Tata Harrier XZ: Ownership Review


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Heartiest congratulations on the monster, beautiful colour, how do you find the NVH in the cabin? And the handbrake?
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Thanks.

Though some of the Harrier owners and even who took test drives complained about high noise inside the cabin, I would prefer to defer. There’s a bit of engine noise in 1st / 2nd gear but it gradually reduces as you move towards top gear. In fact, the tyre noise is much lesser in Harrier than Grand i10 at high speeds.

Just put on some nice music in low volume and you won’t even realize or hear any other noise (like engine / tyre) inside the cabin.

About handbrake - agree that it's a bit fancy but it serves the purpose and also gels with overall interiors. Good to have something different and personally I liked it more than the regular ones.
 
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Finally, first Harrier drive of around 1000 km, Pune - Goa - Pune. Started on Friday night and came back Sunday evening. This trip allowed to explore and check a lot of features about the Harrier.

Hill-descent control - worked perfectly while driving down in Chorla ghat. Tried it first time and it really helps in long ghat sections.

Driving modes:
Rough mode - could actually make out the difference when this mode was activated. There were some rough patches between Sawantwadi and Nipani, and this mode reduced the impact to a considerable extent.

Wet mode - was lucky to try this out. While returning back from Goa, first got rains around Karad and thereafter it was a bloody hailstorm just before Khed-Shivapur toll gate. Saw lots of vehicles actually stopping on the highway, the rain was really that bad and it was dark as well. Anyway, activating this mode really makes you feel as if the tyre is deflated to half. The vehicle just sticks to the road harder. Don’t know the technical stuff, but it does make you feel a bit more confident while driving on wet roads.

Rain-sensing wipers - this was the most interesting stuff. The speed of wipers actually increased and decreased with the speed of rain. Wonder how it detected that, but this feature is bound to be very useful in rainy seasons.

AC - as usual, just superb. Even with outside temperature nearing 40 degrees, the cabin hardly felt any heat. And of course, no impact on power due to AC.

Stability & comfort - needless to stay, the Harrier is extremely stable at high speeds. I did try 130+ kmph and the vehicle just stuck to the road. But again, one has to be careful with steering as it’s highly responsive. The braking is just superb in Harrier and it only boost the confidence while driving. The seats proved to be extremely comfortable, just perfect for long journeys.
Again, as I had positioned driver’s seat height to it’s minimum, my left knee did not touch the dashboard even once in the entire journey. Mentioning it here as some people have raised a concern about left knee hitting the dashboard.

Headlamps - as mentioned earlier, I found them adequate for speeds up to 100 kmph though I would love to make them a bit more powerful, if possible.

Mileage - as can be seen in the images below, got FE of 19+ kmpl while driving at night towards Kolhapur with very less traffic on the road. Speed was in between 80-100 kmph. Thereafter, the FE was 18+ kmpl on reaching Goa. This included lots of Ghat section and rarely driving in top gear after crossing Belgaum. And the final trip FE was 17+ kmpl which included idling time of around 1 hour or so due to traffic. AC was ON all the time and it was just me and my son in the car, so it wasn’t really fully loaded.
These readings were as calculated / reported by vehicle system but even as per tank-full to tank-full, it was 17+ kmpl. Guess this is pretty decent considering the size and power of the vehicle.

All in all, it was a unique and enjoyable experience in Harrier. Looking forward to planned 4.5k trip next month - Pune to Chitkul (Himachal Pradesh.)

I have crossed 1.5k on ODO so time for first service, it’s merely a check up. Also, expecting firmware / software upgrade from Tata by end of this month.

Just a side note - Belgaum to Goa via Chorla ghat is a must-drive at least once, especially in monsoon :)
 

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Finally, first Harrier drive of around 1000 km, Pune - Goa - Pune. Started on Friday night and came back Sunday evening. This trip allowed to explore and check a lot of features about the Harrier.

