Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Wait for Safari or Buy the Alcazar?

Tata Motors has showcased the Safari Facelift that comes with major changes, and so we thought why don’t we compare it against the Hyundai Alcazar to see if booking Safari Facelift is the right choice.

Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Design

So, from the outside, the Safari Facelift has undergone big exterior changes such as the ront fascia as been changed completely with changes to the grille, bumpers, and headlamps. A full-width LED strip is above the grille that spans across the front body, an significant features of the Curvv concept. It has split LED Projector headlamps positioned vertically, ADAS Radar panel at the bottom grille and the camera at the top of the windscreen from the inside. Moving to the side, it has simple look with creasing, chrome on the window beltline, thin wheel arches and rides on the new 19-inch alloy wheels. Moving to the rear, changes extend to the bumpers, skid plate, and new Audi inspired LED taillights connected by an LED strip.

The Hyundai Alcazar has a big grille that looks similar to the Creta SUV, except Hyundai gave it a mild facelift update that the bottom of the grille has a huge element as part of the grille. The grille joins to the trio-beam LED headlamps, and the bumpers are skid plates with halogen indicators, and LED fog lamps at the corners. Moving to the side, it features creases on the body with body-coloured door handles, thin wheel arches, non-functional roof rails, and 18-inch alloy wheels. On the side sill, it has step-up side plate to get into the SUV MUV, and it was needed given the ground clearance is 205 MM, and helps in stepping in the car a bit easily. Moving to the rear, it has LED taillamps which could remind you of the Ford Endeavour. Roof Spoiler with Shark Fin Antenna on top, dual-exhaust tips on the right side of the rear.

Talking about the interiors, the Safari Facelift undergone some changes as well like the new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system which is sleek, thinner, and very responsive; new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster that is configurable, and displays navigation maps while driving; in front of the cluster is the new four-spoke steering wheel with display at the center that illuminates the Tata logo, and ambient light across the dashboard, and around the voice-assisted panoramic sunroof. Below the AC vents, it features touch-sensitive panel to control the dual-zone climate control, and other things.

In front of it is the rotary dial for the drive and terrain modes, steptronic gear shifter, and electronic parking brake with auto hold function. It features an fixed armrest but the space inside is good enough to store two cans. On the leather seats, it features huge adjustable headrests to keep you comfy, and further enhances the luxury appeal. Both the seats are electrically adjustable, and comes with ventilated seats. Moving to the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio if you opt for 7 seater, or if you go for 6 seater config, you get captain seats that comes with ventilated seats, and the SUV it’s equipped with 10 Speaker JBL sound system.

The Hyundai Alcazar features 10.25-inch infotainment system positioned below the rectangular AC vents, and the AC vents at the sides are positioned vertically. It features dual-tone dashboard theme, digital instrument cluster, and in front of it is the four spoke steering wheel with buttons to control for instrument cluster, and some functions of infotainment system. It has Audi-style gear lever for automatic gearbox, rotary dial for drive modes, and right next to the gear lever is the electric parking brake with auto hold function, and behind it is the ventilated seats buttons for driver and co-driver. The seat upholstery is full leather, and the driver gets 8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat. Moving to second row, the 6-seater config gets captain seats with armrest and climate control, and there is picnic tray on the seats of passenger and driver for second row passengers to access. The 7-seater config is split in 60:40 ratio, and the third row is split in 50:50 ratio. The Alcazar comes with ambient lighting that has 64 Color Options, and 8 Speaker Bose Premium Sound System.

So, from the outside, both the cars looks incredible, but the Safari looks good, and as for the interiors, the Alcazar and the Safari both looks really good.

Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Dimensions

Tata Safari FaceliftHyundai Alcazar
Length4668 MM4500 MM
Width1922 MM1790 MM
Height1795 MM1675 MM
Wheelbase2741 MM2760 MM
Ground Clearance205 MM200 MM
Boot Space420 L (3rd Row Folded)180 L
579 L (3rd Row Folded)
Fuel Tank Capacity50 L50 L

When it comes to Dimensions, the Safari Facelift measures 4668 MM in length, 1922 MM in width, and 1795 MM in height. The Hyundai Alcazar on the other hand, measures 4500 MM in length which is 168 MM shorter, 1790 MM in width that is narrower by 132 MM, and height of 1675 MM that is shorter by 120 MM. The Safari Facelift features a wheelbase of 2741 MM, and ground clearance of 205 MM where as the Alcazar measures 2760 MM that is longer by 29 MM, and ground clearance of 200 MM which is higher by 5 MM. The Safari Facelift and Alcazar is offered a 50 L fuel tank, but the Safari Facelift features 420 L Boot Space (3rd Row Folded), while the Alcazar features Boot Space of 239 L and 579 L (3rd Row Folded) (Bigger by 159 L).

Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Powertrains

Turbo DieselTata Safari FaceliftHyundai Alcazar
Engine2.0 L 4 Cylinder1.5 L 4 Cylinder
Power167.67 BHP114.41 BHP
Torque350 NM250 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT / AT6 Speed MT / AT
Fuel Efficiency16.30 KMPL – MT
14.50 KMPL – AT
20.4 KMPL – MT
18.1 KMPL – AT

When it comes to Engine Options, both the cars are offered with the Turbo Diesel Powertrain. But Let’s Start with the Safari Facelift first. The Safari Facelift comes with only one engine and that is the 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel generating 167.67 BHP and 350 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed Manual Gearbox with 16.30 KMPL mileage, and 6 Speed Automatic Gearbox with 14.50 KMPL mileage. The Hyundai Alcazar on the other hand, comes with the 1.5 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel producing 114.41 BHP and 250 NM of torque mated to 6 Speed Manual Gearbox with 20.4 KMPL mileage, and 6 Speed Automatic Gearbox with 18.1 KMPL mileage.

Turbo PetrolTata Safari FaceliftHyundai Alcazar
Engine1.5 L 4 Cylinder
Power157.81 BHP
Torque253 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT, 7 Speed DCT

Other than the Turbo Diesel Powertrain, the Hyundai Alcazar is offered the Turbo Petrol engine as well. Tata Safari was expected to get this powertrain, but it won’t be getting it anytime soon. Anyway, the Hyundai Alcazar comes with 1.5 L 4 Cylinder Turbo Petrol Engine generating 157.81 BHP and 253 NM of torque mated to the 6 Speed Manual, and 7 Speed DCT Gearbox.

Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Features

FeaturesTata Safari FaceliftHyundai Alcazar
HeadlampsLED ProjectorLED
Wheel size & Tyre18-inch, alloy wheels18-inch alloy wheels
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat upholsteryLeatherLeather
Rear AC ventYesYes
Instrument clusterDigitalDigital
Infotainment System12.3-inch10.25-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlayWirelessWired
Air PurifierYesYes
Ambient LightingYesYes
Voice ControlYesYes
Sound System10-speaker JBL sound system8 Speaker Bose Sound System
Cooled GloveboxYesYes
Auto Dimming IRVMYesYes
Wireless Charging PadYesYes
Height adjustable driver seatYesYes
Ventilated SeatsFirst Row
Second Row (Only for 6 Seater Variant)
First Row
Electric Parking Brake with Auto HoldYesYes
Powered TailgateYes
Powered Seats6-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat
4-way Power Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat

In Features, the Hyundai Alcazar misses out on Co-Driver Powered Seats, 10 Speaker Sound System, dual-zone climate control, and powered tailgate.

Safety FeaturesTata Safari FaceliftMaruti Invicto
AirbagsSeven AirbagsSix airbags
Camera360 Surround View Camera360 Surround View Camera
Parking SensorsFront and RearFront and Rear
Rain-Sensing WipersYesYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Traction ControlYesYes
Cruise ControlAdaptiveYes
ADASLevel 2
ABS with EBDYesYes
Hill AssistYesYes
Hill Descent ControlYes
All 4 Disc BrakesYesYes

In Safety, the Alcazar misses out on Hill Descent Control, ADAS, and Seven Airbags.

Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Price and Warranty

ModelPrice (Ex-showroom)
Tata Safari FaceliftExpected Rs. 16.85 L
Hyundai AlcazarRs. 16.77 – Rs. 21.23 L

The Hyundai Alcazar is priced at Rs. 16.77 Lakh for the entry-level variant “Prestige Turbo 7 Seater MT”, and Rs. 21.23 Lakh for the top variant “Signature (O) AE 7 Seater Diesel DT AT”. As for the Tata Safari Facelift, it’s expected to be priced at Rs. 16.85 lakh.

As for the warranty, Tata offers 3 years/1,00,000 km warranty period for the Safari that can be extended up to 5 years/unlimited kms and the Hyundai offers 3 years/Unlimited kms warranty for the Alcazar that can be extended up to 7 years/Unlimited kms.

Tata Safari Facelift vs Hyundai Alcazar – Verdict

In the end, the decision to buy which SUV depends totally on you, however, if you ask us the upcoming Tata Safari Facelift looks very promising as it’s got a new makeover, new features, good engine and performance, spacious, and feels very luxurious. Although the Hyundai Alcazar is slightly affordable than the Safari, it still gets good space compare to Safari, powerful petrol engine, almost the same features, and an facelift update is coming very soon. So, you can wait for few days for Safari Facelift launch, or you can go ahead and buy the Alcazar, or you can wait for the facelift update, your call. What car are you going to buy?

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