Tata Safari Review
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Tata Safari Testdrive & Review
The Safari is a break from TELCO’s past and a quantum leap forward in manufacturing world class passenger cars. The Safari is made with the latest modern manufacturing techniques & design processes to ensure quality. The design is very contemporary and fresh and seems to have been made so in order to please everyone. This machine has a very imposing street presence.
The Safari uses the same engine that powers also powers the Sierra Turbo SUV, the 1948cc 483DL motor. The engine is fairly silent and smooth, thanks to comprehensive sound deadening and further refinement of this power plant. The fit and finish is also of the top quality. This is indeed a very aplaudable effort from the House of TATA.
The grille is slightly different with a thick bar splitting it in half, the bumper is marginally different and there is a smart new wheel cover at the rear, but it still looks good. The smart looks and massive size are part of the Safari’s traditional appeal. The design of the new gear knob looks good too.
This engine was designed with the aim of providing cleaner emissions (it can meet Euro IV standards), better efficiency, performance and refinement. The 2.2-litre motor impresses when you fire it up. Noise and vibration is significantly less, especially at idle. The 2.2 doesn’t have the low-rev responsiveness of the old 3.0-litre or the Scorpio CRDe. The 2.2 engine groans a bit at low revs and there’s a fair amount of reverberation around 1500-1800rpm after which the engine picks up cleanly. But the 2.2 has a much smoother power delivery and a broader torque spread making it nicer to drive.
Part of the reason is a sensible set of gear ratios unlike the earlier Safari’s ridiculously tall gearing. Tata has used a variable-vane turbo to take care of good response at low engine speeds and maximum thrust and boost at high speeds. The lag and vibration quickly disappear once the turbo comes into its stride and the Safari 2.2 pulls very strongly. There is a sharp step up in the amount of torque produced at 1500rpm, with almost 30kgm available at this speed, and this makes the Safari feel really light-footed and sprightly despite its 2.2-tonne kerb weight. The car powered its way from 0-100kph in 15.1 seconds. Performance on the highway is very strong, with overtaking a breeze and the Safari possessing enough passing power to startle some saloon car owners. The Safari ran as fast as 156kph.
Ride and Handling:
In terms of Ride & handling, the safari performs well. The low-ratio gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive plus healthy ground clearance make it competent off-road. The turbo diesel engine is very smooth when revved, also as it must be much of the time and the driveline is quite steady.
The gearshift Is slick and the cabin is again designed to be not invaded by too much wind and road noise even at high speeds. On the face of it the Safari is a bargain, offering Land Rover Discovery size and style for less than Freelender money, and the running costs aren’t unbearable for a hulking 4×4.
The Safari has an immobilizer as required by law, and that is about as far as it goes for security provision. The situation is also poor for safety equipment. There is a driver’s airbag available, and a passenger’s airbags are also available as a part of the extra features. Anti-lock brakes are also fitted to bring about greater breaking efficiency.
The Safari is generally well kitted out, especially considering its modest, for the size and the price. Air-conditioning, alloy wheels, metallic paint, all-round electric windows, power steering and remote central locking are all included. The only remaining options that can be available are a CD changer and satellite-navigation.
Tata Safari User Reviews
Tata Safari Owner Review
The Dicor engine is not the best for the Safari. It may feel underpowered at times. But it sure is efficient if you don’t tend to drive it hard. The seats are large and there is lots of space. So apart from the driver everyone will feel very comfortable. The suspensions do a neat job swallowing bumps and pot holes. It can do some mud slinging if you don’t intend drive it in too steep roads.
* Tata Safari review and Safari test drive report listed here are done by experts. However vicky.in advises users to check the Tata Safari variants personally and decide as per their liking. Mileage figures quoted in the Tata Safari review are test data and mileage in actual conditions may vary. We test drive Tata Safari car provided by Tata.
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