolero SUV got an upgrade, so Mahindra took a right step by introducing the upgraded avatar of this SUV with a BS6 engine avatar in the form of “Mahindra Bolero 2020”. The Bolero new model saw big revamp in terms of the cosmetic as well as the feature upgrades. Currently on sale, the Bolero latest model has the caliber not just to take on any particular terrain but also to provide utmost comforts and safety with features such as rear washer/wiper, spacious seats for 7 passengers, ABS, airbag, etc. The latest Bolero 2021 model doesn’t compromise on the performance part too. The mHAWK75 BS6 engine of the new Bolero comes with the punch that even the high-end SUV drivers would appreciate.
Despite a lot of alterations done in the new model of Bolero, the price of this car is kept nominal. The Bolero car price falls in the range of Rs 7.64 – 9.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Now, let’s know more about the New Mahindra Bolero in this review and see what all it has got?
Mahindra Bolero Variants
The Bolero 2021 model is available in the following four variants:
- Bolero B2
- Bolero B4
- Bolero B6
- Bolero B6 Opt
The Bolero top model is ‘B6’, available with many optional features that make the SUV much like the traditional premium crossovers.
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Mahindra Bolero Price
Mahindra Bolero BS6 price ranges between Rs 7.64 lakh to Rs 9.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Check out the variant-wise Mahindra Bolero car price here:
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Bolero B2||Rs 7.64 lakh|
|Bolero B4||Rs 8.00 lakh|
|Bolero B6||Rs 8.66 lakh|
|Bolero B6 Opt||Rs 9.01 lakh|
The Bolero B2 base model is offered at Rs 7.64 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the mid variant Bolero B4 is available at the price tag of Rs 8.00 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The ‘B6’ Bolero top model price is Rs 8.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). There is also an optional variant ‘B6 Opt’ at a slightly higher price tag of Rs 9.01 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Mahindra Bolero BS6 Specifications
Under the hood, it is the mHAWK75 BS6 engine that powers the Bolero 2021. The 1498cc diesel engine of Bolero BS6 produces maximum power of 74.96bhp @ 3600rpm and maximum torque of 210Nm @ 1600-2200 rpm. The shift of power is done through a manual transmission. For the seekers of Bolero 4X4, Mahindra hasn’t anything to offer yet, but let’s hope if, in the future, the utility vehicle manufacturer offers something.
To run effortlessly on the toughest terrains as well as the city roads, the Bolero new model comes equipped with front FS Coil Spring and Rigid Leaf Spring. In addition, the Bolero top speed is around 120 kmph and it can take a sprint of 0-100 kmph in approximately 17 seconds.
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Mahindra Bolero Exterior
Mahindra has reworked on the exterior of Bolero to make it mass appealing and lovable by all. The rugged image is borrowed from the ancestors but the new cosmetic additions across its profile make it appear more appealing than ever. There is a new X-shaped front bumper that gives the SUV a bold and sturdy presence. The styling of the facia is further amplified by the new bold grille that adds premiumness to the SUV’s character. Also noticeable on the front are newly designed fog lamps that assist in hassle-free driving during the worst of weather conditions. The sides get new body decals giving it a standout presence while the rear carries the retro SUV styling with stylish spare wheel cover and new rectangular clear lens tail lamps.
Mahindra Bolero Dimensions
- Mahindra Bolero Length – 3995 mm
- Mahindra Bolero Width – 1745 mm
- Mahindra Bolero Height – 1880 mm
- Mahindra Bolero Wheelbase – 2680 mm
- Mahindra Bolero Ground Clearance – 180 mm
Mahindra Bolero Interior & Features
From the inside, the new bolero 2021 has improved a lot as compared to its forerunner. With a seating capacity for 7 passengers, the Bolero doesn’t feel squeezed, at least for the first two rows. The third-row occupants may however not feel comfortable on long tours due to the straight position of the seats. The fit & finish is quite good, if you consider the cost at which this SUV is offered. Not to forget, there are certain things that you will miss if you’re the one who is also used to driving cars such as Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, etc. On the flip side, you’ve to understand that the Bolero 2021 comes with an additional sturdiness and rugged styling that you may not get in other standard SUVs sold in India.
You will like the added cushioning of the all 7 seats. The legroom, headroom and thigh support is good in the front two rows and the last row certainly isn’t made for very long tours. The quality of fabrics is fairly good but the dashboard design and quality could have been better.
In terms of equipment and features, there is a lot to discover inside. For sheer entertainment, there is a company fitted audio system that supports USB and AUX connectivity and comes with Bluetooth for wireless audio play and hands-free calling. The instrument cluster is digital and shows all the relevant information about the car. The new Bolero model also features driver information system that feeds the driver with useful information such as mileage, open doors, trip distance, distance to empty, etc.
Other impressive features of Mahindra Bolero include powerful AC, power steering, power windows, central locking, keyless entry, remote fuel lip opener, rear wash and wiper, etc.
Mahindra Bolero Safety Features
The latest model of Mahindra Bolero is equipped with some worth-mentioning safety features such as driver airbag, ABS, reverse parking sensor, seat belt reminder, co-driver occupant detection system, etc.
Mahindra Bolero Mileage
With the BS6 engine upgrade, the latest model of Mahindra Bolero is only offered in 1.5-litre mHAWK75. The higher-spec 2.5-litre diesel engine isn’t offered anymore. The 1.5-litre Bolero diesel mileage is 21 kmpl as per ARAI. The reduction in engine’s cubic capacity and enhanced technology is the very reason for this increase in fuel economy of the Bolero 2021.
Mahindra Bolero Tyre Size
The tyre size of Mahindra Bolero is 215/75 R15. The wider width of 215 mm ensures good stability while taking the turns and makes the handling seamless. The 15 inch sized larger tyres also assist in enhancing the driving of the Bolero as they make it capable enough to pass through the potholes and combat with tough terrains very easily. The Goodyear Wrangler RT/S tyres, sized 215/75 R15 are the OE fitted tyres wrapped around the wheels of New Mahindra Bolero.
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