Planning To Buy The Old Tata Safari? Here Are Some Pros And Cons
- The old Tata Safari was a very potent off-roader.
- It offered comfortable seating options in first and second rows.
- It was very rudimentary in terms of creature comforts.
The Tata Safari has been an iconic name in the Indian car market and the new-gen Safari or the seven-seater version of the Harrier borrowing the nameplate has been a controversial issue ever since its launch. The Tata Safari was the model that defined SUVs in India and fans argue that the 4x4 transfer case is one of the essentials in the Safari, which the new-gen model doesn't offer, not even as optional. That said, if you still love the old Tata Safari, you can resort to the used car market and if you planning to buy one, here are few pros and cons you should look at.
- The Tata Safari was a potent off-roader and came with a proper four-wheel-drive (4x4) transfer case, unlike the new Safari which is front-wheel-drive (FWD).
- Buyers loved the high driving position of the old Tata Safari that gave them a commanding view of the road.
- The first and second row seats of the Tata Safari were quite comfortable and well bolstered, adding up to its long-distance driving capabilities. The slightly soft-sprung suspension too gave it a good ride quality over bad roads.
- Though the old Tata Safari had a comfortable ride quality and was a good off-roader, it didn't score high when it came to on road dynamics and body rolls were quite unnerving.
- The Tata Safari had side facing bench seats in the third-row which is not the most comfortable and not the best when it comes to safety. The old Safari was also very rudimentary in the creature comforts department.
- Power delivery of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder Dicor engine in the Safari went flat after 3800 rpm and so it was a bit compromised on the top-end performance. That said, the low-end grunt was strong and even the mid-range was decent.