Chevrolet Beat Review
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29 August, 2013: As an impact of regular depreciation in value of rupee as against dollar General Motors India is going to increase the prices of three models i.e. Beat, SAIL and MPV Enjoy up-to Rs. 10,000, from the first week of September. It is reported that company will be hiking the prices of these models by 1.5 percent which means that the actual hike in prices will varying from Rs.2,000 to 10,000.
Chevrolet Beat Review by Expert
Chevrolet Beat is stunning compact car with looks borrowed from 22nd century. The concept of this revolutionary car was first unveiled in the year 2007 and since then it is known for its bold curves and smart bulges. The production work of such a great stylish car was a challenge in itself which was well handled by American automaker General Motors. The car is known for its aggressive and smart designing which screams the expertise work of ‘Chevy’ production. Chevrolet Beat catches your attention mainly from the front view which is much bulky as against the rest of the body.
The front looks are further enhanced with prominently places split grills, big headlights, bonnet placed high and a catchy deep chin. The side view of this amazing car gives the look of a coupe due to the elegant waistline and rear door handles. The wheel arches are bigger and beautifully cut and are more marveled with 14-inch wheels. The wheels used in Chevrolet Beat are largest in the segment giving it a distinct look. The rear view of this car is also attractive giving the car a tempting retro look. The rear tail-lamps used in the car are circular in shape giving it a real lively look. Overall the looks of this stunning beauty grabs full marks, thanks to the balanced retro look.
The Chevrolet Beat is not just exciting in terms of the looks but holds a lot in the hood as well. The car holds MacPherson strut suspension in the front wheels and a twist beam axle at the rear. This gives the car a real smooth driving experience. One of the features which keep the Chevrolet Beat in question is the use of conventional hydraulic assistance steering wheel. This is certainly to trim down the cost involved in the car.
The interiors of this compact car are well balanced according to the eye catchy exteriors. The car is loaded with many advanced features which makes the car a complete package in terms of safety, entertainment and comfort. The top-end variant of Chevrolet Beat sports two airbags, ABS, climate control, CD player with USB, alloy wheels and power windows. The interiors of this car are extremely roomy and with this one can get a feel of a sedan. Chevrolet is known for giving its car exciting interiors and it is evident from the Chevrolet Beat’s interior as well.
Chevrolet Beat Rivals
Chevrolet Beat has been here for a couple of years now and in the meantime it has developed very strong enmity with its segment companions. Some of the most befitting rivals are Hyundai i10 and Honda Brio hatch. The three hatchbacks fall in line with extraordinary exteriors at their very best alongside spectacular appearing interiors.
Starting with the looks part, out of the three, undeniably Chevrolet Beat looks the best, followed by Honda Brio and lastly Hyundai i10. This is due to the fact that Beat carries a very trendy concept-like styling with lines flowing all over the body and imposing front. The interiors of too are very modern of Chevrolet Beat, but a real tough competition is presented here by Honda Brio, while its more soothing and comfortable with Hyundai i10 hatch. On the space piece, there is ample head room and legroom in all three, but with tall stance Beat and i10 lead the race. On the efficiency and performance part of petrol engine, there is no alternative to i-VTEC of Brio, though i20 kappa tries to pull relatively well. And with value for money Chevrolet Beat diesel, be it mileage or city handling it gets better and better as you drive. The safety is offered best in Honda Brio hatch, compared to the rest two.
Chevrolet Beat Direct Competitors Table
|Model||Engine||Mileage (City/Highway)||Acceleration (0-100 kph)||Unique features||Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|Chevrolet Beat Petrol||1.2L||14.5 kmpl/18.6 kmpl||14.7 seconds||all possible fuel choices, value for money, catchy design||Rs 4.43 Lakh|
|Chevrolet Beat LPG||1.2L||11.2 kmkg/13.3 kmkg||14.7 seconds||Rs 4.77 Lakh|
|Chevrolet Beat Diesel||1.0L||19.5 kmpl/ 25.4 kmpl||16 seconds||Rs 5.22 Lakh|
|Hyundai i10 Petrol||1.2L||16.5 kmpl/20.36 kmpl||13 seconds||modern features, service assurance, solid built||Rs 4.66 Lakh|
|Hyundai i10 LPG||1.1L||16.5 kmpl/20.36 kmpl||13 seconds||Rs 4.46 Lakh|
|Honda Brio Petrol||1.2L||14.5 kmpl/18.4 kmpl||14.5 seconds||trendy styling, aptly priced Honda car, compact figure||Rs 5.20 Lakh|
Chevrolet Beat Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
Chevrolet Beat mileage is very good indeed in every fuel option may it be petrol or diesel and even LPG is not far behind.
To start with, the 1.2L petrol powered variant that churns out 80.5 PS and 108 Nm offers a pretty decent mileage of 14.5 kmpl in the city whereas an 18.6 kmpl can be recorded on the highways. At the same time, with its LPG option Chevrolet Beat is capable to deliver an efficiency of 11.2 km/kg and 13.3 km/kg in jam packed city conditions and smooth highways respectively.
