The craze for SUV’s among the car buyers in India never ceases. The rising number of new SUV launches from manufacturers speaks for itself. Ever since Renault launched the Duster, the practical five-seater SUV, the compact SUV battle started. It became only fierce with the Launch of the Hyundai Creta and Ford Ecosport, the weapon of choice for the Koreans and the Americans. We now have two latest entrants in the battle, Tata Harrier and Nissan Kicks. We compare them with the Creta, which has been around for some time now. Read our Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta comparison to see how they fare.

Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Platform

The Tata Harrier is based on the OmegaARC platform, a derivative of Landrover’s D8 Architecture. It took almost ten years of Tata’s acquisition of Jaguar Landrover to bear a tangible fruit for the Indian SUV buyer. There are one million SUVs based on the D8 Architecture on the roads already. So, Tata has got a solid, very solid platform indeed to start with. This is also the Harrier’s biggest USP.

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Tata Harrier OMEGARC Platform

Nissan Kicks is based on the B0 platform, which also underpins the Renault Duster and Captur in India. Initially developed by Dacia, this platform is used by Dacia, Lada and Renault for various products such as Duster, Dacia Sandero, Dacia Logan, Lada XRAY, Lada Largus and Renault Captur.

The Creta is based on the Hyundai–Kia platform that underpins the Kia Soul, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Ceed.

Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Looks

The Harrier looks big and bold. The high mounted grille, flanked by the thin strip LED DRLs gives a menacing stance to the Harrier. Head on, it looks like the predator is ready to pounce on its prey. Most of the design elements have been carried over from the H5X concept. The high shoulder line runs across the entire side profile and neatly merges into the Taillamp cluster.

The sculpted tailgate, LED tail lamps with a piano black finish that runs across the entire length, faux skid plate, give the Harrier a distinct and a premium look. There is also a healthy dose of black cladding all around that adds to the butch look of the Harrier.

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The Harrier

The Nissan Kicks sports the Signature V-Motion Chrome Grille, with thick chrome treatment. The headlamps are sweptback and house a projector setup with cornering fog lamps. There are multiple character lines that run on the side. The first one originates from where the headlamp cluster ends and runs all the way up to the rear door, just below the window line.

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Nissan kicks

The other starts from the bottom of the ORVM, runs in line with the door handles and merges with the boomerang taillamp cluster.  There is a thick chrome strip just above the number plate holder at the rear. The lower part of the tailgate appears to be octagonal shaped and tricks you into thinking that it is split-open, but it isn’t. The roofline tapers towards the rear on the Kicks, thereby giving a coupe-like an appearance when viewed from the side.

The Hyundai Creta has a multi-slat, cascading grill upfront that runs into the wraparound headlamp cluster with a projector setup. A single character line runs across door handle line and merges with the taillamp cluster. There are subtle touches of chrome all over, on the front grille, door handle, rear hatch. The C-shaped LED DRLs that surrounds fog lamp in the Creta gives it a distinct look and is instantly recognizable. The blackened B and C pillars on both the Harrier and the Kicks, give a floating roof effect.

The 2018 Marine Blue Hyundai Creta
The Creta
Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Interior

The top end XZ variant on the Harrier gets an oak wood finish dashboard and oak brown interior finish. They also get a Benecke-KalikoTM oak brown perforated leather seat upholstery & door pad inserts which gives a premium feel to the interior. The lower trim gets a black interior finish. The steering wheel and the gear knob also gets a leather wrap. The dashboard is soft touch and gets an anti-reflective Nappa grain top leather.

There are touches of chrome on the door handles, door pads, AC vents and dashboard. The “aero-throttle” styled parking brake lever looks dashing and shows the level of freedom that Tata’s designers had with the Harrier.

Tata-Harrier-Interior
Tata-Harrier-Interior
Kicks Interior:

Inside the Nissan Kicks, you are treated with the brown-black leather upholstery with a double stitch that alleviates the premium feel. The dual tone dashboard looks premium. There’s also carbon fibre finish around the infotainment system. Door trims and dashboard are wrapped with leather to complement the overall premium feel. The steering wheel and gear knob are leather wrapped in the Kicks. There is also leather finish on the Door pads. The door handle, gear lever, parking brake also get chrome touch.

Kicks Interior
Kicks Interior
Creta Interior

The Creta welcomes you with a neutral black and beige dashboard, that looks not so premium when compared with the Harrier and the Kicks. New features in the 2018 facelift include a sunroof, sliding driver armrest and cruise control. Additionally, the infotainment system and MID have been revised. The “Tangerine Orange Color Pack” offers Leather Wrapped Steering with Contrast Stitching, Leather TGS Knob with Orange Accent, TGS Gaitor Boot with Contrast Stitching, Black Seat Fabric with Orange Inserts & Contrast Stitching.

