Hyundai has officially launched its much-awaited 6/7 seat Creta-based SUV, the Alcazar today. Now, Hyundai is the fourth major player in this segment after Tata, Mahindra and MG. The most popular SUV in this segment is undoubtedly the recently launched Tata Safari which has been welcomed by the customers with open arms. It is only natural to stack these two SUVs against one another to see which one comes out on top. As usual, we will compare these products on exteriors, features, engines, prices, safety, specifications basis. So without any further ado, let us get into this exciting comparison.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari – Exteriors and Dimensions
The recently launched Alcazar features Hyundai’s sensual design language and looks ultra-modern. The front fascia of the Alcazar is clearly inspired by the Creta but there are key differences between the two. It features the Trio-Beam LED Headlamps and DRLs along with the bold and broad front grille with a completely different and attractive pattern with a chrome finish. The usage of chrome on the face is rather generous. The characteristic sculpted creases on the sides are new and the 18-inch Diamond-Cut Alloy Wheels are of completely different design as well. The side step will ensure easy ingress and egress for the passengers and the roof rails will enhance the practicality aspect. There is an appearance of a ring structure on the B-Pillar and D-Pillar which looks really sporty and modern and gives an entirely new dimension to the SUV. Hyundai claims that this will improve the rigidity for better handling. The rear end features a split LED taillamp setup along with a thick chrome slab connecting the two taillamps and Alcazar engraved on it. The bumper below hosts the sporty skid plate and there is also the shark fin antenna.
The Safari is the longer version of the Harrier which is already one of the better-looking SUVs around. The front end resembles the Harrier with the LED DRLs on the bonnet, Xenon HID Projector headlamp unit on the bonnet and the chrome Tri-arrow marking on the front grille. The side lets you know the length and the typical silhouette of the Safari with the stepped-up rear roof and roof rails. The large 18-inch machined alloys make the SUV look bold and muscular. The rear looks sporty with LED tail lamps connected by a blacked-out glass housing. Overall, the flagship offering from Tata Motors does look premium enough from the outside.
When it comes to the exterior dimensions, the numbers paint a very interesting picture. Although the Hyundai Alcazar is substantially smaller than the Tata Safari in almost all aspects, it still has a longer wheelbase which is quite impressive. This ensures a large cabin space, especially for the second and third-row passengers.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari – Interiors and Features
When it comes to the features and interiors, Hyundai has always ensured that they packed all the latest and a few segment-first features in almost all its products. It is no different here either. This includes features like Dual-Tone Cognac and Black Upholstery, a 10.25-inch Digital Infotainment System with all the modern connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Advanced Blue Link Connected Car Tech, a 7-inch Digital infotainment System for Driver’s information, Wireless Phone Charging for the Second Row as well, Driver Centric Console with Automatic Climate Control, Ventilated Front Seats, Blind-View Monitor, Steering Mounted Audio Controls with Voice Recognition, Voice-Enabled Panoramic Sunroof, 8-speaker BOSE Premium Sound System, Air Purifier, 2nd-row one-touch tip and tumble seats, Rear Window Sunshade, 64 Coloured Ambient Lighting, 8-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat, Puddle Lamps with Hyundai Logo Projection, Leather-wrapped D-Cut Steering Wheel and much more.
When you enter inside the new Safari, you are greeted with the Oyster White colour scheme with Ashwood insert on the dashboard with a soft touch and anti-reflective surface The Safari is filled with features to the brim including a large Panoramic Sunroof with anti-pinch function, Reclining Second Row Seats, Ambient Mood Lighting, Automatic Temperature Control, Cooled Storage Box, 6-way Powered Driver Seat with adjustable lumbar support. On the tech front, there is an 8-inch Floating Island Touch Screen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 9-speaker JBL audio system, Instrument Cluster with a 7-inch Coloured TFT Display, Voice Recognition and Bluetooth connectivity. Then there is the connected car tech from Tata Motors called the iRA (Intelligent Real-time Assist) with functions like Geo and time-fencing, Valet Mode, Live Tracking, Intrusion Alert, Live Vehicle Diagnostics, Drive Pattern Analysis, Remote Commands, Over-the-air updates and much more.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari – Safety
Safety being a key component these days, Hyundai has equipped the Alcazar with all the modern safety kit including 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Management, ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Surround View Monitor, Hill Assist Control, All-four Disc Brakes, Burglar Alarm, Emergency Stop Signal and much more.
Safety features on the Tata Safari include a plethora of functions like All Disc Brakes, 6 Airbags, Front Fog Lamp with Cornering Function, Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points, Reverse Parking Camera, ABS with EBD and ESC, Electronic Traction Control, Corner Stability Control, Hill Hold and Descent Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Dynamic Wheel Torque by Brake and much more. Tata is already a pioneer in vehicle safety and we expect nothing less from Tata this time around as well.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari – Engines, Transmissions and Prices
The Hyundai Alcazar comes with two powertrain options. The petrol engine will be a BS6 compliant 2.0-litre unit making 159 PS and 191 Nm. The diesel engine will be the 1.5-litre BS 6 compliant unit making 115 PS and 250 Nm. Both these engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter unit. Also, Hyundai claims the segment-best fuel efficiency from the diesel powertrain. There will be different driving modes on offer for the steering mapping, including Eco, City and Sport. Also, there will various Traction Control Modes as well (Snow, Sand, Mud) along with Paddle Shifters. The prices of the petrol trims of the Hyundai Alcazar start at Rs 16.30 lakh for the 7-seater Manual Prestige Trim and go all the way up to Rs 19.85 lakh, ex-showroom for the 6-seater Signature Automatic Trim. The diesel model costs Rs 16.53 lakh for the 7-seater Prestige Manual Trim and Rs 19.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the 6-seater Automatic Signature Trim.
The Safari comes with a sole 2.0-litre Kryotec Diesel engine making 170PS and 350Nm mated to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox option. The Safari also comes with various Terrain Modes including Normal, Rough and Wet. It also comes equipped with Multiple Drive Modes including Eco, City and Sport. The prices of the Tata Safari start at Rs 14.99 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 21.81 lakh, ex-showroom for the XZA+ Adventure Diesel Automatic Trim.
Hyundai Alcazar vs Tata Safari – Verdict
To choose between these two newly launched SUVs is a real thrill. Both these SUVs carry distinct characteristics of their respective carmakers. While on the one hand, Hyundai Alcazar does what all Hyundais do which is offer you a great deal of flexibility in terms of powertrains (petrol or diesel), first-in-segment features and affordability, on the other, Tata Safari is an SUV which has a lot of cult following from decades ago. It offers typical Tata build quality, modern features and a powerful diesel engine among other things. If you are looking for a rugged and classic diesel SUV, it has to be the Safari. However, if you want the flexibility of choice, more premium features you can definitely opt for the Hyundai Alcazar.