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Tata Harrier vs Tata Safari: Which Variant Offers Better Value For Money?

Modified On Feb 24, 2021 01:07 PM By Dhruv for Tata New Safari

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We compare the on-paper credentials of the new 7-seater Tata Safari with that of the 5-seater Harrier

Tata’s newly launched Safari once again brings with it the promise to ‘Reclaim your life’, but what exactly does it offer to help you do that? We put the Safari’s brochure next to that of its 5-seater cousin, the Harrier, to find out exactly what makes the Safari different. Here’s what we found out:

Dimensions

Measurements

Tata Harrier

Tata Safari

Length

4,598mm

4,661mm

Width

1,894mm

1,894mm

Height

1,706mm

1,786mm

Wheelbase

2,741mm

2,741mm

Boot Space

425 litres / 810 litres with second row folded

73 litres (with all seats up)/ 447 litres (with third-row folded) / 910 litres ( with second and third row folded)

While both SUVs share the same underpinnings, the Safari is longer and taller to accommodate the added third row. The only other difference in their dimensions is down to the boot space. The Safari offers a miserly 73 litres with all seats occupied. However, if you treat it like a 4-seater or 5-seater with the third-row folded down, the Safari manages to liberate more space than the Harrier. Lastly, with the second row folded in both, the Safari offers much greater space to haul large cargo loads.

Powertrain

Both the Harrier and the Safari use the same 2.0-litre diesel engine from the Fiat, coupled with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions sourced from Hyundai. The power and torque figures of both cars are the same. Check it out in the table below:

Displacement

2.0-litre diesel

Max Power

170PS @ 3750rpms

Peak Torque

250Nm @ 1750-2500rpms

Transmission

6-speed manual/6-speed automatic

Price Comparison

Both the Harrier and the Safari have similar variants. So, let’s put them side by side to see how much more the Safari’s respective variants cost over the Harrier.

Variants

Safari

Harrier

Difference

Transmission

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Automatic

XE

Rs 14.69 lakh

-

Rs 13.99 lakh

-

Rs 70,000

XM/XMA

Rs 16 lakh

Rs 17.25 lakh

Rs 15.25 lakh

Rs 16.50 lakh

Rs 75,000

XT

Rs 17.45 lakh

-

Rs 16.50 lakh

-

Rs 95,000

XT+

Rs 18.25 lakh

-

Rs 17.30 lakh

-

Rs 95,000

XZ

Rs 19.15 lakh

Rs 20.40 lakh

Rs 17.80 lakh

Rs 19.05 lakh

Rs 1.35 lakh

XZ+/XZA+ (6/7 Seater)

Rs 19.99 lakh

Rs 21.25 lakh

Rs 19.05 lakh

Rs 20.25 lakh

Rs 95,000/Rs 1 lakh

Adventure Edition (XZ+)

Rs 20.20 lakh

Rs 21.45 lakh

-

-

-

Finally, having compared the prices, let’s come to the variants and see which SUV has the advantage here. For a more detailed specs and features comparison, visit this link.

Harrier XE vs Safari XE

Variants

Safari

Harrier

Difference

XE

Rs 14.69 lakh

Rs 13.99 lakh

Rs 70,000

Feature Comparison

Features

Tata Harrier XE

Tata Safari XE

Exterior 

Projector Headlamps (halogen)

Yes

Yes

Dual Function DRLs with Turn Indicators

Yes

Yes

Functional Roof Rails (Up to 75kg)

No

Yes

Comfort and Convenience

Tilt and Telescopic Adjust for Steering

Yes

Yes

Central Locking

Yes

Yes

Smartphone Charging in All Rows

Yes

Yes

Power Windows

Yes

Yes

3rd Row AC and AC Vents

No

Yes

Front Passenger Seat Adjustment From Second Row

No

Yes

2nd Row Seats with 60:40 Split 

No

Yes

Reclining 2nd Row Seats

No

Yes

3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split

No

Yes

Safety 

Dual Airbags (Driver & Co-Driver)

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Yes

Yes

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Roll Over Mitigation

Yes

Yes

Corner Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Brake Disc Wiping*

Yes

Yes

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Perimetric Alarm System

Yes

Yes

All Wheel Disc Brakes

No

Yes

*Brake disc wiping softly applies the brakes to wipe off any excess moisture from the brakes, for better braking performance.

