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    2021 Tata Safari Variants Explained - Which One to Buy

    by Lakshya Khanna on Wednesday, Apr 14 2021

    V3Cars reviews all the variants of the 2021 Tata Safari to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Safari comes equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with both manual and automatic transmission options.

     

    2021 Tata Safari

    What Are The Prices of Tata Safari? 

    The 2021 Tata Safari prices start at Rs 14.69 lakh. The manual transmission version’s top variant is tagged at Rs 20.20 lakh. The Safari’s XM, XZ, XZ+ and XZ+ Adventure variants also come with the automatic transmission option, for which you will need to spend an additional premium of Rs 1.25 lakh over their manual counterparts. 

    The following table offers you a look at the pricing details of the 2021 Tata Safari:

    TATA SAFARI | PRICES

    Variant

    Manual

    Difference

    Automatic

    XE

    ₹14,69,000

       

    XM

    ₹16,00,000

    ₹1,25,000

    ₹17,25,000

    XT

    ₹17,45,000

       

    XT+

    ₹18,25,000

       

    XZ

    ₹19,15,000

    ₹1,25,000

    ₹20,40,000

    XZ+

    ₹19,99,000

    ₹1,26,000

    ₹21,25,000

    XZ+ Adventure

    ₹20,20,000

    ₹1,25,000

    ₹21,45,000


    What Are The Engine Specifications of Tata Safari?

    The Safari comes equipped with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that is capable of generating 170PS of maximum power and 350Nm of peak torque. Its power and torque figures are similar to that of the Hector Plus. However, being a heavier SUV, the Safari’s power:weight and torque:weight ratios are lesser than the Hector Plus. 

    The Safari comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed torque converter type automatic transmission option. Tata Motors hasn’t yet revealed the 2021 Safari’s claimed fuel efficiency.

    You can check the engine specifications of the 2021 Tata Safari along with comparison with rivals in the table below:  

    TATA SAFARI vs COMPETITION

    DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Safari

    Hector Plus

    XUV500

    Displacement

    2.0-litre Turbo

    2.0-litre Turbo

    2.2-litre Turbo

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    Capacity

    1956 cc

    1956 cc

    2179 cc

    Kerb Weight

    1825kg

    1739kg

    1875kg

    Maximum Power

    170PS @ 3750rpm

    170PS @ 3750rpm

    155PS @ 3750rpm

    Power:Weight

    93.15PS/t

    97.76PS/t

    82.67PS/t

    Peak Torque

    350Nm @ 1750-2500rpm

    350Nm @ 1750-2500rpm

    360Nm @ 1750-2800rpm

    Torque:Weight

    191.78Nm/t

    201.27Nm/t

    192Nm/t

    Manual

    Transmission

    6-speed MT

    6-speed MT

    6-speed MT

    Claimed FE

    16.14kmpl

    16.56kmpl

    15.1kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    6-speed TC

    --

    6-speed AT

    Claimed FE

    14.08kmpl

    --

    13.44kmpl


    What Are The Dimensions of Tata Safari? 

    The Tata Safari is a D2-segment SUV with 5- to 7-seater configurations, and is more than 4.6m long. It is the widest and tallest model in its own segment, while its wheelbase is almost as long as that of Hector Plus’. As a 5-seater, the Safari’s boot space is smaller than its rivals, but its ground clearance is highest in the segment. 

    The Safari’s lower variant gets 16-inch wheels, which is smaller than the other SUVs in this segment. Its higher variants come with 18-inch alloy wheels, similar to the rest of the 3-row SUVs. 

    You can view the dimension details of the 2021 Tata Safari and comparison with rivals in the following table:

    TATA SAFARI vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Tata Safari

    Hector Plus

    Mahindra XUV500

    Length

    4661mm

    4720mm

    4585mm

    Width

    1894mm

    1835mm

    1890mm

    Height

    1786mm

    1760mm

    1785mm

    Wheelbase

    2741mm

    2750mm

    2700mm

    Boot Space

    447-lt (as 5-seater)

    910-lt (as 2-seater)

    155-lt (all seats up)

    530-lt (as 5-seater)

    93-lt (all seats up)

    702-lt (as 5-seater)

    Ground Clearance

    205mm

    191mm (diesel)

    NA

    Fuel Tank

    50-lt

    60-lt

    70-lt

    Tyre Size (min)

    235/70 R16

    215/60 R17

    235/65 R17

    Tyre Size (max)

    235/60 R18

    215/55 R18

    235/60 R18


    Tata Safari Variant-wise Features

    What Are The Features of Tata Safari XE Variant?

