The rapidly modernising India sees an increase in the network of well-connected and smooth roads. The rapid change in the sub-urban landscape makes the rounded, curvy, docile and modern looking vehicles more relavent as we move ahead in time.
However, there is still a section of people among us who prefer the rugged, squarish and rustic looking cars over the ones that look modern and I proudly count myself among them. Even the most capable SUVs present in the market today look very urban and give no clue of what they are capable of.
In the sea of cars out there, there are many few which can match the butch looks of the cars that we are comparing – Mahindra Bolero vs Mahindra Thar
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing the Mahindra Bolero ZLX BIV with the Mahindra Thar 4X4 CRDe.
Mahindra Bolero exteriors Vs Mahindra Thar exteriors
Mahindra Bolero strikes immediately as sturdy, robust and aggressive looking car. The newly designed and unique looking hawk-eyed headlamps look great on the face of the car. The car is targeted at big families and is expected to sell well in the sub-urban markets. The front grille of the car is vertically segmented and uses a bumper that houses fog lights which lend the car a very bold looking front face. The side profile carries unique body graphics and foot-steps. There are large windows that help provide good all round visibility to the driver and provide an airy feel to the passengers. The rear of the car houses uniquely styled tail lights and a spare wheel. A ground clearance of the MUV is decent (180mm) too. The car has good road presence and has style of the sort that few others cars can match.
If the Bolero does not look butch enough, you can go for the Thar which looks even more rugged than the Bolero. The old school styling of the SUV goes very well with the ‘Go anywhere’ capability of the SUV. The round headlights at the front and verital slats of the grill may remind of Willys Jeep. The bumper has two additional headlamps and the car comes with a snorkel which helps it breathe in deep waters. There are very visible wheel arches that extend geometrically along the wheels and prominently out of the vehicle. The glass frame at the front is hinged and can be dropped onto the bonnet. The side of the car only carries more clues and enhance the character of the car. The doors do not have any curves or shapes and looks like as if they have stamped out of sheet metal. The build of the car is tank like. The ground clearance of the car is 200mm which makes this car a true SUV.
Mahindra Bolero interiors Vs Mahindra Thar interiors
The new Bolero is a significant improvement is terms of interiors quality. The seats have dual colour and offer ample comfort to the passengers due to better ergonomic design. You get a center arm rest on middle seat, faux wood around consoles and AC vents, these features are standard across all variants except base variant. The information display unit provides information about fuel efficiency, remaining fuel, and gears. The long wheel base of the car (2680mm) provides good amount of legroom for all the three rows of seats. The MUV includes a Kenwood audio system with FM radio and AUX-in port. Except the base model all other models are offered with air-conditioners and center arm rest.
The Thar comes with extremely basic interiors and bear a very modest design. There are hardly any features in this car that you can call as ‘luxury’. The seats of the car have enough adjustment range and can seat all passengers together in comfort. The seats of the car offer adequate support and are well cushioned. The headrests of the car can be adjusted as per the height. The instrument cluster of the car offers the most essential information like speed, fuel level etc. and goes well along with the unembellished interiors.
Mahindra Bolero engine Vs Mahindra Thar engine
The Bolero is powered by a 2523cc common rail diesel motor that churns out maximum power of worth 62bhp at 3200rpm and a peak torque of 195Nm between 1400-2200rpm. The engine packs enough grunt and is easy to maintain as well. The engine connected to a 5-speed transmission system and offers front wheel drive only.
The 2.5-litre diesel engine on the Thar produces a maximum of 105bhp at 3800rpm and a peak torque of 247Nm between 1800-2000rpm. The engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gear-box. You also get a BorgWarner 4WD system on the top and mid variants.
Mahindra Bolero mileage Vs Mahindra Thar mileage
The micro hybrid system present on the Bolero helps the car in providing decent mileage. The car manages to deliver 12.4kmpl in city traffic conditions and 15.96kmpl on highway conditions.
Mahindra Thar comes with two diesel engine options. The 2.5 litre CRDi diesel engine manages to deliver city mileage of 13.25kmpl and a highway mileage of 16.55kmpl. The 2.6 litre DI version offers a superior 15.03kmpl within the city and 18.06 kmpl on the highway.
Mahindra Bolero safety features Vs Mahindra Thar safety features
The Bolero Mahindra comes with disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. You get seat belts for all passengers. Some other safety features that are present on the car are – Engine immobilizer, central locking, power door locks, child safety locks etc. There are no advanced safety features on the car.
Mahindra Thar offers disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. Other than that you get seat belts for the driver and passenger. There are side impact and front impact beams for the safety of the passengers. Thar severely lacks in safety features.
The Thar has better off-roading capabilities and is a more rugged vehicle this can be said without doubt. It has a unique experience to offer which the Bolero cannot. However, since Thar severely lacks in safety features and does not even offer a conventional seating position for most of the passengers, the Bolero is more practical car to purchase.