Verdict

The Safari commands a Rs 70,000 premium here but for that money, you get extra features such as reclining second row seats with 60:40 split, front passenger seat adjustability from the second row, and functional roof rails. These elements not only increase the convenience of this base variant Safari, but the additional disc brakes at the rear also enhance its safety quotient. Then there is the added advantage of a third row, which the Harrier doesn’t get. If you have a large family and no price constraint, we suggest you pick the Safari. The Harrier XE also offers a decent kit right from the base variant, especially in terms of the safety features, but the Safari offers better value for the price. That said, if you are constrained by your budget and don’t really need the extra seats at the back, the Harrier still makes a lot of sense.

Harrier XM/XMA vs Safari XM/XMA

Variants

Safari

Harrier

Difference

Transmission

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Automatic

XM/XMA

Rs 16 lakh

Rs 17.25 lakh

Rs 15.25 lakh

Rs 16.50 lakh

Rs 75,000

Feature Comparison

Features

Tata Harrier XM/XMA

Tata Safari XM/XMA

Exterior

Projector Headlamps (halogen)

Yes

Yes

Dual Function DRLs with Turn Indicators

Yes

Yes

Functional Roof Rails (Up to 75kg)

No

Yes

Front Fog Lamps

Yes

Yes

Comfort and Convenience

Remote Central Locking

Yes

Yes

Tilt & telescopic adjust for steering

Yes

Yes

Smartphone charging in all rows

Yes

Yes

Power Windows

Yes

Yes

2nd Row Seats with 60:40 Split 

No

Yes

Reclining 2nd Row Seats

No

Yes

3rd Row AC & AC Vents

No

Yes

3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split

No

Yes

Front Passenger Seat Adjustment From Second Row

No

Yes

Multi Drive Modes: Eco, City, Sport 

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Controls

Yes

Yes

Follow Me Home Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensor with Display

Yes

Yes

Rear Wiper Washer

Yes

Yes

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Infotainment

7-inch Touchscreen

Yes

Yes

6 Speakers (4 Speakers + 2 Tweeters)

Yes

Yes

Safety

Dual Airbags (Driver & Co-Driver)

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Yes

Yes

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Roll Over Mitigation

Yes

Yes

Corner Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Brake Disc Wiping*

Yes

Yes

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Perimetric Alarm System

Yes

Yes

All Wheel Disc Brakes

No

Yes

*Brake disc wiping softly applies the brakes to wipe off any excess moisture from the brakes, for better braking performance.

Verdict

With the new added basic features over the base XE such as electrically adjustable outside mirrors, remote central locking, rear washer and wiper, the XM seems to be the true base variant for these cars. Both get the same number of feature additions in this case, but the Safari is priced Rs 75,000 higher than the Harrier. The additional premium is quite simply to demonstrate the Safari’s superiority over the Harrier in Tata’s lineup and the added row of seats. The choice between the two, when it comes to the XM/XMA variants, depends upon whether you need seating for five or seven. But like the base variant, the Safari aces the Harrier with features such as a reclining second row and rear disc brakes.

Tata Harrier XT/XT+ vs Tata Safari XT/XT+

Variants

Safari

Harrier

Difference

XT

Rs 17.45 lakh

Rs 16.50 lakh

Rs 95,000

XT+

Rs 18.25 lakh

Rs 17.30 lakh

Rs 95,000

Feature Comparison

Features

Tata Harrier XT/XT+

Tata Safari XT/XT+

Exterior

Projector Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Dual Function LED DRLs with Turn Indicators

Yes

Yes

Functional Roof Rails (Up to 75kg)

No

Yes

Follow Me Home Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Alloy wheels 

17-inch

18-inch

Fog lamps

Yes

Yes

Interior

Mood Lighting

No

Yes

Soft Touch Dashboard 

Yes

Yes

Comfort and Convenience

Tilt & telescopic adjust for steering

Yes

Yes

Smartphone Charging In All Rows

Yes

Yes

Power Windows

Yes

Yes

2nd Row Seats with 60:40 Split 

No

Yes

Reclining 2nd Row Seats

No

Yes

3rd Row AC & AC Vents

No

Yes

3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split

No

Yes

Front Passenger Seat Adjustability From Second Row

No

Yes

Multi Drive Modes: Eco, City, Sport 

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Controls

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensor with Display

Yes

Yes

Rear Wiper Washer

Yes

Yes

Remote Central Locking

Yes

Yes

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Reverse Parking Camera 

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start (PEPS)

Yes

Yes

Auto AC

Yes

Yes

Rain Sensing Wipers

Yes

Yes

Auto Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Electrically Foldable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Rear Armrest with Cup Holders

