Reasons it's worth paying 4L more for an Innova Crysta over a Safari AT

The cost differential between these two automatic options is about 4 lakh rupees, considering the on-road prices in Bangalore.

BHPian Thumping Soul recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

As stupid as I may sound, but I'm in an utter dilemma. Not able to make a decision. Its not even a mind vs heart thing anymore.

Few months back we test drove the Tata Safari XZA+ and were absolutely floored by the overall ride quality, plush interiors, gem of an engine & transmission. The car was flawless and we were about to make the booking.

That very weekend, my uncle suggested and infact drove me to test drive the Innova Crysta automatic and we did! And, I came impressed with the overall ride quality, fit & finish. And he went on to talk about the reliability & the ease of ownership, etc. Its a proven product from a company with its legacy of manufacturing top-quality products which just live on!

Now, coming to my predicament. The cost differential between these two options is about 4 lakhs, considering the on-road prices in Bangalore. From an affordability perspective, I can go for either.

But, I'm in two minds right now - 'Not able to convince myself paying the differential'.

Please help!

Here's what BHPian sreejinair had to say on the matter:

  • Fuss free ownership.
  • Reliability.
  • Excellent resale value.

I'm sure there are more points, but these came to mind while typing.

By the way the price difference in Maharashtra is around 2.5L (Safari XZA Plus Gold 6 S vs Innova Crysta ZX 2.4 AT 7 STR).

Here's what BHPian libranof1987 had to say on the matter:

I've been in this position for the last few months and eventually booked the Crysta ZX AT. I test drove the Safari and XUV700.

Why I chose the Crysta:

  • Third row is the most spacious.
  • Third row is three seater vs. the two seater for both the above. Ideal for only two but they'll be more comfortable in the Crysta. In XUV700 and Safari, the body moulds are very intrusive.
  • Crysta has the most boot space with the third row up.
  • More reliable.

The ONLY reason I'd have not chosen the Crysta is the lack of bench row in the ZX AT.

A friend owns the top end Safari (AT), and within a year, he's already visited the service centre four times for various niggles/issues.

Here's what BHPian DicKy had to say on the matter:

  • You loved both cars and haven't mentioned any negatives of either.
  • You haven't yet mentioned the typical excuses of 'Safari styling is awesome, tugs at heart', 'Innova is van/taxi/boring/poor image'.
  • You can afford both easily.

Buy the Innova!!!!


  • Proper 8 seater with bootspace for a couple of duffle bags.
  • Mechanically sorted and strong underpinnings.
  • Ergonomically sound.
  • You won't be in first name basis with your SA.
  • You can be assured of parts availability and service as long as the government allows you to keep the vehicle.


  • The brand name has an aura piggybacking on the OG's image.
  • Eye candy for the public.
  • Better music system. Oh, panoramic sunroof too.

The four lakhs difference is nothing if you want a reliable steed or plan to keep the vehicle 5+ years.

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