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Tata Harrier Official Review. Positives, Negatives with Best Value Buy Variant

Tata Harrier Official Review. Positives, Negatives with Best Value Buy Variant

Tata Harrier Official Review. Review Positives, Negatives of Tata Harrier with Performance, Warranty, Service Maintenance with Best Value Buy in Harrier XE, XM, XT and XZ Model

 

Tata Harrier Review

Tata harrier was showcased in auto expo 2018 and now in its final production version in 2019 looks Macho, Stylish, and yes when driven on road can be an eye ball turner on Indian Roads.

» Looks: Its a car which can give a proud feel of Sporty and Big Car feel depicting your Personality with social status. The car is derived on inspired and modified Landrover D8 Architecture and carries almost similar body dimensions as what you see in 4 times priced Landrover Discovery sport with same length of 4.6 Meter, same Height of 1.7 Meter and exactly similar wheelbase of 2741 mm. Even Harrier Ground Clearance is close similar at 205 mm while Discovery Sport at 212 mm

 

» Space, Interiors: Very Spacious Cabin - no complaints, Legroom Space is reasonable good, Doors Open wide Open, Easy Ingress, Egress, Wide Spacious Cabin as the Widest SUV in its Segment. Seats in Premium Benecke - Kaliko leatherette seat upholstery, Soft Touch Dash with Nappa Grain Leather, Leatherette Insert on Door Pad feels plush. Fit and finish reasonable good

Driver Side Armrest, Rear Center Seat Armrest adds on comfort. 8.8 Inch Multimedia Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, Differentiating Instrument Cluster with 7 Inch Display in Instrument Cluster along with Leather Wrapped Steering all delivers a Plush Experience. Disclaimer: Most of the Styling cues limited to top end Model

» Build, Safety: 5 Star Build. You open the bonnet can feel the heaviness in it. Build is impressive. ABS, EBD, Dual Airbag is standard and Top End Model Harrier XZ comes with ESP, Side and Curtain Airbags, Hill Hold Assist, Hill Decent Control, Better Handling with Terrain Response Mode, Corner Stability Control, Brake Disc Wiping

Even though NCAP Crash test rating not happened, but based on the fact of Harrier younger sibling Nexon got 5 Star - expect similar for Tata Harrier too.

 

» Music System: Top End Model comes with 8 JBL Speaker with additional Subwoofer delivering you a class leading infotainment experience. We have not heard of a similar kind of Infotainment experience sound quality in any other car even 2x the price of Harrier in recent times

 

» Drive and Handling, Engine Performance: Harrier is available in 2 Litre Kryotec engine with 140 PS Power and 350 NM Torque in 6 Speed Manual in Front Wheel drive, However this power output you get in Sports mode. If you choose City Mode - Power Output is around 15% lesser in default city mode and further by another 15% lesser if driven in Economy Mode.

The Output is - Superior Engine NVH Level, Relaxed Driving and Better Mileage in Economy Mode. For slight more engaging drive is default city mode preferred and where one may need in fun to drive experience is what Sports Mode where power delivery feels a lot more with superior mid range. However - Sports mode comes with Vocal Engine Noise on cost of Lower Mileage too.

How well is it to drive

> Good Steering feedback

> Suspension Dynamics are real good on bad roads, uneven roads

> Reasonable Good Braking Experience

> Very good visibility in front, but slight smaller on rear. You definitely needs a rear view camera if going for Harrier XE & XM

> Commanding Seats

> Soft Clutch - no issues

> Engine Performance good no lag, surged delivery in sports comfort oriented in eco with lower NVH,

> Handling feels good but if you have driven duster all wheel drive

 

But

> Although, Brakes are good but Brakes could have been excellent had Harrier been offered with Rear disc brakes. Some one spending in 15 Lakh to 20 Lakh can expect Rear Disc Brake too

> Been Harrier a relative longer and wider car, It could have been better had Harrier been offered with Independent rear suspension. Trust it makes a lot of difference in handling.

> Option of All Wheel Drive could even enhance the feel of those 5% Buyers who just want the best.

 

» After Sales, Service, Warranty: Tata Harrier Comes with 2 year of Standard Warranty with Extended warranty of another 2 years. In terms of after sale service maintenance Harrier is available with

> Silver AMC at Rs 73K

> Gold AMC for Rs  1.05 lakh

AMC Maintenance Package is for 4 yr / 60000 Kms. Harrier comes with Bi-Annual Service with Inspection, Wash at 7500 Kms and 6 Months and Oil, Filter change at 15000 Kms / 12 Month

Silver AMC is for Scheduled Services, while Gold AMC covers even common wear and tear items along with suspension and belts

 

Tata Harrier Best Buy Variant

The Signature USP of Harrier is Top End XZ Model where its key features, advanced safety and premium interior styling element with Signature Infotainment experience is there.

Its lower end Models especially XE and XM seems poorly equipped win Features.

> No soft touch dash and no pad insert on Door

> Dash come in black color

> No Android Auto, no apple car play

> No Alloy Wheels

> No Automatic climate control

> No Rear View camera

> No push start

> Speakers and Infotainment is different

> No Advanced Safety of ESP, Side and Curtain Airbags, Hill Assist, Corner Stability Control

> No Terrain Response

> No 60:40 Split Rear Seat

Along with lacking other features too. When a consumer spending in close to Rs 15 Lakh On road for Harrier XE and Rs 16 Lakh for Harrier XM - he may not get in that value which otherwise would be available by spending Rs 19 Lakh on Harrier XZ Model

Even its signature color Calisto copper not available in Harrier XE and XM, Overall if its Tata Harrier - its Harrier XZ Model which is the best Value Feel Factor in it. Else if budget conscious may check Harrier XT - but XZ remains as best choice

 

Tata Harrier Should Buy or Not

Price is what you pay and value is what you get. Harrier XZ Model priced at Rs 16.25 Lakh ex-showroom is priced even lower against Jeep Compass Sport Diesel

The Kind of overall experience in Safety, Features, Drive, Build Quality, Infotainment Experience, Dash Layout, Futuristic Styling is what makes Tata Harrier a best buy in the price its offered to Indian consumers

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