Mahindra Bolero vs Mahindra Bolero Neo: Performance and fuel efficiency comparison


Mahindra renamed the facelifted TUV300 the Bolero Neo. This immediately called for comparisons to the OG Bolero. While the Bolero Neo represents a breakthrough in terms of comfort and functionality, can it also outperform its grandfather in our real-world tests?


Technical specifications

Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo


1.5 liter diesel

1.5 liter diesel







Transmission option

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Unloaded weight

1,620 kg

N / A

On paper, the Bolero Neo has the advantage with its more powerful engine. But can he translate this into the real world?

Acceleration tests


Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo

0-100 km / h

23.46 seconds

15.13 seconds

30-80km / h (3rd gear)

11.88 seconds

7.98 seconds

40-100km / h (4th gear)

21.04 seconds

14.34 seconds

The Bolero Neo manages to leave the OG Bolero behind, and with a fairly large margin. In the race to 100, it’s more than 8 seconds faster! The trend continues with acceleration tests in gear, almost 3 seconds faster in the dashboard at 80 km / h, and almost 7 seconds faster in the sprint at 100 km / h! However, all of this can be attributed to the more powerful engine of the Bolero Neo. But how is it in terms of energy efficiency?

Fuel consumption

Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo







While the OG Bolero was slower than the Bolero Neo, it managed to take some of the advantage with its excellent fuel efficiency. In town, he returns to more than 3kmpl on the Bolero Neo, and on the motorway, he manages to return to 1kmpl on his new compatriot. In the long run, these can lead to significant savings on fuel prices.


Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo

Price excluding showroom

Rs 8.62 lakh to Rs 9.61 lakh

Rs 8.48 lakh to Rs 10.69 lakh

Comparing the price of the Bolero to the Bolero Neo is a difficult task. On the one hand, the Bolero is cheaper (although its base variant is slightly more expensive than the base Bolero Neo variant), but it also offers less functionality and comfort. On the flip side, it’s surprisingly more fuel efficient than the Bolero Neo, but loses in the battle of acceleration. So if you don’t really care about features, want a little more space inside the cabin and prioritize fuel efficiency, go with the Bolero. For everything else, choose the Bolero Neo.

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