In January 2019, Tata Motors launched the much-anticipated Tata Harrier in India. Since launched, the Harrier has been going like a bomb in the mid-size SUV segment for good reasons. Firstly, it is quite a looker on the roads, especially thanks to the set of split headlamps that have become a trend amongst the modern SUV buyers in recent times. The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, has been the king of SUVs for months, at least before the entrants of the younger players like Hyundai Venue and Kia Seltos. Both the Creta and Harrier do offer a good range of features that come in handy in many cases. However, in some challenging conditions like muddy roads, the Harrier seems to score higher. A video shows how the Tata Harrier performed on a muddy open field better than the Creta initially, though both cars became stuck badly in mud then.
Tata Harrier & Creta Stuck In Mud (Hindi) - Off Road Madness | Nick Zeek
Driving on the roads with slush and mud is not a pleasant thing that sometimes we must encounter at least once in our driving life. To prove how useful the Harrier’s drive modes could be, some guys have brought the Harrier to a field where the surface is really slippery to see how it performs in comparison with the Hyundai Creta. The home-grown vehicle turns out triumph the South Korean car in the performance from the very word go. However, the driving modes of the Harrier has some limitations which has been shown towards the final part of the video.
As Hyundai Creta is not available with traction control, it quickly gets stuck on slippery soft surface after a few meters of driving.
As seen from the video, it’s the Hyundai Creta to face the challenge first. Entering the field quite easily, the Hyundai SUV becomes totally stuck after only several metres of driving. It stands there and show it impotence on the slippery surface which is filled with mud and slush while the wheels continue spinning. Obviously, without the traction control, the Creta finds it hard to tackle its own issue.
The Harrier does it better with traction contol and drive modes, making it drive around the field as easy as a pie.
The Tata Harrier then joins the game after a couple of minutes and dance around the same field effortlessly. As easy as a pie, it can cross the point where its counterpart has just got stuck badly. Funnily enough, the driver of the Harrier seems to be overexcited that he took the car to a puddle then was completely lodged there. All efforts to rescue the Harrier are useless until a bulldozer was called to pull it out.
Both the Tata Harrier and the Hyundai Creta are heavy front-wheel-drive models. However, the Tata Harrier is offered with an ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with 14 functions that help control the driving modes of the car. For the uninitiated, the Harrier’s driving models is capable of applying brakes on each individual front wheels, ensuring the power from engine is delivered to the wheel with traction, all the ways to help the SUV to find the way out seamlessly. Besides, the size and condition of the tyres are also some other deciding factors. Of course, new tyres with deep grooves will give you plenty of better grips rather than the ones that have worn out. In this case, it is appears that the Hyundai Creta has the older tyres compared to that of the Harrier.
Tata Harrier is still not a proper 4x4 SUV, so do not expect to do off-road like Toyota Fortuner or Ford Endeavour.
Undeniably, the Tata Harrier is not a 4x4 SUV, hence it does not have capable off-roading talents like other 4x4 models like Toyota Fortuner or Ford Endeavour. Still, it is a more capable vehicle as against the Hyundai Creta for sure. Note that it doesn’t mean your Harrier can deal with extreme driving situations without facing tricky issues.