Which Variant of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Is Most Value For Money?

Which Variant of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Is Most Value For Money?

Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Tata Harrier diesel is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Harriers diesel variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Tata Harrier with its competitors and other diesel D-segment SUVs.

 

2020 Tata Harrier

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tata Harrier Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Harrier diesel 2020 are:

  • The Harrier has the best ground clearance in the class of 205mm
  • The only car in the segment with diesel + automatic transmission combo
  • Aggressively priced base variant and VFM top variants
  • Gets a healthy list of safety features (ESC, TC, HSA, 6 airbags, ABS)
  • Gets features like multiple drive modes and multiple terrain modes

The Tata Harrier diesel 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Overpriced XM and XT variants and stripped XE and XM variants
  • No petrol engine option
  • No 6/7-seat option (although it’s coming soon in Tata Gravitas)
  • 6-month service interval is too short
  • Efficacy of multi-terrain modes is questionable in a front-wheel drive, monocoque car

Here’s our Tata Harrier’s variants breakdown video in Hindi in case you prefer watching instead of reading:

What Is The Price Of 2020 Tata Harrier?

The 2020 Tata Harrier is available in 5 variants: XE, XM, XT, XZ and XZ Plus. An automatic transmission is also available as an option in 3 of these 5 variants: XM, XZ and XZ Plus.

The top two variants, XZ and XZ Plus, also have the option of dual-tone and dark edition. The dual-tone costs another Rs. 10,000 over the regular XZ and XZ Plus. The Dark Edition, which gives a black body and black interior. It costs about Rs. 20,000 more than the normal XZ and XZ Plus variants.

The XZA Plus (XZ Plus automatic) is the only exception to this pricing rule. The dual-tone for this variant costs about Rs. 15,000 more and the black pack costs Rs. 25,000 more than the regular XZA Plus.

2020 TATA HARRIER | DIESEL PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | JULY 2020

 

Manual

Automatic

XE

₹13,69,000

X

XM

₹15,00,000

₹16,25,000

XT

₹16,25,000

X

XZ

₹17,50,000

₹18,80,000

XZ+

₹18,75,000

₹19,99,500

Is The XE Variant Of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Worth Buying?

The XE is the base variant of the Harrier and it costs Rs. 13.7 lakh. It comes with the following notable features:

  • 2 Front Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Tilt & Telescopic Steering 
  • ABS
  • Hill-start assist
  • 3 USB Ports
  • Black outside mirrors and door handles
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Traction Control
  • All Power Windows
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Dual Function Halogen DRLs w/ Turn Indicators
  • Full Wheel Covers
  • Central Locking
  • Projector Headlamps
  • Front Armrest
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Day/Night IRVM
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

The XE variant of the Harrier 2020 carries a very aggressive price tag and is enough to convince potential buyers to go to the Tata showroom and check out the Harrier in person. This variant also ranks high on safety with features like ESC, HSA, traction control and other standard safety features. However, we believe, that you may miss the following features in this variant considering its price and segment:

  • Music system
  • Body-colour door handles and outside mirrors (it’s unacceptable for a Rs. 14 lakh car to skip these cheap features)
  • Multi drive modes (a feature Tata offers in many of its cheaper cars)
  • Power mirrors (it’s a must-have for such a wide car as it’s not easy to physically stretch and adjust the mirrors every time)
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Remote central locking system
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • LED DRLs (without the LED DRLs, the Harrier looks incomplete)

If you’re comfortable with adding some of these features aftermarket and are mainly interested in the Harrier’s engine and size, for performance and road presence, then this is a great option. But the lack of these must-have features makes it difficult to recommend to most buyers. Although the 2020 Harrier XE is a great value-for-money, this variant is not worth buying.

TATA HARRIER | XE VARIANT FEATURES

₹13,69,000 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JULY 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Dual Front Airbags

Electronic Stability Control

Tilt & Telescopic Steering 

Black & Body-coloured Dual-tone Bumpers

ABS w/ EBD

Hill Hold Assist

3 USB Ports

Black Door Handles

Rear Parking Sensors 

Traction Control

Power Windows

Black ORVMs

Driver & Passenger Seatbelt Reminder

Roll-over Mitigation

Rear AC Vents

Dual Function Halogen DRLs w/ Turn Indicators

High-Speed Alert

Corner Stability Control

Door Pockets

Full Wheel Covers

Central Locking

Projector Headlamps

Front Armrest

LED Tail Lamps

Burglar Alarm

Day/Night IRVM

Power Outlet

Integrated Turn Indicators on ORVMs

   

Sunglass Holder

Integrated Roof Spoiler

   

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

 

Is The XM Variant Of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Worth Buying?

