Just like the compact and mid size SUV segment, the 7-seater SUV segment is also growing in our market. Earlier we only had Mahindra XUV500 in this segment. Now manufacturers like Tata, Hyundai and MG have also entered this space. Tata launched Safari in the market earlier this year and Hyundai Alcazar was launched recently. Both these SUVs are doing pretty well in the market. We have seen several videos of both these SUVs online some of them have been featured on our website as well. Here we have a video where both Safari and Alcazar are seen in a classic drag race.
The video has been uploaded by HEAT 17 on their YouTube channel. The video starts with technical specifications of both the SUVs. The Tata Safari is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 170 Ps and 350 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai Alcazar on the other hand is powered by a smaller 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 115 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque. Tata Safari used in this video comes with an automatic transmission while the Alcazar gets a manual gearbox. Alcazar is also available with an automatic gearbox option.
For this race, vlogger chooses an empty stretch of road. The tarmac was wet as it was raining during the race. Both SUVs were lined up for the race and when the race started, Hyundai Alcazar moved off the line with some amount of wheel spin. It felt like Alcazar had an advantage over Tata Safari and will maintain the lead but, as the car was shifted to second gear, Tata Safari can be seen overtaking the Alcazar.
Tata Safari automatic moved off the line less aggressively in comparison to Alcazar but, within seconds the lag was all gone and Safari started showing its true colours. It took the lead within seconds and maintained it throughout the race. Hyundai Alcazar kept on trying to overtake Safari but, the gap between the cars only increased. Alcazar was around 2 seconds slower than Tata Safari when it crossed the finish line. Only one round was conducted as it was quite clear from the first round itself that the Alcazar did not stand a chance.
There are several reasons why Alcazar could not win the race against Safari. The main reason being the engine. Safari’s engine is far more powerful and generates more torque than Alcazar. To be exact, Safari generates 55 Ps more power 100 Nm more torque than Alcazar. Another factor was the gearbox. Safari’s automatic gearbox meant, driver does not have to manually shift the gears and during this process you loose precious time which is crucial during a drag race.
Another problem with Hyundai Alcazar other than the smaller engine was its power delivery. Vlogger mentions that the power delivery in Hyundai Alcazar did not feel aggressive. It was linear and it also felt that the SUV felt a bit underpowered. Although Alcazar is lighter than Safari, the more power and torque from Safari’s engine pushed the seven seater SUV across the finish line first.