Tata has today launched its much awaited Harrier SUV in India. It has been aggressively priced with the base variant starting at Rs. 12.69 lakhs. This makes it cheaper than the rivals like the Mahindra XUV500. In the compact SUV segment, the Hyundai Creta is the best selling cars and it regularly features in the monthly top 10 selling cars. With the launch of Harrier, the Hyundai for sure is the one feeling threatened now. If you are confused about which car to buy amongst Tata Harrier and the Hyundai Creta, we have brought you a simple guide. Take a look to find out which suits you the best.
Big burly SUV at affordable price – Tata Harrier
There is no doubt in the fact that the Harrier is one handsome brute of a SUV. It is larger than any other vehicle in its segment and Tata has managed to give the car a very modern and trendy look. The SUV has retained 80% of the design from the H5X concept, upon which it is based. Though it offers only five seats, there is more than enough room for 5 full grown adults in the cabin. The lack of two extra seats in a body that could easily incorporate them means that the boot space is ample.
The Tata Harrier has a street presence unmatched by any of its rivals. It measures 4598 mm in length which makes it the longest in the segment, 1894 mm in width and 1706 mm in height. The wheelbase stands at 2741 mm and the ground clearance is 205 mm. Therefore if you want a proper big SUV in this price range, nothing gets better than the Harrier.
Diesel Automatic SUV- Hyundai Creta
Automatics have become the preferred choice of many people now days. This is because of the ease of operation they provide along with the relief they provide in heavy traffic. Tata, however, has not equipped the Harrier with a automatic gearbox and it only comes with a six speed manual gearbox. The company has reportedly said that an automatic option will be made available later on but it is quite some time away for now.
Therefore, if you are in the market for a diesel automatic SUV in this budget range, the Hyundai Creta is a good choice. There are two diesel engines available with the Creta, a 1.4 litre unit and a 1.6 litre unit. The smaller engine puts out 89 Bhp of power along with 220 Nm of torque while the larger engines produces 126 Bhp of power along with 260 Nm of torque. Both the engines come with a 6-speed CVT transmission.
Spacious and feature laden SUV – Tata Harrier
Apart from being big on the outside, the Tata Harrier is also quite spacious and well equipped on the inside. The interiors of the SUV are top notch and follow dark theme instead of the regular beige. The dashboard gets a wood finish along with a brushed chrome strip along the length of it. The class leading features on the Harrier include This includes a 14 function ESP, 9 speaker JBL audio system, 7 inch MID along with a 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, and fast charging USB port.
The seats are very comfortable and provide ample of support and bolstering. The rear seats have are also quite comfortable and provide ample of legroom, though they don’t recline. Brushed metal finishes across the cabin make it lively and the choice of materials used is also top notch. If interiors is what you are looking for, nothing can get better than the Harrier as of now.
Powerful and good to Drive SUV – Tata Harrier
The Tata Harrier is powered by a Fiat sourced 2.0 litre diesel engine. Dubbed as KRYOTEC, the egine produces 138 Bhp of power along with 350 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a six speed manual gearbox and the power goes to the front wheels. This makes it more powerful than the Creta. Also, the Harrier is built upon a newly developed OMEGA platform, derived from Land Rover’s D8 that also underpins the Discovery Sport.
All this combines into a good driving experience. Event though it is a Front wheel drive vehicle, Tata has equipped the Harried with 14 function ESP, multi drive modes along with hill descent and terrain response system which provide a much better experience than the regular 2WD SUVs. So if you want an SUV that is more engaging to drive, the Harrier is the better bet for you.
Fuel Efficient SUV – Hyundai Creta
While the Harrier is more powerful and engaging to drive than the Hyundai Creta, the latter gets the upper hand when it comes to fuel efficiency. The Harrier has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 16.7 km/l. The Hyundai Creta, on the other hand, gets a fuel efficiency figure of 19.6 km/l for the diesel manual variant. That is definitely a big difference and if you are in the market for better mileage car, the Creta is the better bet for you.