While the most talked and ultra frugal mini diesel power train of mere 1.0L comes up with flying colors as it produces a mileage of 19.5 kmpl in city drives whereas marches up to dream 25.4 kmpl on the open roads of highways. These awe-inspiring figures have made Chevrolet Beat Diesel the most fuel hatchback in India.
|Engine Type||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|Chevrolet Beat Petrol||14.5 kmpl||18.6 kmpl|
|Chevrolet Beat LPG||11.2 kmkg||13.3 kmkg|
|Chevrolet Beat Diesel||19.5 kmpl||25.44 kmpl|
Chevrolet Beat Models and Features
|Chevrolet Beat PS||The features in the base version include body colored front & rear bumpers along with body colored door handles and sporty looking black spoiler at rear. Inside have front & rear cup holders, rear-seat folding cushion together with digital tachometer and trip meter and smooth power steering.|
|Chevrolet Beat Diesel PS||The features in the base diesel model are more or less same as petrol one, such as fabric upholstery, map pockets and handy option of bottle holders at front doors along with manual HVAC system. Moreover there is interior courtesy lamp, height adjustable front headrest and dual horn for safety.|
|Chevrolet Beat LS||The exciting mid variant features include integrated spoilers at rear to add sportiness, tubeless tyres for safety, while some convenient aspects like front power windows, central locking along with handiness of 60:40 split seat at rear. Apart from these all the features of base variant are present in it.|
|Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS||Some of the vital features of this diesel version include both sides ORVMs outside, stylish steering wheel with silver accents for premium-ness and vanity mirror with cover for co-driver at front teamed up with day & night IRVMs. While the other features of the car are similar to that of mid petrol version.|
|Chevrolet Beat LS LPG||This environment friendly version of LPG model carries nearly same features as seen in petrol one, but still to name some can be body colored tailgate handle, digital clock inside alongside piano-black finished dashboard and doors.|
|Chevrolet Beat LT||The mid variant has got features such as body colored ORVMs, rear wiper and body colored spoiler along with blacked B- pillar for proper styling. The others include satin silver roof rails to add upon sporty look, central locking together with solid appearing alloy wheels.|
|Chevrolet Beat Diesel LT||The frugal mid version of diesel has features like steering wheel that has silver accents, centre panel with pure metallic finish/polish and silver inserted instrument cluster for distinct look. Moreover, the other aspects are same as seen in petrol mid variant and base variant of the car.|
|Chevrolet Beat LT LPG||In this high end model there are elements such as center panel with dark argent metallic accent, seat back shopping hooks at the rear row along with high gloss black finish on IP and doors. In addition the features are identical to the mid variant.|
|Chevrolet Beat LT Option Pack||The majority of the features are similar to that of LT version but still to name some in this Option pack are all four alloy wheels for solid and trendier appearance along with silver instrument cluster and dual airbags for the driver and co-passenger at the front.|
|Chevrolet Beat Diesel LT Option||The elements in this diesel option model include safety features like front seatbelts with load limiters together with Antilock Brake System (ABS). The feature of rear defogger and rear washer-wiper comes as standard in the top model.|
Chevrolet Beat Colors
The most modish hatch of the country Chevrolet Beat is offered in some scintillating colors in order to match the modern aspect of the vehicle. There are as many as 8 Chevrolet Beat colors up for the grab; these vibrant colors go very well with the bubbly image of the car in the country. And these comprise of Linen Beige, Olympic White, Cocktail Green, Moroccan Blue, Super Red, Caviar Black and Misty Lake teamed up with Sandrift Grey. Some never before seen colors like Cocktail Green and Moroccan Blue of Chevrolet Beat are the most preferred among the young buyers in India.
|Linen Beige||Cocktall Green||Super Red||Caviar Black|
|Moroccan Blue||Olympic white||Sandrift Grey||Misty Lake|
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Chevrolet Beat Engine, Power and Performance
Chevrolet Beat is powered by a 1.2 litre 4 cylinder engine, based on the S-TEC II Technology that makes use of PDA (Port-De- Activation) system that is responsible for high exhaust gas recirculation, resulting in combustion stability even at low speeds and delivers optimum performance at higher speeds together with great fuel efficiency. The PDA is also known for reducing emissions. The presence of an automatic temperature controller inside the engine is some remarkable feature and also the support of four resonators reduces the engine noise to a greater extent. The engine comes with a manual 5- speed transmission. The S-TEC II Technology offers a decent displacement of 1199cc.
Chevrolet Beat Pick up and Acceleration
The 1.2 S-TEC II petrol engine is well capable of churning out a tremendous power of about 79 ps at 6200 rpm and a significant torque of about 108 Nm at 4400 rpm with an ease that would keep one wondering about. This engine makes Chevrolet Beat able to cross 100 kmph mark in just 15.7 seconds and to touch 145 kmph of maximum speed mark.
