2004 Tata Safari EX 2.0 TD from UK and Ireland
A budget 4x4 built to work hard- tough where it counts
Headlamps required adjusting.
Sidelight bulb blew repeatedly (now fixed)
A/C belt squeaked when new, replaced and now quiet.
The Safari is a rugged, traditional 4x4 that offers full-size 4x4 space and ability for 'mini 4x4' money.
I have experienced this vehicle (and its more spartan relative, the Sumo) in India, as well now in the UK and was impressed by their tough mechanicals and off-road ability.
Seats are comfortable even on long off-road trips.
Interior build quality is not very good, but it all works and the actual mechanical components seem strong and reliable.
Performance is sluggish (only 90 horsepower from the ex-Peugeot engine), but the motor is surprisingly refined, economical and excellent in an off-road situation.
The Safari is a good working vehicle, which seems to be lacking in the market today. I'm willing to tolerate its old-fashioned road manners (lots of body roll and vibration) for its excellent off-road ability.
A lot of car for the money- power steering, air conditioning, electronic transfer box, excellent folding seats, alloy wheels, all for compact-car money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd September, 2005