Tata’s new flagship SUV takes the 7-seater category by Storme 😉
Before hitting the showrooms, Tata Safari got a series of name change. This helped it create the much-needed hype in the market. Initially tagged as the H7X concept (internal name), the production version debuted as Tata Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Then made its appearance at the 2020 Auto Expo as Tata Gravitas and finally touched the Indian turf with the name Tata Safari. Launched in February 2021, the 7-seater Tata SUV integrates OMEGARC architecture, an older Land Rover D8 platform, which is also sported by younger sibling Harrier. In terms of seating, the Safari comes with a choice of 6 and 7 seat layouts, moreover, the high-end spec is provided with captain seats for maximum comfort and ease. The 2021 Tata Safari is offered in six variants and four exuberant paint schemes.
So let’s dig deep and understand through this review what all brilliance the new Safari carries in its kitty for you. Read on.
Tata Safari Price
The flagship Tata SUV is priced very sensibly between Rs 14.99 lakh and Rs 21.81 lakh. The six trims comprise XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, and XZ+. Further bifurcation in the trims allows nine manual transmission variants and six automatic versions in the Safari lineup.
The manual gearbox driven Safari which includes XE, XM, XT, XT Plus, XZ, XZ Plus 6-seater, XZ Plus Adventure Edition 6-seater, XZ Plus, and XZ Plus Adventure Edition fall in the price bracket of Rs 14.99 lakh and Rs 20.56 lakh. While the automatic trims i.e. XMA AT, XZA AT, XZA Plus 6-seater AT, XZ PlusAdventure Edition 6-seater AT, XZ Plus AT, and XZ Plus Adventure Edition AT come in the price range of Rs 17.25 – 21.81 lakh. All prices are of ex-showroom, New Delhi.
Tata Safari Engine & Performance
The Safari is powered by a powerful Kryotec 2.0L turbo-charged 4-cylinder in-line drivetrain that produces a big 170PS of maximum power at 3750rpm and a top torque value of 350Nm at 1750-2500rpm. This same engine serves the Tata Harrier SUV and has been providing excellent performance across any terrain. The highly efficient and responsive drivetrain is coupled to a choice of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
Despite being in bigger size compared to Harrier, the retuned suspension performs efficiently keeping all passengers in top comfort throughout the travel. The Safari absorbs road undulations and harshness very effectively. Moreover, fast lane changes in the city traffic and high speed drives on open stretches never disturb the occupants.
Tata Safari Exterior & Dimensions
Big, brawny and beefy are the select words that complement the persona of the premium 7-seater SUV from Tata Motors. Despite being smaller than the Toyota Fortuner (in length and height) it commands arresting road presence. Starting with the face, from a distance, the front seems more or less identical to the Harrier; however, a look closer tells a different story. The grill has fresh new tweaks, skid plate comes finished in silver, while the Xenon HID headlamps, LED DRLs, fog lamps, and bumper design is similar to the Harrier SUV.
Around the sides comes a major difference, as the roofline goes straight till the spoiler with no sloping for that sporty posture, as seen in Harrier. From here, it emerges as the elder sibling of Harrier. The butch look is ensured by the beefed-up wheel arches, roof rails step, C-pillar cladding and not to forget the big R18 alloy wheels that enhance the overall premium appeal of the SUV. The contemporary rear features nicely done tail lamps with slim parallel LED lighting, fake dual exhausts, rear spoiler, large tailgate and others.
The Safari stretches 4661mm in length, 1894mm in width, 1786mm in height alongside the wheelbase of 2741mm. Against the Harrier, the Safari is bigger in length by 63mm a good 80mm in height.
Tata Safari Interiors & Features
The inside of Safari is friendly, premium and cosy along with oodles of space for every occupant, yes even for the 7th occupant; to be precise. It gets new Oyster White faux leather and Ashwood trim on the dashboard, which bestows luxurious appeal to the cabin. Further, the power-adjust driver’s seat and tilt/telescopic steering adjust allows excellent driving posture. For maximum comfort under diverse road situations, the Tata SUV comes with three drive modes namely Eco, City and Sport. Likewise, there are also three terrain response modes i.e. Normal, Rough and Wet.
In the second row, the captain seats are elevated and ensure commanding seating with no worry for legroom, knee-room and headroom. The convenience aspects in this row comprise of mounted rear AC vents, USB chargers, smartphone tray, water bottle holder, phone holder, etc.
Moving to the awaited: the third row, it’s again full-on-space, amazingly though. Legs can be stretched, while knee room is also sufficient for two adults. Even the headroom is remarkable, thanks to the stadium like seating, where the second row is set higher than the first row, similarly, the third row is also positioned higher than the second. The third-row specific features come as a separate AC unit with blower controls, cup and phone holders, USB chargers and others.
The Safari is stuffed with a plethora of cabin features and this consists of a ‘sky dome’ panoramic sunroof, auto headlamp and wipers, digital instrument cluster, auto climate control, mood lighting in doors, and many more. Further, the connected tech inside Safari come as speed alerts, find my car, remote lock/unlock, geo-fencing, car health, etc. The infotainment part is taken care of by an 8.8-inch touchscreen, 320W JBL sound system with 9-speakers (4 speakers, 4 tweeters, 1 subwoofer/amplifier).
Tata Safari Safety
Tata Motors has been class-leading in this domain for all its latest-gen cars, and Safari too follows the suit. The strongly built monocoque Safari gets 6 airbags (driver, co-passenger, side and curtain airbags), all-four disc brakes, electronic parking brake with auto hold, traction control, corner stability control, tyrepressure monitor system (TPMS), child seat ISOFIX anchor points and the list goes on.
Tata Safari Mileage
The powerful and mammoth Kryotec engine is not only responsive but also frugal in nature. It delivers a fuel economy of 16.14 kmpl when driven with a manual gearbox, while the mileage numbers read 14.08 kmpl with automatic transmission.
Tata Safari Rivals
There are a handful of serious 7-seater SUVs in the country with such fruitful capabilities, as a result, the comparison is restricted to the likes of Mahindra XUV500, MG Hector Plus (7-seater), Hyundai Alcazar, and the upcoming Mahindra XUV700.
With every bit done precisely and astutely by the Tata engineers, the Safari emerges as a highly researched product, which takes care of the consumer sentiments very well and manages to hit the bull’s eye. The comfortable and generous seating space for seven, brilliant ride quality, nicely done premium interiors, highly responsive AT and abundant stowage options inside the cabin make Tata Safari a go-to SUV for large families in the country. And its flourishing sales numbers month after month are a testament that one cannot seize a better deal at the price point starting around Rs 15 lakh and stretching up to under Rs 22 lakh.