2019 Tata Harrier Review: What Makes The Car So Appealing?

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Tata Motors introduced the Tata Harrier SUV to the domestic market on January 23, 2019. At Rs 12.69 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the all-new SUV has received a great response from the enthusiasts.

Tata Harrier Overview: Introduction To The Badass SUV

Tata Harrier is available with four different variants as follows:

No Variant Name 
 1 Harrier XE
 2 Harrier XM
 3 Harrier XT
 4 Harrier XZ

When considering the massive public interest aggregated for the Tata’s flagship SUV, it is undoubted that the Tata Harrier is one of the most anticipated vehicles in early 2019. It is even easy to say that, the latest Tata offering is completely a global product since the JLR-based SUV holds enough favourable conditions and values for being the most praiseworthy model among the country's automotive fraternity.

Nearly a month since the first Tata Harrier hit the dealerships in the Indian market, the premium SUV has rapidly become a buzzword into the space of the four-wheeler. So what helps the car so appealing to spark large attention among the Indian gearheads?

Tata Harrier 360 View: Exterior Review

While the modern auto fans are increasingly getting bored with the same old design in such many sport utility vehicles from other marques, Tata Motors releases a whole fresh air into the segment of SUV by the arrival of the Jaguar Land Rover-sourced Tata Harrier.

Tata Harrier, orange front view

The "silver bullet" Tata Harrier has been built with a completely striking exterior

Front View

Might be you do not know that it’s has been 10 years and around since Tata Motor acquired the celebrated brand- Jaguar Land Rover. And after more than a decade, the Tata Harrier is the first product of the collaboration between Tata and Jaguar. That said, it is the first product to utilize the company’s latest Impact 2.0 Design Language that really grabs much excitement for prospective customers.

All-new Tata Harrier | First Drive Review | Tested on road and in the desert

The extraordinary design of the Tata SUV makes people turn their heads whenever and wherever the Harrier makes its presence. Promised to apply an exterior design close to the H5X concept debuted in February 2018, the production model from the home-grown carmaker never let us down. In fact, it comes as the visual mastery when your eyes can see the striking Tata Harrier in the flesh. The high-mounted grille along with the slim LED lighting strips on the base of the car’s bonnet feeds a very attractive look like the set of eyebrows. The lightning bolt-shaped DRLs, particularly, simultaneously functions as the turn indicators that are different from any cars in Tata’s lineup.

Side View

The side profile of the Harrier comes as the perfect mix between the Tata Nexon, the H5X concept and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The aerodynamic profile of the Hyundai Creta’s adversary, in specifically is well proportioned with the lines and curves harmonized together while the chunky five-spoke alloy wheels boast the flagship role of the vehicle. All in all, the new Tata Harrier is not only gorgeous like a gentleman but also agile and robust like a purpose-built SUV on the roads.

Rear View

The big thumbs-up for the Tata Harrier SUV is its rear profile. We can see the sporty glossy black 3D LED taillamps for a dynamic signature trail. Like the front bumper, the Harrier gets a silver skid plate at the rear. Tata has displayed the Harrier name with a spread-out central placement instead of the simple generic badge.

Tata Harrier Dimensions: Length, Width, Height & More

If you are a person who enthuses big sizes, the Harrier is an ideal one. It is truly a proportionate SUV with the overall length, width and height of 4,598 mm, 1,894 mm and 1,714 mm, respectively.

 Dimensions  Tata Harrier
 Length  4598 mm
 Width  1894 mm
 Height  1714 mm
 Wheelbase  2741 mm
 Ground Clearance  205 mm
 Kerb Weight  1,675 kg
 Tyre Size  XE, XM - 235/70 R16 Steel
 XT, XZ - 235/65 R17 Alloys
 Boot Space  425 litres

For these above numbers, the Tata Harrier has all capacities to undercut the largest SUVs in India like Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Mahindra XUV500 in almost all dimensions. In brief, it only sits on the second spot in height column where the Mahindra XUV500 tops as the tallest SUV with 71 mm higher than the Tata’s counterpart.

