Expert Review

Mahindra Bolero

The Mahindra Bolero is one of the oldest and one of the loved MUV’s that is still on sale in the Indian market. For the past 7 years, the Mahindra Bolero has been leading in its segment. From its launch back in the year 2000, Mahindra has upgraded the Bolero according to the needs of its consumers. With the latest iteration out, the Bolero sports a blend of advanced technical features along with a refined engine. Although the styling is somewhat the same but it does blend in with the needs of the modern era. With the simplicity in design, ease in maintenance and a refined engine, the Mahindra Bolero is one of the most famous in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities.


Mahindra offers the Boleros with aggressive styling and rugged looks giving it the perfect off roader feel. The chassis, headlights, footsteps, etc. have been designed taking in mind of the Indian roads and the harsh weather conditions as well. Bolero comes with a sitting option of 7-8 occupants and also can ample of storage space for the luggage. The high ground clearance of 180mm helps the Bolero to tackle off roads and bight potholes with ease.


Over the years, the cabin of the Bolero has been upgraded to ensure the comfort of the occupants and safety of the passengers. With these it gets the perfect blend of modern technology along with the simplicity in design aspects as well. It does miss out an efficient AC but does the job, it gets other modern features such as power windows, dual tone upholstery, a digital display, voice messaging system, electric steering, center arm rest on the front & middle row, etc. In addition to this, the top spec models also get keyless entry.


The Bolero is designed according to the needs of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and hence we see that this MUV gets a diesel engine option and not a petrol one. At low speeds the Bolero performs fine with good control. But at high speeds it does feel a bit unbalanced. With a high torque engine, with full load capacity, the Bolero can easily shift in the high gear ratios even on slow speeds.


Under the hood of the Mahindra Bolero is a BS 6 compliant 1.5 litre mHawk diesel engine that replaces the 2523cc common rail M2DiCR diesel engine that churn out 75 bhp of power and 210 Nm of twist. It comes with a 5 speed manual transmission along with a RWD setup.


The safety kit comes with safety features such as Driver side airbag, ABS, central locking, engine immobilizer, seat belt reminder system, and speed alert system.


Mahindra offers the Bolero with a 3 Years/100000Km warranty. While the general maintenance cost at 10000km or 12 months will vary from Rs 6000 to Rs 8000.


The Mahindra Bolero competes with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Scorpio and the Force Gurkha.


The Mahindra Bolero retails between Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 9 lakh (EX-Showroom, India). Mahindra Bolero is a very simple yet rugged MUV and with the ease in maintenance and good handling to tackle the Indian roads. It does need a god safety package.