The 2018 Marine Blue Hyundai Creta
Hyundai Creta
Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Infotainment and Creature Comforts

The base variant of the Harrier is barebones and has little to no features. No steering mounted controls nor 60:40 split rear seat on base variant costing 12+lakh. The XM and XT have a 7-inch sharp display with 4 speaker and 2 tweeters. Top line XZ has 8.8 touchscreen infotainment with 9 JBL speakers. Terrain response modes are only available on the XZ variant, while all variants apart from the base XE have Multi Drive Modes.

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Drive modes on the Harrier

Other standard features on the Harrier include Theatre Dimming Cabin Lamps, Puddle Lamps (Front & Rear), Tilt & Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel, Rear AC Vents, Electrical Tailgate Release, Adjustable Headrest (Front & Rear), Power Windows (Front & Rear). The driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable, but only on the XT and XZ variant. The XE gets a 4-way adjustable and the XM gets 6-way adjustable driver seat. Other comforts include Auto Headlamps, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Cruise Control, Cooled Storage Box, Rear Armrest with Cup Holders. Sunroof is a huge miss in the Harrier.

The Kicks is kicking some dirt here

The Nissan Kicks features the first in class Around View Monitor. Cameras on all four sides give you a 360° view of your surroundings, all on one screen. Another feature, NissanConnect keeps you connected with your car. It also gets smartwatch and Smartphone connectivity and provides various updates such as speed alert, door and headlight status, locates your car and more.

Another First-in-Class feature is the Floating 8.0 A-IVI Touchscreen infotainment with Speed Sensing Auto Volume Control. Auto A/C, Cooled and illuminated glove box. Other features include Luggage Lamp, Luggage Hook, Smart Key, Start/Stop Button and steering mounted controls.

Nissan Kicks

The Hyundai Creta is the only car among the three to offer a sunroof. Creta is the only car in the segment to offer a wireless charging feature. Another sweet feature is the smart band that acts the smart key. What more, it also tracks the steps you have taken and the calories burnt.

2 sizes of infotainment screen are on offer in the Creta, a 5-inch screen (E+, S) or 7-inch  screen (SX, SX(O)). Other features include Steering mounted audio control, power windows (Front & Rear), cornering lamps, LED DRL, LED positioning lamps, 6-way power adjustable driver seat.

Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Kitna Safe hain?

Now comes the most important question, safety. With the awareness of the vehicle safety increasing among buyers, manufacturers have started to offer critical safety features as standard. All the 3 cars offer Dual airbags, ABS with EBD as standard across all trims.

The top spec variant on the Harrier has Side and Curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points: Rear Outer Seats, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Corner Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Brake Disc Wiping.

The top of the line variant on the Kicks gets additional seat-side airbags. Other goodies include Cruise control, Hill start assist, Cornering front fog lamps. Rear parking sensors, one-touch lane change indicator, Impact sensing auto door unlock, Speed-sensing auto door locks.

The top variant on the Creta, the SX(O) has Electronic Stability Control, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), hill start assist etc. Other safety features include rear parking assist with a camera; day and night IRVM, impact sensing door unlock; lane change indicator, child seat anchor.

The Heart of the Monsters

The Harrier is powered by the 2.0L Kryotec Engine from the Jeep Compass but in a lower state of tune. The engine puts out 140 PS @3750 rpm and 350 Nm@1750-2500 and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. No Auto box for now, but will be available at a later date.

The Nissan Kicks is powered by 1.5L H4K petrol engine (106 PS @ 5600 RPM/142 Nm @ 4000 RPM ). The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Diesel engine is a 1.5L K9K dCi Diesel engine (110 PS @ 3850 RPM/240 Nm @ 1750 RPM). It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. These are tried and tested engines and have been doing their duties on the Renault Duster and Renault Captur.

Three engines are offered with the Creta, a 1.4 L CRDI Diesel Engine(96 PS @ 4000 RPM; 229 Nm torque 1,500-2,750 RPM), 1.6 L CRDI Diesel Engine (128 PS @ 4000rpm; 260 Nm torque 1,500-3,000), and 1.6 L VTVT Petrol (123 PS @ 6400rpm; 151 Nm torque at 4,850 RPM). They come paired to either a 6 speed MT or AT.

Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Dimensions
 Tata HarrierNissan KicksHyundai Creta
Length (mm)
459843844270
Width (mm)189418131780
Height (mm)170616561665
Wheelbase (mm)2741 26732590
Ground Clearance(mm)205210190
Fuel Tank (Liters)505055
Boot space (Liters)425400402

Harrier vs Kicks vs Creta: Pricing

The Harrier is priced from 12.69 lakhs to 16.25 Lakhs, while the Creta ranges from 10 to 15 lakh rupees. The Kicks is priced from 9.55 lakhs to 14.64 lakhs. All prices are ex-showroom.

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