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Tata Harrier - The Full Review |











Well, if you didn't see the badge, you wouldn't think this was a Tata. Would you well? This is the most untaught Ataka. Yet this is the new Harrier. It'S built on a land rover platform and it's powered by a Fiat engine. Now this is also the most awaited car this year. It created a lot of interest even intrigued when the concept was first shown at the Auto Expo now a Tata on a land rover platform that is a big deal. It gives a car, instant pedigree and credibility, but the key question is: how does it drive? Does it drive like a Land Rover, or is this just a Tata car on a Land Rover platform? Well, we're here in Rajasthan to answer all these questions, but before that, let's just take a quick look at what it's like from the outside. You can't miss the rather unconventional headlight cluster design. Inspired by the Nissan Juke, you have dr elves, which double up as turn indicators sitting at the top, where the headlights should be, and the headlights themselves a pair of xenon, projectors and halogens a house low down near the Fox love it or hate it. You can't ignore it, and lots of you have had lots to say about the Harriers nose from the side. There are lots of interesting elements too, especially at the rear, were the roof tapers to meet a black and c pillar which gives it a floating roof effect, and there's this metallic bit with the harrier name embossed, which is a really nice touch, and look at these Sleek very Jaguar, like jade lights, which are really cool the Harrier. So it's superbly proportioned and looks terrific from any angle, but there's one thing: that's a bit of a letdown and it's these wheels small 17 inches on this version. Well, Tata Motors wants a pretty high tire sidewall in the interest of ride comfort, but the wheel design, that's also a bit ordinary, but what you can do is in the aftermarket. You can get the Discovery, Sports 18 inches and just slap them on it's a bolt on fit, but what's the cabin like, let's take a look now, data has really outdone itself for the hairiest cabin. In fact, it's really hard to imagine you're in Attica this little tea is what gives it away. The materials chosen are absolutely top glass and I think what stands out is this wood. This mock wood veneer, which looks so real. It gives a certain richness. You don't expect in a car in this category, in fact the overall ambience the quality of materials they belong in cars. There are two segments, iya, lovely brush chrome finishes. Look at this perforated bit over here, really looking good plastics feel rich and even the fit and finish issues that have plagued Tata Motors over the ER. They are very hard to find a big talking point. Is this dual screen setup an eight point: eight inch touchscreen on the dashboard and a seven inch screen that makes a part of the instrument cluster now the main screen it uses the latest version of tates touchscreen interface and gets apple, carplay and android auto and what's Nice here is that if it's still access the cars native settings while either smartphone interface, is still active now what I've liked the screen to be a little bit more responsive and a little bit more contrasty or sharper, because in bright sunlight, it picks up reflections and Lane now it's the second screen, which is more interesting. It makes up about two-thirds of the instrument cluster and combines a digital tacho with a large fuel gauge and trip computer. It will also show you which drive mode you're in and even displays, media and navigation info in a small box at the top overall, it's quite an impressive system for an SUV in this class. In fact, the Harrier comes with a lot of the equipment you'd want in this segment, things like auto headlamps and wipers leather upholstery and our headlamps and cruise control. There are even a few things that really impress like the puddle lamps that project the car silhouette on the ground and the impressive sounding 9 speaker JBL audio system. That just blows you away. However, there are some vital features missing that rivals do offer you don't get a power driver, seat or height, adjustable front seat belts and most of all, a sunroof is also missing. But the Harrier gets a big thumbs up for safety, because there's a wide array of safety features, though two airbags are standard across the range while the top spec car gets six there's also traction control, electronic stability control, corner stability, control rollover mitigation, he'll hold assist hill Descent control brake assist, brake, pre-fill and even off road, specific ABS, a really long list. The cabin also offers loads of practicality with a large glove box, big cupholders at the front and two in the rear, armrest, a cool storage bin between the front seats and big bottle holders in all the doors. But what really impressed us, though, was this small shelf in each of the rear doors, that's perfect to hold a smartphone, but for all its practicality. There are a few ergonomic flaws, though you need to know Braille to easily access the front USB port and the one in the back is not easy to find either and though the aircraft throttle style handbrake may look cool. It'S a bit fiddly to operate. The mirrors. Also are a touch too big and high and creates a bit of a