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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Tuesday, Aug 17 2021

    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.

     

    Tata Harrier

    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.

    Also Read - 2020 Hyundai Creta vs Tata Harrier - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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.

    Also read - 2020 MG Hector Plus vs Tata Harrier - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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.

    Also read - 2020 Hyundai Tucson vs Tata Harrier - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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.

    Also read - 2020 Kia Seltos vs Tata Harrier - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    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.

    Also Read - Tata Harrier 2020 Diesel vs Competition - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    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 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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