As Hyundai launched its first 7-Seater SUV, Alcazar, it has stepped in the competition of 7-seater SUVs. One of the strongest rivals of Alcazar is Tata Safari which debuted in 1998 and has been holding a prestigious position in India ever since. Maintaining its streak Tata has brought in an all-new version of Safari a few months back only. Safari’s legacy of years and Hyundai’s first venture in the 7-Seater segment, a comparison between the two seems quite intriguing.
Dimension, Boot, and Seating
The size of an SUV is one of its USPs. Since both SUVs can accommodate 7 passengers, it’ll be interesting to know how spacious these SUVs are on the outside as well as the inside.
180 L with 3rd row
73 L with 3rd row
6- & 7-seater
6- & 7-seater
Wheelbase and width are similarly significant for the usable space of any car. Alcazar is longer and Safari is wider, thereby both of their cabins seem more or less similarly spacious. While Alcazar offers a bigger boot space, it lags behind Safari substantially on the grounds of comfort and convenience of the 3rd row. Moreover, the 73L boot space of Safari can be expanded further via tumbling 3rd row. Along with an amply spacious 3rd row, the 2nd row in Safari takes it far ahead of Alcazar as it is set a bit higher than the 1st row, which impressively enhances the visibility of 2nd-row passengers to the world outside the car.
Engine and performance
With the availability of a petrol engine, the Hyundai Alcazar has a definite advantage over the Tata Safari. Hyundai has equipped the Alcazar with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, which produces 156.9 bhp of power and 191 Nm of peak torque, and is paired with 6 speed manual and automatic (torque converter) transmission.
The comparison between the Tata Safari and Hyundai Alcazar can be made for the diesel engines that both manufacturers have equipped their SUVs with.
1.5 L CRDi
2.0 L Kryotec
6-Speed Torque converter
6-Speed Torque converter
If you prefer power to mileage, you will certainly find Safari more appealing than Alcazar. However, most people’ priority is mileage, and Alcazar is definitely leading in this department. For a 7-Seater SUV, Alcazar’s 20.4 kmpl mileage is quite commendable as compared to seemingly moderate mileage figures of 16.14 kmpl of Safari. The difference of both cars’ mileage may seem a small figure in the table but most people are very much aware of the massive difference it makes in the long run.
Features are the ones that define the comfort and convenience of a car, let’s see how much luxury Hyundai and Tata are offering through these cars.
Automatic Climate control
Front and Rear
Powered Driver seat
In this aspect, Alcazar seems to be on the winning side. Alcazar offers a 10.25 inch fully digital instrument cluster and front parking sensors, whereas Safari is missing the front parking sensor, and offers 7.0-inch MID instrument cluster with analogue speedometer. Some of the more Alcazar advantages over Safari are paddle shifters, 360-degree camera, Blind view monitor, and Air-purifier with AQI display.
Nevertheless, Safari does facilitate you with an amply better off-road ride experience, more comfortable seats, and a unique feature which Tata calls ‘Boss mode’. In this feature the passenger behind the co-driver can recline the back-rest, slide the co-driver seat and his own seat to free more room, without disturbing the co-driver. So, if you are looking for more features, then Alcazar should be the choice, however, if you prefer comfort and off-roading quality then Safari is your car.
Every Brand tries to load the cars with the best safety features, and better safety is something that one primarily expects from an SUV. Let’s see how safe rides both of these cars offer.
Anti-lock braking System
Number of airbags
Tyre pressure monitor
Electronic Stability Control
Hill Descent control
On the safety side, both cars sport the most imperative safety features. As Alcazar takes the lead due to Brake assist, Safari provides you with Hill Descent control that Alcazar doesn’t. However, both the cars are offering a relieving safety of up to 6 airbags which will include Driver’s, Co-driver’s, Side, and Curtain. Apparently, Tata and Hyundai, both have ensured the best possible safety in their cars.
Here is the most vital comparison, as the pricing of a car can change the choices in a jiff. The prices of both the 6- & 7- Seater SUVs are as follows.
16.30 Lakhs- 18.01 Lakhs
14.99 Lakhs- 17.81 Lakhs
18.22 Lakhs- 19.55 Lakhs
18.61 Lakhs- 20.20 Lakhs
19.78 Lakhs â 20.14 Lakhs
20.35 Lakhs- 21.81 Lakhs
The base model of Safari is less costly than Alcazar, but as we go up the variants, prices seem to favour Alcazar. In totality, Alcazar is a bit lower-priced than Safari, while offering quite similar features and performance.
There is no specific winner among these two SUVs. Safari is certainly more riveting to those who want more power, torque, and a usable 3rd row. Moreover, Tata Safari has a legacy name value and reliability. However, Hyundai Alcazar should be your choice if you are looking for a 7-seater SUV with remarkable fuel economy.
Which one gives more mileage among Safari and Alcazar?
Petrol variants of Alcazar provide 14.2 kmpl, and Safari doesn’t come with any petrol engine. Diesel variants of Hyundai Alcazar offer a mileage of 20.4 kmpl, which is more than Safari’s mileage (16.14 kmpl).
Does Safari come with a sunroof?
Tata Safari sports a panoramic sunroof with its mid and higher variants, namely XT+, XZ/XZA, XZ+/XZA+, XZ+ Adventure Edition. The lower variants of Safari, namely XE, XM/XMA, XT don’t have sunroofs.
How many drive modes are in Tata Safari?
Tata Safari offers 3 drive modes- Eco, City, and Sport in its XM/XMA and above variants, and 3 terrain modes- Normal, Rough, Wet in its XZ/XZA and above variants.
Does Alcazar come with DCT?
The automatic transmission offered in Hyundai Alcazar is 6-Speed Torque Converter, for both petrol and diesel variants.
Is Alcazar’s instrument cluster digital?
Hyundai Alcazar features a 10.25-inch full-fledged colour screen digital instrument cluster which has 3 themes.