2021 Tata Safari: Automatic or manual version
The Safari and the Tata Harrier both have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. This engine, dubbed Kryotec 170, produces 170 horsepower and 350 Nm of peak torque in both SUVs and is available with either a manual or automatic transmission.
The 6-speed manual gearbox fits well with the 2.0-liter diesel engine, with a light clutch and well-defined gates, but it isn’t the slickest of shifters. The Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic transmission complements the engine nicely and provides much-needed comfort in city driving. It is, however, priced at a large premium of Rs 1.25 lakh.
The base XE model (Rs 14.69 lakh) comes equipped with dual front airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), hill-hold assist, traction control, rollover avoidance, corner stability control, ABS with EBD, front and rear disc brakes, and rear parking sensors.
The entry-level trim, on the other hand, is only available with a manual transmission.
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The Safari XM (Rs 16.00 lakh) comes with a display for the rear parking sensors, fog lights, a rear wiper, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, steering mounted controls, driver’s seat height adjust, electric adjust for the wing mirrors, and drive traction control.
The additional features come at a substantial price premium of Rs 1.31 lakh over the XE. The XM/XMA, on the other hand, comes with more than enough safety equipment and a good number of comfort features. The XMA is a good option if you want an automatic Safari on a tight budget.
While the Safari XT (Rs 17.45 lakh) costs Rs 1.45 lakh more than the XM, it comes with more safety equipment and a slew of premium features. This trim includes automatic headlamps and wipers, a tire pressure monitor, and a rear-view camera, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. The Safari XT also comes with auto climate control, an eight-speaker sound system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Tata’s iRA in-car connectivity suite (a one-year subscription is free), power-folding wing mirrors, keyless entry and go, cruise control, a rear center armrest, and ambient lighting.
The Safari XT is the perfect choice for those who don’t mind changing gears themselves and are on a budget, as it is only available in manual form.
2021 Tata Safari XT+: A panoramic sunroof is all you get
For an additional Rs 80,000, the Safari XT+ (Rs 18.25 lakh) adds a panoramic sunroof to the XT’s list of features. Although the large sunroof brightens the cabin and adds a sense of spaciousness, it might not be suitable for those on a tight budget.
2021 Tata Safari XZ+: Expensive for what it is
The Safari XZ+ and XZA+ add a sunroof to the XZ’s kit (Rs 19.99 lakh and Rs 21.25 lakh, respectively). They also have the option of having six seats instead of seven, with a pair of captain’s chairs replacing the second-row bench. These updates are approximately Rs 85,000 more expensive than the XZ.
2021 Tata Safari XZ+ Adventure: More popular than the XZ+
Even though the Safari Adventure Persona (Rs 20.20-21.45 lakh) costs Rs 20,000 more, it is in higher demand than the XZ+. That’s largely due to interior changes: instead of the Oyster White interior trim, the Adventure Persona gets beige-on-black interior trim with brown leatherette seat upholstery. The former is thought to be easier to sweep. The Adventure version also features blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels, roof bars, and grille pieces, as well as an exclusive blue color dubbed Tropical Mist. If money isn’t a problem, go for the Adventure over the XZ+.