The XM variant of the Tata Harrier costs Rs. 15.0 lakh. This price is about Rs. 1.3 lakh more than the XE. If you want it with the automatic transmission, then you’ll have to pay Rs. 16.25 lakh - Rs. 1.25 lakh more than the Harrier XM manual.

For Rs. 1.3 lakh more than the XE, the XM variant gets the following additional features:

  • Front Fog Lamps
  • 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Bluetooth, Aux-in & USB Connectivity
  • 4 Speakers + 2 Tweeters
  • Multi Drive Modes (Eco, City, Sport)
  • Body-coloured Door Handles
  • Rear Wiper & Washer
  • Follow-me-home Headlamps
  • Chrome Detailing around Windows
  • Power Adjustable ORVMs
  • Steering-mounted Audio Controls
  • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Parcel Tray

The XM variant somewhat covers the must-have features well. But, it still misses the following features:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple Carplay
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear armrest
  • Rear parking camera

Besides, the XM variant is straight-up overpriced considering the additional features over the XE variant and its incremental cost. If you want the Harrier with an automatic transmission and don’t want to spend a lot, then this is your option. Moreover, the XT variant does not get an automatic transmission. So, the price jump is much bigger for automatic buyers. The Tata Harrier 2020’s XMA or XM automatic is worth buying if you don’t want to stretch your budget further.

If you’re interested in the manual transmission, then the Harrier XM is a poor value for money variant. And not worth buying. Consider the Harrier XM manual only if you don’t want to stretch your budget any further.

TATA HARRIER XM | FEATURES OVER XE

₹15,00,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹16,25,000 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JULY 2020

Safety

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Front Fog Lamps

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Multi Drive Modes

(Eco, City, Sport)

Body-coloured Door Handles

Rear Wiper & Washer

Bluetooth, Aux-in & USB Connectivity

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Chrome Detailing around Windows

 

4 Speakers + 2 Tweeters

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

 
 

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

 
   

Remote Central Locking

 
   

Parcel Tray

 

Is The XT Variant Of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Worth Buying?

The 2020 Tata Harrier XT variant is only available with a manual transmission and it costs Rs. 16.25 lakh, which is Rs. 1.25 lakh more than the XM variant. For this price, you get the following additional features:

  • Rear Parking Camera
  • Keyless Entry w/ Push Button Start/Stop
  • Power Folding Mirrors
  • Dual Function LED DRLs w/ Turn Indicators
  • Android Auto 
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Lumbar Support for Driver Seat
  • Rear Armrest
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Auto AC
  • Soft-touch Dashboard
  • Auto Wipers
  • Cruise Control

The XT variant better justifies the price jump from the XE variant with more features. It’s worth noting that the alloy wheels play a big role in plugging the cost gap and it’s an easy-to-upgrade cosmetic feature. However, it’s still not the best value for money option in the Harrier’s variant lineup.

From a usability, style and price perspective, the Harrier XT is our top recommended variant with the manual transmission and worth buying.

TATA HARRIER XT | FEATURES OVER XM

₹16,25,000 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JULY 2020

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

Keyless Entry w/ Push Button Start/Stop

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Dual Function LED DRLs w/ Turn Indicators

Android Auto 

Lumbar Support for Driver Seat

Rear Armrest

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Apple CarPlay

Automatic Headlamps

Auto AC

Soft-touch Dashboard

2 Tweeters

Rain Sensing Wipers

Cruise Control

Chrome Door Handles

Is The XZ Variant Of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Worth Buying?

The price jump from the XT to XZ variant is another Rs. 1.25 lakh as the XZ MT variant costs Rs. 17.5 lakh. The Harrier XZA or XZ automatic costs Rs. 18.8 lakh, which is Rs. 1.3 lakh more than the XZ manual. If you’re considering the Harrier diesel automatic, then the Harrier XZ automatic is Rs. 2.55 lakh more expensive than the Harrier XMA or XM automatic.