Tata Harrier Design: Interior Review

Inside the cabin, as compared to other modern models in today’s market, the Tata Harrier lacks none of the premium packages. It comes to score high in every aspect you could require inside an SUV, from the spaciousness, comfort, convenience, premium and modernity.

Interior Design

From the interior design, the all-black and Oakwood brown theme combined with faux wood panelling on the dash delivers the sense of elegance and luxuriousness. The generous utilization of leather in the cabin like leatherette upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, etc. creates a magnetic impression on people from both outside and inside views. The floating 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system looks very pleasing on the centre of the premium dashboard while the soft-touch Satin chrome garnishes on the door handle, top of the dash are some of the highlighted points for the car’s interior.

Tata Harrier dashboard

The cutting-edge interior design is another pinnacle of the model

Tata Harrier cabin layout

Premium Oakwood theme is mostly seen in every corner of the car's cabin

Space and Seating

As mentioned above, the astonishing dimensions of the cars enable an abundant amount of space on the inside with ample headroom and legroom for the rear seats together with 425 litres of boot space. The all-new Tata Harrier is good for the seats of five that makes it the flawless home-on-the-go for a weekend getaway.

Comfort Features

Another thing that really strikes us is the interior equipment list. With a feature-rich cabin, the Tata Harrier deploys a wide range of hi-tech kits such as:

  • 8.8-inch Floating Island touchscreen infotainment system with a high-resolution display

  • Instrument Cluster with 7-inch colour TFT Display

  • 9 JBL speakers audio system includes 4 speakers, 4 tweeters, 1 subwoofer and amplifier

  • Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel

  • Voice Recognition

all-new Tata Harrier, interior features

A number of best-in-class features have been developed inside the vehicle

Though it appears to be a flawless versatile and innovative cabin, there are several misses inside the all-new Tata Harrier. The absence of power-adjustable driver seats seems like a deal-breaker for the vehicle. Some issues also exist on the USB sockets which are mounted in the inconvenient positions. Besides, the footwell is quite narrow for drivers and front passengers while the lower part of the dash can cause some hassles to them on the long journeys.

Safety Features & Strong Body Structure

Forgetting about some minor discomforts, the Harrier, on the other hand, is still a strong athlete regarding its quality of safety and stability. Attaining the monocoque construction from the Land Rover’s Legendary D8 Architecture, the latest Tata SUV is underpinned from the modern OMEGA Arc platform (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture). The body structure facilitates a lighter curb weight as well as the high tensile materials like high strength steel, then helps reduce substantially the noises and vibrations on the drives. The safety feature highlights should be included with

  • 6 airbags

  • Reverse parking camera

  • Front fog lamps with cornering function

  • Electronic stability programme (ESP) comprising 14 extra functionalities

Tata Harrier dual airbags

The all-new Harrier also strongly impresses us regarding the safety fitments

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Tata Harrier Engines: Exhilarating Performance

What could Tata Harrier do on the road trips? Tata Harrier is a big badass SUV, not only in terms of design but also on the mechanical package.

Engine Specifications Tata Harrier
 Engine Type  Kryotec 2.0 L Turbocharged Engine
 Displacement  1956 cc
 No. of cylinders  4
 Power  140 PS
 Torque  350 Nm
 Drive Type  FWD
 Transmission  6-speed MT

The engine specifications of the newest Tata offering satisfy the high expectations from the Indian auto enthusiasts. In the heart, the Tata Harrier deploys the state-of-the-art Kryotec 2.0L Turbo Diesel Engine that is excellently tuned for massive power and high mileage. The Fiat-sourced diesel engine is capable of generating a whopping power and torque figures of 140 PS and 350 Nm, respectively that are sent to the front wheels of the car via a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-step automatic gearbox is also on the horizons to come at a later stage. The top-notch performance of the SUV is also escalated by three ESP terrain response modes, namely Normal, Rough and Wet in order to seamlessly handle the difficult driving situations.

