Tata Safari Storme

Editorial Test Drive Review of Tata Safari Storme

Comfort
Looks
Engine
Interiors
Safety
Mileage

Tata Safari Storme rear view

Tata Motors had finally unveiled its much awaited SUV, the Safari Storme at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2012 before launching it for commercial sale on the 17th of October 2012. On the outside the new generation Tata Safari Storme is thoroughly updated. At the front is a new grill, new projector headlamps and a ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet. New chrome-tipped twin exhausts, the tailgate in an all-new guise and aerodynamic spoilers make up for the the rear, with the spare tyre placed under the vehicle instead of at the rear.Inside you will get beige seats coupled with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome highlighted gear knob, wood-accented dashboard and door trims, a new instrument cluster, chrome-lined speaker grills and inside door handles endow the interiors with opulence.

The front seats are huge and spacious and dual AC with separate integrated roof-mounted blower keeps the entire cabin cool. The quality and feel of the cabin has imporved no doubt.The motor in the Safari Storme is a 2.2L 16-valve common rail (DiCOR, but Tata calls this one a VERICOR unit) engine (140 PS power; 320 Nm torque) with a variable geometry turbo, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. Off-road lovers will be pleased to know that the Electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) enables shifting from 2WD to 4WD even on the move. It has a turning circle radius of 5.4 metres, 200 mm ground clearance, electrically operated ORVMs and a reverse parking system. On driving the five-speed G76 manual gearbox has also been changed and the overall shift action is a lot more positive this time around. For safety, there are 4-channel ABS (ABS is standard on all verisons) with EBD, disc brakes on all wheels, a new rack-and-pinion steering system, rigid ladder frame construction with hydro-formed long members, crumple zones, side intrusion beams on all doors, collapsible steering column, dual SRS airbags, inertia switch and an auto engine immobiliser.

The ride is one thing that we loved about the old one and we are glad to say that it remains that way. It is plush and soaks up bad roads with ease. The handling of the Safari Storme is much better, thanks to the Aria based suspension. Push the SUV into corners and it holds its line pretty well and doesnt really scare you, even during spirited driving. The less weight means hurl one into corners and the control is much better and it feels planted.The new Safari Storme is a major change over the earlier model and will certainly delight Safari fans! The interiors also have a long list of standard features including the base LX model. It is bigger than the rivals occupying the same price point and is also well equipped for this price. But the biggest improvement is that the looks are now better and dynamically it is just more sorted now. The prices start from Rs 9.95 lakhs ex-showroom. For a detailed analysis read below.

Here is a closer look at the Storme in this official Tata Motors video

Pros: Looks modern and bit Range Roverish, Huge improvement in quality, Cant be beaten off the road, Engine is torquey and efficient
Cons: Top end model is too expensive, Steering heavy for city usage, LX trim should have optional 4x4, Too similar looking to the Safari, Audio system integration, No driver info display

Tata Safari Storme Interiors

Step inside and the changes are apparent quickly. The cabin is airy and the beige look helps no doubt. The beige seats are matched with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome highlighted gear knob, wood-accented dashboard and door trims, a new instrument cluster, chrome-lined speaker grills and inside door handles endow the interiors with opulence. The front seats are huge and spacious and dual AC with separate integrated roof-mounted blower keeps the entire cabin cool. The quality and feel of the cabin has imporved no doubt. The space though is the same as ever and it is massive and this is one area where the Safari Storme blows everything away. The rear seat is airy and the headroom and legroom are excellent. The front seats are great too and munching long distances behind the wheel will be easy.There are enough places around to keep your bottles, glasses, walltes and mobiles - practicality of the Safari Storme can hardly be matched in the segment.

What we like
Massive space, practical and the quality of plastics has gone up too.
What we don't like
The current audio system system doesn't gel in well. LX version doesnt get real air-con vents inspite of its high sticker price.

Tata Safari Storme Interiors Details

Tata Safari Storme Boot space

The Safari Storme has a massive boot space of 981 litres with the last row seats folded

Tata Safari Storme Speedometer

The instruments in the new Safari Storme are simple but easy to read

Tata Safari Storme Gear lever

Safari Storme has a short gearlever with faux leather finish

Tata Safari Storme Cup holders

Safari Storme has cup holders in all variants

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Tata Safari Storme Exteriors

The new generation Tata Safari Storme brings in some freshness and performance to the Safari, true to its 4WD pedigree, with a host of technologies and new exteriors and interiors. At the front is a new grill, new projector headlamps and a ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet. These changes certainly impart a feel of the Range Rover SUV offerings and hence works well. Side on, you also notice the new flared wheel arches which help in adding muscle to the design. New chrome-tipped twin exhausts(we simply love the design), the tailgate in an all-new guise and aerodynamic spoilers distinguish the rear, with the spare tyre placed under the vehicle.There are new color options as well and on the whole, the Storme is sold in seven color options. Alloy wheels are standard on the VX versions and all the trim levels come with 235/70 R16 tyres.

