Tata New Safari Expert Review

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Introduction

The good old Safari continues to sell alongside its modern and slightly sophisticated cousin - the Safari Storme. While the new iteration gets reworked underpinnings and the Varicor engine, the older one soldiers on with the old DiCOR motor. Does it make sense to buy the Safari in the wake of modern crossovers and soft-roaders? Let’s find out.

Pros
  • Brilliant ride quality demolishes potholes and broken roads
  • 205mm of ground clearance, 30mm of water-wading ability and shift-on-the-fly 4x4 - will go practically anywhere!
  • Generous amount of space for occupants in the first and second row.
Cons
  • Basic cabin is beginning to show its age. Misses out on a lot of features - climate control, bluetooth connectivity etc.
  • No automatic transmission variant on offer
  • Cramped third row of seats best left to kids or shorter adults.

Stand Out Features

  • Road presence is practically unmatched. People make way for the Safari!

    Road presence is practically unmatched. People make way for the Safari!

CarDekho Verdict

The Safari has been an icon for close to 20 years, and in its DiCOR avatar, it retains all of its old-school charm. It does miss out on a lot of equipment one would expect for the price, and driving one on a day-to-day basis in traffic can get tiring as well.

"If you want a big brute to go road-tripping and explore - the Safari makes quite a case for itself. "

If you need nothing more than a big car to use within the city, look towards modern compact SUVs such as the Duster or the Creta. If you want a big brute to go road-tripping and explore - the Safari makes quite a case for itself.

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