Tata Harrier Mileage: Is It Fuel-efficient?

Tata Motors claimed that its huge five-seater SUV would be even more fuel-efficient than its Mahindra XUV500 rival in the segment. In fact, the ARAI tested fuel mileage figure of the Tata Harrier is rated at 16.79 kmpl.

Specs Tata Harrier
 Fuel Type  Diesel
 Fuel Tank  50 litres
 Fuel Mileage (ARAI tested)  16.79 kmpl
 Top Speed  180 kmph
 Acceleration (0-100 kmph)  10.84 seconds

In the real-world testing, the Harrier's fuel mileage is tested at 11.30 kmpl for the city driving and 15.40 kmpl for the highway commutes. From these, the Tata Harrier does deliver a fair level of fuel efficiency as compared to other diesel-powered SUVs in the segment.

Tata Harrier Price: Is It Affordable?

The Tata Harrier is currently priced from Rs 12.99 Lakh to Rs 16.95 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Harrier Variants  Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
 XE  Rs 12,99,755
 XM  Rs 14,25,760
 XT  Rs 15,45,760
 XZ  Rs 16,75,760
 XZ (dual-tone)  Rs 16,95,760
 XT( Dark)  Rs 15,55,760
 XZ (Dark)  Rs 16,85,755

At this price range, the Tata Harrier rivals two spanning segments in the SUVs division, including the models like Hyundai Creta at the lower end as well as the Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass at the upper end. With the price starting from Rs 12.99 Lakh, the Tata Harrier price undercuts the Jeep Compass by a huge margin, the latte is now priced from Rs 14.99 - 23.11 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Besides, based on the premium features list, a roomy cabin and these competitive price stickers, the Tata Harrier is really a serious competitor in its segment.

Tata Harrier Verdict: Final Words

Has been placed at the top of the company’s products lineup, the recently-launched Tata Harrier really hits big in the Indian auto market this year. The arrival of the Harrier has boosted up the total sale figures of the country’s SUV segment to a new margin. The Harrier is considered the bitter rival of the top-selling Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500 in the competition. Later this year, we will welcome a new participant in the SUV race, namely the MG Hector which is expected to cause some changes to the overall faces. All we can do is to wait to see which one can make a deal and from my personal verdict, the Harrier keeps all the makings of a winner.

Tata Harrier Overall Specs Sheet:

Dimensions
 Length  4598
 Width  1894
 Height  1714
 Wheelbase  2741
 Ground Clearance  205
 Fuel Tank  50
 Boot Space  425
 Curb Weight  1675
Performance
 Engine Type  Kryotec Turbocharged Diesel
 Engine Displacement  1956 cc
 Power  140 PS @ 3750 rpm
 Torque  350 Nm @ 1750- 2500 rpm
 Transmission  6-speed manual
 Brakes  Front- Disc, Rear-Drum
 Exterior Features
 Split Headlamps  Fog lamps
 High-mounted LED DRLs as turn indicators  Silver kid plate
 High imposing grille  Five-spoke alloy-wheels
 Interior Features
 Floating Island 8.8" touchscreen infotainment system  Glovebox with Laptop Tray
 Instrument Cluster with 7" Colour TFT Display  Front armrest with cup-holders and cool-storage
 9 JBL speakers: 4 speakers, 4 tweeters, 1 subwoofer and amplifier  28 Intelligent utility spaces
 Steering wheels with controls  Rear AC vents
 Voice Recognition  Engine Start push-button
 Safety Features (XZ+)
 6 Airbags  Corner Stability Control (CSC)
 Reversing parking camera  Electronic Traction Control
 Front Fog lamps with cornering function  Brake Disc Wiping
 Electronic stability programme (ESP)  Hydraulic Brake Assist
 Hill-hold control  Hydraulic Fading Compensation
 Hill descent control  ISOFIX child seat anchors
 Anti-lock braking system (ABS)  Roll Over Mitigation

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