What we like
Looks modern with new tweaks, even if it looks a bit Range Rover-ish. New color options are great too.
What we don't like
Too much resemblance to the old Safari for the common person.

Tata Safari Storme Exteriors Details

Tata Safari Storme Front design

At the front is a new grill, new projector headlamps and a power bulge on the bonnet. These changes certainly impart a feel of the Range Rover SUV offerings and hence works well. Side on, you also notice the new flared wheel arches which help in adding muscle to the design.

Tata Safari Storme Rear design

New chrome-tipped twin exhausts(we simply love the design), the tailgate in an all-new guise and aerodynamic spoilers distinguish the rear, with the spare tyre placed under the vehicle.

Tata Safari Storme Side profile

From the side the new Safari Storme looks butch and has presence

Tata Safari Storme Ground Clearance

Safari Storme has very good ground Clearance of 200mm

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Tata Safari Storme Engine & Performance

The motor in the Safari Storme is a 2.2L 16-valve common rail (DiCOR, but Tata calls it VariCOR) engine (140 PS power; 320 Nm torque) with a variable geometry turbo, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. Electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) enables shifting from 2WD to 4WD even on the move. It has a turning circle radius of 5.4 metres, 200 mm ground clearance, electrically operated ORVMs and a reverse parking system. The 5-speed manual gearbox has certainly seen improvements and feels much better.Those used to the Aria or the old Safari will relate to this engine easily. It develops the same power and torque but feels a tad better in response. Above 1500rpm, there is a lot grunt on offer and you can easily keep pace with faster moving cars as well. Torque is the key factor and this one has loads of it. At high speeds of over 100km/h, the Storme feels pretty relaxed with another 50-60km/h in store. Infact, this engine makes it a very good highway cruiser as well.

What we like
Same power and torque but feels a tough smoother and peppier.
What we don't like
Start-stop traffic can be a bit of a pain with four adults with air-con working.

Tata Safari Storme Engine and Performance Details

Tata Safari Storme In-gear acceleration

Safari Storme has strong in-gear acceleration and the gears are well spaced out

Tata Safari Storme Gearbox

Safari Storme has G-76 (Mark II) gearbox

Tata Safari Storme Power

Safari Storme has 140 PS diesel engine

Tata Safari Storme Torque

Safari Storme has 320 Nm of torque

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Tata Safari Storme Mileage and Running Costs

Tata Safari Storme Diesel Mileage 14 kmpl

The motor in the Safari Storme is a 2.2-litre, 16-valve common rail (DiCOR) engine (140 PS power; 320 Nm torque) with a variable geometry turbo, mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. The efficiency is 14 kmpl for 4x2 drive version and 13 kmpl for the 4x4 version. These figures are pretty good for a SUV of this size and capabilities.

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Tata Safari Storme Diesel Variants
Tata Safari Storme LX 14 kmpl
Tata Safari Storme EX 14 kmpl
Tata Safari Storme VX 14 kmpl
Tata Safari Storme VX 4X4 13 kmpl

Tata Safari Storme Diesel Mileage

 The diesel engine of the Storme is the same one found in the Safari (old) and the Aria - same power and torque. However, it is tuned slightly differently and Tata claims an ARAI economy of 14kmpl for 4x2 and 13kmpl for 4x4 version. In real world conditions, expect the Storme to happily deliver in excess of 10kmpl in city usage. 

Tata Safari Storme Mileage Details

Tata Safari Storme ARAI rated economy

Safari Storme has 14 kmpl for 4x2 and 13 for 4x4 version

Tata Safari Storme Tank Range

Safari Storme has 55 ltrs capacity

Tata Safari Storme Handling Braking & Safety

The handling of the Safari Storme is much better now thanks to the Aria based chassis - there is body roll no doubt but not enough to scare you like the older version. The less weight means hurl one into corners and the control is much better and it feels planted.For safety, there are 4-channel ABS with EBD, disc brakes on all wheels, a new rack-and-pinion steering system, rigid ladder frame construction with hydro-formed long members, crumple zones, side intrusion beams on all doors, collapsible steering column, dual SRS airbags, inertia switch and an auto engine immobiliser. ESP is sorely missed here.

What we like
Handles much better and all four disc brakes help in braking from high speeds.
What we don't like
Side air-bags and ESP could have made to the list to further tempt a buyer.

