Living with the Tata Safari

SUVs have taken the automotive world by storm, from compact sub-four-metre models to full-sized, three-row behemoths, many with impressive off-road capabilities. The updated Harrier and Safari models have joined this trend with a host of new features. We recently had the opportunity to experience the 2024 Safari firsthand, and here’s what we discovered during its time in the CarWale garage.

Practicality is a key strength of the Safari. The cabin is spacious and thoughtfully designed with ample storage for everyday essentials like water bottles. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable, making it easy to find the perfect driving position. Memory functions add convenience, ensuring you can quickly retrieve your preferred settings after sharing the vehicle with another driver. The front passenger seat features a Boss mode, allowing adjustment from the second row using buttons on the side.

An unexpected highlight in the second row is the mobile holder, cleverly positioned above the bottle holders to keep your phone secure and stable. Soft foam cushions add a touch of luxury, reminiscent of more expensive sedans. Sun blinds in the second row proved invaluable during our shoot on a scorching 40-degree day. Legroom in the second row is generous, but the third row is best suited for short trips within the city.

However, there are some drawbacks to consider. The smaller rear windshield limits rear visibility, and the placement of AC vents for the third row in front of small windows can make it feel a bit cramped. The white seat upholstery, while stylish, is prone to getting dirty easily and can be challenging to clean.

In summary, the 2024 Safari impresses with its practicality, comfort features, and thoughtful design elements. While it has its minor flaws, it offers a compelling package for those seeking a versatile and capable SUV.