Bolero Power Plus vs Ertiga Comparison Review

Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga vs Mahindra Power+ Comparison Review:



"We are not sure whether Mahindra sarcastically named the shortened Bolero 'Power Plus', because in reality it is the least powerful car in the Indian market, in terms of the power-to-weight ratio. Performance is 'lethargic' across the rev range. Thanks to a 1000 cc downsizing compared to the old engine, the drivability of the old car is also nowhere to be found in the 'Power+'."

Ertiga vs Bolero Power+ Video Comparison Review:


Pricing & Features:
The top-end variant of the Bolero Power Plus, the ‘ZLX’ retails for 9 Lakh Rs. on road, Delhi. Ertiga’s, top trim, the ’ZDi+’, costs 9.8 Lakh Rs. which is 80,000 Rs. more expensive than the Bolero ZLX. But then, the Ertiga has a long list of extra features that are absent in Bolero ZLX, like ABS, Airbags - 2, Automatic Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels and even something as basic as Tilt Adjustable Steering.

Pricing of other Variants: 
Ertiga VXi AT (petrol-automatic) – 9.45 Lakh

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Rear Wash-Wipe

Extra Features in Ertiga (ZDi+): ABS, Airbags - 2, Automatic Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Parking Camera, Touch-screen, Navigation, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear Defogger, Driver's Seat Height Adjust, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Fog Lamps, Alloy Wheels, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Bolero (VX): no Tilt Steering

Reliability & After Sales Service:
Mahindra is no match to Maruti’s proven record in vehicle reliability and service support. Although Bolero has adequately taken care of most of the reliability issues, in its long tenure in the market. Mahindra still does not have the sheer service reach that Maruti enjoys, with just 400 odd touch points compared to more than 2000 touch points of Maruti-Suzuki, but it does have good equivalent reach to Maruti in the rural market, thanks to its tractor dealerships.

Fuel Efficiency:  
Bolero Power+ has an ARAI certified mileage of  16.5 kmpl, which is a mid boggling 8 kmpl less, than Ertiga's fuel efficiency of 24.5 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Ertiga was consistently 5 kmpl more efficient than the Bolero Power Plus. This translates to a savings of 90,000 Rs. on fuel cost, if you buy the Ertiga instead of the Bolero. Bolero's fuel efficiency is so low compared to modern competitors, that Ertiga's petrol power automatic geared version also returns half a kmpl better mileage than it, in terms of its certified fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): 
Bolero (diesel, manual) – 16.5, Ertiga (diesel, manual) – 24.52
Ertiga (petrol, automatic) – 17.05

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):  
Bolero (diesel, manual) – 3.25, Ertiga (diesel, manual) – 2.35
Ertiga (petrol, automatic) – 4.00

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
Ertiga is bound to retain better residual value than the Bolero over the next 5 to 7 years. Today, 5 to 7 year old Boleros are available for around 4.5 lakh Rs. In the used car market. However, Ertiga's fantastic fuel efficiency and Maruti's superior reliability over Mahindra's, will result in the Ertiga retaining a much higher value by the year 2022.

Bolero Power+ ZLX (diesel, manual) – 4.50 Lakh
Ertiga ZDi+ (diesel, manual) – 6.00 Lakh
Ertiga VXi AT (petrol, automatic) – 5.50 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Surprisingly, the Ertiga ZDi+ actually works out to be a good 1.6 Lakh Rs. Cheaper than a Bolero in terms of Overall Ownership Costs. It more than makes up for its higher price tag, with lower outlay on fuel and then then some more by the way of better resale value. Point to be noted here is that even a petrol fueled automatic Ertiga the VXi AT, works out to be almost similar in terms of its Total Cost of Ownership compared to the Bolero, which means that there is no logical reason for you to subject yourself to the recalcitrant gearbox and heavy clutch of the Bolero anymore.