Tata Safari Storme Handling, Braking & Safety Details

Tata Safari Storme Handling

Safari Storme has got much improved handling now and is now stable

Tata Safari Storme Braking performance

Safari Storme has 4-channel ABS with EBD, disc brakes on all wheels thus braking is good

Tata Safari Storme Safety features

In safety the Safari Storme has collapsible steering column, dual SRS airbags, inertia switch and an auto engine immobiliser

Tata Safari Storme ABS

Safari Storme has ABS in all variants

Tata Safari Storme Traction control

Safari Storme has traction control

Tata Safari Storme Comfort & Suspension

The front suspension has independent, double wishbone and coil springs while the rear has non-independent, 5-link with coil springs. The ride is one thing that we loved about the old one and we are glad to say that it remains that way. It is plush and soaks up bad roads with ease.A huge change is the use of Aria's chassis in the Storme - it completely transforms the way the vehicle handles and behaves at high speeds. We drove it in the hilly terrain of Lavasa city and found the vehicle to have a new nature. It doesnt really scare the driver or the occupants and once you get used to the initial body roll, you can drive this beast pretty fast.Tata has also left no stone un-turned to make sure the Storme is the most capable off-road in its segment. Be it wheel articulation or its ability to climb up the steepest of paths, the Storme is simply brilliant.

What we like
Rides very well and now handles briliiantly too. Off-road is where it really shines though.
What we don't like
Don't expect it to burn rubber around curvy roads.

Tata Safari Storme Comfort & Suspension Details

Tata Safari Storme Comfort

Safari Storme has a comfortable suspension which absorbs bad roads

Tata Safari Storme Front suspension

Safari Storme has Independent Double Wishbone Type with Coil Springs Over Shock Absorber

Tata Safari Storme Rear suspension

Safari Storme has 5-Link Suspension with Coil Springs

Tata Safari Storme Specifications and Features

Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 4655 mm
Overall Width 1965 mm
Overall Height 1922 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm

Engine

Torque 320Nm@1700-2700
Displacement 2179 cc
Power 140PS@4000
No of Cylinders 4

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway --
Mileage City --
Mileage Overall --

Wheels & Tyres

Tyres 235/70 R16
Wheel Size 16 inch
Wheel Type Steel

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Tata Safari Storme Colors

  • Urban Bronze
  • Astern Black
  • Pearl Champagne
  • Sardinia Red
  • Pearl white
  • Arctic White
  • Arctic Silver

Tata Safari Storme Price

Tata Safari Storme Price in New Delhi

Rs 9.94 L - 13.73 L
ex-showroom price in New Delhi
Check On Road Price

The ex showroom price of Tata Safari Storme ranges from Rs 9.94 Lakh to Rs 13.73 Lakh. Tata Safari Storme is available in 4 variants. To find the on road price of Tata Safari Storme you need to click on the check on road price.

Tata Safari Storme has 4 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Tata Safari Storme LX which has a Diesel engine, and starts at Rs 9.94 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Tata Safari Storme VX 4X4 which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 13.73 Lakh .

Tata Safari Storme News

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A look at the features in the Tata Safari Storme
By Meghan Naik Posted on Nov,11,20 11:53 AM

Tata Safari launched the Safari Storme at the 2012 Auto Expo with new features and priced it attractively to offer good value to its customers. It brings a good set of features, which make it a good SUV to drive. It brings chrome tipped twin exhaust

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vishwa vijay abhiyan
By Posted on Feb,02,13 9:03 PM

Pros great indian car in international look.

Cons no.

good value for money,safe,comfortable,spacious,fuel efficient,world wide impact,national pride.

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Lots of space
Posted on Sep,09,20 9:12 AM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,

Cons Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,

Safari Storme is big, spacious with an engine delivering good horse power and enough torque to take any hill. Though its called a 7 seater but th last row of jump seats are only good for kids and that also not recommended for long drives as they are not very comfortable and are at 90 degrees for driving. For 5 people with a lot of luggage its like a couch and a closet on wheels. fuel efficiency is around 10kml in city and around 13kml on highways. Interiors could have been improved but they are passable.

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Best car ever
By Posted on Sep,09,27 12:18 PM

Pros Good Performance,

Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,

Best car ever wonderfull car awsome comfirtable in all respect

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Pros Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,Best in performance

Cons Average Looks,

Only reason I like this car because of its power performance And straingth. Fuel economy is average. I like interior too. Engine is very powerful. I cant say anything about maintaanance cos only 2 months ago I have Purchased this car.

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Perfect SUV
By Posted on Sep,09,24 12:26 PM

Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Comfort,

Cons Average Interiors,Average Fuel Efficiency,

I am driving safari storme and it is a very good SUV. It has very good stability and the overall performance is good. The one thing that i hate about this car is the average interiors but the overall ride quality is very good

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