    The base Safari XE variant is priced at Rs 14.69 lakh.

    The base variant offers all the basic safety features, apart from which it also has safety features such as electronic stability control, hill start assist and traction control. 

    The XE variant offers projector headlamps, dual-function DRLs and styled wheels with rear disc brakes.

    As far as the functional features are concerned, this entry-level variant comes with tilt and telescopic steering, all power windows, reclining second row with 60:40 split, 50:50 split third row, rear AC vents, rear chargers and front passenger seat slide adjustment option from the rear seat.

    You can view all the features details of the 2021 Tata Safari XE variant in the table below:

    SAFARI XE | FEATURES

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Std. Safety Features

    Tilt & Telescopic Steering

    Dual-function DRLs w/ Turn Indicators

    Projector Headlamps

    All Power Windows

    R16 Styled Steel Wheels

    Electronic Stability Control

    2nd Row Recline & 60:40 Split

    Roof Rails

    Hill Start Assist

    3rd Row AC Vents

     

    Traction Control

    3rd Row 50:50 Split

     

    Roll-over Mitigation

    Rear Chargers

     

    Corner Stability Control

    Front Passenger Seat Slide From Rear (Boss Mode)

     

    Brake Disc Wiping

       

    Central Locking

       

    Rear Disc Brakes

       

    Day/Night IRVM

       


    The base XE variant has many notable missing features which include - Infotainment system with steering-mounted controls, rear parking camera, rear defogger & wiper, height adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs, wheel covers, remote central locking, auto AC, and auto-dimming IRVM. Owing to these missing features, we won’t recommend buying the Safari XE variant. 

    What Are The Features of Tata Safari XM Variant?

    The Safari XM variant is Rs 1.31 lakh costlier than the XE variant. This variant also comes with automatic transmission option, and you need to spend an additional amount of Rs 1.25 lakh for it.

    TATA SAFARI | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    XE

    DIFFERENCE

    XM

    MT

    ₹14,69,000

    ₹1,31,000

    ₹16,00,000

    DIFF.

    --

    --

    ₹1,25,000

    AT

    --

    --

    ₹17,25,000


    Five out of all the mentiontioned must-have missing features of the Xe variant, are covered in the XM. These include - touchscreen infotainment system with steering-mounted controls, rear wiper, remote central locking, height adjustable driver seat and electrically adjustable ORVMs. Apart from these the other noteworthy additional features of the XM variant are - fog lamps and multi drive modes.

    It is worth noting that the XM variant’s infotainment system does not come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity support. 

    The following table lists all the additional features of the 2021 Tata safari XM variant over the XE variant:

    SAFARI XM | FEATURES OVER XE

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Front Fog Lamps

    7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

    Multi Drive Modes - Eco, City, Sport

    Display for Parking Sensors

    Steering-mounted Controls

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    4 Speakers

    Remote Central Locking

     

    2 Tweeters

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

       

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

         


    According to our internal data, the XM variant’s extra features do not justify the price increment of Rs 1.31 lakh. Moreover, for a D2-segment SUV, the XM variant lacks some important features. So, if you are considering buying the XM variant, then be prepared to compromise on the ownership experience. We are not recommending the Safari XM variant for the prospective buyers for the given reasons. 

    What Are The Features of Tata Safari XT & XT+ Variants? 

    The Safari XT variant costs Rs 1.45 lakh more than the XM variant. This variant is not available with the automatic transmission option. 

    TATA SAFARI | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    XM

    DIFFERENCE

    XT

    MT

    ₹16,00,000

    ₹1,45,000

    ₹17,45,000

    DIFF.

    ₹1,25,000

    --

    --

    AT

    ₹17,25,000

    --

    --


    The XT variant mostly covers all the basic features and offers some added modern-day features as well. When safety features are concerned, this variant offers the key features of tyre pressure monitoring system and rear parking camera. key features hain. 

