Mahindra Bolero Neo Diesel First Drive Review - MYNEWCAR
Mahindra Bolero Neo Diesel First Drive Review
Mahindra is betting big on its SUVs and it is also bringing in SUVs closer to its brand DNA. Mahindra stands for tough SUVs and you have iconic products like the Bolero and Scorpio along with XUV500. Now to expand the popular Bolero family even more, it has recently launched the Bolero Neo. It is a new addition within the Bolero range and is for those who want the toughness of the Bolero along with more features. You will also notice it is basically a facelifted TUV300 with the new Bolero Neo name.
In regards to the exteriors , the basic shape of the TUV300 is carried over but there are changes including the new front-end with the revised grille and new headlamps with DRLs. The alloys are also changed while the cladding is similar to the older Bolero. It also gets a spare wheel at the back with Bolero Neo branding. There are seven colour options added also including a new Royal Gold colour coming soon.
Inside, it is again the TUV300 but being lowered makes getting in and out easier while the overall design is similar to the old TUV. The steering is a typical Mahindra design while it gets silver accents on the interiors along with a dual-tone look. There is a new touch screen which is 7-inch with basic features added in. While there is no sunroof, the Bolero Neo does get a height adjusted driver’s seat, cruise control, steering mounted controls, powered mirrors and more. Space is less than other subcompact SUVs but it is a 7-seater with two bench style seats. With the third row seats up, luggage space is near zero hence it’s better to fold them and use the space.
In terms of driving experience, the Bolero Neo is much more modern than the old Bolero and drives like the Thar a lot. It is rear wheel drive with no 4x4 but the ladder frame chassis, which it shares with modern Mahindra SUVs is tough and adds to the USP of the Bolero Neo. It feels like a proper SUV and has a suspension which tackles bad roads with ease.
The 1.5l diesel with 100 hp and 260Nm is also more refined now along with having a torque spread which makes it good off-road. You do not need to downshift with the torque while the manual only Bolero Neo has a long throw shift but one that is pretty easy to use. What also helps off-road is the MTT technology or a feature where there is a Manual Lock differential. It increases grip and makes driving better over loose surfaces as we saw. The Bolero Neo does behave really well over bad roads despite no 4x4. With start/stop and efficiency saving technology, it is also efficient with 17kmpl being expected.
The Bolero Neo is priced from Rs 8.4 lakh while the N10 is Rs 9.9 lakh. The N10 (O) with the MTT feature would be slightly more.
But these prices are still a lot cheaper than the Thar while giving four doors and a practical 7-seater option. The Bolero Neo then is for those who want a rugged and tough little SUV with more rough road capability than the current subcompact SUVs.
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