Mahindra Bolero Expert Review

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Introduction

Mahindra Bolero
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Mahindra has been the undisputed leader in SUV space for years now. A large share of this credit goes to its best selling machine, the Bolero. Having topped the charts for nine years on the trot, Mahindra has sold close to a million units of the SUV till date. To keep it in tune with the times (and benefit from a break in taxes) Mahindra recently added the sub 4-metre version of the Bolero, dubbed the Power+ to the variant list. Let’s take a closer look at the Bolero and find out why it has been the cash-cow for Mahindra.

Pros
  • Ample space for first and second row occupants.
  • Chiller air-conditioning cools the big cabin down in no time
  • Light steering takes the sting out of manoeuvring inside the city / parking.
  • New 1.5-litre engine is refined, powerful and efficient.
Cons
  • Build quality inside out could have been a lot better. Reeks of cost-cutting.
  • Misses out on basic features such as height-adjust for the seat and tilt adjust for the steering.
  • No four-wheel drive variant on offer.
  • Lack of safety features such as airbags, anti-lock brakes is a big miss!

Stand Out Features

  • Kenwood music player with Bluetooth and USB compatibility offered in the top-spec version

    Kenwood music player with Bluetooth and USB compatibility offered in the top-spec version

  • Micro-hybrid system helps save fuel by automatically switching the engine off while idling

    Micro-hybrid system helps save fuel by automatically switching the engine off while idling

CarDekho Verdict

The Bolero has always been a no-frills ‘fill-it, shut-it, forget-it’ SUV. It continues to score on that front even seventeen years since it was first introduced. If you are eyeing the Bolero, we’d recommend the Power+ because it isn’t just cheaper, but is also refined and more efficient compared to the CRDe-powered version.

"The Bolero has always been a no-frills ‘fill-it, shut-it, forget-it’ SUV."

Yes, it does have a bit of ergonomic issues and isn’t as well-specced with features as one would expect at the price point - but it does offer peace of mind in terms of longevity.

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