    Also Read - 2021 Tata Safari Accessory List Revealed

    In case of infotainment, the XT variant offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options with its infotainment system.

    In terms of functional features, this variant’s key additional include - electrically foldable ORVMs, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, auto AC, cruise control, lumbar support for driver, keyless entry with push-button start/stop and connected car tech. 

    This variant also offers some additional styling features, including - 18-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, soft touch dashboard and mood lighting. 

    You can check out all the additional features of the 2021 Tata Safari XT variant over the XM variant, in the following table: 

    SAFARI XT | FEATURES OVER XM

    Safety & Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Soft-touch Dashboard

    Rear Parking Camera

    Rain Sensing Wipers

    Connected-car Tech

    LED DRLs

    2 Tweeters

    Auto Headlamps

    Cruise Control

    Mood Lighting

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

    Auto AC

    Adjustable Lower Back Support For Driver

    R18 Alloy Wheels

     

    Rear Armrest

     

    Panoramic Sunroof (XT+)

           


    The Safari XT variant is also available with a panoramic sunroof option. Which goes under the XT+ variant name. For the XT+ variant, you will need to shell out an additional premium of Rs 80,000, which according to us is reasonable.

    TATA SAFARI | PRICE COMPARISON

    XT

    DIFFERENCE

    XT+

    ₹17,45,000

    ₹80,000

    ₹18,25,000


    As per our internal data, with its array of additional features, the XT variant almost justifies its incremental cost over the XM variant. However, it is still not the best value-for-money variant in the Safari range. 

    If you are looking to buy only an affordable Safary variant with good value, then we recommend the XT or the XT+ variant for you. 

    What Are The Features of Tata Safari XZ Variant? 

    The Safari XZ variant is Rs 1.70 lakh more expensive than the XT variant. The XZ variant also comes with the automatic transmission option, for which you’ll need to spend Rs 1.25 lakh extra and is Rs 3.15 lakh costlier than the The XM AT variant.

    TATA SAFARI | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    XM

    DIFF.

    XT

    DIFF.

    XZ

    MT

    ₹16,00,000

    ₹1,45,000

    ₹17,45,000

    ₹1,70,000

    ₹19,15,000

    DIFF.

    ₹1,25,000

    --

    --

    --

    ₹1,25,000

    AT

    ₹17,25,000

    ₹3,15,000

    ₹20,40,000


    The XZ variant primarily adds-in safety and feel-good features. In terms of added safety, this variant’s key additions include - side & curtain airbags, electronic parking brake with auto hold and HID headlamps.

    In the infotainment department, the XZ variant offers a bigger 8.8-inch touchscreen, while it has a more powerful audio system as well. 

    As far as functional features are concerned, this variant comes with terrain response modes and electrically adjustable driver seat.

    From the styling perspective, this variant offers the key additional features such as - leather upholstery, digital instrument cluster and machined alloy wheels.

    The table below offers a look at all the additional features offered in the 2021 Tata Safari XZ variant over the XT variant:

    SAFARI XZ | FEATURES OVER XT

    Safety

    Entertainment & Functional

    Style

    HID Projector Headlamps

    8.8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

    Dual-tone Interior

    Cornering Lamps

    JBL Audio System w/ Subwoofer & Amplifier

    Leather Upholstery

    Side & Curtain Airbags

    Terrain Response Modes - Normal, Rough, Wet

    Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Knob

    Hill Descent Control

    6-way Powered Driver Seat

    Shark-fin Antenna

    ISOFIX

     

    Digital Instrument Cluster

    Electronic Parking Brake w/ Auto Hold

     

    R18 Machined Alloy Wheels


    As per our internal data, the XZ variant with its whole host of features, completely justifies its additional premium of Rs 1.70 lakh over the XT variant. 

    We definitely recommend the Safari XZ variant for all its additional features and value. If you are already considering buying the XZ variant, then we also suggest that you take a look and consider the top XZ+ variant as well before making a final decision.

    What Are The Features of Tata Safari XZ+ Variant?

    The Safari XZ+ variant costs Rs 85,000 more than the XZ variant. 

