Tata Safari Facelift vs Rivals: A Comprehensive Price Comparison

The Tata Safari recently underwent an extensive facelift, hitting the market with a starting price of Rs 16.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). As Tata discloses the complete price range for its flagship 3-row SUV, it’s clear that the updated Safari now comes at a higher cost compared to its previous iteration. In this article, we’ll delve into a price comparison between the revamped Tata Safari and its competitors, namely the Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Alcazar, and MG Hector Plus.

Note: We’ve focused on the 7/6-seater diesel variants of the Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Alcazar, and MG Hector Plus since the Safari is exclusively available with a diesel engine.

Diesel Manual

Tata Safari Mahindra XUV700  Hyundai Alcazar MG Hector Plus
Smart – Rs 16.19 lakh
Smart (O) – Rs 16.69 lakh
Pure – Rs 17.69 lakh AX3 – Rs 17.77 lakh Prestige 7S – Rs 17.73 lakh
Pure (O) – Rs 18.19 lakh AX3 E – Rs 18.27 lakh
Pure+ – Rs 19.39 lakh AX5 – Rs 19.11 lakh Platinum 7S – Rs 19.64 lakh Smart 7S – Rs 19.76 lakh
Platinum Adventure 7S – Rs 20 lakh
Pure+ S – Rs 20.39 lakh/ Rs 20.69 lakh (Dark) Signature 6S – Rs 20.13 lakh
Adventure – Rs 20.99 lakh AX7 – Rs 21.53 lakh Smart Pro 6S – Rs 20.80 lakh
Adventure+ – Rs 22.49 lakh/ Rs 23.04 lakh (Dark) Sharp Pro 6S/ 7S – Rs 22.21 lakh
Adventure+ A – Rs 23.49 lakh AX7 L – Rs 23.48 lakh
Accomplished – Rs 23.99 lakh/ Rs 24.34 lakh (Dark)
Accomplished+ – Rs 25.49 lakh/ Rs 25.84 lakh (Dark)
Accomplished + 6S – Rs 25.59 lakh/ Rs 25.94 lakh (Dark)
Accomplished+ Dark 6S – Rs 25.94 lakh

Key Takeaways: The Tata Safari’s facelift starts with the most affordable price among the SUVs listed. The entry-level Smart variant costs Rs 1.58 lakh less than the base price of the Mahindra XUV700 AX3 7-seater diesel variant. On the other hand, the MG Hector Plus diesel has the highest starting price, exceeding the Safari’s base cost by Rs 3.37 lakh.

Top-tier Diesel Manual Variants

Hyundai Alcazar:

  • Prestige 7S – Rs 17.73 lakh
  • Platinum 7S – Rs 19.64 lakh
  • Signature 6S – Rs 20.13 lakh
  • Accomplished – Rs 23.99 lakh
  • Accomplished+ – Rs 25.49 lakh

Key Takeaways: When comparing top-spec, fully-loaded variants, the Hyundai Alcazar emerges as the most budget-friendly choice. The difference in price between the Safari facelift and the Alcazar’s top-spec versions is Rs 5.66 lakh. Meanwhile, the top-spec XUV700 is nearly Rs 2.5 lakh more affordable than the top-tier Safari.

Engine Specifications

  • The Tata Safari facelift features a 2-litre diesel engine with 170PS and 350Nm of torque, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
  • The MG Hector Plus also employs the same engine with identical power output.
  • The Mahindra XUV700 boasts the most potent diesel engine in this comparison, a 2.2-litre diesel with 185PS and 450Nm, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
  • The Hyundai Alcazar, the least powerful diesel model, utilizes a 1.5-litre diesel engine producing 116PS and 250Nm. The manual Alcazar is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Notable Features: It’s worth mentioning that the Tata Safari facelift offers the most features, including segment-leading amenities such as ventilated 2nd-row seats (6S), 7 airbags, and a premium 10-speaker JBL sound system.

Diesel Automatic

Tata Safari Mahindra XUV700 Hyundai Alcazar
Prestige (O) 7S – Rs 19.20 lakh
Pure+ – Rs 20.69 lakh AX5 – Rs 20.92 lakh Platinum (O) 6S/ 7S – Rs 20.76
Signature (O) 6S/ 7S – Rs 20.88 lakh
Pure+ S – Rs 21.79 lakh/ Rs 22.09 lakh (Dark) Signature (O) Adventure 7S – Rs 21.24 lakh
Adventure+ – Rs 23.89 lakh/ Rs 24.44 lakh (Dark) AX7 – Rs 23.31 lakh
Adventure+ A – Rs 24.89 lakh AX7 AWD – Rs 24.78 lakh
Accomplished – Rs 25.39 lakh/ Rs 25.74 lakh (Dark) AX7 L – Rs 25.26 lakh
Accomplished+ – Rs 26.89 lakh/ Rs 27.24 lakh (Dark) AX7 L AWD – Rs 26.57 lakh
Accomplished+ 6S – Rs 26.99 lakh/ Rs 27.34 lakh (Dark)

Key Takeaways: In the diesel automatic category, the Hyundai Alcazar is the most affordable, starting at Rs 19.20 lakh. It is up to Rs 1.72 lakh less expensive than the other two automatic SUVs in the list. The Tata SUV’s top-tier variant comes in at Rs 27.34 lakh, making it the priciest SUV in this comparison, with a Rs 77,000 premium over the top-spec Mahindra XUV700 AX7L, even with the added advantage of AWD. All three SUVs in the list come equipped with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

Note: MG doesn’t offer an automatic transmission option for the Hector diesel.

In case you’re considering the smaller sibling of the Tata Safari, the Tata Harrier, we have also compared its new prices with those of its rivals, including 5-seater variants of the Mahindra XUV700, MG Hector, Hyundai Creta, and Kia Seltos.

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