To attract your attention, both SUVs in this comparison rely on more than their individual merits. On one end, there’s Tata’s ‘Safari,’ and on the other end, there’s Hyundai’s ‘Alcazar’, even though it is banking on the success and goodwill of its younger sibling, the Creta. While these aren’t direct competitors, it’s worth considering whether the Safari’s additional Rs 2 lakh on-road price is justified. In this article, we will compare the Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari in detail. 

Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari: First Look

On paper, the wheelbase of the Alcazar is larger. However, the design has a more modern, sophisticated feel to it than the Safari’s outdoorsy and rugged motif.

Both are geared to attract notice. The Alcazar features a massive ‘dark chrome’ studded grille, triplet full-LED headlamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels that look like they belong on a concept car. The back, on the other hand, is a little plain.

The Safari also separates itself from the Harrier in the rear. The Safari’s front-end design is nearly identical to its five-seater twin, much like the Alcazar-Creta tandem. The Safari’s authority is stamped by the sportier tri-arrow design on the grille and the larger 18-inch alloy wheels.

Without a doubt, both ensure that your neighbours know you spent more than Rs 20 lakh on a car. Because of its wider footprint, the Tata takes the lead.

Worth the Money?

Hyundai has a reputation for lavishing us with next-generation features. They’ve done exactly the same thing with the Alcazar. To begin, the Creta’s strong feature blend was an excellent starting point. The seven-seater, though, is a solid value offer with a few crucial enhancements. Tata, on the other hand, appears to have prioritized functionality. There isn’t a single feature that Safari has that Alcazar does not.

With features like ventilated seats, wireless charging, and connected car technology, the Alcazar takes the lead when it comes to value for money. Front parking sensors, a side step (on automatic models only), and a 360° camera are all things that the smaller Hyundai lacks, but that the larger Tata desperately needs.

When it comes to the multimedia experience, it also has the upper hand.

The Alcazar’s touchscreen easily outperforms the Safari’s, with more real estate, faster touch response, and an elegant user interface. The Tata’s case isn’t helped by a lesser screen resolution and a sluggish interface. Hyundai also ups the ante in terms of instruments, with a fully digital display with a high-resolution screen and customizable themes. Tata has integrated the Safari’s screen beautifully, but the fonts at the bottom appear to be too small, and the analogue speedometer appears to be a bit low-rent at this pricing point. 

In terms of audio, Safari takes a step back. The JBL system on offer here actually lives up to its promise, whilst the Alcazar’s Bose audio sounds flat in comparison.

Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari: Space

The Alcazar offers a boot that is genuinely useful while travelling full house in place of the crushed third row. In contrast, the advertised capacity is more than double that of the Safari: 180 vs. 73 litres. Two compact trolley bags fit readily in the Alcazar, however the Safari only allows for a handful of backpacks or duffel bags.

By folding the third row, both SUVs can easily transport a week’s worth of stuff without breaking a sweat. If you want to use the Safari or the Alcazar as a 4- or 5-seater with a spacious boot, the Safari has a better cabin-to-boot size ratio.

Recap

After putting each of these SUVs through its paces, we were able to confirm our suspicions. These two seven-seaters are for two distinct groups of individuals. Let’s take a look at why you should consider either of them.

The Alcazar’s amazing feature list is just one of the many reasons to consider it. Even if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, the base-spec Prestige model is a good deal when compared to a Safari. The Alcazar’s engine options are ideal for a relaxed driver. They aren’t very thrilling, but their drivability and fuel efficiency should keep you satisfied.

If you usually travel within the city, the Alcazar should also be higher on your list. A second row that isn’t as spacious as the first and a third row that is best suited to children are also disadvantages. With all rows in place, it also provides a bigger boot.

The Safari’s allure stems from two factors: the way it drives and the amount of space it provides. If you’re looking for a new SUV to accompany you on your next road trip, you’ll appreciate driving the Safari a lot more. Similarly, if you’re chauffeured and need more space in the second row, or if you’re a family man who wants more space in the third row for grownups, the Tata is the way to go. The obvious trade-off is the amount of luggage space available.