The Toyota Fortuner enjoys near-legendary status in India for its robust build and bulletproof reliability. However, the Tata Harrier has emerged as a compelling rival with its blend of style, features, and competitive pricing. Let’s delve into a detailed comparison:


  • Toyota Fortuner: Starts at approximately ₹33.43 Lakh (ex-showroom) and goes up to ₹52 Lakh (ex-showroom) for the top-of-the-line Legender and GR-S variants.


  • Tata Harrier: Starts at a more affordable ₹15.49 Lakh (ex-showroom) and extends to ₹24.07 Lakh (ex-showroom) for the top trim with the automatic transmission.


Winner: The Tata Harrier offers a significant price advantage.

Engines and Performance

  • Toyota Fortuner: Available with a 2.7L petrol engine (164 BHP) and a powerful 2.8L diesel engine (201 BHP). It offers both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions, along with a robust 4×4 system.


  • Tata Harrier: Features a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine (168 BHP) mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. While it misses out on a full 4×4 system, it delivers adequate performance.


Winner: The Fortuner takes the lead with its more powerful engine options and true 4×4 capability for those who demand serious off-road performance.

Dimensions and Space

  • Toyota Fortuner: Larger with generous cabin space for seven passengers. This can be an advantage for larger families or frequent long-distance travel.


  • Tata Harrier: Offers ample room for five passengers and boasts a sizable boot.

Winner: The Fortuner wins for sheer space, but the Harrier offers sufficient room for most use cases.

Features and Technology

Both SUVs offer impressive features, including:

  • Toyota Fortuner: Touchscreen infotainment system, premium JBL audio, ventilated seats (top variants), cruise control, ambient lighting, and advanced safety (Toyota Safety Sense on top variants).


  • Tata Harrier: A large panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment, premium sound system, automatic climate control, cruise control, and essential ADAS safety features.

Winner: This is a close call, with both cars well-equipped. The Fortuner’s high-end variants may have a slight edge with additional luxuries.

Design and Style

  • Toyota Fortuner: Boasts a rugged, muscular SUV aesthetic with an imposing presence.
  • Tata Harrier: Features a sleek and modern design language, drawing inspiration from Land Rover styling.

Winner: Subjective, depends on whether you prefer a classic SUV look or a more contemporary design.

The Verdict

The best SUV depends on your priorities and budget:

  • Choose the Toyota Fortuner if: You want unmatched reliability, off-road prowess, spaciousness, and the Toyota badge value. Be prepared for the higher price tag.
  • Choose the Tata Harrier if: You value style, features, comfort, and want a great SUV with a more budget-friendly price.


Important Notes

  • Prices and features can vary depending on the selected trim level. Always check with dealerships for the latest information.
  • Consider test driving both vehicles for a real-world experience before making your final decision.

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