Yes, there are some important bits missing in today’s day and age like a reverse camera, cruise control, dead pedal, multi-information display and front facing third row seats. These additions in the facelifted Safari would have made it a much more convenient SUV. However, the Safari isn’t all about convenience, it’s the mechanical and raw driving feel that most of the SUVs lack these days. I feel the V400 will be the last iteration of the Safari saga before the Q501 monocoque successor comes in the next couple of years and joins the new age SUV crowd.
* Fantastic performance of the V400 engine, heck it’s even more powerful than the Endeavour 2.2!
* Additional 6th gear makes it a comfortable cruiser on the highways
* Supreme ride comfort and high-speed stability
* King of the road commanding position and intimidating presence on the road
What’s Not So Cool
* 6-speed unit feels a bit notchy
* Tata should have provided more features to differentiate from the regular Storme
Further Reading –
2016 Tata Safari Storme Long Term Review – Initial Report
Tata Safari Storme Long Term Review – Initial Report
Tata Safari Storme Long Term Review – Final Report
2016 Tata Safari Storme Varicor 400 Test Drive Review
2015 Tata Safari Storme Facelift Test Drive Review
Tata Safari Storme – Tour de Gujarat [Travelogue]