India’s first home grown premium SUV is the Tata Safari. This is Tata’s lifestyle SUV, which may seem a little old now, but its abilities remain
undiminished. Launched in 1998, the Tata Safari has come a long way and has its own set of followers. Space and comfort are the biggest USPs of the Tata
Safari. This came with several new features, like dual AC, electric fuel cap etc.
It is a little ponderous thanks to its kerb weight, but the 2.2 litre VTT DiCOR engine lends it good performance as well, as this engine produces 140 bhp
of power. A 2.0 litre petrol engine is also offered, but that is the pick of the VIPs. The Safari’s DiCOR technology for its diesel engines makes it very
drivabel and even the fuel efficiency of the Safari 2.2 DiCOR is about 11-12km/l in city, which is more than the competition. The VTT technology helps to
enhance its these characteristics of the Safari, making it extremely fuel efficient.
Step inside, and you’re offered some of the best captain’s chairs in the front row. The second row is quite comfortable as well. The Safari is a seven
seater, with the third row of seats being jump ones. These seats help to increase the space for boot and at the same time even more comfortable for the
rear passengers. The Safari is very good off the road thanks to its high bumpers and it will manage a run to the farmhouse without breaking into a sweat –
and for those who want it, a four-wheel drive option is available. This is the only SUV to have a limited slip differential, at least in this segment. The
new generations of the Safari also get this, and this is a helpful feature especially when you get stuck in tricky off road conditions.
1) Safari LX 4x2
2) Safari EX 4x2
3) Safari VX 4x2
4) Safari VX 4x4