17 Apr 2021 Jatin Jhamb
One of the most exciting launches of 2021 was that of the iconic, Tata Safari. The new Tata Safari might have dodged the 4X4 set-up and the body on frame chassis but now it makes more sense on the monocoque one. In this article, we bring you all the pros and cons of the 2021 Tata Safari and share if it is the ultimate SUV.
Believe it or not, this new Safari is the badass one. Sure, the discontinued Strome had its own aura but the 2021 version surely has created its own macho appeal. The split headlight design set up at the front, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, stepped up roof with function roof rails and the skid plates at the front and rear give it a sporty appeal.
You also get the signature chrome knurling grille at the front but it is the Adventure Persona Variant that stands out. The tropical mist colour scheme and blacked-out alloy wheels, door handles, roof rails are some of the things which stands out in the new Safari.
The cabin is where the driver and the occupant spend most of their time. And the Ivory White colour scheme surely brings out a richness in the cabin. However, the design pattern is similar to that of Harrier with the same dashboard pattern, gloss black treatment on the door panels, the lower part of the dashboard and you also get the soft-touch plastics.
The second row is roomier and with the boss mode, it makes the chauffeur drives an easier one. You have the AC vents and the USB ports to charge your device and to jump into the third row, you just tumble the seats and you can go there easily. However, it is best suited for children for longer journeys. Adults can be seated but for short journeys only because of the raised knees.
It offer s a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with modern connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also offers cruise control, automatic climate control, multi-function steering wheel, electronic parking brake, widest panoramic sunroof and everything you need as a basic necessity.
Feature-wise, the top-spec of the Safari is reserved with six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, Traction control, drive modes, hill-hold control, tyre pressure monitoring system, high-speed alert system, front seat belt reminder and among others.
Peppy Engine Performance
Even though it uses the 2.0L FCA sourced engine as the Harrier, it is quick. When you are driving the automatic version then select the Sports mode and you see the outright performance. Those 170 horses will come right in support of you and the power is felt good.
What's amazing is that the braking for this SUV is supremely reliable and the discs at the rear help it further. The ride quality is not that bad and the Safari takes on the bumpy roads easily. However, the same could not be said for passengers sitting in the third row.
Select Terrain Modes
Even though the new Safari is not 4x4 equipped, Tata has ensured to give select terrain modes which are limited to Normal, Rough and Wet. So the Rough is absolutely a beast when you are stuck in a little off-road patch. But do not go for the treacherous 4x4 patches as it'll fail you.
Heavy Steering Wheel - Drive it at city speeds and you will realize that you can't manoeuvre the Safari at city speeds.
Long travel of clutch - If you opt for the manual version of the Safari then your left foot will surely be a pain in bumper to bumper city traffic.
Lack of features for Rs 25 lakh on-road, Delhi price - No ventilated seats, wireless charging, 360-degree camera and one-touch boot close. These are surely some features which one expects.
Boot space is a joke - At 73 litres when all seats are up, the boot space of the Safari is actually a joke. Other rivals like MG Hector Plus offers 155 litres and the upcoming Alcazar offers 180 litres with all three rows up.
White Interior Will Get Dirty In No Time - While we love the ivory white colour scheme in the cabin, we cannot escape the fact that it will get dirty in no time if not take care of properly.
So do you agree with the pros and cons of the 2021 Tata Safari? Do tell us in the comment section as to what do you think about this SUV. Also, make sure you are a member of our exclusive 91Wheels Telegram group where we bring you all the latest updates related to the Indian Automotive Industry.
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