But why when you tell your friends that you bought a 20 lakh rupee car they gonna be excited and when you tell them that it is a Tata the question they gonna ask you is but why and well we got that 20 lakh rupee all-new Tata here the Harrier and they got very limited time with it just about five hours to get to know it and try to answer that question why would you spend 20 lakh rupees on this best SUV in India the tata harrier.
Before we go anywhere we have to talk about the distinctive face the way the LED DRLs come turn indicators set right on top with the headlamp unitsstacked underneath makes the Harrier stand out underneath those are the fog lamps that also double up as the coloring lamps then when you swinga round to the side you find in terms of lighting you get funnel lamps with a Harrier logo for an in-depth look at the Harriers design the headlamps take a look.
Finally at the rear you get cool fused LED elements in the sharply style 3d tail lamps is the design Wow I’m on the fence here this Tata in my books looks a bit awkward in parts it’s from the side that it looks the best and the most purposeful. The key thing that gives it the right look that quintessential SUV look is the platform the harrier is based on Land Rovers Discovery sport platform and that makes a couple of things very obvious. This looks like an SUV and it is a big one is bigger than anything in is class and bigger than everything a little bit above as well again using the CRV as an example this is longer by a fair bit so this is a sizable vehicle with a good amount of street presence and of course if your talking about an SUV the ground clearance is 205 mm that;s unladen though but trust me with those short overhangs in the front and not much hanging out behind the rearwheels this should be quite capable if you take it over some rough stuff too.
The number to keep in mind is 200 kilograms that’s by how much the Harrieris lighter than the Discovery sport the front suspension is the same it’s carried over the independent front suspension whereas the rear is new forthe Harrier because this is not independent this is a twist being set up and that a side what else is common the HVAC system which is the air conditioning system that;s also been carried over from the Discovery sport and that reminds us we should get inside now.
OK so some of you asked us does this feel like a Tata does it feel like a JLR you tell us what do you think this looks like well if you ask me it doesn’t look like a JLR for sure tata have created their own identity with this but what it does feel like isa more up market experience and whether it’s by the materials they used you look at the desktop this is soft touch plastic it really does feel premium and you look at that wood grain that they We used it looks like textured wood and I actually touched it thinking that it is textured wood but it’s not you’re got this fully automatic air conditioning system on this top end XZ variant you got this 8-inch Center infotainment display which is in landscape mode and I like that because it’s still wide and easy to use but it doesn’t eat into your view out of the cabin when you’re driving and along with that you also got a 7-inch display here for the driver and these to kind of talk together so if you’re using Android auto that’s the only thing on offer right now with the infotainment system apple car play will be on offer later navigation instructions also pop up on the 7-inch display over here so that you don’t have to look away when you’re driving same thing works with the music you’re playing so it’s just that much easier that much safer and talking about audio the ninth speaker JBL set up on the top and XZ variant is plain incredible it makes you feel like your are on the front row and alive performance tata motors specialty is making things practical and you can see there’s tons of storage all around the cabin whether it’s here in the console between the front seats and the door pockets but there are a few oddities for instance the USB plug in is somewhere down here you can’t see it trust me to see it you will have to do this there and then get your hand in there I know it’s plug the cable in once and leave it that don’t take it off that’s the simple solution and then whether it’s the arm rest the storage under that it’s a press button which is to me a bit logical it should have just been a push lever and when you get inside you got a little bit of storage there which is also cool bin and I got to show you this as well there’s a pretty large glove box on offer here that’s pretty impressive so yes it’s practical and the driveralso gets an 8 way adjustable seat not power adjustable.
Some people would say there could have been more features like ambient lighting and cooled seats but what I would have loved to see would have been more sophistication at least at the touch points like the gear lever and if you’re wondering where the parking brakis well right here it’s not the moster gonomic and if they wanted to really up the style quotient with that I would have liked it if it was more flush with the flow console here now in terms of features one of the misses well one thing that a lot of you have been askingus about is the sunroof mm not here not now at least and other than that a small detail is this irvm it’s manual no automatic talking about misses what do you think about the steering boss the rest of the cabin looks like that and this looks like this does it fit in let us know but it has substance well it’s clear that Tata is aiming for a five-star rating with the Harrier when it comes to safety because you look at the top and XZ variants it’s got six air bags ABS of course it’s got ESP ESC and along with that it’s got added on features which up the safety quotient there’s rollover mitigation there’s brake disc wiping which is very simply a system that cleans the disk of water when it’s in rainy conditions so that braking is more effective when you need it and of course it’s also got hill descent control so all these small small things add up to make it that much easier and safer to use the base variant which is the XC variant that starts off with dual airbags.
ABS absolutely love the fact that tata have stuck to the core of being Tata you my going premium this back seat is just so impressive look at the amount of knee room on offer great amount of headroom practicality hasn’t taken a backseat you can see it with the seat design it self it looks flat right it is because that makes it that much more comfortable for the middle passenger here and you could over here with great amount of comfort and it’s not just accommodating three passengers it’s even the smaller details look at the door of course there are slots for a 1 liter water bottle some other knickknacks and there’s a special tray that’s been designed for you to keep your cell phone on really nice thoughtful touches. This is a place that you could easily spend your time in and keep in mind you also have a USB charging slot here so you can tuck your phone in here quite easily and keep it charging on-the-go the only thing missing on this comfy bench is reclined adjustment but let’s not get too comfy let’s get goings.