TUV300 vs Bolero Comparison

Mahindra TUV300 vs Bolero Comparison
Verdict: TUV300 is better than Bolero

Pricing & Features: Bolero’s ZLX variant is the most popular amongst customers who buy it for personal use and not as a taxi. It costs 8.10 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Within the same budget, customers now have the option of the TVU300’s T6 Plus variant, which costs 22,000 Rs. less than the Bolero ZLX, i.e. for 7.88 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. It also has additional safety features like ABS, 2 Airbags as well as bluetooth and rear demister, which are worth around 30,000 Rs. This makes the TUV300 around 50,000 Rs. cheaper than the Bolero.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Rear Wash-Wipe, Fuel Computer
Extra Features in Bolero: none
Extra Features in TUV300: ABS, Airbags-2, Bluetooth, Rear Defogger

Performance & Drivability: Except for a couple of ultra low cost cars, the Bolero is one of the most sluggish vehicles available in the market today. It has good drivability at low revs, making it easy to drive around town. But out on the highways, it is no less than a nightmare. Overtaking maneuvers need to be planned well in advance or else you may end up getting stuck behind a heavy vehicle for hours. The reluctance of the engine to rev makes matters worse and the lack of refinement at high revs forbids you from any enthusiastic ambitions. The TUV300 retains most of the same characteristics, but thankfully is an enormous improvement over the Bolero. Drivability is just as good if not better than the Bolero albeit with the subtraction of its agricultural clatter. Mid range is much improved, making it far better in terms of its overtaking abilities on the Highways. And top-end though still weak and unrefined is significantly better than the Bolero’s.

Power (PS@rpm): TUV300 – 85@3750, Bolero – 63@3200
Torque (Nm@rpm): TUV300 - 230@1500-2250, Bolero – 195@1400-2200
Kerb Weight (kg): TUV300 – 1590, Bolero – 1615
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): TUV300 – 54, Bolero – 39
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): TUV300 – 145, Bolero – 121

Fuel Efficiency: TUV300 has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.49 kmpl (both manual & automatic transmission), which is 2.53 kmpl more than Bolero’s fuel efficiency of 15.96 kmpl. In our back to back efficiency tests also, the TUV300 was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the Bolero. Surprisingly, even the automatic geared TUV300 was 3 kmpl more efficient than the manual geared Bolero.

Space & Comfort: Even though the Bolero is visually bigger and is 110 mm longer than the TUV300, it is significantly less roomy on the inside. The age old 2500 cc engine of the Bolero takes up a lot of space leaving the occupants with a much smaller space than the TUV300. As a result the Bolero has a cramped middle row and positively tiny jump seats the back. TUV300 on the other hand has excellent middle row with fantastic under thigh support and more than adequate space for 3 adults with the possibility of squeezing in a fourth one if required. Even the side facing rear seats are 2 sizes bigger than the Bolero’s with just enough room for 2 adult men to sit in. Even the quality of the interiors inside the TUV300 feels like it has progressed by 20 years over the ancient trims inside the Bolero.

Ride Quality & Handling: Bolero is arguably one of the worst handling cars in the country and the TUV300 is a huge improvement over it, even though it is still nowhere close to rivals like EcoSport and Duster. The problem is that Mahindra is ignorant enough to brag about the TUV300’s Bolero inspired ladder frame underpinnings which magically improves its off-road ability, not knowing that even the Range Rover, which is perhaps the most capable off-roader in the world has moved over to a Monocoque architecture! This ignorance has percolated into a car with vague steering, body roll lack of stability under panic braking and absolutely no feel of the road surface. But still, it is a quantum leap over the Bolero in its cornering abilities, which just goes to show how pathetic the Bolero is. One area where Mahindra has remarkably improved the TUV300 is the ride quality. Compared to the hard edged lumpy and highly uncomfortable ride of the Bolero, the TUV300 handles whatever challenges the National Highway Authority can throw at it without even breaking a sweat and being uncannily silent as well.

After Sales Service: Both cars are supported by Mahindra’s widespread network, which thanks to its tractor stable mates has managed to penetrate in places where most automotive brands won’t reach for decades to come. However, the reliability of a Mahindra product is still a bit of a gamble, especially that of a newly launched Mahindra. Which is why most market wisdom dictates a wait and watch policy for the first six months for any Mahindra product. However, thanks to the high demand for the Bolero and lack of a single competitor, the resale value is fantastic as it will be for the TUV300 too, provided it manages to charm its intended audience.

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