Tata Motors has unveiled the all-new Harrier, a vehicle characterized by substantial exterior enhancements, revamped interior design, and an improved electronic power steering for a more driver-friendly experience. The notable performance and outstanding scores in Global NCAP crash tests have solidified its standing as an appealing choice among similarly priced rivals and even slightly smaller SUVs such as the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, both of which dominate the midsize SUV category. In this comparison, we aim to help you decide which of these SUVs best suits your specific requirements:
Customers who want sheer power
While the 1.5-litre diesel engines in the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos deliver satisfactory power and performance, the Tata Harrier’s 2.0-litre diesel engine holds a clear advantage with its additional 55 PS of power and 100 Nm of torque. This extra power, combined with a more spacious cabin, larger wheels, and proven driving dynamics, positions the Tata Harrier as a more suitable option for extended highway journeys. But the Mahindra Scorpio-N is the most powerful of all. The 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine of Scorpio-N generates a maximum power of 173 Bhp of maximum power and a mega 400 Nm of torque. The Scorpio-N is the most powerful car in the segment.
All SUVs, including the Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass, MG Hector, Hyundai Creta, and Kia Seltos, offer an array of contemporary features, including a full-TFT instrument console, six airbags, panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, powered driver’s seat, wireless charger, and premium sound system. The Seltos and Harrier share additional features such as ADAS, 360-degree parking camera, drive and terrain modes, and connected LED light bars. However, the new Tata Harrier sets a new benchmark by introducing advanced features like a powered co-driver’s seat, powered tailgate, knee airbag, and larger-sized alloy wheels, making it the most feature-rich SUV among the three.
For those seeking safety
The Tata Harrier achieved an outstanding five-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests, solidifying its position as the safest SUV in India. This surpasses the three-star ratings attained by the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta in previous GNCAP crash tests.
For those prioritizing fuel efficiency
Hyundai Creta/Kia Seltos
While the smaller 1.5-litre diesel engines in the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos may compromise on power compared to the Tata Harrier’s 2.0-litre diesel engine, they compensate with relatively better fuel efficiency. Both manual and automatic transmission options in Creta and Seltos exhibit higher fuel efficiency figures in city and highway conditions compared to the Harrier.
For those requiring ample space
Significantly larger in size, the Tata Harrier outstrips the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in dimensions. This superior size translates into a more spacious cabin for rear seat passengers, offering additional legroom, headroom, shoulder room, and capacious boot space.
There are 7-seater options available in this price point as well including the Hyundai Alcazar, Kia Carens and Mahindra Scorpio-N. If you are looking to use any one of these 7-seater vehicles as 5-seater version, the Scorpio-N has a slight advantage over the Tata Harrier because of the bigger dimensions that translate into bigger cabin space.
While the ride quality has improved a lot on the new Harrier, it still is not as good as the other cars in the segment including the Scorpio-N. In fact, the Scorpio-N offers the best ride quality in the segment. While none of the SUVs have great handling, the Scorpio-N is better than the Harrier.
Long distance comfort
For long-distance, the Scorpio-N feels the most comfortable of all in the segment. While the Harrier is one of the best cars for long distances the Scorpio-N feels more stable. However, the seats of the Harrier are more comfortable and are very wide. The Scorpio-N, however, with its suspension tuning feels much better to drive and travel over long distance.