Hill-descent control - worked perfectly while driving down in Chorla ghat. Tried it first time and it really helps in long ghat sections.

Driving modes:
Rough mode - could actually make out the difference when this mode was activated. There were some rough patches between Sawantwadi and Nipani, and this mode reduced the impact to a considerable extent.

Wet mode - was lucky to try this out. While returning back from Goa, first got rains around Karad and thereafter it was a bloody hailstorm just before Khed-Shivapur toll gate. Saw lots of vehicles actually stopping on the highway, the rain was really that bad and it was dark as well. Anyway, activating this mode really makes you feel as if the tyre is deflated to half. The vehicle just sticks to the road harder. Don’t know the technical stuff, but it does make you feel a bit more confident while driving on wet roads.

Rain-sensing wipers - this was the most interesting stuff. The speed of wipers actually increased and decreased with the speed of rain. Wonder how it detected that, but this feature is bound to be very useful in rainy seasons.

AC - as usual, just superb. Even with outside temperature nearing 40 degrees, the cabin hardly felt any heat. And of course, no impact on power due to AC.

Stability & comfort - needless to stay, the Harrier is extremely stable at high speeds. I did try 130+ kmph and the vehicle just stuck to the road. But again, one has to be careful with steering as it’s highly responsive. The braking is just superb in Harrier and it only boost the confidence while driving. The seats proved to be extremely comfortable, just perfect for long journeys.
Again, as I had positioned driver’s seat height to it’s minimum, my left knee did not touch the dashboard even once in the entire journey. Mentioning it here as some people have raised a concern about left knee hitting the dashboard.

Headlamps - as mentioned earlier, I found them adequate for speeds up to 100 kmph though I would love to make them a bit more powerful, if possible.

Mileage - as can be seen in the images below, got FE of 19+ kmpl while driving at night towards Kolhapur with very less traffic on the road. Speed was in between 80-100 kmph. Thereafter, the FE was 18+ kmpl on reaching Goa. This included lots of Ghat section and rarely driving in top gear after crossing Belgaum. And the final trip FE was 17+ kmpl which included idling time of around 1 hour or so due to traffic. AC was ON all the time and it was just me and my son in the car, so it wasn’t really fully loaded.
These readings were as calculated / reported by vehicle system but even as per tank-full to tank-full, it was 17+ kmpl. Guess this is pretty decent considering the size and power of the vehicle.

All in all, it was a unique and enjoyable experience in Harrier. Looking forward to planned 4.5k trip next month - Pune to Chitkul (Himachal Pradesh.)

I have crossed 1.5k on ODO so time for first service, it’s merely a check up. Also, expecting firmware / software upgrade from Tata by end of this month.

Just a side note - Belgaum to Goa via Chorla ghat is a must-drive at least once, especially in monsoon :)
Nice and crisp travelogue, great FE even before the 1st service.
A suggestion for TASS services, try and stick to one SE be wise in choosing one, avoid the pushing type underbody coating... rubbing polish... you get the hang.
I've been using the same SE since 2016 from my Nano XTA to Nexon XMA, no complaints.
Change engine oil and filter@5k km.
Does your TASS have a separate area for Harrier?
Regards
Vinod
 
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Nice and crisp travelogue, great FE even before the 1st service.
A suggestion for TASS services, try and stick to one SE be wise in choosing one, avoid the pushing type underbody coating... rubbing polish... you get the hang.
I've been using the same SE since 2016 from my Nano XTA to Nexon XMA, no complaints.
Change engine oil and filter@5k km.
Does your TASS have a separate area for Harrier?
Regards
Vinod
Thanks. Taking Harrier for 1st service day after tomorrow (April 18th) to Rudra Motors. Not sure if they have a separate area for Harrier, will check and update.
 
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First service done at 1630 km. It was a general checkup, no issues identified, no official system update available yet. Tata is testing software with Apple CarPlay support and other minor bug fixes, waiting for this update.
 
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