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This is an old car model that is no longer for sale by the local distributor since Jan 2021.
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(launched 2017)

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2.0 Elegance [MY18] (A)
$141,988 (Sep 2019) spacer
13.1km/L 227 bhp 6-speed (A) Super ECT
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2.0 Premium (A)
$158,888 (Nov 2020) spacer
13.1km/L 227 bhp 6-speed (A) Super ECT
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2.0 Luxury (A)
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13.1km/L 227 bhp 6-speed (A) Super ECT
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Toyota Harrier
4 stars - based on 17 reviews
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Mazda CX-5 2.5 vs Toyota Harrier 2.0 vs Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0
The Toyota Harrier namesake is a strong one in Singapore, but can the new turbocharged variant hold up against the Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan?
Mazda CX-5
Sportiest and sharpest styling
Most fun to drive
Modern and plush interior
Toyota Harrier
Least attractive styling
Not much fun to drive
Is easy-to-drive and comfortable
Most fuel efficient at 12.3km/L
Volkswagen Tiguan
Appealing masculine business-like looks
Smoothest and punchiest powertrain
Feels the airiest to be in and offers the most boot space
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CONSUMER REVIEWS
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4.0
 
17 Consumer Reviews

 
Very competent SUV `
Having owned the Harrier Turbo for seven months, I feel that it is the right time to give a review of the car from a user's point of view. It is a very competent car - powerful, spacious, easy to handle and with a decently premium feel to it. I was drawn to the car because of its 8AR-FTS engine, which it shares with the Lexus NX. It is a twin-scroll turbo, reputed to provide a smooth swell of pulling power without turbo lag. Having driven a turbo-charged SUV before the Harrier, I totally agree that turbo lag is the most irritating feeling to have when a car is picking up. This is totally absent in the Harrier - or at least you don't feel it at all. Under normal driving conditions, the normal driving mode is more than adequate to pull the 1.7 tonne SUV along. When push comes to shove, the Sports mode does a fantastic job in overtaking or merging into the expressway lanes. The Harrier is big and comfortable. Japanese built quality all-around without the heavy teutonic feel of German marques. Piloting it is quite hassle free. The only complaint is that being a fairly tall SUV, it suffers from a little body roll when cornering. The steering is well-weighted and responsive. Driving controls are well-placed at where they should be. The cabin is well insulated from the hum of normal traffic. Perhaps I am rather heavy with my right foot, or because I drive in almost 100% City conditions, average consumption is about 10 km/litre. Not too impressive when compared to its claimed consumption figures. Maintenance and reliability wise - it's a Toyota, so I would expect it to last. What remains to be seen is its running cost when the 50k free servicing and 5 year warranty are up.
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Feels more premium than the price tag! `
I bought this car in Jan 2019, after previously having driven a 2012 Touareg. Took a test drive with the missus, and has never looked back. Price point was impossible to beat in its class, given the 2.0 turbo engine that is basically a slightly detuned Lexus turbo engine (227bhp vs. 234 bhp), and its interior quietness. I was taken aback by the quietness in the interior. This quietness level is very similar to a Lexus, and surprisingly beats VW and BMW that I have previously owned. You almost cant hear any road noise from the outside. Very impressive! The handling is not the best, but the power is more than sufficient for Singapore traffic or the occasional Malaysian highways. It picks up really quickly, and feels like any typical European SUVs. The ride quality is also really good. It handles bumps like a big cushy sofa. I have decided to write this review as I see there are a lot of unfair review in this forum. Having owned the Harrier, and test driven the TNGA Rav4, I can attest that the Rav4 is no match in terms of power, ride quality and handling to the Harrier. Just because somebody decided to save money to buy the cheaper but newer Rav4, doesnt give you the right to chime in subjective view to patronize the Harrier by having driven it for 2 mins. My objective conclusion after 18 mths of ownership is the Harrier is a less sporty version of the Lexus NX, but it offers a bigger second row space and trunks, while at the same time saves you $30k. I love how roomy it is, how reliable it has been for me (zero issue so far), the acceleration, and how clean the design is. This car exterior design grows on you overtime - at least it did to me.
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Little brother of Lexus NX `
Same engine and platform as Lexus NX, but at a lower price. The difference does not stop there, however this is not a comparison report, so let's get to the good and bad about the new harrier turbo. Finally a turbo car from toyota a different shift in mindset at last. The suv looks pretty good looking, if it's mod with after market body kit would look nice. Interior is pretty standepard Toyota laid out, nothing fancy, typical head unit. It could do better on the interior if it wants to win the competition. 2 liter engine is good enough for the size and weight, but don't exepct a rocket pocket. On the roads it can hold its own when it needs to over take. Comes with safety sensing features, which is common on days with Honda also. What I do t like is the shift stick which seems seems too tall, should make it lower and sportier.
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Comparing the Harrier against the New Rav4 `
Test drove the Harrier back to back against the new Rav4. Although the engine is more powerful then the 2.0NA Rav4, it lacks the punch from the 2.0T engine. On paper, the harrier looks impressive, but when driving, the car does not really matches up. Both the interior and exterior starts to look dated when comparing to the other newer models in the market. Infotainment system is also starting to look old. However, if you are looking for a reliable workhorse that will last the entire COE period without the need for major repairs, this car is definitely suitable for you.
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