This is the vehicle that gave Tata Motors a new identity in the Indian market. For a manufacturer that was better known for its commercial vehicle range, the Safari did wonders for the brand. It was first launched in the Indian market in 1998 and since then has undergone many changes, mainly on the inside and under the bonnet. The looks of the Safari more or less remain the same and needless to say, the Safari, thirteen years after its launch, does look dated. Tata Safari has been around for a very long time now and the design and looks of the car has remained largely unchanged over the years. It has chrome tipped front grill and clear lens headlamp unit.
Safari has triangular shaped fog lamps which give it a unique style statement and the front skid plate gives the perception of the SUV’s off-road capabilities. Interior has an instrument cluster with two oval dials and the central console features a single CD player with USB, AUX-in, MP3 compatibilities. It has DVD screen for the middle row passengers and is located behind the front seat headrest. It also has a huge amount of boot space if you fold the seats up to the middle row and you get 1380 liters of boot space. The 2.2 liter VTT DICOR engine. It produces 140 BHP of peak power at 4000 RPM and a huge 320 NM of torque from as low as 1700 RPM. This motor has a sense of eagerness to lunge forward when required. There is loads of torque and grunt and performance is good but only thing is that its heavy.
It can cruise all day long at triple digit speeds and yet return good fuel economy. The engine has minimal turbo lag and the noise level from the engine are at a minimum. ARAI has certified the fuel economy for the 4×2 variant of the Safari as a healthy 14.34 kmpl and the 4×4 Safari variant has been certified at 13.93 kmpl. Tata is known for its plush ride quality absorbing all the undulations and potholes on the road with ease. It does have a fair amount of body roll owing to the high center of gravity. It has ample stability for highway runs and will comfortably sit upwards of 100 kph which throwing its passengers around inside the car when going over bad patches of road. It is most comfortable in the city where will encounter potholed roads and you can overcome these without breaking your back. In safety it has ABS and EBD. The Tata Safari is priced at Rs 8.3 lakhs to rs 13.2 lakhs ex-showroom , New Delhi and thus is a big and beefy SUV. For a detailed look read below..