Bolero Neo 1star in GNCAP

Bolero Neo receives 1 Star rating in GNCAP with an unstable body shell

In the latest round of crash tests conducted by Global NCAP’s Safer Cars for India program, the Mahindra Bolero Neo compact SUV received a 1-star rating for both adult and child protection. The SUV, equipped with only two airbags as standard, fell short on various safety parameters, securing only 20.26 points out of a maximum of 34.

Bolero Neo Assessment in GNCAP

Global NCAP’s report highlighted the Bolero Neo’s unstable structure and footwell area, along with weak chest protection and poor feet protection for the driver. Moreover, the absence of curtain airbags and seat belt reminders for all passengers further contributed to its low rating. The assessment of child occupant protection revealed that the Bolero Neo attained a score of 12.71 points out of a possible 49, indicating significant room for improvement in safeguarding younger passengers.

The lack of three-point seat belts for all passengers, the absence of a passenger airbag switch, and only one child restraint system (CRS) led to subpar scores in this category. Despite showing “acceptable dynamic performance,” Neo’s overall child protection was compromised. Additionally, side-facing third-row seats were another factor contributing to the SUV’s low rating. Global NCAP criticized Mahindra for not meeting safety expectations by persisting with this SUV seating arrangement.