Tata Harrier was one of the most talked about product from Tata Motors they launched it back in 2019. It was based on the H5X concept that Tata had showcased an year ago in Auto Expo and since then almost everyone liked its design and other elements. Tata also launched an updated 2020 version of Tata Harrier with more features including an automatic transmission. The SUV is currently one of the popular mid-size SUVs in the segment. Another SUV that has been one in news lately is the all-new Mahindra Thar. It got launched in the market last year and quickly became popular. Waiting period on this SUV has gone up by almost an year. Here we have a video where both Tata Harrier automatic and Mahindra Thar manual diesel is seen in a drag race.
The video has been uploaded by HEAT 17 on their YouTube channel. Vlogger conducts the race in multiple rounds to find out which SUV wins the race. In first round, the Thar had its traction control turned Off and the Harrier was in Sport Mode with traction control On. The race starts and Harrier moved smoothly while Thar struggled. As the traction control was turned off, it did not get a smooth start and Harrier took advantage and took the lead.
Harrier maintained the lead throughout the race and won first round. In next round, the traction control was turned On, on the Mahindra Thar and nothing was changed in Harrier. The second round started and both SUVs moved off the line almost at the same time. Mahindra Thar was ahead of Tata Harrier and we thought Thar might overtake it but, Harrier smoothly minimised the gap and took the lead in second round. Mahindra Thar was right behind it but, it could not overtake it.
In third round, the setting remain same and both SUVs are lined up for the race. Just like in the second round, Harrier won this round without any problem. Now, there are several factor working in favour of the harrier here. Starting with the engine. Harrier is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine that generates 148 Bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque. The all-new Mahindra Thar on the other hand get a bigger 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine but, it generates 130 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque which is less than what Harrier generates.
The other thing working in favour of Tata Harrier is the weight. It may look like a large and heavy SUV but, actually it almost 100 kilograms lighter than the Mahindra Thar. In short, Harrier had better power to weight ratio. Harrier’s powerful and torquier engine combined with comparatively lighter body meant that winning this race was an easy job for Harrier. This does not mean Thar is a bad vehicle by any means. Unlike Harrier, Thar is a proper SUV and can do off-road activities way better than Harrier. It is available with both petrol and diesel engine options and both engines are offered with manual and automatic gearbox options. Mahindra Thar is currently the most affordable 4×4 SUV one can buy in India.