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After the stupendous success of Tata Nexon, the carmaker has upped the ante and launched its most distinctly styled and premium offering, the Tata Harrier. It will compete directly with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass the Mahindra XUV 500. Let’s check out whether it is a smart buy under 20 Lakh or not?
The Harrier comes in only one engine option that is Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II motor that churns out 138 bhp and 350 nm of torque which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Though there is no news about the automatic so far, it may come in future. However, it comes with 3 drive modes City, Eco and Sport as well as 3 Terrain response modes – Normal, Rough and Wet.
Tata Harrier is based on the Land Rover’s D8 platform which Tata calls OMEGA platform. Harrier is almost similar to H5X concept (Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 design) showcased by the company in Auto Expo 2018.
Its impressive grill and beautiful LED DRLS make the front look impressive. The DRLs double up as turn Indicators and the Xenon projector headlamps are brilliantly integrated with the bumper. Also, the curves given on the bonnet give a very imposing, bold and muscular feel to the car. There is a logo projection on the side view mirrors.
It has 17-inch alloy wheels which look a tad smaller but do the duty well. The beautiful side cladding with muscular curves, especially the curves of these wheel arches makes the SUV look very muscular from the side. It has a very long 2,741mm wheelbase which ensures a lot of space inside the cabin and 205 mm of ground clearance which means it can take on any kind of terrain.
Dual tone ORVM looks attractive and the door handles get decent chrome lining which looks good. The floating roof is designed to perfection and the chrome lining on the top and black down with Harrier branding embossed to make it look striking.
The black colour shark fin antenna looks good and gives a sharp look to the roof. It gets a rear wiper, the defogger and handsome rear spoiler. The sharp curves on the tailgate and tail lamps give a very distinct look to the rear of the SUV and you can make out from a distance that you are following the flamboyant Tata Harrier. The rear of the car is designed in such a way that it complements the overall design philosophy of the car.
The moment you enter the SUV you’ll be left amazed. Trust me, I am not exaggerating. You will not be able to believe that you are in a Tata Car. The quality of the plastics is very good. Rather, I would say that calling it very good interiors is an understatement, actually its mind-blowing.
The seats… well, I can think of only one word to describe the seats of Harrier and that’s ROYAL. None of its competitor offer seats as comfortable and luxurious.
If we talk about the features, it gets an 8.8 inches infotainment system which is super easy to operate. The positioning of the infotainment system is very accurate and you don’t have to move your eyes much from the road while you operate the system which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
It also gets a 7.0-inch multi-info display in the instrument cluster which includes a digital tachometer, displays various driving modes and relays media and navigation info from the main screen which is also a safety feature.
Its gets chunky leather-wrapped steering wheel which provides a good grip. You can also adjust its height. The instrument cluster of the Tata Harrier is both analogue and 7-inch digital offering loads of information. It gets a JBL music system with a speaker and tweeter in each door and a woofer in the boot (total 9 speakers) which delivers incredible acoustics. The top-end variant gets 6 airbags, rollover mitigation control, ESP, cornering stability control, ISOFIX child seat anchors, traction control, hill hold and hill descent control.
If we talk about the practicality, it offers plenty of spaces to keep your knick knacks like this space under the armrest of the driver’s seat, to keep your beverages, your wallet maybe mobile. Apart from this, a large glove box available to keep documents, mobile phone, wallet etc. Moreover, it comes with a very cool Aircraft Throttle type handbrake which is easy to use. The Harrier also comes equipped with the auto headlamp, rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, climate control, and cruise control, cornering function for the fog lamps.
Despite so featuring loaded there are a couple of things that we miss in Harrier, like the Sunroof and Automatic Transmission. Maybe we will get these in the future upgrades of the car.
The rear seat is the place you would like to be. It’s spacious and very comfortable with a generous amount of legroom and headroom. Also, the thigh and back support are excellent. Rear AC vents are placed very intelligently in the B-pillars which frees up the space for the USB charging point in the middle of the front seats. Then there’s this central armrest with two cup holders and a bunch of cubby holes on the door. There’s one specifically designed to keep your phone and comes in handy.
Harrier offers around 425 litres of the boot space, which is sufficient. Though the smallest in its class it is deep and boxy which makes it easy to load more luggage.
Tata Harrier comes in fascinating colour options like Ariel Silver, Calisto Copper, Thermistor Gold, Telesto Grey and Orcus White.
Price and Variants
Price starts from 12.70 Lakh for XE Model and goes up to 16.40 Lakh for the XZ model. These are ex-showroom prices and you can visit your nearest dealership to check the on-road price.
Tata Harrier is definitely a head turner and we will call it a MILESTONE for Tata Motors. As far as the design, features, specifications and pricing are concerned I would give this car big thumbs up. But automatic transmission and the sunroof will be missed. We hope these features will be available in their future upgrades. Surprisingly, the Tata team had done a commendable job and delivered the right product at a very good price. It’s definitely a value for Money product from the House of Tata.