The Tata Safari is one of the popular 7-seater SUVs in its segment. The SUV was launched in the market a few years ago and quickly gained popularity among buyers. As we already know, the new Safari has nothing to do with the older or original Safari except the name. Since its launch, we have come across several videos of Tata Safari owners sharing their experiences with the vehicle. In most cases, the owners share reasons why they bought the SUV. Here we have a case where a Safari owner sold his 9-month-old SUV and bought a Mahindra XUV700.
The owner mentions that he had upgraded to the Tata Safari from a Ford EcoSport and was specifically looking for a 7-seater SUV with decent boot space, power, and ample road presence. He drove other cars in the segment and finalized the Tata Safari. After buying the car and driving it for some distance, he started noticing flaws with the SUV. One of the first things he noticed was the left pull while driving the car at higher speeds. If the driver is not holding the steering tightly, the car continues to move to the left. This issue was initially fixed with a subframe shift.
The owner takes his car for long drives as part of his job. The seat on the Safari is stiff, and this made the owner start to feel uncomfortable during long trips. He was forced to take short breaks to get his back right. Even after fixing the left pull issue, the issue continued to reappear after every 5,000 km. This left pull thing was making the driver put too much pressure on the steering, and his shoulder had started to pain. The owner then noticed another thing about the Safari: the angle at which the accelerator pedal was positioned was a bit weird, and it was putting too much pressure on his feet.
The throttle response felt dull, and even the cruise control is slow to resume. As the Safari is not the most fuel-efficient vehicle in this segment, the owner felt that the fuel tank on this SUV was small. He was comparing it with the Ford EcoSport, which offers a better range with the same 50-liter fuel tank capacity. He also felt that the Safari was not offering him under-thigh support, which is crucial while on long road trips. He also felt that the driver’s seat is positioned at an angle to the steering wheel. This, along with the left pull, was not offering him much comfort.
The owner also mentions that he had to use emergency brakes a few times, and he felt that the car was fishtailing. He said there were no warning signs on the MID, and even this took away the confidence he had in the vehicle. After every trip, the owner was feeling tired, and that is when he decided to sell the car. He sold the car only after using it for 9 months. The SUV had done 24,000 km, and after selling it, the owner had now booked the Mahindra XUV700, which he feels is better in terms of comfort. The owner mentions that the reasons mentioned above are from his personal experience and it may differ for other people.