These Tata Harrier accidents show the good build quality of the SUV is in both old as well as updated avatars
Almost all Tata cars and SUVs have been scoring well in terms of safety and build quality. Tata’s popular mid-size SUV, the Harrier is no different. In fact, the Tata Harrier, in both current and pre-facelift versions, have received a lot of compliments for its solid build, which can be seen through various instances of Tata Harrier getting involved with massive accidents while keeping all its occupants safe in our previous reports. In this case, a family which owns both old and new Tata Harrier give us an account of the high safety standards of these cars. It must be noted that one is the pre-updated car and other is the new Tata Harrier Dark Edition from the facelifted batch launched some months back. Both cars have met with two major accidents but in both the cases, the SUVs have kept the occupants safe.
The video shows two brothers from the family explaining what has occurred and expressing how they were impressed by the Harrier SUV’s quality. While a grey-coloured Tata Harrier was hit pretty hard by a Tata 407 pickup truck on the road thereby leading to some heavy damages on the front fender and bumper, the second is a Harrier Dark Edition suffering from the similar brunt on the left-hand quarter panel. Still, the Youtuber is full of praise for the good build quality of the SUVs. The total repair cost here amounts up to Rs 44,000 but Rs 40,000 out of this was paid by the insurance company.
Aside from complimenting the Harrier’s solid build, the guys also give us a brief idea of the ownership experience for the old and new Harrier models. Both cars offer nice visibility, good handling and ride quality and feel very SUV-ish to stay with. Since Harrier is a badass SUV, it demands a great street presence that can make other cars less daunting in the same roads. However, that’s why the SUV has multiple blind spots for which we should spend some time getting used to. The Tata Harrier also sports supremely comfortable seats while hitting a good level of fuel efficiency in city driving conditions. The speakers may entail some niggles though. The infotainment system also gets some lag compared to those of its biggest rivals like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and MG Hector.
Talking about the safety, the Tata Harrier gets an upper hand in the safety features including 6 airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, cruise control, crumple zones, electronic stability program (ESC), reverse parking camera and sensors, seatbelt reminders, hill hold and descent controls, multi-drive modes, auto-dimming IRVMs among many others.
The Tata Harrier first hit the Indian market in January 2020 and received the latest update earlier this year. Powering the current Tata Harrier SUV is a 168 BHP 2.0-litre 4-cyl Fiat Multijet turbo-diesel engine with BSVI compliance. The Tata Harrier is offered with a 6-speed MT and a torque converter as an option. The Harrier is available with a front-wheel-drive system as standard fitment. Recently, Tata Harrier is receiving so much love from the domestic buyers with its sales growth registered at 167% in August 2020 thus overtaking the MG Hector by a huge margin. We are set to see the upcoming Tata Gravitas basically known as the 7-seater version of Tata Harrier launch next month.