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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Aug 01 2020

    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 Harrier's 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 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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