blind spot. The electrical boot released under the T logo is nice, but there's no proper grip to lift the tail Music ]. Once you open the boot, you can see it can pack in a lot of luggage more than his capacity would suggest, because it's very well shaped now that capacity expands to 810 liters with the 60/40 split seats fold it down, and since the spare is located under The body there's a bit more storage under the boot floor, but the loading lip is a bit high. Okay, now for the most important bit, what's it like to drive the Harriers gon na get just one engine and one transmission option at launch: there's no petrol! There'S! No automatic the autos gon na come your later. So what we have is a 2-liter diesel mated to a Fiat, 6-speed gearbox. Now it's the same engine transmission, combo you get in the Jeep Compass. It'S just that this engine is in a slightly lower state of Tunis. About 140 horsepower so performance, it's not scintillating, it's not very exciting, but it's pretty adequate and I think if you ride the the top wave at around 3,000 rpm, it does the job it feels adequately powered and it's quite effortless to cruise down these back roads in Rajasthan turbo-lag also is not too bad. In fact, I think it's not as prominent as in the compass, so responsiveness also a little better. It'S just that the refinement could have been better in this engine. It gets a bit noisy, there's a bit of at around 3,000 rpm and there's even a little bit of transmission noise. So that's one area that I could have it through, but overall this car is pretty effortless to drive. Yes, sir haria is surprisingly user-friendly for its size and weight, and I just love the light, clutch and easy gear shift, which is nowhere near as heavy as in the compass. But when you want to drive in a hurry, you wish the engine had a stronger top-end. So if you drive enthusiastically, you will end up using sport mode more often than not, though Eco mode works quite well at slow speeds. The Harrier also has a today in response system like in the hexa, which would be useful in low traction situations. Now the Harrier doesn't get electric power steering or EPS, but gets the old-school hydraulic, steering it feels a little heavy at parking speeds, but that heft translates into great confidence on the highway Music ]. Now, what's really blown me away is the way the Harrier just cushions you from the road it just soaks up the bumps, the rocks, the bottles and over here on these back roads and Rajasthan. I can tell you: the roads are in pretty bad shape, but it doesn't face the heavier one bit really really comfortable ride and even whooping it. It just feels so planted so comfortable. There is a bit of rocking movement a little bit of vertical movement. It'S not as flat as the compass, but then it's not as hard edged either so top marks Tata Motors for giving a brilliant suspension and that they didn't use the Discovery. Sports rear suspension for reasons of cost Tata Motors had to develop its own non-independent twist beam or twist blade setup, but it really works well and that plush ride is best enjoyed in the backseat and what a backseat it is now on big advantage of using the Land Rover Discovery sports platform or the L 550 platform, as its internally known, is that it comes with a massive wheelbase and that massive wheelbase translates into superb legroom and, as you can see, there's absolutely loads of it over here. Ok, Gavin's not too tall, and neither am i but, as you can see, even tall people would be comfortable here and it's not just the space. It'S the overall seat, comfort, also, which is terrific. Now it's a pretty flat seat. So what that means is that a third person also here could fairly comfortable. Yes, there is a transmission tunnel which is not going to be used because there's no four-wheel drive, but it's not too intrusive and the person sitting in the middle wouldn't be too uncomfortable. Talking about is that the outside visibility from the backseat is also pretty good. The side windows are nice and wide. You can see straight out quite easily, but what would have given the cabin? An even greater sense of airiness is a sunroof. Now that's missing and that's not gon na come in a hurry which, in a premium SUV, is a bit of a miss there's. No doubt the Harrier is a milestone moment for Tata Motors, but it's not without its flaws. There are organ ohmic mingles. Some key equipment is missing and the powertrain could have been modified and though the absence of all-wheel drive won't be a deal breaker. The lack of an auto gearbox at launch are sure to turn a lot of potential buyers away, but it's important to acknowledge what Tata has done right. The Harriers running gear is tough and takes rough roads with aplomb. Space in the rear seat is superb. Cabin quality. Can genuinely rival the best in the business and the design is sure to turn heads. What should make every Indian proud is that the Harrier is the first truly global product from an Indian manufacturer, one that could easily find acceptance in international markets. As for consumers, if the price is competitive, which given Tatas history, you can bet, it will be, the Harrier could be the next big thing. The competition has just been given notice. Applause ], you Laughter, ]

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