Yes

Yes

Lumbar Support for Driver seat

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

No

Yes

Connected Car Technology

No

Yes

Infotainment

7-inch Touchscreen

Yes

Yes

8 Speakers (4 Speakers + 4 Tweeters)

Yes

Yes

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay Connectivity

Yes

Yes

Safety

Dual Airbags (Driver & Co-Driver)

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Yes

Yes

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Roll Over Mitigation

Yes

Yes

Corner Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Brake Disc Wiping*

Yes

Yes

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Perimetric Alarm System

Yes

Yes

All Wheel Disc Brakes

No

Yes

Panoramic Sunroof (Additional in XT+ variant)

Yes

Yes

*Brake disc wiping softly applies the brakes to wipe off any excess moisture from the brakes, for better braking performance.

Verdict

The premium that the Safari commands over the Harrier is almost Rs 1 lakh in these variants but the corresponding feature additions don’t seem to be in sync with the price jump. You get a bigger size alloy wheels, mood lighting, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and connected car tech in the Safari XT/XT+ over the Harrier XT/XT+. But the extra Rs 95,000 that the Safari demands over the Harrier is a bit steep in our opinion. If you want a sunroof, you’ll have to opt for the XT+ version for which you will need to cough out an additional Rs 95,000.

Tata Harrier XZ/XZA vs Tata Safari XZ/XZA

Variants

Safari

Harrier

Difference

Transmission

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Automatic

XZ

Rs 19.15 lakh

Rs 20.40 lakh

Rs 17.80 lakh

Rs 19.05 lakh

Rs 1.35 lakh

Feature Comparison

Features

Tata Harrier XZ/XZA

Tata Safari XZ/XZA

Exterior

Dual Function LED DRLs with Turn Indicators

Yes

Yes

Functional Roof Rails (Up to 75kg)

No

Yes

Follow Me Home Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Alloy wheels 

17-inch

18-inch

Machined alloy wheel finish

No

Yes

Xenon HID Projector Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Front Fog Lamps with Cornering Function

Yes

Yes

Shark Fin Antenna

Yes

Yes

Interior

Soft Touch Dashboard 

Yes

Yes

Mood Lighting

No

Yes

Leather Seat Upholstery & Door Pad Inserts

Yes (Brown)

Yes (White)

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Shift Knob

Yes

Yes

Instrument Cluster with 7-inch Colour TFT Display

Yes

Yes

Comfort and Convenience

Smartphone Charging In All Rows

Yes

Yes

Power Windows

Yes

Yes

2nd Row Seats with 60:40 Split 

Yes

Yes

Reclining 2nd Row Seats

No

Yes

3rd Row AC & AC Vents

No

Yes

3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split

No

Yes

Front Passenger Seat Adjustment From Second Row

No

Yes

Multi Drive Modes: Eco, City, Sport 

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Controls

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensor with Display

Yes

Yes

Rear Wiper Washer

Yes

Yes

Remote Central Locking

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Tilt & Telescopic Adjust For Steering

Yes

Yes

Reverse Parking Camera 

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start (PEPS)

Yes

Yes

Auto AC

Yes

Yes

Rain Sensing Wipers

Yes

Yes

Auto Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Electrically Foldable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Rear Armrest with Cup Holders

Yes

Yes

Lumbar Support for Driver seat

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

No

Yes

Connected Car Technology

No

Yes

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Yes

Yes

6 Way Power Adjustable Driver Seat

No

Yes

Electronic Parking Brake

No

Yes

Auto Dimming IRVM

No

Yes

Infotainment

8.8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System 

Yes

Yes

320W 9 JBL Speakers (4 Speakers + 4 Tweeters & Subwoofer) with Amplifier 

Yes

Yes

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay Connectivity

Yes

Yes

Safety

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Dual Airbags (Driver & Co-Driver)

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Yes

Yes

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Roll Over Mitigation

Yes

Yes

Corner Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Brake Disc Wiping*

Yes

Yes

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Perimetric Alarm System

Yes

Yes

All Wheel Disc Brakes

No

Yes

Terrain Response Modes: Normal, Rough, Wet

Yes

Yes

Side and Curtain Airbags

Yes

Yes

Hill Descent Control

Yes

Yes

Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points: Rear Outer Seats

Yes

Yes

*Brake disc wiping softly applies the brakes to wipe off any excess moisture from the brakes, for better braking performance.

