Exclusive Car Expert - Tata Harrier BS6 Automatic Review
The Tata Harrier was a good car but it clearly had its flaws and with the likes of the Kia Seltos plus others coming in, it was time that Tata Motors acted on it. Finally at Auto Expo they launched the BS6 Harrier diesel.
It gets a few things which were needed in the Harrier in the first place. By that we mean a powerful engine, an automatic gearbox and some much needed features. But is it a case of too little too late? We find out.
Let us get straight to the point and the Harrier now has a 2.0 diesel which makes 170 bhp and 350Nm. In BS6 form there is an increase of power which is welcome. What is also welcome is the improved refinement which makes the Harrier a better car. The engine is much smoother plus more linear. However it still is not the most refined in its class that said it is a big improvement.
Standard fit is a 6-speed manual though a 6-speed torque converter automatic is now the main talking point of the new Harrier. The automatic is available mid-way to the top-spec XZA+ trim. It is not a double clutch but a torque converter from Hyundai.
It is relatively good in the city and quite smooth, once up-to speed. You will like the convenience factor with the gearbox responding well in the city. However once driven hard it takes a bit of a time to respond and is not the fastest but will do the job I am sure. Expect 10 kmpl in the city for the Harrier automatic in the real world with highway adding more. The suspension is a plus point and it feels solid at high speeds though there is body roll present in big quantities- but this is a big SUV.
Tata has improved the Harrier with better ergonomics now and crucially more features. It has a panoramic sunroof, 6- way Powered Driver Seat with adjustable lumbar support, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirrors. It is also even better looking now with dual tone being offered along with new 17inch alloys plus a superb Calypso Red Colour.
You can get the automatic in three trims, XMA, XZA & XZA+. Also do note that pay 20 lakh for the fully loaded Harrier AT. So, is it worth it? Well as a product the Harrier is a lot more improved now. The good looks remain plus then plus points like space and a tough suspension but now you have crucial new features and an automatic. However the Kia Seltos offers better quality, better engines (also a petrol option) plus a DCT gearbox not to mention the upcoming Hyundai Creta is there too.
So competition is tough for the Harrier but if you want space, big SUV looks and an automatic this is the one to buy as the Hector does not offer a diesel automatic and Mahindra XUV500 is old and dated now.