Tata Harrier: Things you will like
We are still reminiscing about the two days we spent in Jodhpur with the Tata Harrier. While we have already put together our impressions about the Harrier, here is a quick synopsis of the thing you might like about the car, and some that you may not.
While some of the underpinnings of the Harrier are shared with the smaller Land Rovers, using a different engine and suspension components have necessitated quite a few changes and that shows in the sound insulation department. While the road and tyre noises have been curbed to a large extent, there is a fair amount of powertrain noise that creeps into the cabin. The large wing mirrors add to it with significant wind noise that's evident past the 80kmph zone.
The centre console of the 2019 Tata Harrier is a well designed space and is also finished in perforated leather
-Fit and finish
While this is the most premium car from Tata yet, and the fit and finish is better than whatever we have seen so far from Tata, it is still not up to the quality levels offered by the Jeep Compass or the Hyundai Creta/Tucson - the two cars that the Harrier will rival upon launch.
Despite those rough edges though, you simply cannot ignore the sheer road presence that the Harrier has. You may have heard this already - the images just don't do any justice to the imposing stance of the Harrier. It's Land Rover underpinnings that have made it the largest car in its segment and that hulk shows on the road.
Compared to the radical exterior, the interior is a lot sober. Yet, it's functional and as a soothing vibe to it.
While the infotainment is still being fine tuned, we loved it and we think you will too. The audio unit tuned by JBL is easily the best in this price bracket and the massive 8.8-inch screen is slick and easy to use. It is complemented by a sweet instrumentation too.
Projection of its silhouette onto the road instead of regular puddle lamps under the outside rear view mirrors is an interesting feature on the Tata Harrier.
The Harrier silhouette projection as a puddle lamp is a small, but very likeable feature that also imparts a bit of a feel-good factor and make the Harrier feel a tad bit more premium when you unlock it at night.
Though the Harrier doesn't have the same suspension components as the Land Rovers, it has an extremely well-tuned suspension setup and gives it confident driving dynamics. Even the ride quality is excellent and surpasses the benchmark set by the Hexa.
We have a hint that Tata is aiming at offering this Compass/XUV rival at the price of a Creta and if they manage to do that, it's a win-win for the Harrier as well as the consumer shopping in this space.
Also see: Tata Harrier vs Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass Comparo Video
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