    TATA SAFARI | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    XZ

    DIFFERENCE

    XZ+

    MT

    ₹19,15,000

    ₹84,000

    ₹19,99,000

    AT

    ₹20,40,000

    ₹85,000

    ₹21,25,000


    For this additional price, the top-end XZ+ variant offers the additional feature of panoramic sunroof, while the option of captain seats is also available. If you prefer these features, then the XZ+ variant is a value-wise sensible choice that we recommend you go ahead with.

    Tata Motors has also launched a special edition of the XZ+ variant, named as - Adventure Persona edition. The Safari XZ+ Adventure edition comes for an additional premium of Rs 20,000. 

    Being a special edition, the XZ+ Adventure comes only with cosmetic upgrades including - black front grille, grey alloys, black roof rails and black inserts in the cabin. 

    As the XZ+ Adventure is only a cosmetic upgrade, it totally depends on your personal preference whether you wish to buy it or not. You may choose to go for it for a sportier look and exclusive visual appeal. 

    TATA SAFARI | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    XZ+

    DIFFERENCE

    XZ+ Adventure

    MT

    ₹19,99,000

    Rs 21,000

    ₹20,20,000

    AT

    ₹21,25,000

    Rs 20,000

    ₹21,45,000


    Tata Safari Variants - Which One To Buy?

    Let’s sum up all the variant-wise recommendations of the 2021 Tata Safari. If you are considering buying the Safari with manual transmission, then you shouldn't consider the base XE and XM variants. These two variants have a number of missing features that are expected in cars at these respective price points. In fact, the XM variant is the least value-for-money variant in the entire Safari lineup. 

    We recommend the Safari XT variant, which comes loaded with several useful as well as good-to-have features which is appropriate at its price point. According to us, this variant is a sensible package in terms of features, and is adequate for most of the buyers. The XT+ variant comes with the added feature of panoramic sunroof. So, the XT+ variant is also a sensible buy owing to its value and appeal.

    Also Read - 2021 Tata Safari Launched in India - Prices, Specs, Variants & Top Features

    Above the XT and XT+, the XZ variant adds a number of safety and feel-good features. This variant is a sensible choice in terms of value, but its added features are not necessary or compelling for many buyers. If premium features such as JBL audio system, leather upholstery, side and curtain airbags and powered driver seat are highly appealing to you, then you can definitely consider going for the XZ variant.

    If premium appeal is important for you and you are considering the Safari XZ variant for the same, then we think that the XZ+ will be a better option. The XZ+ offers a sunroof and optional captain seats, which would improve the overall premium cabin experience for the rear occupants. There is also the Adventure Persona special edition based on this variant that offers an added sportier exclusive visual appeal. If the special edition appeals to you, then you can certainly consider buying it. 

    In case of the automatic transmission, again we do not recommend the XM variant, for being too basic. Apart from the XMA, there are only 2 AT variant options - the XZ and XZ+. As already mentioned, the XZ+ variant comes with  panoramic sunroof and option of captain seats. If these features matter to you then go for the XZ+ AT variant, or else the XZ is the only option for you. 

    Here’s a brief look at our variant-wise recommendations of the 2021 Tata Safari:

    TATA SAFARI | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

     

    MANUAL

    XE

    Rank 1

    ₹14,69,000

    Too basic. Not recommended.

    XM

    Rank 4

    ₹16,00,000

    Expensive upgrade. Too basic for the price. Not recommended.

    XT

    Rank 3

    ₹17,45,000

    Top recommended

    XT+

    Rank 2

    ₹18,25,000

    Can upgrade for panoramic sunroof

    XZ

    Rank 2

    ₹19,15,000

    Worth upgrading for safety features

    XZ+

    Rank 1

    ₹19,99,000

    The only variant w/ captain seats

     

    AUTOMATIC

    XM

    Rank 3

    ₹17,25,000

    Not recommended

    XZ

    Rank 2

    ₹20,40,000

    Can buy

    XZ+

    Rank 1

    ₹21,25,000

    Can buy


    What Are The Colour Options of Tata Safari?

    The Tata Safari is available in 4 exterior colour options, namely -- Dark Blue, Grey, White and Light Blue. The base XE variant is offered for sale in only White exterior colour.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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