Bolero Power+ ZLX (diesel, manual) – 7.80 Lakh
Ertiga ZDi+ (diesel, manual) – 6.20 Lakh
Ertiga VXi AT (petrol, automatic) – 8.00 Lakh

Performance & Drivability: 
We are not sure whether Mahindra sarcastically named the shortened Bolero 'Power Plus', because in reality it is the least powerful car in the Indian market, in terms of the power-to-weight ratio. Performance is 'lethargic' across the rev range. Thanks to a 1000 cc downsizing compared to the old engine, the drivability of the old car is also nowhere to be found in the 'Power+'. However, with ultra-short gearing, Mahindra has managed to make it fairly drivable around town. Ertiga's 1250 cc multi-jet engine, is just too small for powering a seven seater MPV, especially if all the 7 seats are occupied. It suffers from quite a bit of turbo lag, anywhere below 2000 rpm, making it a chore to drive in city traffic. However, once the turbo starts whistling, it leaves the Bolero biting dust. Overtaking performance on the highways is way better than the Bolero. Both Mahindra & Suzuki have done an excellent job with the sound deadening of the Bolero and the Ertiga respectively. However, nothing beats the sheer convenience and refinement of the Ertiga automatic, which eliminates the need for constant clutching-de-clutching and gear rowing and takes away at least half the fatigue of driving altogether.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Bolero Power+ - 44, Ertiga (diesel) – 71 (difference 61%), Ertiga (petrol) – 78
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Bolero Power+ - 121, Ertiga (diesel) – 158 (difference 31%), Ertiga (petrol) – 110

Power (PS@rpm): Bolero Power+ - 71.4@3600, Ertiga (diesel) – 90@4000, Ertiga (petrol) - 92@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Bolero Power+ – 195@1400-2200, Ertiga (diesel) – 200@2000, Ertiga (petrol) – 130@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Bolero Power+ - 1615, Ertiga (diesel) – 1265, Ertiga (diesel) - 1180
 Space & Comfort:

Length (mm): Bolero Power+ – 3995, Ertiga – 4265
Width (mm): Bolero Power+ – 1745, Ertiga – 1695
Height (mm): Bolero Power+ – 1880, Ertiga – 1685
 
Ride Quality & Handling:  
The Bolero is arguably the worst handling car in the market. It rolls like boat, has absolutely zero feel or feedback from the surface and has a vague and ponderous steering, all of which makes it quite scary to drive, around the bends. The Ertiga on the other hand is one of the best handling MPVs on the market. It has a quick and precise steering setup with decent grip around the corners and a responsive chassis. It also has fairly good ride quality, with decent bump absorption as well as excellent stability at high speeds. Bolero's ride quality is no less than a punishment to its passengers. Thanks to its tall height and truck-like leaf-spring suspension, it does not have much of pliancy left for absorbing the bumps and transfers the impact directly to the occupant's spine. Its only advantage over the Ertiga is its off-road ability, thanks to rear-wheel drive and old-school underpinnings, it can handle the worst of the situations with relative ease. The Ertiga, with its 185 mm of ground clearance, itself can handle bad road and even no road situations, once in a while, but it may get caught out if you expect it to do some proper off-roading.

Ground Clearance (mm): Bolero Power+ – 184, Ertiga – 185
 
Tyre Size:
Bolero Power+ – 215/75R15
Ertiga - 185/65R15

Wheelbase (mm): Bolero Power+ - 2680, Ertiga - 2740
 
Verdict:
The Ertiga effortlessly trounces the Bolero, to win this test. It is an immensely superior automobile, compared to the Bolero Power+, in every aspect imaginable. It is a far more practical vehicle than the Bolero, thanks to more spacious and comfortable accommodation for its passengers. It is better value-for-money than the Bolero, as it requires lesser expenditure on fuel, has better residual value and is packed with numerous extra features compared to the Bolero. But most importantly the Ertiga demonstrated how far modern automotive engineering has advanced compared to a vehicle like the Bolero based on an ancient platform, be it in terms of stability, safety, efficiency, quality and performance. Unless you plan to go dune bashing everyday, there is no logical reason left to suffer through the discomfort of a Bolero, unless you are one of those wannabe politicians, of course.

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