Overdrive Dec 17, 2018 14:53 PM IST
We are still reminiscing about the two days we spent in Jodhpur with the Tata Harrier. While we have already put together our impressions about the Harrier, here is a quick synopsis of the thing you might like about the car, and some that you may not.
Fit and finish
While this is the most premium car from Tata yet, and the fit and finish is better than whatever we have seen so far from Tata, it is still not up to the quality levels offered by the Jeep Compass or the Hyundai Creta/Tucson — the two cars that the Harrier will rival upon launch.
Despite those rough edges though, you simply cannot ignore the sheer road presence that the Harrier has. You may have heard this already — the images just don't do any justice to the imposing stance of the Harrier. It's Land Rover underpinnings have made it the largest car in its segment and that hulk shows on the road.
Compared to the radical exterior, the interior is a lot sober. Yet, it's functional and as a soothing vibe to it.
While the infotainment is still being fine-tuned, we loved it and we think you will too. The audio unit tuned by JBL is easily the best in this price bracket and the massive 8.8-inch screen is slick and easy to use. It is complemented by a sweet instrumentation too.
The Harrier silhouette projection as a puddle lamp is a small, but very likeable feature that also imparts a bit of a feel-good factor and make the Harrier feel a tad bit more premium when you unlock it at night.
Co-developing the Tata Harrier with Land Rover has worked wonders for the SUV's dynamics as it handles well. At the same time, it boasts excellent ride quality as well, which makes it all the more interesting as a premium-compact SUV
Though the Harrier doesn't have the same suspension components as the Land Rovers, it has an extremely well-tuned suspension setup and gives it confident driving dynamics. Even the ride quality is excellent and surpasses the benchmark set by the Hexa.
We have a hint that Tata is aiming at offering this Compass/XUV rival at the price of a Creta and if they manage that, it's a win-win for the Harrier as well as the consumer shopping in this space.
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