How Good is the New Tata Safari Diesel Automatic - Review
New Tata Safari Diesel Automatic vs Manual Comparison Review
Tata Motors is launching its new SUV shortly in a few days time but we have already driven it and here we will talk about it. We are talking about the new Safari of course and in this article we will discuss the diesel engine performance plus the terrain response modes and more.
New Safari Engine and Gearbox
The new Tata Safari gets the same updated 2.0 turbocharged diesel engine called as Kryotec and it makes 170bhp and 350Nm. There is either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic on offer. There are also multi drive modes like Eco, City and Sport.
The Safari engine in our opinion is better refined than the Harrier we drove earlier as low speed refinement is good and it only gets a bit noisy when driven faster. Between the 6-speed manual and torque converter again we will choose the automatic torque converter because an SUV of this size is much smoother to drive with an auto. The manual however does not have a heavy clutch but the gearshift is a bit bulky and not the smoothest.
The automatic is better suited and in the city, you will not complain the way the Safari automatic drives. The automatic does not get paddle shifters but it has a manual mode which delivers a better throttle response. However there are also drive modes to which we think the city drive mode works the best as Eco bogs down the engine a bit.
New Safari Mileage
The new Safari is bigger than the Harrier while the automatic Safari will give you around 8-9 kmpl the manual will give you 10 in the city. Expect a better highway figure while overall the manual is more efficient.
New Safari Ride and Handling
The new Safari marks a big change over the Harrier with having an easier steering and also slightly lighter. It is easier to drive and feels better to control. At high speeds the Safari performed well while the ride quality is impressive over bad roads.
While not having 4x4, the new Safari does have ESP Terrain Response Modes (Normal, Rough & Wet) for taking on difficult terrains. It helps in tackling slight off-road like situations even though it does not have proper 4x4.
New Safari Verdict
Overall the Safari drives better than Harrier while the lighter steering and more refinement further makes this easier to recommend. It also gets a diesel automatic combo which is not there on the MG Hector Plus. In short the 2021 Tata Safari is a very good 6 / 7 seater SUV Diesel Automatic SUV and should be considered incase you want a big SUV between 15 to 30 lakh for city use and family road trips.
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