Tata Safari Reviews from India

2001 Tata Safari LX 1.9 turbo diesel

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Landcruiser

Summary:

I am waiting for a new CRDI engine with an Auto tranny!

Faults:

I have replaced the entire suspension! A battery and the alternator.

General Comments:

I use the car for fairly long trips in India on poor roads. It is a fantastic long distance cruiser and is generally more comfortable than my other vehicle (1996 Land Cruiser).

On the downside, it is seriously underpowered and is a lumbering pig in the city! Suffers from poor quality control, but an ambitious design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2005

2004 Tata Safari Exi 2.1L petrol

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.1L petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired14 kilometres
Most recent distance4500 kilometres
Previous carTata Safari

Summary:

Excellent, rugged and refined SUV for the price

Faults:

A/C belt making too much noise. Had it looked into, and now there are no problems.

Engine knocks if premium quality fuel is not used.

General Comments:

I have been using this vehicle for four months now, I have the new 2.1L petrol version.

It has 136bhp compared to the turbo diesel's 90hp, and the difference felt is huge!

The engine is extremely refined.. something I was not expecting from a Tata.

The interior is the best.. And the off road ability is unparallelled in its price range.

It would shame vehicles costing twice as much.. It is running flawlessly for the 4 months I have it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2004

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews