Here’s the comparison of the base trims of the newly launched Mahindra Bolero Neo (N4) and the already ruling, Tata Nexon (XE).
Mahindra has recently launched the Bolero Neo in India, adding to the competition in the compact SUV segment, where it will compete against the likes of the Tata Nexon. We have recently seen an increase in demand for the lower variants due to volatile market conditions and a series of price hikes. There are higher chances that SUV buyers may incline to the entry-level trims of the sub-four-metre SUVs and therefore, we came up with the comparison of entry-level variants of the newly launched Mahindra Bolero Neo and the already successful Tata Nexon.
So, in this comparison, we’ll compare the entry-level trims of Boleo Neo and Nexon – the N4 and the XE. Read on!
Compared to luxurious models, the entry-level models do not have a great deal of glamour. A body-coloured bumper, Bolero side cladding, and a body-coloured spare wheel cover are also standard features in Mahindra Bolero Neo. In this variant, the grille does not have chrome highlights, the side steps are not offered, no fog lights, no spoiler, no dual-tone ORVMs and even there’s no wheel arch cladding.
Furthermore, the Tata Nexon XE is equipped with tri-arrow LED headlamps, tri-arrow LED tail lamps, and steel wheels without covers. Among the features missing from the base model are roof rails, a central antennae system, alloy wheels, Follow-Me-Home headlamps to name a few.
The interior of the Mahindra Bolero Neo features a premium Italian theme and vinyl upholstery. In the N4 variant, an LCD cluster display measures 3.5 inches and an instrument cluster has two pods. In the higher variants, the centre console doesn’t get piano black treatment, so no roof lamp can be added there. Base variants do not have fold-down seats for the second row. A central locking system, power steering, and an air conditioner with Eco mode are features included in the N4 variation for convenience.
In addition to fabric upholstery, the Tata Nexon XE is equipped with a full-digital instrument cluster, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and umbrella holders in the doors. Power windows are offered exclusively on the front doors, with a manual setup on the rear doors. In an unusual feature, the back seats can be folded flat and flipped 100 percent. Air conditioning and a puncture repair kit are included in the XE variant for convenience.
There is 260Nm of torque produced at 1,750rpm from the Bolero Neo’s 1.5-litre mHAWK100 diesel engine along with producing peak power of 100bhp at 3,750rpm. The automatic transmission in this vehicle is mated to an engine with five gears. To deliver superior performance, the compact SUV comes with multi-terrain technology and rear-wheel drive. Both ESS (micro-hybrid) and ECO mode seem to deliver better fuel economy.
There is petrol and a diesel engine option for the Tata Nexon. The 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine produces 117 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 170 Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,000 rpm. It produces peak power of 107bhp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 260Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm with its 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. The standard transmissions on both engines are six-speed manuals. In addition, the vehicle provides several driving modes, including Eco, City, and Sport.
Aside from dual front airbags and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, the Bolero Neo provides reverse parking assist, speed alert, and seat belt reminders.
With the Nexon XE, you will find dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, an electric stability program, electric traction control, hill hold control, rollover mitigation, hydraulic brake assist, ISOFIX, electrical brake pre-fill, and brake disc wiping control.
According to Tata Nexon official website, the diesel trim’s starting cost is Rs 8.59 lakh (ex-showroom). Nexon’s petrol variant, meanwhile, has a price of Rs 7.28 lakh (ex-showroom). There are numerous differences between the two compact SUVs, with the Bolero Neo offering seven seats whereas the Nexon offers only five.
Nexon outperforms the Bolero Neo in terms of safety and performance, while the latter offers a rugged appearance and hassle-free maintenance associated with Bolero. In contrast, the Bolero Neo will appeal to commuters and semi-urban buyers alike thanks to its ability to go anywhere. Accordingly, potential customers can choose from the two under four meter SUVs, depending on their requirements.