With Mahindra revamping the Bolero, all eyes are on the Neo. And with a promising package on offer, the real test of the Neo is head-on against key rivals. And talking about rivals, Eco Sport cannot be missed out. So here’s how the Bolero New pitches against the Eco Sport head-on.

The Money Game

Mahindra Bolero Neo
Mahindra Bolero Neo

Like it or not, I am a person who brings up the price game early on. Because I strongly believe when you are about to bring home a brand new vehicle, price matters the most. And since both the SUVs are locking horns, pricing is a practical aspect that can make or break a decision. So here’s how the price game looks like.

Mahindra Bolero Neo Ford Eco Sport
Prices (ex-showroom) Rs 8.48 – 9.99 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi) Rs 8.19 – 11.69 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi)

 

Well, it is evident that the all-new Mahindra Bolero Neo seems to be giving a tough competition to the Eco Sport. The top model of the Neo; the Neo N10 is about 1.7 Lakhs cheaper than the top-end variant of the Eco Sport. This is can be a considerable margin for those who love to bring home a vehicle in its top-spec avatar.

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Practicality and Space

Why do Indians have a love affair with sub compact SUVs
Ford Ecosport

While dimension may not be that crucial for many buyers out there, I believe that it plays an important role, especially in congested metropolitans like Delhi. With cramped parking spaces and constant traffic, let’s see how both vehicles do when it comes to practicality and space.

Mahindra Bolero Neo Ford Eco Sport
Length (mm) 3955 3998
Width (mm) 1795 1765
Height (mm) 1817 1647
Wheelbase (mm) 2680 2519
Boot Space (litre) 384 Litres 346 Litres
Ground Clearance(mm) 180 mm 200 mm
Seating Capacity 7 seater 5 seater

One thing that pushes the ball in Neo’s court is its larger wheelbase. With 2680 mm of wheelbase, the Neo is sure to have a better and more spacious cabin layout than the veteran Eco Sport. Even in terms of boot space, the Neo gets a good 384 litres. But with that said, the Eco Sport comes as a well-balanced vehicle that seats 5 in a more compact setting, while the Neo is a bit more rugged vehicle seating 7. Despite that, however, the Eco Sport shines with its higher ground clearance.

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The Power Game

Mahindra Bolero Neo Launched
Mahindra Bolero: Ruggedly Powerful

Without an engine that is capable, efficient and power-packed, any vehicle can go down the drain. And when it comes to sizeable giants, the engine surely takes the centre stage. Here’s how both the giants pitch against each other.

NEO VS ECO SPORT |  PETROL ENGINE COMPARISON

Mahindra Bolero Neo Ford Eco Sport
Engine Type N/A 3 Cylinder NA Petrol
Displacement N/A 1.5 Litres
Maximum Power N/A 122
Peak Torque N/A 149
Manual Transmission N/A 5-Speed
Manual FE N/A 15.9 Kmpl
Automatic Transmission N/A 6-Speed
Automatic FE N/A 14.7 Kmpl

 

As evident from the comparison above, the Ford Eco Sport takes the crown single-handed, as the Bolero isn’t offered with a petrol engine. So if you are planning to bring home a petrol SUV, the Eco Sport is what you buy.

Bolero NEO VS Ecosport |  DIESEL ENGINE COMPARISON

Mahindra Bolero Neo Ford Eco Sport
Engine Type 3 Cylinder Diesel 4 Cylinder Diesel
Displacement 1.5 Litres 1.5 Litres
Maximum Power 100 PS 100 PS
Peak Torque 260 NM 215 NM
Manual Transmission 5-Speed 5-speed
Manual Claimed FE Currently Unknown 16.14 Kmpl

 

Well, things look slightly different in the diesel game, where the Neo takes the crown thanks to higher torque that gives it a slight edge over the Eco Sport

Features Comparison | Which one is better?

Ford Ecosport | Steering Wheel
Ford Ecosport | A glimpse of Interior

Be it touch infotainments or sunroofs, everyone has their own liking. And when a full-fledge SUV is in question, the comparison becomes quite integral. So here is the feature and safety comparison.

Key Features of the Bolero Neo: LED DRLs, side steps, alloys, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, remote lock and keyless entry, height-adjustable driver’s seat, Blue Sense mobile app connectivity, steering-mounted controls, follow me home headlamps as well as a micro-hybrid system with engine start-stop functionality and more.

Key Features of the Eco Sport: 8-inch infotainment system, Ford Pass connected car tech, cruise control, an electric sunroof, paddle shifters (AT only), HID headlamps with LED DRLs, puddle lamps, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable outside rear-view mirrors and more.

So this was the Mahindra Bolero Neo vs. Ford Eco Sport. Make sure to keep checking the Go Mechanic Blog, where we bring to you everything related to automotive and much more.

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