Among the three-row SUVs, Tata Safari AT and the Hyundai Alcazar AT are natural rivals. They are both derived from the parent models, Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta from their respective brands, though the Safari and Alcazar come with three rows.
Safari might be the most popular choice, but once you look at what’s on offer with the Alcazar, anyone could have second thoughts. Here, we are going to compare both these models and you can decide which model to choose for yourself.
Tata Safari is 111mm taller, 161mm longer, 104mm wider than the Alcazar. Though both the models have a bold road presence, Safari is inches ahead of the Alcazar with its slightly higher bonnet line and big tyres.
One big difference is in their boot space, Alcazar with 180 litres while Safari only has around 70 litres.
|Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Length||4661 mm||4500 mm|
|Width||1894 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1786 mm||1675 mm|
|Wheelbase||2741 mm||2760 mm|
Let’s talk about the Safari’s cabin first. The cabin is very spacious and the dashboard in metal goes well with the central console done in glossy wood. One negative point might be the 8.8-inch touchscreen that doesn’t really respond well.
Also, the Safari comes with a panoramic sunroof, powered driver seat, rear disc brakes, six airbags, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child-seat mounts.
Now with the Alcazar, it is not as spacious as the Safari but the cabin has a premium looking theme. The 10.25-inch touchscreen really one-ups the Safari, along with digital dials with 3 customisable displays. It also has blind-view monitors and a 360-degree camera.
More unique to Alcazar are these special features: Front seat ventilation, an onboard air purifier, wireless charger, and paddle shifters.
In the rear seats of the Alcazar, you get a fixed centre console with a wireless phone charger between the middle row seats. The seats are reclined and nicely padded for our comfort and most importantly, it has abundant legroom and a footboard. The seats are not very high from the ground as in the Safari as well. More convenience is offered in the form of retractable sunshades and fold-out trays with a recess for iPad or tablets.
Whereas, it is a significant climb up into the rear seats of the Safari, with the high seat level from the ground and no footboard. There is Stadium seating in the middle row and sufficient legroom that can be opened up when needed. There is no wireless charger in the back, but it offers USB ports that are placed lower down the seats. Instead of a fixed armrest, Safari gets a flip-up one.
The impressive fact about Safari is its rearmost seats that are comfortable enough even for tall passengers, the large windows and the high set air vents that improves the effectiveness of the air conditioner.
Getting through the middle row might be a tad bit difficult in the Safari, as the Alcazar comes with middle row seats that can be folded down for the passengers to enter and exit the rearmost row. But space is not really as generous as in Safari at the back of an Alcazar.
Coming to the tailgates, both models do not offer powered ones. Safari has a very heavy tailgate in addition to this and much lesser boot space with just 73 litres. Alcazar offers up to 180 litres for storage with all the seats up.
Let’s check out the equipment offered next!
|Tata Safari||Hyundai Alcazar|
|Ventilated Front Seats||No||Yes|
|Powered Driver Seat||6-way||8-way|
|Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay||Yes||Yes|
|Wireless Phone Charger||No||Yes|
|Rear Window Sunshades||No||Yes|
|Blind View Monitor||No||Yes|
|Parking sensors/ Camera||Rear/ Rear||Front and Rear/ 360-degree camera|
Engine and Transmission
Let’s compare the high-end variants Tata Safari XZA+ AT and Hyundai Alcazar Signature AT based on their powertrain.
|Tata Safari XZA+ AT||Hyundai Alcazar Signature AT|
|Engine Displacement||1956 cc||1493 cc|
|Max Power||170 hp||115 hp|
|Transmission||6-speed AT||6-speed AT|
|Mileage||14.08 kmpl||14.2 kmpl|
Tata Safari XZA+ AT: Rs 21.94 lakh (ex-showroom price)
Hyundai Alcazar Signature AT: Rs 19.84 lakh (ex-showroom price)
The other Tata Safari variants are ranged between Rs 14.99 – Rs 23.29 Lakh (ex-showroom price) while the Hyundai Alcazar variants range between Rs 16.34 – 20.14 Lakh (ex-showroom price).
We hope this article helped you choose between the two hottest SUVs available in the market right now. Let us know your choice in the comments section below!