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Tata Harrier Long Drive Review: Great Highway Drive And Comfort

The design of the SUV is curvy, stance is incredible and the road presence is powerful. Harrier is a comfortable and spacious SUV with enough on offer to justify its success in the India Market.

I GOT the most out of the Tata Harrier on my drive of 1140 kms, Delhi to Dalhousie and back. So, this review is mostly about the long drive, comfort and safety of the SUV.

The Architecture of the Tata Harrier is derived from the Land Rover’s D8 platform. The design of the SUV is curvy, stance is incredible and the road presence is powerful. Harrier is a comfortable and spacious SUV with enough on offer to justify its success in the India Market.

I got the most out of the SUV on my drive of 1140 kms, Delhi to Dalhousie and back. So, this review is mostly about the long drive, comfort and safety of the SUV.

The interiors of Tata Harrier are spacious and premium to an extent. The Oakwood colour trim runs across the centre console which gives a premium feel.

There are soft touches on the dashboard, steering wheel, arm rest and gear stick. The leather upholstery matches well with rest of the cockpit and the seats are quite comfortable with great lumbar support.

The steering wheel gets mounted control, cruise control and can be adjusted for reach and rake according to your comfort.

The 7-inch instrument cluster has an analog dial which is classy and shares all the regular information like the revs, distance, speed and temperature.

The 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system gives us a connected drive experience with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. You get 9 JBL speakers for surround sound. The tech on the SUV is basic nothing extraordinary, but relevant for day-to-day purpose. The seating is high and 6-way adjustable which proves to be very comfortable and the visibility is great.

Although the A pillar sometimes works as a blind sport specially on the sharp turns and mountain curves. The side view mirror is also positioned in line with the A pillar that gives you the view of everything behind it and not what’s behind the pillar.

Harrier is a 5-seater SUV with enough head room and leg room for three passengers to sit comfortably in the second row. There are two adjustable head rest and an arm rest in the centre with 2 cup holders and enough space for your Knick knacks to keep in the door pannel, seat pocket and the AC vents on the side panels are strategically placed to spare leg room for centre passenger.

Also, the panoramic sunroof exaggerates your premium experience in the SUV, so that is some thoughtful interior designing. There is 425L of boot space for your luggage and if you need more at all, you can pull down the second row.

Harrier has all the required safety features starting from 6 Airbags, Hill Hold Control, Traction Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Corner Stability Control, Hill Descent Control and Reverse Parking Camera which makes your life very easy.

I drove the 6-speed automatic transmission, mated to a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine which produces max power of 167.67bhp at 3750rpm and churns out max torque of 350nm at 1750-2500rpm. You get maximum torque when you engage the sport mode, which felt almost the same as the city mode because the steering wheel did not get any heavier nor did it give me that heavy grunt.

Tata Harrier is a front wheel drive so I did not push it hard for off-roading but the potholes, speed breakers, broken roads were not a problem for this suspension. At slow speeds and city braking I felt a lot of body roll which was not a good experience but then the braking was apt so I would quickly gain my confidence back to power up and slow down as and when required.

The XZA+ version gets 17-inch alloy wheels, the lower variants get 16 inches. The ground clearance is 200mm which helps you take on broken roads with confidence. Even though the NVH levels have improved in this variant I could still feel the engine and road noise inside the car which could also be because of the diesel engine. 0-100 km/h speed could be reached in 11.5 seconds which is surprisingly great for an SUV of this capability specially with a diesel engine.

Harrier has three driving modes, City, Off-roading and Wet. You get maximum mileage in city eco driving mode, approx. 17 Kmpl on the highways and 14 Kmpl in the city. With 50 litres of fuel tank capacity, long drives become convenient. Driving a Harrier in Hills and Highways is an absolute delight. The SUV sticks to its lane, has enough power to overtake and drives very smoothly at triple digit speeds. Even in the automatic transmission the gear shifts are pretty quick, I would have preferred paddle shifters but I definitely did not miss them.

Harrier competes with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Jeep Compass. It is available in 7 colour options – Orcus White, Calypso Red, Daytona Grey, Oberon Black, Grassland Beige, Tropical Mist and Royal Blue.

Tata Harrier starts from INR 14.64 Lakh and goes up to INR 21.94 Lakh (ex-showroom). I drove the XZA+ which is available at INR 21,64,900/-

Harrier is a pleasure to drive in the hills, not so much in the city. It is very spacious and comfortable with all safety boxes checked. Harrier might not be very tech savvy but a family of 5 will be safe in this robust SUV with enough comfort and convenience at its disposal.

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