After creating a lot of buzz and excitement with its teaser videos, Tata Motors has finally revealed all details about the new Harrier SUV. Slated to be launched in early 2019, Tata Harrier boasts of a legendary pedigree and is set to create new benchmarks for SUVs.
Looking at Harrier’s specs, it’s clear that Tata Motors has worked hard to create a world-class SUV with significant potential to take on rivals. Here’s a quick comparison between Tata Harrier vs Hyundai Creta vs Jeep Compass vs Mahindra XUV500 to understand which SUV would be the best SUV for you.
Design and styling – Harrier utilizes Tata Motors new Impact Design 2.0 language that translates into stunning exteriors and plush interiors designed for practicality and comfort. Harrier makes a dominating stance with its HID projector headlamps, LED DRLs with turn indicators, muscular bodywork, flared wheel arches, dual-tone front bumper, 3D LED tail lamps and striking piano black finisher.
Hyundai Creta utilizes Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language that creates the perfect blend of beauty and confidence. Creta has modernistic bodywork with refined details and graphics. It’s designed to turn heads with its bold cascade design front grille, stylish fog lamps, projector headlamps, stylish outside mirror, bold front and rear skid plates, shark fin antenna and premium split-type tail lamps.
Jeep Compass utilizes sculpted design aesthetics that create a perfect fusion of athletic styling and sweeping curves. It makes a stunning stance with its sloping roofline and powerful wings. It’s a treat to view Compass’ key features such as headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, signature seven-slot grille, and body-coloured exterior mirrors with chrome accents.
Mahindra XUV500 makes a majestic stance, having derived inspiration from the body lines of a pouncing cheetah. The cheetah elements are evident in the raised bonnet depicting cheetah’s slender yet strong shoulders; paw-shaped vertical door handles; and tear duct shaped black accents. Key features include bold front grille with chrome inserts, LED DRLs, stylish fog lamp bezels, classy tailgate and split tail lamps, sporty diamond cut alloy wheels, prominent wheel arches, and chrome lined windows.
Interiors and technology – Tata Harrier features signature oak brown interior colour scheme that comes with premium oak wood finish dashboard. Other key features include oak brown perforated leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, 8.8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, JBL audio system with 9 speakers, 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, ConnectNext App Suite, voice recognition & SMS readout.
Hyundai Creta has dual tone colour scheme and luxurious interiors designed for utmost comfort and convenience. Key features include 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system, full automatic temperature control (FATC), rear AC vents, advanced supervision cluster, front and rear armrest, 6-way adjustable driver seat, cruise control, black seat fabric with tangerine orange inserts, and smart electric sunroof.
Jeep Compass has dual tone black and sky grey interiors, offering both luxury and comfort and the right environment for off-road adventures. Key features include 21.3 cm touchscreen infotainment system, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 8-way power adjustable driver seat, auto dimming interior rear view mirror, customizable 8.89 cm graphic information cluster, and 6-speaker sound system.
Mahindra XUV500 features dual-tone black and tan colour scheme that emanates the feel of luxury and sophistication. Key features include soft touch dashboard and door trims, quilted tan leather seats, icy blue lounge lighting, 6-way power adjustable driver seat, fully automatic temperature control, cruise control, electric sunroof, and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Dimensions – Tata Harrier measures 4598 mm in length, 1894 mm in width, and 1706 mm in height. It has wheelbase of 2741 mm and ground clearance of 205 mm. Hyundai Creta measures 4270 mm in length, 1780 mm in width and 1665 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2590 mm. Jeep Compass is 4395 mm long, 1818 mm wide and 1640 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2636 mm. Mahindra XUV500 measures 4585 mm in length, 1890 mm in width, and 1785 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2700 mm.
Engine and transmission – Tata Harrier is powered by Kryotec, 1956 cc, 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine that delivers max power of 140 PS @ 3750 RPM and max torque of 350 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM. Engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.Hyundai Creta is available in two diesel options. The 1396cc, 1.4-litre diesel engine makes 90 PS power and is mated to 6-speed manual transmission. The 1582cc, 1.6-litre diesel engine makes 128 PS power and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Compass diesel variant utilizes the same engine as that of Harrier, but it has been configured to deliver 173 PS power. Torque output is the same as Harrier at 350 Nm. Engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Mahindra XUV500 diesel variant is powered by 2179cc mHawk155 diesel engine that makes 155 HP @ 3750 rpm and 360 Nm @ 1750-2800 rpm. Engine is mated to 6-speed Synchromesh manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Safety & security – Tata Harrier comes with high-end safety features such as 6 airbags, advanced Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ABS with EBD, corner stability control, electronic stability control, electronic traction control, hill hold control, roll over mitigation, hydraulic brake assist, hill descent control, ISOFIX child mounts, and reverse parking camera. Rivals Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 offer more or less the same set of safety and security features.
Price – Tata Harrier is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 14-19 lakh. Hyundai Creta diesel, manual variant is priced in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15.17 lakh. Jeep Compass diesel, manual variant is priced between Rs 16.64 lakh and Rs 22.94 lakh. Mahindra XUV500 diesel, manual variant is priced in the range of Rs 12.62 lakh to Rs 18.12 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
Verdict – Is Harrier for you? Tata Harrier comes across as a viable option in terms of design and styling, engine specs, performance and safety & security. Harrier is based on Omega Arc platform derived from Land Rover’s D8 architecture, which makes it truly world class. It has been tested for over 2.2 million km, something that is evidence to its tough and durable nature. It is loaded with features and has the most spacious cabin. However, there is no petrol option, no automatic variant on diesel, no AWD / 4×4, no sunroof, alloys look a bit outdated, etc. For now, it attracts a limited set of buyers. Tata plans to launch launch more variants of the Harrier in the future, which will allow it to compete even better with rival SUVs.