The Harrier XZ variant adds the following features for the Rs. 1.25 lakh of incremental cost over the XT:

  • 2 front thorax & 2 curtain airbags
  • 8.8-inch Infotainment System w/ High-res Display
  • Terrain Response Modes (Normal, Rough, Wet)
  • Oak Brown Interior Colour Scheme
  • Xenon HID Projector Headlamps
  • Subwoofer
  • Acoustics Tuned by JBL
  • 7-inch full-colour display in the instrument console
  • Navigation Directions in Instrument Console MID
  • Leather Seat Upholstery & Door Pad Inserts
  • Cornering Function w/ Fog Lamps
  • Foldable 60:40 Rear Seat Split Rear Seatback
  • Hill Descent Control
  • ISOFIX

If you’re interested in getting the full safety kit with the Harrier, then this variant gets it. The Harrier XZ is a better value for money than the XT and it’s worth buying. But, this is not our top recommendation as most of its features are good-to-have and not critical. The XT balances that aspect much better.

For the automatic buyers, the XZA is worth buying from a value as well as the usability point of view because you don’t have the option of an XT automatic to challenge the XZA.

TATA HARRIER XZ | FEATURES OVER XT

₹17,50,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹18,80,000 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JULY 2020

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Style

2 front thorax & 2 curtain airbags

8.8-inch touchscreen w/ High-res Display

Navigation Directions in Instrument Console MID

Oak Brown Interior Colour Scheme

Xenon HID Projector Headlamps

Subwoofer

7-inch Full Colour Display in the Instrument Console

Leather Seat Upholstery & Door Pad Inserts

Cornering Function w/ Fog Lamps

Acoustics Tuned by JBL

Terrain Modes

(Normal, Rough, Wet)

Leather Wrapped Steering & Gear Knob

Hill Descent Control

 

60:40 Split Seatback

Shark Fin Antenna

ISOFIX

     

Is The XZ Plus Variant Of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Worth Buying?

The XZ Plus variant of the Harrier 2020 costs Rs. 18.75 lakh with the manual and Rs. 20.0 lakh with the automatic transmission. This price is about Rs. 1.2 - 1.25 lakh more than the XZ and XZA variants. For this sum, you get the following extra features:

  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • 6-way power driver seat
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels

Thanks to the high-value items like power driver seat and panoramic sunroof, this variant justifies the price over the base XE variant with all the additional features. The XZ Plus and XZA Plus variants are worth buying as they offer great value for money.

The XT variant remains our top recommendation as the top variant doesn’t get any functional or must-have features. Most features you get in XZ and XZ Plus the XT are cosmetic. So, we leave it up to you to decide if you should upgrade or not. If you want these features, then rest assured that you’re NOT buying an overpriced product.

TATA HARRIER XZ+ | FEATURES OVER XZ

₹18,75,000 (DIESEL MT) | ₹19,99,500 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | JULY 2020

Safety

Functional

Style

Auto-Dimming IRVM

6-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat w/ Lumbar Support

Panoramic Sunroof

   

17-inch Machined Alloy Wheels

Are The Dual Tone and Dark Edition Variants Of 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Worth Buying?

The top two variants, XZ/XZA and XZ+ and XZA+, also have the option of further cosmetically enhancing your Harrier. The dual-tone costs Rs. 10k and the Dark Edition adds Rs. 20k to the ex-showroom cost. The Dark Edition of the Harrier is exclusively available in black exterior colour, which is not available in any other variant. The Dark Edition also gets a dark interior theme.

If you’re interested in the higher variants of the Harrier, then both of these options are worth buying. They’re well-priced - especially the Dark Edition, which is great for standing out. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the all-black exterior and interior will greatly increase the cabin temperatures if you leave it parked in the sun for a long time.

Which Variant Of The 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel Offers The Most Value For Money?

For the manual transmission, the Harrier’s XE variant offers the most value for money but it’s too basic in terms of features. The XZ Plus variant is the next in line and is the second-best VFM variant in the Harrier’s list.

For the Harrier automatic transmission, the XMA is worth buying for budget-conscious buyers. If you can stretch, then the XZA variant is our top recommendation and it’s also a better value for money option.

