The Mahindra Bolero Neo is the same old wine in a new bottle for the most part. It is, after all a TUV300 underneath with a mild touch up. But its locking rear differential has instantly put it on the top of the sub-4m SUV list with its off-road capabilities. The Bolero Neo is also the only sub-4m SUV you can buy with the abuse-friendly ladder frame chassis and rear-wheel-drive setup.
The Bolero Neo is the only SUV in its class you would want to take with you for some off-road driving. With the locking rear differential, the Bolero Neo will have no trouble leaving its peers in the dust.
If the SUV-ness of the Bolero Neo is precisely what you were looking for in a sub-4m SUV, then this variant breakdown report should help you pick the right variant based on your feature preferences and budget.
What Are The Prices of Mahindra Bolero Neo?
The new Bolero Neo is available in 4 variants with a starting price of Rs. 8.48 lakh for the base N4 trim. The N8 cost Rs. 9.48 lakh while the N10 costs Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom). The top-spec N10 (O) variant is currently not on sale and Mahindra haven’t announced its prices either. We’ll update this article when the N10 (O) prices are available.
The base variant of this SUV offers the following notable features:
BOLERO NEO N4 FEATURES
Internally-Adjustable Outside Mirrors
Body-Coloured Spare Wheel Cover
Cornering Brake Control
All Power Windows
Bolero Side Cladding
Reverse Parking Sensors
AC with Heater
Black Door Handles
Artificial Leather Upholstery
The base variant of the Bolero Neo looks very basic. It’s missing a music system, steering-mounted controls, power-adjustable outside mirrors and day-night inside mirror. We’d suggest you consider upgrading to a higher variant.
Mahindra Bolero Neo N4 vs N8 Variant Features
After the base, the N8 variant of the Bolero Neo costs Rs. 9.48 lakh, which is Rs. 1.0 lakh more than the N4. The notable additional features of the N8 variant are as follows:
BOLERO NEO N8 | FEATURES OVER N4
Rear Washer and Wiper
Music-System with Bluetooth, USB, Aux
Wheel Arch Cladding
4 Speakers and 2 Tweeters
Manual Day/Night Inside Mirror
Remote Central Locking
Folding 2nd-Row Seat Backs
Side Food Step
The N8 variant of the 2021 Bolero Neo gets several must-have features like a rear washer, wiper, defogger, music system with steering-mounted controls, remote central locking, day/night inside mirror and wheel covers. However, it’s still missing some critical features like power-adjustable outside mirrors, front and rear centre armrests and chrome grille. For budget buyers, the N8 looks more balanced from a feature perspective. Although, it’s not a value-for-money option as its features don’t justify the Rs. 1.0 lakh price difference. Therefore, we’ll suggest budget buyers consider the N4 variant and accessorize it to suit your needs.
Mahindra Bolero Neo N8 vs N10 Variant Features
The N10 variant of the 2021 Bolero Neo costs Rs. 10 lakh before taxes, registration and insurance expense. The Bolero Neo N10 variant is only Rs. 52,000 more expensive than the N8. The notable additional features of the N10 variant are as follows:
BOLERO NEO N10 | FEATURES OVER N8
Entertainment & Functional
Front Armrests for Driver and Front Passenger
Power Adjustable Outside Mirrors
Center Cabin Light
Height-Adjustable Driver Seat
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Second-Row Center Armrest
Light Grey Spare Wheel Cover
Even the N10 variant of the Bolero Neo lacks some essential features that we expect from a car at this price. For example, it’s missing an auto-AC, projector or LED headlamps, Android Auto and Apple Carplay for smartphone connectivity. Since this is a 7-seat car, we also expect it to offer rear AC vents at least for the second-row seats. It can greatly improve the cooling for third-row occupants. Even hatchbacks like the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios offer this feature.
The N10 variant not only justifies the upgrade over the N8 variant, it even justifies upgrading from the N4 variant.
Mahindra Bolero Neo N10 vs N10 (O) Variant Features
The price of the top-spec N10 (O) variant is currently not available, and neither is the N10 (O) variant itself. This variant will go on sale later. But, we know that this variant will only get 1 additional feature - a locking rear differential. This is what makes this SUV an SUV. Since the N10 itself costs Rs. 10 lakh, the N10 (O)’s price will breach the Rs. 10 lakh mark. Thus the top variant will become quite a bit more expensive for most buyers because of higher taxes. If you plan to go off-roading, then we would highly recommend waiting for the N10 (O) trim. For everyday city and highway use, though, the N10 will do just fine.
BOLERO NEO N10 (O) FEATURES OVER N10
Locking Rear Differential
2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo Variants - Which One To Buy?
The base N4 variant is pretty basic. The N8 offers a decent balance of features but it also offers poor value for money. Therefore, budget buyers should consider the N4 variant instead of the stretching to accommodate the N8. If you have the budget for the N8 variant, then you should skip it and jump straight to the N10 as it offers far better value than the N8 trim.
Right now, we don’t know when the N10 (O) variant will go on sale and how much it’ll cost. But when it comes to the market, we’ll update this article and our verdict.
MAHINDRA BOLERO NEO | RECOMMENDATION
Suitable for budget buyers
What Are The Engine Specifications of 2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo?
The new Mahindra Bolero Neo 2021 is only available with a diesel engine, which makes 100PS of power and 260Nm of torque. While the demand is growing for petrol engines and automatic transmissions, the Bolero Neo stays true to the Bolero roots and offers neither.
It has respectable power and torque output for its class. However, the Neo is a ladder-frame car and much heavier than the front-wheel-drive monocoque cars. This extra weight will affect its torque-to-weight figures, everyday drivability and fuel efficiency figures.
MAHINDRA BOLERO NEO VS COMPETITION
DIESEL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON
100PS @ 3750rpm
76PS @ 3600rpm
100PS @ 3750rpm
100PS @ 4000rpm
100PS @ 4000rpm
115PS @ 4000rpm
116PS @ 3750rpm
110PS @ 4000rpm
260Nm @ 1750-2250rpm
210Nm @ 1600-2200rpm
215Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm
240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
300Nm @ 1500 - 2500rpm
260Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm
What Are The Dimensions of 2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo?
The Bolero Neo’s 184mm ground clearance may not seem like much until you factor in the ladder frame construction. This car can take a hit on its underbelly and shake it off like it’s nothing. The Neo’s 384-litre boot space is also respectably large. The fact that you can accommodate 2 extra occupants in a pinch also earns it a few extra points.
The Bolero Neo is about as wide as you’d expect any other car in this segment but it’s significantly taller for its class. Similarly, its 2680mm wheelbase is also far better than the rest of the sub-4m SUVs.
MAHINDRA BOLERO NEO vs B2-SEGMENT DIESEL SUVs
Tyre Size (Base)
Tyre Size (Top)
What Are The Colour Options for 2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo?
The 2021 Bolero Neo is available in the following colours: