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Tata Motors Safari Storme
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: 7/10
Warranty
: 3 Yrs / 1,00,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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10.46 Lakhs-15.31 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Up market ambience
  • Refined good performer
  • Cushioning ride quality
  • Great all-around visibility
  • Sophisticated user-friendly design

Weak Areas

  • Low fuel efficiency
  • Overpriced in segment
  • Low space at third row
  • Handling not satisfying 
  • Avg stereo and sound quality
Tata Motors Safari Storme
 

Safari Storme a noteworthy upgrade of old Safari

Tata Motors sure has progressed a lot with the New Safari Storme. With UV's becoming the new favourites of a car buyer in India, Safari Storme couldn't have been launched at a better time. This big SUV from Tata Motors starting under 10 lacs is bound to find its fans soon amongst car buyers in India 


Tata Safari Storme - A noteworthy upgrade of old Safari

This storm has been brewing for quite some time and finally has made its way to the Indian automobile market. Yes we are talking about the Tata Safari; now rebranded as Safari Storme (even though Tata Motors have decided to retain the older version in its stable) which was launched by Tata Motors in market just ahead of the beginning of a rather long festive season. Often credited as first indigenous SUV to India, Safari has been in the Indian car market for long and has over the years seen lots of worthy competitors. Tata Motors has managed to keep the brand alive with regular tweaks and upgrades. But of late the entrance of new players in the SUV segment with some radical propositions had forced Tata Motors to give Safari a serious makeover both above and under the skin and this paved the way for inception of Safari Storme. Though the new Safari does a little to differentiate itself from its predecessor on the outer design front; interiors along with power plant has undergone a considerable revamping in the new avatar of Safari. Has all these changes merged well to make Storme a serious contender in the sub-10 lakh SUV segment? We, at www.ecardlr.com find out through our exhaustive and rigorous road test of this big-size monster from home grown auto major; Tata Motors.

SAFARI STROME - EXTERIORS

Overall design theme of new Safari Strome looks uncannily like its predecessor though there are some differentiable elements that successfully announce the difference between the New Safari Strome and old Safari. For instance the nose of new Safari that has become wider and rectangular in shape and now is embellished by a wide chrome slat running across it. Nearly wrap around projector headlamps though look small, mix well with the front face design. Two part grill is dissected by the front bumper which also houses clear lens fog lights. 
When seen in profile, new Safari Strome has little to differentiate its personality from the old Safari. Pillars design follows same style and even the glass area remains unchanged. The only difference, if noticeable, is the use chrome on the side view mirrors.

Rear part of the New Safari Strome; thankfully has gone under some instantly noticeable changes. First and very obvious is the spare wheel position has been changed and is now shifted under the rear floor. This not only made the new Safari Strome less bulky to look at but also enhances its practicality to a great extent. A grey cladding with embossed Safari Storme now runs across the rear though the use of chrome would have made it more upmarket in its feel. Twin chrome exhaust gives the New Safari Strome a sporty touch to rear and also merges well with rear door step.

Overall Tata Motors has retained the design DNA of old Safari in new Safari Strome. This probably has been done deliberately so as to ensure greater customer acceptance with the continuation of the legacy of old Safari which now has been around for more than a decade old. New Safari Strome though is far more nimble, practical and little bit more sophisticated than the older Safari. We like Tata Motors are sure believe that these subtle and not so subltle changes will now have a greater appeal for the urban buyers as it’s difficult to fight the rural belt where Mahindra Scorpio is the King. This deliberate attempt to woo the urban car buyers has been timed rightone which actually is a good thing especially for urban buyers.

SAFARI STROME - INTERIORS

Interiors of new Safari Strome are a significant step up from the crude and ill finished scheme that belongs to older Safari. Use of light beige colour further accentuates the roominess of the cabin. To start with, you need to climb up to get inside the cabin as the New Safari Strome is significantly taller. But then the advantage of this height is quite obvious as one gets a commanding view from the driving position. This competence is sure to ease out some of the pain of handling such big vehicle in the highly congested city traffic.

