Mahindra Bolero is one of the most hot-selling SUV in India. Let's find out the true reason for its popularity with IndianAuto.com Team on the following review of Mahindra Bolero 2018 in India.
Back in 2016, Mahindra launched the new Bolero which was already a top-seller SUV in the market. The reason behind its popularity is the powerful engine and an intensely rugged look. With the new model, the Bolero is given a new engine, with more power and an increased mileage. A new variant is updated, which is named Bolero Power+. It has been the next hit for Mahindra and continued the success of the earlier versions. Here is the Mahindra Bolero India 2018 India Review given by IndianAuto Team.
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1. Mahindra Bolero 2018 Exterior
The exterior doesn’t undergo much change. The most significant change in terms of the design is that the new variant list offers a new choice in term of size. At the length of 3,995, the new model owns a non-traditional size for a Bolero. The new variant – Bolero Power+ - is indeed a sub-4-meter SUV.
The Bolero has always been known for its usually rugged looks. Nothing about the exterior could be considered as elegant or dashing. Instead, it is designed to be tough and brute. The masculine appearance lies in the heart of Mahindra Bolero’s irresistible charm.
The strong design attacks your eyes right from the front. Specifically, sharp and strong details including the big black grille and excessively large headlamps dominate the front look. On the upper side, the rectangle shape of the windshield accompanies and matches the boxy look presented in the bonnet housing.
The impressively tough looks of the Bolero from the front
The sides of Mahindra Bolero features the same design language as the front. Aligned and boxy windows, a straight roofline, strong-look wheels and flared wheel arches strongly assert Mahindra Bolero’s toughness in the design. However, it still looks neat and simple; generally, the aggressiveness is not excessively pronounced.
The side of Mahindra Bolero looks boxy as the front
At the rear, the spare wheel is mounted on the right side. Being cohesive with the overall rugged appearance, the taillights share the unmistakable square shape of the front headlamps.
The rear side is harmonious with the overall design
Even though not being posh and classy, Mahindra Bolero’s design is optimized for practical uses and ruggedness which will definitely satisfy the thrill-seeking hearts.
2. Mahindra Bolero 2018 Interior
At its full capacity, the Bolero could accommodate up to seven occupants. However, the boot space must be sacrificed to achieve the full occupancy. In the front and the second row, there is enough room for legs and knees. The second bench gets an armrest to provide passengers with a better comfort. But in the foldable third-row seats, occupants may find it quite uncomfortable with a limited space and an unusual layout. Obviously, they are more like the additional seats (they even don’t have belts) than proper seats. It is advisable that only small-sized people or kids should sit here.
The interior layout of Mahindra Bolero makes the cabin looks more spacious and bright
For the driver seat, the three-spoke steering wheel is mounted unusually high, which makes the driving position quite uncomfortable. And the steering wheel doesn’t support easy access to the control console.
Inside the car, it is a bright place with beige as the theme color and large windows, which makes the interior look even more extended and roomy. The seats are wrapped in fabric-vinyl cover pattern and look really stylish. Moreover, the seat cushioning feels more qualified than the old Bolero. Overall, the interior is neat and very eye-pleasing.
The dashboard which is brought right from the old Bolero displays some basic feature controls of the Bolero. Being the highlight of the dashboard, the head-unit with wood finish includes the AC vents and AC controls, AUX and USB input as well as audio controls. The audio system support CD player and Bluetooth connectivity. Instead of the round pods, the instrument cluster is a slender and modernistic LCD screen presenting the figures. Besides, the powerful AC could fill the cabin with fresh air right way. The power windows are controlled by the buttons tucked on the centre console, near the brake.
The dashboard of the new Bolero Plus is simply-designed
In term of storage space, the back row area doesn’t give any space for storage except for magazine pockets on the back of the front seat. Whereas the front row will get cubbyholes on the doors, cup-holders near the handbrake.
The Bolero Power Plus is granted with an additional set of features which is not available for the standard models, for example, the digital instrument cluster, driver information system, voice messaging system, central locking, keyless entry and a 12V socket. But admittedly, the feature package of Mahindra Bolero is not an appealing deal.
3. Mahindra Bolero 2018 Performance
The new Bolero Power Plus only offers one engine option which is the 1.5-litre mHawkD70 engine. It could deliver the power of 70 PS, which is more powerful than the normal version, and the torque of 195 Nm. The 2.5-liter diesel m2DiCR from the lower variants could exert the power of 62 PS and the same torque figure as in the Power Plus variant. The engine is turbocharged and mated with a 5-speed manual transmission which is also the same for the standard version.
The mileage of the Power Plus is claimed to boast a mileage of 15 to 16 kmpl – which is about 5 percent higher than other variants. The reason behind this improvement is the use of a micro-hybrid technology which could efficiently save fuel.
The new engine brings out a more refined engine and better performance. With a high torque at lower speed, it could deliver a satisfying performance. You don’t have to downshift frequently when maneuvering around the city traffic. To even extend the comfort on driving, the Celerio is engineered with both of the steering and clutch are on the light side.
Mahindra Bolero is still an iconic off-roader
The suspension setup is comprised of IFS coil spring and anti-roll bar for the front and elliptical leaf springs for the rear. Having a body-on-frame structure, the bolero could handle the small bumps and potholes. A little bouncy movement is noticeable. Especially at the high speed, the car doesn’t seem to remain comfortable. On the bright side, one note-worthy characteristic of the new Bolero is a lower level of NVH due to good insulation, bringing more comfort for the ride.
4. Mahindra Bolero 2018 Specs
Mahindra Bolero 2018
Engine and Transmission
2.5-litre 62.1bhp 8V M2DiCR Diesel Engine
1.5-litre Reliable mHAWKD70 Diesel Engine
63 bhp @ 3200 rpm
70 bhp@3600 rpm
180 Nm @ 1440 rpm
195 Nm@1400 rpm
4440 x 1660 x 1977
9 (3 rows)
Steering and Tyres
185 / 85 R16
Brake and Suspension
Front: independent with coil spring & anti-roll bar
Rear: parabolic leaf spring
Day & Night Rear View Mirror
Child Safety Locks
Power Door Locks
Side/Front Impact Beam
Rear Seat Belts
Foldable Rear Seat
Accessory Power Outlet
Lower Fuel Warning Light
4 Speakers (Front and Rear)
The safety package is basic without any options for ABS, airbags, or parking sensor, which is something that Mahindra seriously needs to work on.
5. Mahindra Bolero 2018 Prices
The price range of Mahindra Bolero starts at 7.39 lakh and goes up to 9.08.
EX NON AC
Rs. 7.39 Lakh
KLX 4WD Non AC BSIV
Rs. 8.39 Lakh
Rs. 7.83 Lakh
Plus Non AC
Rs. 7.85 Lakh
Plus Non AC PS
Rs. 8.02 Lakh
Plus AC BSIV PS
Rs. 8.42 Lakh
Rs. 8.27 Lakh
Rs. 8.26 Lakh
Rs. 8.83 Lakh
Rs. 9.08 Lakh
Overall, Mahindra Bolero is worthy choice for its reliability low-cost maintain maintenance.