Bolero vs Bolero Neo: Which Mahindra Offers Better Performance And Fuel Efficiency?

Can the Bolero Neo outrun its grand-daddy and also be easier on the pocket? We find out in our range of real-world tests


Mahindra has renamed the facelifted TUV300 the Bolero Neo. This immediately called for comparisons with the OG Bolero. While the Bolero Neo is a step up in terms of comfort and features, can it also outgun its grand-daddy when it comes to our real-world tests?


Technical Specifications

Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo


1.5-litre diesel

1.5-litre diesel







Transmission Option

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Kerb Weight




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

Acceleration Tests


Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo


23.46 seconds

15.13 seconds

30-80kmph (3rd gear)

11.88 seconds

7.98 seconds

40-100kmph (4th gear)

21.04 seconds

14.34 seconds


The Bolero Neo manages to leave the OG Bolero behind, and by quite a margin. In the run to 100, it is more than 8 seconds faster! The trend continues with in-gear acceleration tests, almost 3 seconds faster in the dash to 80kmph, and almost 7 seconds faster in the sprint to 100kmph! However, all of this can be chalked down to the Bolero Neo’s more powerful engine. But how does it fare when it comes to fuel efficiency?

Fuel Efficiency


Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo








While the OG Bolero was slower than the Bolero Neo, it managed to claw some of the advantage with its excellent fuel efficiency. In the city, it returns more than 3kmpl over the Bolero Neo, and on the highway, it manages to return 1kmpl over its newer compatriot. In the long run, these can lead to big savings in fuel prices.



Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero Neo

Ex-showroom Price

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 tough task. On one hand, the Bolero is less expensive (although its base variant is slightly more expensive than the base variant of the Bolero Neo), but it offers less features and creature comforts as well. On the other hand it is surprisingly more fuel efficient than the Bolero Neo, but loses out in the acceleration battle. Hence, if you don’t really care about features, want a little more room inside the cabin and prioritise fuel efficiency, go for the Bolero. For everything else, pick the Bolero Neo.

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