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    Mahindra Bolero Neo Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Jul 28 2021

    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.

     

    Mahindra Bolero Neo

    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.

    Bolero Neo

    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.

    MAHINDRA BOLERO NEO | PRICES

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI  | AUG 2021

    VARIANT

    MANUAL

    N4

    Rs. 8,48,001

    N8

    Rs. 9,47,999

    N10

    Rs. 9,99,900

    N10 (O)

    Not Available


    2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo N4 Base Variant Features

    The Mahindra Bolero Neo’s N4 variant costs Rs. 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom).

    The base variant of this SUV offers the following notable features:

    BOLERO NEO N4 FEATURES

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Central Locking

    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

    2 Airbags

    Tilt Steering

    Body-Coloured Bumpers

    ABS

    MID

    Artificial Leather Upholstery

     

    Engine Auto-Start/Stop

     


    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

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Rear Washer and Wiper

    Music-System with Bluetooth, USB, Aux

    Wheel Arch Cladding

    Wheel Covers

    Rear Defogger

    4 Speakers and 2 Tweeters

    Manual Day/Night Inside Mirror

    Spoiler

    Remote Central Locking

    Steering-Mounted Controls

    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

    Safety

    Entertainment & Functional

    Style

    Cornering Lights

    Front Armrests for Driver and Front Passenger

    Power Adjustable Outside Mirrors

    Chrome Grille

    Fog Lamps

    Center Cabin Light

    Height-Adjustable Driver Seat

    LED DRLs

    ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors

    Second-Row Center Armrest

    Follow-Me Headlamps

    Alloy wheels

     

    7-inch Touchscreen

    Cruise Control

    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.

    Bolero Neo interior

    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

    Functional

    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.

    Bolero Neo

    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

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    N4

    Rank 1

    Rs 8,48,001

    Suitable for budget buyers

    N8

    Rank 2

    Rs 9,47,999

    Not recommended

    N10

    Rank 1

    Rs 9,99,900

    Top recommended

    N10 (O)

    NA

    Not Available

    NA


    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

     

    Bolero Neo

    Bolero

    EcoSport

    Venue

    Sonet

    XUV300

    Nexon

    Displacement

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    1.5L

    Cylinder

    3

    3

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    4

    Cubic Capacity

    1493cc

    1493cc

    1498cc

    1493cc

    1493 cc

    1493 cc

    1497cc

    1497cc

    Drivetrain

    RWD

    RWD

    FWD

    FWD

    FWD

    FWD

    FWD

    FWD

    Maximum Power

    100PS @ 3750rpm

    76PS @ 3600rpm

    100PS @ 3750rpm

    100PS @ 4000rpm

    100PS @ 4000rpm

    115PS @ 4000rpm

    116PS @ 3750rpm

    110PS @ 4000rpm

    Peak Torque

    260Nm @ 1750-2250rpm

    210Nm @ 1600-2200rpm

    215Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

    240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    300Nm @ 1500 - 2500rpm

    260Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    Manual 

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    6-speed

    6-speed

    --

    6-speed

    6-speed

    Manual FE

    17.29kmpl

    16.75kmpl

    21.7kmpl

    22.7kmpl

    24.1kmpl

    --

    20.1kmpl

    22.44kmpl

    Automatic

    --

    --

    --

    --

    --

    6TC

    6AMT

    6AMT

    Automatic FE

    --

    --

    --

    --

    --

    19kmpl

    19.7kmpl

    22.44kmpl


    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.

    Bolero Neo

    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

    DIMENSIONS COMPARISON

     

    Bolero Neo

    Bolero

    EcoSport

    Venue

    Sonet

    XUV300

    Nexon

    Length

    3995mm

    3995mm

    3998mm

    3995mm

    3995mm

    3995mm

    3993mm

    Width

    1795mm

    1745mm

    1765mm

    1770mm

    1790mm

    1821mm

    1811mm

    Height

    1817mm

    1880mm

    1647mm

    1605mm

    1642mm

    1627mm

    1606mm

    Wheelbase

    2680mm

    2680mm

    2519mm

    2500mm

    2500mm

    2600mm

    2498mm

    Seats

    7

    7

    5

    5

    5

    5

    5

    Boot Space

    384-lt

    --

    352-lt

    350-lt

    392-lt

    257-lt

    350-lt

    Ground Clearance

    184mm

    180mm

    200mm

    190mm

    205mm

    180mm

    209mm

    Fuel Tank

    50-lt

    60-lt

    52-lt

    45-lt

    45-lt

    42-lt

    44-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    215/75 R15

    215/75 R15

    195/65 R15

    195/65 R15

    195/65 R15

    205/65 R16

    195/60 R16

    Tyre Size (Top)

    215/75 R15

    215/75 R15

    215/60 R16

    215/60 R16

    215/60 R16

    215/55 R17

    215/60 R16


    What Are The Colour Options for 2021 Mahindra Bolero Neo?

    The 2021 Bolero Neo is available in the following colours:

    • Black
    • Silver
    • Solid white
    • Metallic white
    • Red
    • Beige (Off-white)

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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