August 2021 - Tata Harrier Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

August 2021 - Tata Harrier Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Tata Harrier diesel you should buy based on the August 2021 prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we will compare and objectively analyse Harrier’s diesel variants and features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Harrier diesel with its competitors like the Mahindra XUV700 and MG Hector.


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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Tata Harrier Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Harrier diesel are:

  • The Harrier has the best ground clearance in the class of 205mm
  • So far, 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 terrain modes
  • Automatic transmission is available in 4 of the 6 variants

The Tata Harrier diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Overpriced XM and XT variants and stripped XE and XM variants
  • No petrol engine option
  • 6-month service interval is too short
  • Multi-terrain modes in a front-wheel drive, monocoque car has questionable efficacy and usability

What Is The Price Of Tata Harrier Diesel In August 2021?

The 2021 Tata Harrier is available in 6 variants: XE, XM, XT, XT Plus, XZ and XZ Plus. An automatic transmission is also available as an option in 4 of these 6 variants: XM, XT Plus, XZ and XZ Plus.

The Harrier diesel automatic starts at Rs. 17.06 lakh and goes up to Rs. 20.81 lakh. The diesel variants of the harrier are about Rs. 1.22 - 1.3 lakh more expensive than the manual.

TATA HARRIER | DIESEL PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | August 2021

 

Manual

Difference

Automatic

XE

Rs. 14,39,900

-

-

XM

Rs. 15,79,400

Rs. 1,27,000

Rs. 17,06,400

XT

Rs. 17,04,400

-

-

XT Plus

Rs. 17,84,400

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 19,14,400

XZ

Rs. 18,34,400

Rs. 1,27,000

Rs. 19,61,400

XZ Plus

Rs. 19,59,400

Rs. 1,22,000

Rs. 20,81,400

Tata Harrier XE Variant - Base Variant Features And Review

The XE is the base variant of the Harrier, and it costs Rs. 14.4 lakh. The Harrier XE variant carries a fairly aggressive price tag for a D-segment diesel SUV. 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 an Rs. 15 lakh car to skip these basic features)
  • Multiple 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’s front design looks incomplete)

If you’re comfortable with adding some of these features aftermarket and mainly want the Harrier because of its engine 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 Harrier XE offers good value-for-money, this variant is not worth buying.

TATA HARRIER | XE VARIANT FEATURES

Rs. 14,39,900 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | August 2021

Safety

Functional

Style

Std. Safety Features

Tilt & Telescopic Steering 

Black Door Handles

Electronic Stability Control

3 USB Ports

Black ORVMs

Hill Hold Assist

Power Windows

Dual Function Non-LED DRLs w/ Turn Indicators

Traction Control

Rear AC Vents

Full Wheel Covers

Corner Stability Control

Door Pockets

LED Tail Lamps

Central Locking

Front Armrest

Integrated Turn Indicators on ORVMs

Projector Headlamps

Power Outlet

Integrated Roof Spoiler

  

Sunglass Holder

  

Adjustable Front & Rear Headrests

Tata Harrier XE vs XM Variant

The XM variant of the Tata Harrier costs Rs. 15.8 lakh. This price is about Rs. 1.4 lakh more than the XE. If you want it with an automatic transmission, then you’ll have to pay Rs. 16.25 lakh - Rs. 1.27 lakh more than the Harrier XM manual.

TATA HARRIER | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XE

Difference

XM

Manual

Rs. 14,39,900

Rs. 1,39,500

Rs. 15,79,400

Difference

-

-

Rs. 1,27,000

Automatic

-

-

Rs. 17,06,400

 

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. However, with the addition of the XT Plus automatic variant, you don’t have to stretch your budget too much for the XZ automatic.

If you’re interested in manual transmission, then the Harrier XM offers poor value for money. 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

Rs.15,79,400 (DIESEL MT) | Rs.17,06,400 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | August 2021

Safety

Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Front Fog Lamps

7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

Multi Drive Modes

(Eco, City, Sport)

Body-coloured Door Handles

Rear Wiper & Washer

Bluetooth & USB Connectivity

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Chrome Detailing around Windows

 

4 Speakers

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

 
 

2 Tweeters

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

 
 

Steering-mounted Controls

Remote Central Locking

 
  

Parcel Tray

 

Tata Harrier XM vs XT

The Tata Harrier XT variant is only available with a manual transmission, and it costs Rs. 17.04 lakh, which is Rs. 1.25 lakh more than the XM variant.

