Test Drive and Review of New Safari Storme all features quality specification functions
Where the Safari excelled, & still does, is in passenger comfort levels. The sofa masquerading as a rear bench is still one of the best in the business at this price. With acres of legroom on offer, it is still a great place to kick back, relax & let the chauffer deal with the traffic. Even if you are the one driving, the firm front seats will keep you just as comfy & are perfect for those long highway drives. High seating affords a brilliant view of the proceedings ahead & looking down at the tiny hatchbacks from a high perch gives you the feeling of being invincible on the road. Making it easier to drive in the city is the steering system which is not overtly hard to turn at parking speeds & also returns more feedback on the move.
Armed with a new chassis & now boasting a stiffer suspension, the Safari hasn�t lost the plush ride quality that was its hallmark. Its lighter weight & a firmer setup is obvious when taking on corners, with the Storme exhibiting better body control. The high stance & large dimensions mean it still rolls considerably, but it feels more stable.
While it may seem like Tata missed an opportunity in not equipping the Safari as lavishly as the Aria � which gets ESP, climate control & GPS navigation � it would have escalated the price considerably. Not something the buyers would have appreciated.
What you do get is a more modern car under the old skin. So, if Tata manage to keep the price down because they�ve stuck with the old design, then fair enough. The Safari still has enough appeal in it to be attractive.
Price Range (in lakhs)*
Ex-showroom price Rs 9-10 (estimated)
Installation Front, longitudinal
Type 4-cyl, in-line, 2179cc, common-rail, turbo diesel
Power 140bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 32.63kgm at 1700-2700rpm
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Wheel base 2650mm
Ground clearance 200mm
Chassis & Body
Front Independent, double wishbone, coil springs
Rear non-independent, 5-link with coil springs
Front Ventilated discs