Well guys here is TATA SAFARI STROME REVIEW
CarToq Expert Amit Pinge got a unique opportunity to drive a Tata Safari Storme in Pune. However, in the interest of confidentiality of the Tata Motors’ staff who allowed him to drive the vehicle, we are not posting photos of the vehicle driven.
Tata Safari Storme: Official pic
Here is Amit’s report on his Storme driving experience:
“A few days back, I was returning after a cup of coffee with some old friends in Pune, when a familiar-looking SUV passed me. The rear badge gave it away. It was the soon to be launched Tata Safari Storme. As I tailed the vehicle, I realized it was going close to where I stay.
The Safari Storme stopped close to my place and the driver was having a hard time parking it, as the parking spot was very tight for the Storme. By the time he parked, I was waiting by his door with a barrage of questions. The vehicle was registered to the Commercial Vehicles Business Unit of Tata Motors, and was being used by various Tata Motors employees for real-world feedback. The Tata staffer confirmed that the vehicle will be officially launched in September.
After a round of quick introductions, I looked around the vehicle. The face looked neat. It had projector headlamps, but normal bulbs seem to be placed in them. The face looked better in reality than in pictures. The second thing was the dual exhaust tips looked good at the rear. From the rear, it felt as if it was a bit too tall. After chatting with the Tata staffer for a while, I asked if he would allow me a quick test drive. He agreed and got into the passenger’s seat.
So here I was sitting in a Safari Storme, the older version being disliked for having a very soft suspension setup, which according to me, was boat-like in handling. The first thing I noticed in the Storme, was that the key ring was illuminated. When I cranked the engine, I was surprised by the low noise, vibration and harshness levels (NVH). After putting on the seat belt, it took me a moment to put on the lights as there was a rotary switch for it on the dash (like the Aria). The door handles were in chrome and felt solid and the build quality of the locks is good. They now perfectly align with the handle, unlike the older Safari. The unlocked position and chrome lock catches your eye very easily.
The plastic quality was way superior to that of a Scorpio. This is a quick comparison as I travel very frequently in a VlX 4×4 Scorpio that is just a few months old. All the buttons and switches felt much better to use and to even look at. The Tata staffer urged me to try a few of them. The outer rear-view mirror controls are on the A-pillar, with small tweeters below them. The A-pillar in the Safari does not hamper vision unlike some other SUVs. The overall feeling of quality I got, felt as if it was some other vehicle and not a Tata Safari!
We started driving and took it to a wide open road which was close by (it’s a 100ft road, wide and empty at that time of the day). The torque felt like it was always there and there was no turbo lag. As we were coming out of the small lanes, the gearbox did not slot properly into third, and required a bit of a push and made some noise. The throttle response was very good and it was accelerating happily. Traffic was slow and it was a good chance to evaluate its low-rpm behavior. I slotted it directly into 3rd gear at as low as 700 rpm as we moved slowly. I could not believe that the engine did not knock but pulled up the rpm’s from around 700 to idling in 3rd gear. It did the same thing, when without using the accelerator I shifted to 4th and then 5th gear. The Safari was lazing around in the top gear at speeds between 40 kmph and 50 kmph, without any apparent engine knocking. When I got a stretch of open road, with due permission, I pushed the pedal to the metal. The response was as expected and the vehicle accelerated without any trouble as we rode the torque wave. No surprises here.
I tried weaving the vehicle about from side to side on an open road to check the suspension quality. There was very little body roll and I wanted to scream out loud that the boat-like behavior of the older Safari had finally been eliminated in the Storme. It was a well-behaved vehicle. I also slammed the brakes once and brakes were positive. I found the suspension damping to be way better than the Scorpio.The vehicle had a permanent registration number meaning it has passed all the necessary ARAI, CMVR etc tests and is road ready.
Pitting against the Scorpio it feels a lot more premium. Just like the difference in a Tavera and an Innova. The Scorpio though has an edge in seating options with the third row bench available whereas the Safari is expected to have only jump seats for the third box seating.
The drive came to an end in next few minutes as we both got back home. The gentleman had patiently listened to my feedback for nearly an hour!
While finishing up, I noticed some finer points about the vehicle. The central locking remote control buttons are integrated on the key and the cabin lights have a theatre dimming effect.
In the middle row, I found a 12 volt power socket. It has overhead AC vents as well as the low down central vents in between the front two front seats, allowing for superb cooling in the rear. The seats had a 60:40 split and if three people were to sit, then the middle person would not be as comfortable as the other two on either side.
Finally, I went to the back of the vehicle. The opening latch for the boot was placed under the chrome strip. Though it was slightly difficult to locate at first, I felt it made the rear look much prettier. Another thing was that the door had become noticeably lighter than the older Safari since the spare tyre in now under the third box seats.
There are two foldable jump seats in the boot are quite like the older Safari. Space is enough only for kids. Just as I was about to close the rear, the Tata staffer pointed out the AC vents in the C-pillar, which is great for even passengers in the last row. The boot floor has a luggage net to hold small items so that they don’t bounce around.
I had plenty of feedback to offer the Tata staffer, which he was interested in knowing and reporting to the right people. Hopefully, they will include some minor changes that I personally thought would make the vehicle better without much investment needed. I’m not listing the negatives as I’ve pointed that out to the Tata staffer and not here.”