Tata Harrier vs rivals: Feature comparison

5th Dec 2018 12:16 pm

We pit the new Tata Harrier's features list against rivals like the Hyundai Creta, the Mahindra XUV500, Jeep's Compass and the Hyundai Tucson.

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Tata’s upcoming Harrier SUV is sure to shake-up the Indian market when it arrives in mid-January 2019. Based on its expected on-road price tag of Rs 16-21 lakh, the Indian carmaker hopes that the Harrier will face-off against rivals that span at least two segments, starting with the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500 at the lower end and going up to the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson at the other end of the spectrum. While the Harrier is larger on the outside and expected to be more spacious on the inside as compared to its competition, how does it compare on its safety kit and features list? We’ve brought together the top-spec variants of each SUV to find out.

First, a look at the prices of each of the range-topping diesel-manual variants:

Prices (on-road, Delhi)
Harrier XZXUV500 W11 (O)Compass Limited Plus 4x2Creta SX (O)Tucson Base
Price (on-road, Delhi)Rs 21 lakh (est.)Rs 20.62 lakhRs 25.24 lakhRs 18.57 lakhRs 25.26 lakh

Safety kit

Safety kit
Harrier XZXUV500 W11 (O)Compass Limited PlusCreta SX (O)Tucson Base
Airbags66662
ABS with EBDYesYesYesYesYes
Brake assistYesNoNoNoNo
Electronic stability programme (ESP)YesYesYesYesNo
Hill-hold and hill descent controlYes/YesYes/YesYes/NoYes/NoNo/No
Roll-over mitigationYesYesYesNoNo
Traction controlYesYesYesNoNo
Rear parking sensorsYesYesYesYesYes
Reverse cameraYesYesYesYesYes
Isofix child seat mountsYesNoYesNoYes
All-four disc brakesNoYesYesNoYes

Tata has equipped the Harrier with safety features that, for the most part, are equal to those offered on rivals. The top-spec Harrier does have an advantage over the respective Creta and Compass variants by coming with Isofix child-seat mounts and hill-descent control. The Harrier, Compass and XUV500 also come with traction control, though the Tata is the only model here to get brake-assist as standard. However, it is the XUV500, Compass and Tucson that come with a superior braking setup (on paper) sporting disc brakes on all four wheels. An interesting point to note is that the diesel-manual Tucson is only available in the base trim but still gets Isofix child seats mounts and a reverse camera as standard.

Capability

Capability
Harrier XZXUV500 W11 (O)Compass Limited PlusCreta SX (O)Tucson Base
AWDNoOptionalOptionalNoNo
Terrain modesYes (Normal, Wet and Rough)NoYes (Auto, Snow, Sand, Mud)NoNo

When it comes to off-road capability, the Compass takes its cue from other Jeep models and gets four-wheel drive as an option, along with a terrain selection mode that enhances its go-anywhere ability. The XUV500 does get an optional AWD set-up, while the Creta and Harrier are both only available with front-wheel drive. While the top-spec automatic gearbox-equipped Tucson does get an optional all-wheel-drive system, the diesel-manual variant does not get this option. The Harrier does come with a selectable terrain response system similar to the one found on the Compass – which means that it may be more capable off the beaten path than the front-wheel-drive version of the Tucson and the Creta.

Infotainment

Infotainment
Harrier XZXUV500 W11 (O)Compass Limited PlusCreta SX (O)Tucson Base
Touchscreen size8.8-inch7.0-inch8.4-inch7.0-inch8.0-inch
Android AutoYesYesYesYesYes
Apple CarPlayYes (at a later date)NoYesYesYes
USB/Aux/BluetoothYes/Yes/YesYes/No/YesYes/No/YesYes/No/YesYes/Yes/Yes
NavigationNoYesNoYesYes
Speakers9 (4 speakers, 4 tweeters, a sub-woofer) with an amplifier6 (4 speakers, 2 tweeters)66 (4 speakers, 2 tweeters)6 (4 speakers, 2 tweeters)

The Harrier has an edge on its competition in this department, boasting the largest touchscreen infotainment display and the highest number of speakers (and an amplifier). However, both the Hyundais and the Mahindra get navigation as standard, which the Compass and Harrier miss out on. While the Harrier and Tucson get an Aux-in (a feature not available on rivals) the lack or addition of this feature doesn’t make a lot of difference in this comparison and at this price point.

Adjustability

Adjustability
Harrier XZXUV500 W11 (O)Compass Limited PlusCreta SX (O)Tucson Base
Driver’s seat-adjust8-way (manual)6-way (electric) and 2-way (manual8-way (electric)6-way (electric)6-way (manual)
Adjustable headrests45445
Tilt/telescopic steering adjustYes/YesYes/YesYes/YesYes/NoYes/Yes
60:40 split rear seatsYesYesYesNoYes
Power folding and adjustable wing mirrorsYesYesYesYesYes (heated)
Reclining rear seatsNoYesNoNoYes

The Creta is the only model here that does not get a telescopic adjust for the steering and also misses out on the 60:4-split folding rear seats. However, it must be noted that the Creta’s SX AT trim does get the latter feature. Unlike its competition, the Harrier does not get a power-adjustable driver’s seat. While the base Tucson may miss out on the 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat that higher trims of the SUV get, it gets reclining rear seats, as does the XUV500.

Creature comforts

Creature comforts
Harrier XZXUV500 W11 (O)Compass Limited PlusCreta SX (O)Tucson Base
Automatic climate controlYesYesDual-zoneYesNo
Rear AC ventsYesYesYesYesNo
Cooled storageYesYesNoYesYes (glove box)
Push-button startYesYesYesYesNo
Automatic headlamps and wipersYes/YesYes/YesYes/YesNo/NoYes/No
Cruise controlYesYesNoYesNo
Steering-mounted controlsYesYesYesYesYes
Leather seats, door panels, steering wheel and gear shift knobYesYesSteering onlyYes (Leatherette) Yes
SunroofNoYesPanoramicYesNo

While the Creta misses out on features such as automatic headlamps and wipers and a cooled storage unit, it does undercut its rivals on price. The Compass’ features list is let down by the lack of cruise control. However, a feature that consumers expect on SUVs in this price bracket is a sunroof, which is missing from the Harrier. The base Tucson does get leather upholstery but misses out on essential creature comforts such as cruise control, a push-button start, rear AC vents, climate control and a sunroof. It is to be noted that the higher-spec diesel-automatic trims of the Tucson do get these features.

Overall, the Harrier is a well-equipped SUV, if not segment-leading; but one must keep in mind that the Harrier is larger than all its rivals here, both inside and outside, which may help compensate for the lack of certain features.

Also see:

Tata Harrier first look video

Tata Harrier variant breakup revealed

Tata Harrier official details revealed

Tata Harrier: 5 development secrets

2018 Tata Harrier image gallery

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