The refreshed Tata Harrier and Safari have hit the Indian market with a fresh design enhanced safety features, and an array of new additions. While these Tata SUVs, available in both 5-seater and 7-seater configurations, belong to distinct segments they share a common competitor in the form of the Mahindra XUV700 which offers similar seating options. In this comparison, we will explore the noteworthy features that set the Tata Harrier and Safari facelifts apart from the Mahindra XUV700.
The infotainment system in a modern car is often a focal point of the driver and passenger experience. The Mahindra XUV700 was one of the first to introduce a dual-integrated 10.25-inch touchscreen, which was well-received. However, Tata's Harrier and Safari have taken a leap forward with their 12.3-inch touchscreen. This not only offers a larger and more visually immersive interface but also provides an air of sophistication to the cabin.
Ventilated front seats have become a coveted feature in India's climate. Both Tata SUVs and the XUV700 feature dual-zone climate control which is great for adjusting temperature preferences. However, Tata goes above and above by providing ventilated seats for the driver and front passenger delivering a more pleasant and sweat-free ride, especially during hot summers. What's more, the 6-seater variants of the Tata Safari even extend this luxury to second-row passengers which is a rarity in this segment.
2nd Row Captain Seats
The seating arrangement can significantly impact passenger comfort. The Tata Safari's 6-seater variant offers second-row captain seats creating a luxurious and spacious atmosphere. On the other hand, the three-row Mahindra XUV700 is configured exclusively as a 7-seater lacking the option for captain seats and this makes the Tata Safari a strong contender for families who seek a premium experience in the second row.
Convenience features can make daily life with a car much more manageable. The powered tailgate with gesture control, available in the facelifted Tata Harrier and Safari, is a standout addition. It simplifies access to the boot, allowing users to open it with a simple leg movement under the tailgate. This feature can be particularly handy when your hands are full or when you want to load or unload items quickly.
4-way Electrically Adjustable Front Passenger Seat
A comfortable seating arrangement is essential for long journeys. While all three SUVs provide a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat with a memory function, Tata goes further by offering a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, which the Tata Safari takes to the next level with its "electric Boss mode." This innovative feature enables rear passengers to conveniently adjust the position of the front passenger seat, enhancing the overall passenger experience.
Paddle shifters are a feature typically associated with premium vehicles. While the Mahindra XUV700 enjoys the advantage of offering both petrol and diesel engine options, the Tata Harrier and Safari, equipped exclusively with diesel engines, compensate with the introduction of paddle shifters when paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission and these paddle shifters empower the driver to take more control over gear changes, enhancing the driving experience and providing a sportier feel.
19-inch Alloy Wheels
Alloy wheels not only impact a vehicle's aesthetics but also its road presence. The Tata Harrier and Safari offer larger 19-inch alloy wheels on specific variants, compared to the 17- and 18-inch wheels on all three SUVs. While the functional advantages may be limited these larger wheels significantly improve the vehicles' exterior design and enhance their road presence, making a bold statement on the road.
Auto Dimming IRVM
Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirrors (IRVM) are more than just a convenience feature and they play a vital role in improving safety during night-time driving. Tata's Harrier and Safari come equipped with this feature, which automatically adjusts the mirror's reflection to prevent the driver from being blinded by the bright lights of vehicles behind and this enhancement in night-time visibility contributes to safer and more comfortable night driving.
The Tata Harrier and Safari facelifts have gone to great lengths to offer a well-rounded and premium driving experience distinct from the Mahindra XUV700. These features, such as the larger touchscreen, ventilated seats, second-row captain seats, powered tailgate, 4-way electrically adjustable front passenger seat, paddle shifters, 19-inch alloy wheels, and auto-dimming IRVM, add to the overall appeal of these Tata SUVs. While the Mahindra XUV700 remains a strong competitor these additional amenities make the Tata vehicles a compelling choice for those seeking an elevated and feature-rich driving experience.