2020 Tata Harrier Diesel MT Recommendation

The XM variant is a decent entry-level variant with most must-have features but it’s the worst value for money option. If you can stretch your budget, then the XT variant is the one you should buy as it offers a great balance of functional, style and entertainment features. This is our top recommended variant.

The XZ variant is a better VFM option than the XT manual and the most affordable variant with all the safety features Harrier has to offer. For the safety-conscious buyers, this is as high as you want to go up the Harrier’s variant chain.

The XZ Plus variant is a great value offering but all of its features are cosmetic. So, the decision to buy or not lies in your hands.

2020 TATA HARRIER MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price

Recommendation

VFM Rank

XE 

₹13,69,000

Aggressive entry-level price, but too basic. Better upgrade to XM

Rank 1

XM

₹15,00,000

For only those who can’t upgrade to XT

Rank 5

XT 

₹16,25,000

Top recommended. Right features mix, suitable for most buyers.

Rank 4

XZ 

₹17,50,000

The safest variant of Harrier

Rank 3

XZ+ 

₹18,75,000

For those who want the panoramic sunroof

Rank 2

2020 Tata Harrier Diesel AT Recommendation

If you’re interested in the Harrier automatic, then the XMA is the most affordable option and worth considering if you don’t want to stretch your budget further. If you can, then the XZA and XZA Plus, both offer better value. The XZA automatic is our top recommendation. The XZA Plus is priced well but it gets only cosmetic features, so we leave the decision to buy up to you.

2020 TATA HARRIER AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

Price

Recommendation

VFM Rank

XMA

₹16,25,000

Gets some must-have features. For those on a budget

Rank 2

XZA

₹18,80,000

For buyers who can stretch their budget, and those who think XM is just too basic to buy. Top recommended

Rank 3

XZA+

₹19,99,500

For those who want the panoramic sunroof

Rank 1

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Tata Harrier Diesel?

The Tata Harrier uses the same Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is available in the MG Hector, Hector Plus and Jeep Compass. It makes 170PS of power and 350Nm of torque. In its class of D-segment SUVs, the Harrier is the only one to offer an automatic transmission with the diesel engine.

For now, the Harrier has the best torque-to-weight ratio in this segment but it’s only a little bit better than the Hector and Hector Plus. The Mahindra XUV500 has the worst torque-to-weight ratio despite a higher torque output and a wider peak torque band. It also has the lowest torque output.

Similarly, the Harrier and Hector twins have comparable mileage figures but the XUV500 lags with a marginally worse fuel efficiency figure of 15kmpl.

TATA HARRIER vs COMPETITION

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

Tata Harrier

MG Hector

MG Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Displacement

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

2.2-litre

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

Capacity

1956 cc

1956 cc

1956 cc

2179 cc

Power

170PS @ 3750rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

155PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

360Nm @ 1750 - 2800rpm

Transmission

6-Speed MT & 6-Speed AT

6-Speed MT

6-Speed MT

6-Speed MT

Claimed FE

16.35kmpl & 14.63kmpl

16.17kmpl

16.57kmpl

15.05kmpl

For now, the Tata Harrier is not available with a petrol engine but it’s likely to get a 1.5-lite turbo petrol in the next few quarters.

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Tata Harrier?

In terms of dimensions, the Harrier is a bit shorter than the Hector and Hector Plus but a bit longer than the XUV500. The Harrier has the smallest fuel tank but it’s the widest car in its class with the best ground clearance.

TATA HARRIER vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Tata Harrier

MG Hector

Hector Plus

Mahindra XUV500

Length

4598mm

4655mm

4720mm

4585mm

Width

1894mm

1835mm

1835mm

1890mm

Height

1706mm

1760mm

1760mm

1785mm

Wheelbase

2741mm

2750mm

2750mm

2700mm

Boot Space

425-lt

587-lt

155-lt / 530-lt

93-lt (all seats up)

702-lt (as 5-seater)

Ground Clearance

205mm

192mm

191mm (diesel)

NA

Fuel Tank

50-lt

60-lt

60-lt

70-lt

Tyre Size

235/70 R16

235/65 R17

215/60 R17

215/60 R17

235/65 R17

235/60 R18

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Tata Harrier?

The 2020 Harrier is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Red
  • White
  • Black exterior and interior (Dark edition only)

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

New City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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