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2021 Toyota Harrier Hybrid Review: Very Talon-ted

Derryn Wong
19/02/2021

Competition and Pricing

At S$173,888 with COE, the Harrier isn’t exactly cheap but it represents a unique offering in midsize SUVs – it’s mainstream yes, but with premium features and a slightly higher position than a RAV4, as explained. 

If it were our money, we’d skip the petrol model entirely and go for the Harrier Premium Hybrid model : It has everything the Luxury has, besides the fancy roof and rear-view mirror camera, so at S$9k less it’s a shoo-in for those who want to save a bit of cash.

Buyers already do that here, says Toyota: Just like the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, the Harrier Hybrid is already selling well here with the majority of those sold being the hybrid version. 

The Kia Sorento feels more premium than its badge suggests, has lots of tech, and is more frugal than a petrol, but it’s a very different beast

Because of its position, at the S$150k-S$170k mark, alternatives mean you either go up or down in size, there’s nothing directly equal to the Harrier right now. You could get a larger, seven-seat mainstream SUV like a Kia Sorento, or a small luxury SUV like a BMW X1 or Audi Q3. If you want a hybrid SUV of similar size, the closest would be the BMW X3 xDrive30e, but it’s a plug-in hybrid, and significantly more expensive.

The interesting thing is, even if you don’t want a Harrier you can get a Lexus SUV for this money – the excellent Lexus UX, which is a size down, but very much a Lexus and has a hybrid variant too.

Conclusion

The Harrier is no longer a Lexus in disguise. It’s actually evolved into something with more of its own identity, and occupying a unique spot as a premium SUV with plenty of features and tech. 

But the key to the car’s success is its ability to grip a carbuyer where it matters most: The wallet. The hybrid version is the default choice, thanks to rebates, and the Harrier Hybrid cements the fact that 2021 is the year of the hybrid SUV, with the Harrier leading the harrying. 

Toyota Harrier Hybrid Luxury

Engine 2,487cc, inline 4
Power176hp at 5700rpm
Torque221Nm at 3600-5200rpm 
GearboxCVT
Electric Motor118hp/202Nm
BatteryLithium Ion, 0.8kWh
System Power215hp
System Torque Not stated
0-100km/h8.1 seconds
Top Speed180km/h
Fuel Efficiency4.7 L/100km 
VES Band / CO2A2 / 106g/km
AgentBorneo Motors
PriceS$173,888 with COE 
Availability Now
Verdict Not exactly inexpensive, but well worth the money since you can’t get this much SUV with tech, capability, and frugality without paying a lot more

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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