Tata Safari Dicor Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  July 29, 2013


Tata Safari Dicor is one magnificent homegrown SUV which has been a symbol of domination, capability and durability ever since its initial launch which happened back in 1998. Its outstanding design which has moved across generations and the sophistication of its Direct Injection Common Rail (DiCOR) technology has outperformed all other rival models which have been released during the period. Even today this SUV is adored by many adventure enthusiasts and this is one of the reasons why the car maker still has this model in the portfolio along with the new Safari Storme.

Tata Safari Dicor is currently available in four variants namely LX, EX, GX and VX and there are seven different colours in the offering which are Cycus Grey, Quartz Black, Arctic Silver, Arctic White and Pearl White. Apart from these there are two other colour combinations which are Quartz Black with Real Earth and Cycus Grey with Arctic Silver.

Powertrain & Performance

The powertrain of Tata Safari Dicor is a 2.2L diesel engine which is designed with Variable Turbine Technology (VTT), electronic fuel injection system and Direct Injection Common Rail system to deliver class-leading performance. The 2179 cc diesel mill is capable of producing a maximum of 138.1 bhp @ 4000 rpm. Variable Turbine Technology makes sure that there is enough torque, right from start of the engine. Maximum torque generated from the motor comes up to 320 Nm @ 1700-2700 rpm. The superior torque and abundance power given out from this mill gives great command to the four wheel drive SUV.

Suspension system comprising of independent double wishbone with torsion bar at front and 5-link type with coil springs at rear stands in line with the aggressive character of this SUV, giving greater driving control and comfort on different terrains. 4X4 Electrical Shift on Fly mechanism gives complete command to the SUV over every terrain.

Build & Styling

Tata Safari Dicor is one of the few SUVs which are admired for its muscular build. There is a tinge of sportiness to glorify the go anywhere attitude of this hefty car. Be it the beefy front bumper with rectangular fog lamps, chrome accentuated single slit front grille or be it the tall roofline with roof rails, the car shows off its dominating nature to the fullest extent. The body side cladding with different colour combinations look premium over the large SUV. The company has added chrome upgrades to ORVM and has fit scuff plates to front and tailgate of Safari Dicor to make it more attractive with a distinguishable personality.

The interior of this sporty SUV is inclined more towards comfort rather than luxury and the design too perfectly blends with overall personality of the Safari Dicor. The dashboard although simple in its design, speaks for practicality with gadgets like AC and music system. Centre console gets wood finishing which looks exquisite along with two tone colour theme of interior. There are dedicated air-vents for rear seat to make the space more comfortable. For top-class entertainment Tata has fit two LCD screens on the back of front seats to entertain rear seat passengers. There is abundant good space and to make it even bigger the middle row seats can be folded down. Convenience features like electrically adjustable ORVM are provided in all variants making the package even more thrilling.

Safety being one of the primary concerns for off-roaders, has gained importance in the Tata Safari Dicor. Crucial safety equipment like ABS with EBD and airbags are part of the automobile and its structure is designed with crumple zones and side impact bars for higher protection during a crash. To keep the car secure engine immobiliser system is employed in it. Reverse Guide System with camera at rear makes sure that there are no hassles while taking out the car in reverse.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Dedicated Air-Vents for Rear Seat
    •  Foldable Middle Row Seats
    •  Electrically Adjustable ORVM
  • Cons

    • Airbags and ABS with EBD not available in all variants