Cars and SUVs built by Tata Motors are highly regarded for their sturdy build quality. The Harrier, which is the automaker’s current flagship SUV is no different. While there have been multiple instances of owners praising the Harrier’s build quality for saving them from serious accidents, here’s a similar account from a family that owns not one but two Tata Harrier SUVs. One SUV is from the first batch, and the other one is the ‘Dark Edition’, which is from the facelifted range introduced earlier this year. In the video below, two brothers from the family narrate how the Tata Harrier’s sturdy build quality ensured minimal damage in two different accidents.
While one accident involved the grey coloured Tata Harrier getting hit by a Tata 407 pick up truck, leading to the front bumper and quarter panel bearing much of the brunt, the second accident involved the Dark Edition Harrier, which suffered similar damage on the left hand side quarter panel. The Youtuber praises the Harrier’s build quality, and says that the total cost of repair came up to Rs. 44,000, out of which Rs. 40,000 was borne by the Zero Depreciation Insurance while the remaining amount was paid by his family. The service rendered by the Tata Motors authorized service center for the grey Harrier’s accident repairs were good, and the Dark Edition version will soon go in for similar repairs.
In terms of safety, the Tata Harrier has a good deal of equipment on board including 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, electronic stability program, crumple zones, cruise control, seat belt reminders, reverse parking sensors and camera, hill hold assist, hill descent control, multiple drive/traction modes, a sturdy body structure, auto dimming inner rear view mirrors, fog lamps with cornering function, daytime running LEDs and powerful projector headlamps.
Apart from praising the Tata Harrier’s build, the brothers also give us a brief insight on their ownership experience. They explain that the Harrier feels very SUV-ish to drive, with the bonnet visible to the driver. They praise the handling and ride quality while cautioning new drivers about the SUV’s multiple blind spots, which can take some time getting used to. The Youtuber says that the seats of the Harrier are supremely comfortable, and touches upon the SUV’s mileage in city conditions (about 14 Kmpl) and on the highway (17-18 Kmpl). They also talk about the speakers having some niggles, which Tata Motors has assured will be fixed by a JBL engineer, and also about the infotainment system, which has some lag compared to those systems on Kia Seltos, MG Hector and Hyundai Creta.
The Tata Harrier was first launched in India during January 2020. The SUV rivals the likes of the MG Hector and Mahindra XUV500 in terms of size, and the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta in terms of price-positioning. The Harrier got a facelift with additional features earlier this year, and soon Tata Motors is expected to offer a turbocharged petrol engine with the SUV. Currently, the Harrier gets a 168 Bhp-350 Nm Fiat Multjet turbocharged diesel engine that displaces 2 liters and gets an inline-4 cylinder configuration. The BS6 diesel engine is offered with 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes. A front wheel drive layout is standard.