TATA HARRIER | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM

Difference

XT

Manual

Rs. 15,79,400

Rs. 1,25,000

Rs. 17,04,400

Difference

Rs. 1,27,000

-

-

Automatic

Rs. 17,06,400

-

NA

 

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 Harrier’s variant lineup.

This variant has a far better balance of features and price as it covers most of the must-have features. Harrier XT is the most affordable variant that we can recommend.

TATA HARRIER XT | FEATURES OVER XM

Rs.17,04,400 (DIESEL MT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | August 2021

Safety & Entertainment 

Functional

Style

Rear Parking Camera

Keyless Entry w/ Push Button Start/Stop

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

R17 Alloy Wheels

2 Additional Tweeters

Auto AC

Rear Armrest w/ Cup Holders

LED DRLs w/ Turn Indicators

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Rain Sensing Wipers

Driver Lumbar Support

Soft-touch Dashboard

 

Auto Headlamps

Cruise Control

Chrome Door Handles

   

Dual-tone ORVMs

Tata Harrier XT vs XT Plus

The Harrier XT Plus variant costs Rs. 17.84 lakh, which is Rs. 80,000 more than the XT variant. For another Rs. 1.3 lakh, you can get the XT Plus variant with the automatic transmission. Compared to the XMA (XM automatic), the XTA Plus automatic is Rs. 2.08 lakh more expensive.

TATA HARRIER | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XM

Difference

XT

Difference

XT+

Manual

Rs. 15,79,400

Rs. 1,25,000

Rs. 17,04,400

Rs. 80,000

Rs. 17,84,400

Difference

Rs. 1,27,000

--

--

--

Rs. 1,30,000

Automatic

Rs. 17,06,400

Rs. 2,08,000

Rs. 19,14,400

 

The only additional feature the XT Plus gets over the XT is a panoramic sunroof. This is a high-value feature and it justifies the Rs. 80,000 price bump. But, this is a feel-good feature and therefore, consider upgrading if you want the sunroof.

For the automatic buyers, the Harrier XT Plus better justifies the asking price than the XM automatic. So, you should buy at least the XT Plus automatic for a good value-for-money and better ownership experience.

TATA HARRIER XT PLUS | FEATURES OVER XT

Rs.17,84,400 (DIESEL MT) | Rs.19,14,400 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | August 2021

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

Tata Harrier XT Plus vs XZ

The price jump from the XT Plus to the XZ variant is only Rs. 50,000 lakh for the manual transmission and Rs. 47,000 for the automatic. The XZ automatic is Rs. 1.27 lakh more expensive than the XZ manual.

TATA HARRIER | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XT+

Difference

XZ

Manual

Rs. 17,84,400

Rs. 50,000

Rs. 18,34,400

Difference

Rs. 1,30,000

--

Rs. 1,27,000

Automatic

Rs. 19,14,400

Rs. 47,000

Rs. 19,61,400

 

For the additional features, XZ justifies the asking price over the XT Plus. Although, the XZ doesn’t get the panoramic sunroof. However, if you want safety features, then you should buy the XZ variant over the XT or even the XT Plus.

TATA HARRIER XZ | FEATURES OVER XT

Rs.18,34,400 (DIESEL MT) | Rs.19,61,400 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | August 2021

Safety

Entertainment & Functional

Style

Side & Curtain Airbags

8.8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

Brown Interior

HID Projector Headlamps

9 Speaker JBL Audio System

Leather Seat Upholstery & Door Trim

Cornering Function w/ Fog Lamps

Terrain Response Modes

(Normal, Rough, Wet)

Leather Wrapped Steering & Gear Knob

Hill Descent Control

60:40 Rear Seat

Shark Fin Antenna

ISOFIX

 

7-inch Coloured Display In Instrument Cluster 

  

(-) Panoramic Sunroof

Tata Harrier XZ vs XZ Plus

The XZ Plus variant of the Harrier costs Rs. 19.59 lakh with the manual and Rs. 20.81 lakh with the automatic transmission. This price is about Rs. 1.2 - 1.25 lakh more than the XZ and XZA variants.

TATA HARRIER | PRICE COMPARISON

 

XZ

Difference

XZ+

Manual

Rs. 18,34,400

Rs. 1,25,000

Rs. 19,59,400

Difference

Rs. 1,27,000

--

Rs. 1,22,000

Automatic

Rs. 19,61,400

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 20,81,400

 

Because of some desirable high-value items like the power driver seat and panoramic sunroof, this variant justifies the upgrade over any of the lower variants. It’s a great value for money but none of these features is in the must-have category. So, we’ll leave it up to you to decide if you should buy the XZ Plus.

