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

Variants Ex-Showroom Price
9.16 Lakhs Get on road price
10.44 Lakhs Get on road price


Fuel Type DIESEL
Engine CC 2179
Power 140BHP
Torque 320Nm @1700rpm
No Of Cylinders 4
Transmission MANUAL
Paddle Shift -
Kerb Weight -

Our Verdict

The Safari, from the renowned homegrown automaker, Tata Motors is the first SUV that was wholly and solely designed and developed in India. It was first released in 1998 and owing to its reliability, affordability and its usage; it is still around to date. It has gone through iterative changes over the years and newer versions, models and variants have come and have a good market presence. Its rugged, casual stance and its simple interiors coupled with engine performance, adaptability to Indian road conditions and off-roading ability combined with its multi usage, both as individual, family or even commercial carrier, makes it an iconic vehicle in India.