I had also shortlisted the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV700 and Hyundai Alcazar.
BHPian ramjiramu recently shared this with other enthusiasts.
My long wait to own an SUV has come to an end with Tata Safari delivered on March 31, 2022.
Here’s my overall decision-making, buying, and ownership experience.
I’m not a mechanical parts expert so I’m going to keep it simple by focusing on what my heart and brain felt. I had considered a wide range of options, but I will limit it to a few contenders.
- My first choice and dream car, but totally disappointed with the lack of space (trunk & 2nd row).
- The driving pleasure is simply superb and unbeatable in all my choices. I loved the top-of-the-range Diesel 4×4 model for its super quiet interior.
- We were too spoiled by Honda City’s large 2nd row space and 500 liter trunk. We carried the whole world with us wherever we went. Therefore, the overall sense of space and boot killed Compass for me.
- My 2nd choice but I can’t wait 18 months. I feel bad that I can’t give it a fair chance by at least taking a test drive.
Hyundai Tucson (not tested)
- Great packaging overall, but worried about service as most parts are imported and not readily available.
- Moreover, Tucson is seriously waiting for an upgrade to be launched in India.
- It was a generic entry in my list. The family didn’t like the look or the interior and I wasn’t very impressed with the test drive.
- The dealership experience over the phone was poor. I asked for a test drive several times but never got one.
- Forwarded to their customer service and they closed the ticket thanking them for doing the test drive. So, I also said thank you for not giving me a test drive otherwise I would not have chosen Tata Safari.
Tata Safari (test drive and purchase)
- Safari was not on my list and came highly recommended by my brother and a few friends. Most of the SUVs I shortlisted didn’t wow me and didn’t hold much hope. Therefore, reluctantly, I took a test drive through the Tata showroom one weekend.
- The test drive blew me away in terms of many feel-good factors and after a few days of consideration and multiple test drives my family and I fell in love with Tata Safari.
My overall feel factor across different categories for just the SUVs tested is as below.
These are my personal settings and thoughts. I’m sure everyone thinks the factors will be different.
Some very cool features that I found amazing:
- Sound volume is automatically reduced to minimum when reverse gear is engaged and returns to normal when drive mode is engaged. I really loved this feature.
- The handbrake engages automatically when the drive mode is set to “P” and does not disengage when the drive mode is changed to “D”. It must be released manually by pressing the brake button.
- The sunroof closes automatically when the vehicle is locked.
- Oberon Black has a blue sheen in the paint. It gives a navy blue color when kept in the sun.
- AC cooling even under the sun is simply magical
- The sound system of the XZA Plus, which also has a subwoofer, is definitely very good.
- Excellent handling when passing quickly at low speeds.
- The ECS engages very well in tight corners, even at low speeds.
A few inconveniences:
- The automatic climate control resets to 22 C each time the car is locked.
- No one-touch auto up/down for all doors except driver side. Somehow on the driver’s side I couldn’t get it to work.
All in all, it’s an absolute pleasure to drive. His size and dark demeanor turn heads and people cave in. I have already covered about 150 km and it impressed me in every way. Also, I’m proud to own an Indian brand and was simply impressed with Tata’s work in bringing this to the road. Their showrooms and overall customer experience are on par with brands like Jeep, Hyundai, and MG.
Thanks to our forum for their great opinions and unbiased opinions that helped me choose something that I started to like. Special thanks to Kaushik’s vlogs on YouTube and his driving vlogs for giving a sense of optimism about Indian car brands.
A few pictures now:
My wife pooped and my daughter started the engine.
My BLACKY posing
Thank you for reading and good driving.
Here is what BHPian CARDEEP should say about it:
I echo most of your comments regarding the vehicles you had pre-selected. XUV700 is a hard choice to give up, but for the soft seats (not suitable for long drives) and interior fit issues I observed.
Hector was only considered untested as they never offered a test drive despite me leaving contact details for 2 dealerships.
Coming from Aspire Diesel, the engine tuning of the automatic Compass wasn’t much different. Engine performance was great but the interior colors weren’t to my liking. I wanted the ‘S’ variant but could buy a small car for the extra backrest on that.
The Alcazar is only there to be the longest in Crete and is mediocre compared to the others.
I even tested the Innova Crysta but found it only better than Alcazar in terms of performance. In all other areas except space and resale, it lags the others.
I don’t want Creta or Seltos not to be a major upgrade and security.
Safari, with XUV700, ticked most of the boxes and it might have been a tough choice if XUV700’s waiting period was similar.
I just finalized the Safari because it offers more features than Harrier.
Yours is majestic in black, but I finalized the gray. I’m just waiting for some bank related procedures and it will be mine in XZA+ version.
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