2021 Tata Safari Review – Features and Specifications

The Tata Safari is a mid-size Sports Utility Vehicle manufactured by the Indian carmaker Tata Motors since 1998. The first-gen Safari has been designed as a 7-seater SUV with a foldable 3rd row, roomy interior; on the market, it has positioned itself as an alternative from the competitive price to other brand’s off-road vehicles.

The Second Generation Tata Safari, in its new avatar, is a potent combination of power and elegant sophistication. The new-generation Safari is a front-wheel-drive, monocoque crossover SUV, sharing its underpinnings with the Tata Harrier. It features a 14 turbocharged diesel engine used in the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass. It has seat configurations of 6 and 7. The 6-seater version is found in the top-spec XZ+/XZA+. 2021 Tata Safari has evolved to satisfy the new-age SUV customers, who demand arresting design, plush and comfortable interiors, unparalleled versatility, outstanding performance, and connected car technology for a modern, multifaceted lifestyle.

2021 Tata Safari: Colour Options and Variants

2021 Tata Safari is available in five colours options – Royal Blue, Tropical Mist, Daytona Grey, Orcus White and Tropical Mist Adventure.

2021 Tata Safari Colour

The Tata Safari variants are as follows: XE, XM, XMA, XT, XT+, XZ, XZ+, XZ+ Adventure, XZA, XZA+ and XZA+ Adventure.

2021 Tata Safari – Price

The price of Tata Safari starts at Rs. 14.69 Lakh and goes upto Rs. 21.45 Lakh. Tata Safari is offered in 11 variants – the base model of Safari is XE and the top variant Tata Safari XZA Plus Adventure Edition AT which comes at a price tag of Rs. 21.45 Lakh. Check variant wise price list:

Variant Starting MSRP
Safari XE (Manual)Rs.14,69,000
Safari XM (Manual)Rs.16,00,000
Safari XT (Manual)Rs.17,45,000
Safari XT+ (Manual)Rs.18,25,000
Safari XZ (Manual)Rs.19,15,000
Safari XZ+ (Manual)Rs.19,99,000
Safari XZ+ Adventure (Manual)Rs.20,20,000
Safari XMA (Automatic)Rs.17,25,000
Safari XZA (Automatic)Rs.20,40,000
Safari XZA+ (Automatic)Rs.21,25,000
Safari XZA+ Adventure (Automatic)Rs.21,45,000

Engine and Performance

All-new Tata Safari 2021 has the same 2.0-liter Kyrotec turbo-diesel engine as the Harrier which develops 125 kW (170 PS) @ 3750 rpm of max power and 350 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm of max torque. The Safari can either be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox.

The all new Safari offers excellent driveability both in the city and on the highways. It offers three driving modes – City, Eco and Sport. The Eco mode is suited for the times when you want to take it easy and this mode also helps you to cover some extra kms per litre while Sport mode makes the engine feel more responsive and eager. There’s a nice sense of urgency in Sport mode while City mode is a good blend of both the modes and works well for regular driving. The Safari doesn’t really feel underpowered even in Eco mode.

Tata Safari – Interior

2021 Tata Safari Interior

One of the main pillars on which the original Safari built its reputation was the sense of space and comfort in its cabin. The company is offering both 6 and 7 seater configurations with the Safari and you get captain seats in the second row. The captain seats are also placed slightly higher than the front seats so that you get a nice view around. The seats can be reclined and slid backward and forward. There is ample space in the 2nd row and the headroom is also more than enough. There’s also a boss mode that lets you move the front passenger seat completely ahead using a knob that is placed on the side of the seat. The captain seats also get an armrest each but the armrest is very slim and if you have even an average-sized hand, your hand will keep sliding off the side of the armrest. If we talk about 3rd row, seats are fairly comfortable but it lacks under-thigh support because you sit with your knees facing up. Tata has equipped the 3rd row with two adjustable headrests and two seat belts. 3rd-row passengers also get a couple of USB ports, a cupholder and an Air Conditioner control knob. In the 7 seater SUV version, you just need to fold the 2nd-row seat down and get into the 3rd row from the side.