Faux trims of wood in deep brown garnish look just fabulous and simplicity of the centre console is indeed very relieving especially if you have experienced the clutter on centre console on other Tata vehicles. Air con dials feel good and they are quite intuitive in their operation. Steering wheel feels upmarket but would be more usable had the audio controls were provided on it.

Safari Storme retains the Tata’s DNA of space and can be easily considered as one of the most spacious SUV in its segment; especially in second row where it’s really hard to beat the Safari Storme. Even the front row is as roomy as the rear though driver can feel some intrusion from the arm rest which is placed a bit higher. Seat squabs are wide and front seats have got ample support though there could be some more bolstering. Second row is one of the best places and for chauffer driven Safari Strome is like a virtual living room. Three full  grown adult can sit abreast without any problem and this number can be extended to 4 in case of teenagers. Second row has got enough thigh support and reclining angle is near perfect too.

Safari Strome provides two jump seats in the third row which as compared to seats in third row of others are quite spacious. The third and 2nd row seats are quite flexible and can be folded to carve out quite a huge storage space. Even with the all seats open in their original position, Safari Strome can swallow a decent amount of luggage. After all sheer dimensions has its own merit even if it comes at cost of practicality.

SAFARI STROME - ENGINE 

Under the hood, New Safari Storme consists of the modified version of DICOR unit now rebadged as variCOR. Though power and torque remains the same as of old Safari; refinement level has significantly gone up in the New Safari Storme feeling incredibly refined and smooth. So there will be no more clamouring about the high pitch clatter that’s often associated with Tata’s diesel engines.

And it’s not only that company has worked hard on NVH levels; the drivability of New Safari Storme has also enhanced though there is still lag which is rather more evident in slow moving traffic.  Though we didn’t get a chance to flex out our foot on accelerator out on highway; we feel that the New Safari Storme will surely more comfortable on the open and wide stretches of highway than in city where we had to work the gear box to trundle along with the traffic.

Engine is mated with 5-speed manual transmission which shows a marked improvement from its predecessor though the addition of an extra gear would have made it more relaxed and also helped to get enhanced efficiency. Clutch is light and steering is direct which makes Safari Storme an easy handler in city.  Also to cater the need of the off roaders New Safari Storme comes with shift on fly 4X4 option which can be activated with the help of dial. 

SAFARI STROME – SUSPENSION 

New Safari Storme uses independent double wishbone arms up front and 5-link coil spring at rear to suspend the wheels 16” wheels. Grip from the 235 mm wide tyres are nice and so is the ride quality. Safari Storme has taken the legacy of ride comfort of its predecessor one step ahead and new Safari Storme shows great finesse in absorbing all the undulations of roads at almost all speeds. Great seating posture, ample support and great ability to soak the road makes Safari Storme one of the best riding SUVs’ in sub-10 lakh segment.

Though riding ability satiates us completely; we are left wanting for more on the handling front. Despite Tata Motors claim of using high tensile steel that resulted in stiffer chassis, Safari Storme has loads of body rolls that are instantly perceptible once you hit the corner. Safari Storme is not a good handler and ladder-frame construction exaggerates its inability to retain its line during sharp curves. Brakes though provide good bite, we would however liked all-around disc option at least in the top model if not across all variants.

SAFARI STROME – OVERALL VERDICT 

Safari Storme just starts below 10 lakh with base variant Lx costing Rs. 9.95 lakh while fully loaded Vx 4X4 requires one to shell out Rs. 13.67 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). On value for money front Safari Storme is reasonably good; especially considering the blunder Tata made while pricing the Aria. Safari Storme has some distinctive competencies in terms of exceptional space, extremely comfortable ride, cheerful interiors, practical cabin etc. All these provide a decent edge over the competitors. A more practical and refined heart makes the things better for this big SUV and overall there are lot of things going for it. But then the big and questionable virtue is its decade-old-image which get instantly associated with it even with a casual glance. A more substantial makeover of external body like interior cabin would have made things easier for new Safari Storme.

OVERALL RATING

Style & Substance                                   : 3/5                              Ride & Handling                                         : 3/5


Interiors & Ergonomics                           : 4/5                                 Safety & Equipment                               : 3/5


Power Plant & Transmission                   : 3/5                                 Fuel Efficiency                                            : 3/5


Value for Money                                        : 3/5

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