The Tata Safari is arguably the most recognized Indian SUV brand. First launched in 1998, the Safari has since seen numerous updates to enhance its appeal. However, the aging SUV has finally been outsold by fresher rivals. Hence, Tata needs an all-new SUV to continue its charge in the mid-size SUV segment. This is exactly where the Hexa comes in. The new Tata Hexa has a crossover-ish look and comes with many new features. It shares its engine with the Safari, which means its on-road performance has to be at least as good. Also, the Hexa gets a 4×4 system to validate its SUV credentials. There’s a lot that the Hexa offers. But can it carry forward the legacy the Safari created? We find out in our Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Comparison here-Also See – Tata Hexa Test Drive Review | Tata Hexa vs Tata Aria
We understand that there’s a generation that separates these two SUVs. However, there’s more than just the badge that links these two to each other. Both the models get essentially the same engines. What’s more, even the 4×4 hardware for both of these comes from Borg Warner. Also, both these offer stellar mile-munching capabilities. So let’s find out more in our Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Comparison there.
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Price Comparison
|Engine Type||Tata Hexa||Tata Safari Storme|
|Diesel||Rs 11 – 16 lakh*||Rs 10-15 lakh|
*estimated ex-showroom price
The Hexa is most likely to have a starting price of Rs 11 Lakh for the base model. In comparison, the Safari Storme would be more than a lakh Rupees cheaper. However, the slightly higher price tag of the Hexa will be justified by the fact that it’s a much more modern SUV. This, and also the longer features list and new-age styling. The entry-level XE variant of Hexa gets Varicor 320 motor. The XM and XT trims get the more powerful Varicor 400 engine.
The Safari Storme hasn’t been doing too well on the sales charts. This means there are chances that the discounts can be had at the dealer level. All this will make the Safari even cheaper. However, we still feel the premium commanded by the Hexa will be justified in several ways. Also, the top-end Storme, which gets same engine as Hexa, will be priced very close to the Hexa. This would negate any price advantage of sorts.
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Features Comparison
The Tata Hexa comes with plenty of features. True, it does miss out on Keyless Entry and Push Button Start but there’s nothing else we can complain of. The new Tata Hexa comes packed with features such as-
- Climate control
- Touchscreen Infotainment System
- Chilled glovebox
- Hill start assist
- Harman 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- 10 speaker JBL audio system
- Ambient lighting
- Colour MID
- Six airbags
- Super Drive Modes
- Borg Warner Adaptive 4×4 System
The Safari Storme misses out on all almost of these.
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Specifications Comparison
|Tata Hexa||Tata Safari Storme|
|Displacement||2.2 litre Varicor Diesel / Varicor 400 Diesel||2.2 litre Varicor Diesel / Varicor 400 Diesel|
|Power||150 PS/156 PS||150 PS/156 PS|
|Torque||320 Nm/400 Nm||320 Nm/400 Nm|
|Efficiency (ARAI)||-NA-||14 KMPL|
|Transmission||5 Speed Manual/ 6 speed Manual and 6 speed Auto||5 speed Manual / 6 Speed Manual|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||4788 x 1903 x 1791 mm||4565 x 1855 x 1922 mm|
Tata won’t launch a Petrol-powered Hexa anytime soon. It will be available only with a 2.2 L Diesel engine that also powers the Safari Storme. The cheaper models of both the Safari and the Hexa get this engine in a slightly lower state of tune. While this engine outputs 156 PS-400 Nm for top-end Hexa and top-end Safari, the cheaper variants make do with 150 PS-320 Nm. Also, the lower models get a 5-Speed Manual Transmission. The top-end Safari and Hexa also get a 6-Speed Manual Gearbox. The Hexa, however, even gets a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. Both SUVs here get a 4×4 system but Hexa’s is a more modern unit.
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Mileage Comparison
|Tata Hexa*||Tata Safari Storme|
|Diesel||2.2 Manual – 15 KMPL/2.2 Automatic – 14 KMPL||2.2 Manual – 14 KMPL|
As both the SUVs have the same engine, there won’t be much difference between the fuel mileage. However, the Hexa, which is more modern, could be a wee bit more frugal. Its automatic model’s mileage, however, could be equal to Safari’s fuel efficiency. Stay tuned for confirmed figures.
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Dimensions Comparison
|Tata Hexa||Tata Safari Storme|
|Length||4788 mm||4565 mm|
|Width||1903 mm||1855 mm|
|Height||1791 mm||1922 mm|
|Wheelbase||2850 mm||2750 mm|
|Ground Clearance||200 mm||200 mm|
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme – Exterior & Interior Comparison
Tata has done a decent job with the Hexa’s design. It has got a crossover-ish touch to it whilst carrying several SUV elements. The 19-inch alloy wheels, body cladding, clamshell hood, in-your-face radiator grille, etc make the Hexa have enough street cred. The Safari, on the other hand, looks like an old school SUV. This isn’t really a bad thing. However, it has started showing its age and hence, lacks flamboyance. We prefer the rugged looks of the Tata Hexa over the dated-looking Safari.
Even the interior of the Hexa is really very good. It is made up of high quality materials and carries several features for passenger comfort. It has an all-black colour scheme. Also, all the three rows get individual AC blowers. Hexa also offers features like a 10-speaker JBL audio system, touchscreen infotainment system and a cooled glovebox. The Safari feels spartan in comparison.
Tata Hexa vs Tata Safari Storme Comparison Verdict
Tata has worked hard to ensure the Hexa comes across as a world class product. Likely to be priced only a bit higher, it will also much more than the Safari. The Hexa looks set to be a better buy overall. However, Safari still has a strong brand image, which is something even the Hexa will aim to achieve.
- Design – Looks are a matter of personal taste. However, the Hexa looks more modern and should appeal to the metrosexual. The Safari will continue to please old school SUV lovers.
- Features – The Hexa gets many more features than the Safari Storme. The Safari feels spartan in comparison.
- Specifications – The Tata Hexa gets the same engines as the Safari Storme. However, it offers more in the form of an auto ‘box and a more modern 4×4 system. It is also dimensionally larger.
- Price – Price will play a major role. We expect the Hexa to command a slight premium over the Safari Storme. But in all chances, the slightly higher price tag will be well justified.
So basically, the Tata Hexa seems like a better package.
Tata Hexa Review Walkaround Video
Tata Hexa Price List*
|Tata Hexa LX Manual Transmission, 4×2||Rs 10.5 lakh|
|Tata Hexa LX Automatic Transmission, 4×2||Rs 11.25 lakh|
|Tata Hexa VX Manual Transmission, 4×2||Rs 11.60 lakh|
|Tata Hexa VX Manual Transmission, 4×4||Rs 12.5 lakh|
|Tata Hexa VX Automatic Transmission, 4×2||Rs 12.6 lakh|
*estimated ex-showroom price
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