Tata Safari – Exterior

2021 Tata Safari Exterior

The fascia of the 2021 Tata Safari does look very similar to the Harrier. You get the same daytime running lights, headlamps, grille, etc. but there’s some additional chrome that has been plastered over the grille. Most of the design changes are visible on the front side and rear side. The alloys are now 18-inches but the design is similar to the ones on the Harrier, however, the wheels on the Safari get a matte finish. The SUV includes dimensions – length of 4661 mm, width of 1894 mm, the height of 1786 mm, and boot space (with 3rd row folded) is 447 ltr & boot space (with 2nd & 3rd row folded) is 910 ltr. Tata Safari is 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier but the width and wheelbase are exactly the same. The D-pillar is taller and the roof rails have a stepped-up design.

Tata Safari Features

The Tata Safari gets dual front airbags as standard on the lower trims while you get 6 airbags on the top-spec variants. Tata has equipped the 2021 Safari with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, iRA connected car tech, 9-speaker JBL sound system, JBL Audio system Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, and a 6-way powered driver seat. It also gets cruise control, auto AC with the second and third-row vents, get Projector headlamps (halogen), Projector headlamps (halogen), Roof Rails, mood lighting, tyre pressure monitoring and premium leatherette upholstery for the dual-tone cabin.

In terms of safety, the new Safari gets disc brakes all around, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, ESP, Hill hold control, Traction Control, ABS with EBD, traction control, up to six airbags, rollover mitigation, and corner stability control.

Check variant wise features

Variant Features
Safari XEKryotec 2L turbocharged 170 PS Diesel Engine, Tilt & telescopic adjust on steering, projector headlamps, Dual function DRLs with turn indicators, Dual airbags (Driver & Co-driver), ESP, Hill hold Control, Traction control, Roll over mitigation, corner stability control, Break disc wiping, ABS with EBD, Rear parking sensors, Perimetric alarm system, Central locking, Power windows, All disc brakes, 2nd row seats with 60:40 split, Reclining 2nd row seats, 3rd row Ac & AC vents, 3rd row seats with 50:50 split, smart charger in 2nd & 3rd row, Boss mode and Roof Rails
Safari XM/ XMAFeatures over XE, Muti drive modes 2.0 -eco, city & sport, Floating Island 17.78 cm (7″) touchscreen infotainment, 6 Speakers (4 speakers + 2 tweeters), Steering mounted controls, Follow me home headlamps, Front fog lamps, Rear parking sensor with display, Rear wiper washer, Remote central locking, height adjustabled driver seat and Electrically adjustable outer mirrors
Safari XTFeatures over XM, Soft touch dashobard with anti reflective ‘Nappa’ grain top layer, 8 Speakers (4 speakers + 4 tweeters), Fully automatic temperature control (FATC) with HVAC, Dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators, Rain sensing wipers, Automatic headlamps, Electrically foldable outer mirrors, Rear armrest with cup holders, Heaight adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, Push button start (PEPS), Mood lighting, R18 alloy wheels, Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), iRA connected car technology, Reverse parking camera, Cruise control and Android audio & apple car play connectivity
Safari XT+Features over XT and Panoramic sunroof
Safari XZ/ XZAFeatures over XT, Signature oyster white interior colour theme, Xenon HID projector headlamps, front fog lamps with cornering function, Premium benecke kaliko signature oyster white leather seat upholstery & door pad inserts, Leather wrapped steering wheel & gear shift knob, Terrain response models – normal, rough & wet, Floating island 22.35 cm (8.8″) touchscreen infotainment, 9 JBL speakers(4 speakers, 4 tweeters & subwoofer) with amplifier, Acoustics tuned by JBL, Shark fin antenna, Instrument cluster with 7″ colour TFT display, 6 airbags (driver, co-driver, side & curtain), Hill descent control, ISOFIX, 6-way powered driver seat, Electronic parking brake (EPB) with auto hold, R18 machined alloy wheels and Auto dimming IRVM
Safari XZ+/ XZ+Features over XZ, Panoramic sunroof, Captain seat (option) and Adventure persona (Option)

After checking this table you can easily figure out the variant-wise features.

Conclusion

Should you buy one? With Safari prices ranging between Rs 14,69,000-21,45,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi), Tata’s 3-row SUV commands a premium of about Rs 70,000-1,35000 over the Harrier, depending on the variant. The Tata Safari goes up against the MG Hector Plus, and will also see fresh competition from the new Mahindra XUV500 and 7 seaters Creta over the year.

The new model is attractive and well equipped, and with a genuinely useable 3rd row is it makes a compelling case for itself. Sure, it’s not a versatile 4×4 as the original Safari model was but see it as the 3-row SUV for the family that it is, and you’ll find that Tata’s new flagship scores where it matters.