TATA HARRIER XZ PLUS | FEATURES OVER XZ

Rs.19,59,400 (DIESEL MT) | Rs.20,81,400 (DIESEL AT) | EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI | August 2021

Safety

Functional

Style

Auto-Dimming IRVM

6-way Power Adjustable Driver Seat w/ Lumbar Support

Panoramic Sunroof

  

17-inch Machined Alloy Wheels

 

Which Variant Of The Tata Harrier Diesel Should You Buy?

For the manual transmission, the Harrier’s XE variant offers a good value for money but it’s too basic in terms of features. The XT Plus variant is the next in line and is the second-best VFM variant of the Harrier. You should at least buy the XT variant to get good value for your money and enjoy a decent ownership experience.

The XZ variant is our top recommended as it offers some important safety features while offering a fantastic value even without the sunroof.

TATA HARRIER MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

XE 

Rank 1

Rs. 14,39,900

Too basic. Not recommended.

XM

Rank 6

Rs. 15,79,400

Not value for money. Better upgrade to XT.

XT 

Rank 5

Rs. 17,04,400

The entry-level variant to buy

XT+

Rank 2

Rs. 17,84,400

Up to buyers.

XZ 

Rank 4

Rs. 18,34,400

Top recommended

XZ+ 

Rank 3

Rs. 19,59,400

Up to buyers.

 

With the automatic transmission, the XMA is the most affordable variant but you should seriously consider stretching your budget for the XT Plus. For the best value-for-money, the XZA is our top recommendation.

TATA HARRIER AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

XMA

Rank 3

Rs. 17,06,400

Better upgrade to XTA+

XTA+

Rank 1

Rs. 19,14,400

The entry-level variant to buy

XZA

Rank 3

Rs. 19,61,400

Top recommended

XZA+

Rank 2

Rs. 20,81,400

Up to buyers.

 

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2021 Tata Harrier Diesel?

The Tata Harrier has a 2.0-litre diesel engine, just like the MG Hector. 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. But, the XUV700 will also get an automatic when the more powerful version goes on sale. For now, the XUV700 is only available with the 155PS engine and its specs are on par with other cars in the segment.

TATA HARRIER vs COMPETITION

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

Tata Harrier

MG Hector

Mahindra XUV700 (5-seat)

Displacement

2.0-litre

2.0-litre

2.2 L Diesel

Cylinder

4

4

4

Capacity

1956 cc

1956 cc

2184cc

Power

170PS @ 3750rpm

170PS @ 3750rpm

155PS @ 3750rpm

Peak Torque

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

350Nm @ 1750 - 2500rpm

360Nm @ 1500 - 2800rpm

Transmission

6-Speed MT & 6-Speed AT

6-Speed MT

6-speed MT

Claimed FE

16.35kmpl & 14.63kmpl

16.17kmpl

Not Available

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2021 Tata Harrier?

In terms of dimensions, the Harrier is the shortest among the D-segment 5-seater SUVs. However, its width is about the same as the Mahindra XUV700 and it has the best-in-class ground clearance as well. The XUV700 is the tallest in this segment and the only one that offers 18-inch wheels.

TATA HARRIER vs RIVALS

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Tata Harrier

MG Hector

Mahindra XUV700 (5-seat)

Length

4598mm

4655mm

4695mm

Width

1894mm

1835mm

1890mm

Height

1706mm

1760mm

1755mm

Wheelbase

2741mm

2750mm

2750mm

Boot Space

425-lt

587-lt

NA

Ground Clearance

205mm

192mm

NA

Fuel Tank

50-lt

60-lt

60-lt

Tyre Size

235/70 R16

235/65 R17

215/60 R17

235/65 R17

235/60 R18

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2021 Tata Harrier?

The 2021 Harrier is available in the following 5 colour options:

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

Here’s the variant-wise price list for the Dark, Camo and dual-tone colour options of the Harrier:

TATA HARRIER | SPECIAL VARIANTS

VARIANTS

DARK EDITION

CAMO

DUAL TONE

XT

NA

Rs. 20,000

NA

XT+

Rs. 20,000

Rs. 20,000 (MT)

NA

XZ

NA

Rs. 20,000

Rs. 20,000

XZ+

Rs. 30,000 (MT)
Rs. 28,000 (AT)

Rs. 20,000

Rs. 20,000

 

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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