More is never enough
Auto Today|September 2021
Tata Motors launched the Safari as the seven seat variant of the Harrier. Now Hyundai has a contender in form of the new Alcazar. We find out the better people mover

Test No. 227 to 228

Hyundai Alcazar 1.5-litre, 4cyl, 115bhp

Tata Safari 2.0-litre, 4cyl, 170bhp

The current SUV lineup in India might seem to be plenty. However it is here that manufacturers feel that more is never enough. So much so that today you can have a micro-SUV as well as a full-blooded off-road-ready monster. Somewhere in between all of this resides the people-mover SUV. These are essentially butch-looking vehicles which can haul six or more passengers and the newest two are the Tata Safari and the Hyundai Alcazar. So what do they offer? Let’s find out.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The exterior design of any vehicle might be a subjective matter. But this is where half the battle is won or lost. So it is important for the design to be a rather imposing one. The Hyundai Alcazar borrows most of its front-end styling from the Hyundai Creta. Now this is a good thing considering people love the way the new generation Creta looks and as a result it is on the top of the sales charts in its segment. So the Alcazar continues to offer a two-tier full LED lighting console up front. The lights are powerful and come with inbuilt LED DRL which has now become a signature feature. The grille is new and Hyundai has given it the dark chrome treatment, another element which is ‘in’ these days. In profile one can spot that till the B-pillar, the Alcazar is very much like the Creta. But from then on, it is all new. The flared wheel arches look good and the Alcazar also gets a side step. The Alcazar also rides on gorgeous 18in alloy wheels. The Alcazar also comes with puddle lamps which light up the sides well and comes as a boon when the SUV is parked in unknown territory. At the back, one is greeted by a large tailgate which is occupied by the LED tail light units. The Alcazar nomenclature sits prominently in the middle. Then there are scuff plates and the twin-pipe tailpipe too. Overall the design is rather balanced.

The Tata Safari on the other hand comes with a more imposing design. The front end is dominated by the wide grille which ends at the sleek LED DRLs at both ends. The lighting console is also another sporty feature which dominates the front bumpers. These are xenon HID projector lamps which illuminate well. In profile, the Safari continues its assault on the ‘enthusiast’s heart’. The 18in alloys look good and then there are the plastic claddings all around which add to the rufty tufty feel. The roof rails on the Safari are not just for pure looks but it can tackle weights upto 75kg. This means one can add a roof box or even cycle rack. At the back, the Safari looks sporty too with its roof spoiler sticking out. The light console is also sporty and adds to the overall design.

DIMENSION CHECK

Dimensions reveal another story. The Alcazar measures in at 4,500mm while the Safari is 4,661mm long. The Safari is wider and taller too. But when it comes to wheelbase (which essentially opens up cabin space), the Alcazar wins it by offering more. Another number which makes a difference is the ground clearance. At 205mm, the Safari offers 5mm more clearance as compared to the Alcazar. But where the Alcazar scores again is the kerb weight where the nearly two-tonne Safari is much heavier. Overall the dimensions reveal that the Safari is larger and thanks to its design a far more imposing one. As far as platforms are concerned, the Alcazar is based on a reworked Creta platform while the Safari uses the OMEGARC which is derived from the Land Rover D8 platform.

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