Verdict

This is where the Safari sees the steepest jump compared to the Harrier. Sure, the Safari offers more kit than the Harrier but the Rs 1.35 lakh premium feels excessive. Features such as machine-finished alloy wheels, electronic parking brake, tyre pressure monitoring system, powered driver seat, and auto-dimming inside rearview mirror IRVM should not demand that kind of money. 

Tata Harrier XZ+/XZA+ vs Tata Safari XZ+/XZA+

Variants

Safari

Harrier

Difference

Transmission

Manual

Automatic

Manual

Automatic

XZ+/XZA+ (6/7 Seater)

Rs 19.99 lakh

Rs 21.25 lakh

Rs 19.05 lakh

Rs 20.25 lakh

Rs 95,000/Rs 1 lakh

Feature Comparison

Features

Tata Harrier XZ+/XZA+

Tata Safari XZ+/XZA+

Exterior

Dual Function LED DRLs with Turn Indicators

Yes

Yes

Functional Roof Rails (Up to 75kg)

No

Yes

Follow Me Home Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Alloy wheels 

17-inch

18-inch

Machined alloy wheel finish

Yes

Yes

Xenon HID Projector Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Front Fog Lamps with Cornering Function

Yes

Yes

Shark Fin Antenna

Yes

Yes

Interior

Soft Touch Dashboard 

Yes

Yes

Mood Lighting

No

Yes

Leather Seat Upholstery & Door Pad Inserts

Yes (Brown)

Yes (White)

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Shift Knob

Yes

Yes

Instrument Cluster with 7-inch Colour TFT Display

Yes

Yes

Comfort and Convenience

Central Locking

Yes

Yes

Smartphone Charging In All Rows

Yes

Yes

Power Windows

Yes

Yes

2nd Row Seats with 60:40 Split 

Yes

Yes

Reclining 2nd Row Seats

No

Yes

3rd Row AC & AC Vents

No

Yes

3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split

No

Yes

Front Passenger Seat Adjustment From Second Row

No

Yes

Multi Drive Modes: Eco, City, Sport 

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Controls

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensor with Display

Yes

Yes

Rear Wiper Washer

Yes

Yes

Remote Central Locking

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Tilt & Telescopic Adjust For Steering

Yes

Yes

Reverse Parking Camera 

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start (PEPS)

Yes

Yes

Auto AC

Yes

Yes

Rain Sensing Wipers

Yes

Yes

Auto Headlamps

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Electrically Foldable Outer Mirrors

Yes

Yes

Rear Armrest with Cup Holders

Yes

Yes

Lumbar Support for Driver seat

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

No

Yes

Connected Car Technology

No

Yes

6-Way Power Adjustable Driver Seat

Yes

Yes

Electronic Parking Brake

No

Yes

Auto Dimming IRVM

Yes

Yes

Panoramic Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Infotainment

8.8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System 

Yes

Yes

320W 9 JBL Speakers (4 Speakers + 4 Tweeters & Subwoofer) with Amplifier 

Yes

Yes

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay Connectivity

Yes

Yes

Safety

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Dual Airbags (Driver & Co-Driver)

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

Yes

Yes

Hill Hold Control

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

Yes

Yes

Roll Over Mitigation

Yes

Yes

Corner Stability Control

Yes

Yes

Brake Disc Wiping*

Yes

Yes

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Perimetric Alarm System

Yes

Yes

All Wheel Disc Brakes

No

Yes

Terrain Response Modes: Normal, Rough, Wet

Yes

Yes

Side and Curtain Airbags

Yes

Yes

Hill Descent Control

Yes

Yes

Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points: Rear Outer Seats

Yes

Yes

*Brake disc wiping softly applies the brakes to wipe off any excess moisture from the brakes, for better braking performance.

Verdict

The Safari once again commands a premium of a lakh over the Harrier, and if you were to look at it only from a features perspective, it feels a tad too much. However, the Safari can be exclusively had in its six-seater avatar in this XZ+ variant. The Harrier XZ+ now gets features such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat, auto-dimming IRVM and 17-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels, which were missing in the XZ variant. The Safari, on the other hand, continues to get an electronic parking brake, connected car tech, mood lighting, and tyre pressure monitoring over the Harrier. Both the models offer panoramic sunroofs in this variant. Tata could have taken the opportunity to add features such as ventilated front seats, remote cabin pre-cooling, a more modern LED lighting up front, and an air purifier which are present in cars over Rs 5 lakh cheaper.

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