The recently launched Diesel version of Chevrolet Beat delivers 62.5 PS of maximum power with the 160.26 Nm of maximum torque that results good acceleration and pick up. The 1.0L, 936cc diesel engine enables the car to cross the 100 kmph mark in 16 seconds and to touch the top speed mark of 143 kmph.
|Engine||Power (PS/RPM)||Torque (NM/RPM)||Pick up and Acceleration||Top Speed|
|Petrol Engine||79/6200||108/4000||15.7 Seconds (0-100 kmph)||145 kmph|
|Diesel Engine||62.5/4000||160.26/1750||16 Seconds (0-100 kmph)||143 kmph|
Chevrolet Beat Interiors and Features
Chevrolet Beat Exteriors and Features
Safety Features in Chevrolet Beat
Chevrolet Beat has been well equipped with most of the advanced and modern safety features like the dual front airbags, ABS (Anti- lock braking system) that allows control even on slippery surfaces, and the front and rear crumple zone that absorbs the energy and distributes it throughout the car body in an efficient manner. Apart from all this, Chevrolet Beat has a safety cage reinforced and welded with roof and steel that surrounds the cabin internally providing rigidity and sturdiness to the car body and thus counting the safety of passengers in case of a collision. Chevrolet Beat has been given a 4 star rating by the NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) making it one of the safest cars on road.
Chevrolet Beat Driving and Handling
Chevrolet Beat is very easy to control and smoothly driven with its super responsive electric power steering based on hydraulic power and pinion; and has an impressively smooth clutch mechanism making it by far very close to the luxury of a sedan. Also with the facility of Tilt Steering, the fact of comfort becomes more prominent. Gear change and all other aspects are well intact.
The McPherson Strut type suspension as known is combined with a solid stability bar in the front of the car that enables great balance, excellent comfort and agile handling resulting in an effortless drive. At the back, the rear compound crank suspension gives an equal balance and stability which furthers the pleasure of the drive. With a calculative wheelbase and alloy wheels, this Chevy gives a good grip on the road even on slippery surfaces.
Chevrolet Beat Accessories
The Chevrolet Beat accessories for the exteriors and interiors along with safety comprise of infinite numbers. These garnishing will definitely make your Beat stand out of the crowd. To start with the outer surface can be decorated with body side moldings, chrome handles and chrome side mirror covers, while there is also a set of door-sill plates. To bestow a more sporty and unique appearance to your Chevrolet Beat there are rare body graphics Sports band, rear spoiler and an exquisite ‘Sunroof’ together with weather guard on the window panes. Inside have elements like special car perfume, foot mat, rear parcel tray, a variety of modern seat and steering covers to choose together with infotainment attributes like GPS navigation, 2-Din Audio with Multimedia, speakers, woofer and LCD headrest screen. To add icing on the cake there are added safety and security features too, that consists of reverse park-assist camera with display, ORVMs with mounted indicators, fog lamp kit and a superior anti-theft security system.
Chevrolet Beat Diesel stunning features
* Impressive 24 kmpl mileage as per the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) test reports.
* If believe on rumours the company has planned to launch the new Chevrolet Beat diesel with super aggressive price tag. If rumours come true it would be one of the cheapest diesel car in India.
* 1.0L, 936cc, 3 Cylinder, DOHC diesel engine churns 57 PS of max power at 4000 rpm with 150 Nm of maximum torque at 1750 rpm. This engine is developed as joint venture between Fiat and General Motors.
* Most of the cars which come with 3 cylinders engine causes more vibration but in Beat diesel vibrations are superbly controlled. Much unlike the Volkswagen Polo where one can feel certain amount of vibrations even at idle condition. The Beat diesel ‘s heavy insulation keeps the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) level down even at high revs (upto 3000rpm).
* Driving experience of Chevrolet Beat diesel in city conditions is far better than its petrol version, thanks to its increased torque level which is around 50% more at comparatively lower revs.
* The new 936cc, diesel engine enables it to cross 100 kmph mark in 16 seconds and to touch top speed mark of 143 kmph.
* Chevrolet Beat diesel has ground clearance of 175mm, which is 10 mm more than its petrol variant.
*Instrument cluster doen’t have the glow plug indicator.
* Compact 170 liter boot, approx 50-60 liter lesser than other competitors.
* Other interior and exterior features are same as its petrol sibling.
Chevrolet Beat Road Test Report
There are fewer compact hatchbacks in the crowded segment in the country that look distinct and perform better and one of them is undoubtedly Chevrolet Beat. The awesomely modish appearing hatch has got petrol engine capacity of 1.2L with which it performs superbly in the Chevrolet Beat road test review.
The car has one of the most powerful STEC II series engines in guise of 1.2L that sits next to K-series ones of Maruti Swift. The pickup from nowhere to 100 kph mark in just under 15 seconds, which pretty good, but lacks behind Maruti ‘s 1.2L engine that get this nark in lesser time. On continues higher
speeds especially after crossing 4500 rpm the engine shows some kind of rattling noise which is totally unhealthy and this noise is very well heard in the cabin too, not a good omen. But considering the price factor and interior elements this can be forgiven, with an expectation of improvement in the upcoming model.
The pickup from stationed to 100 kph mark is covered in 15 seconds, which of okay sorts, in comparison to Hyundai i10 and Maruti Ritz’s rapid 12.9 seconds and 12.6 seconds respectively. For city drive the ground clearance of 165 mm is ideal, but the 155 mm tyres look quite small and actually affect the high speed handling, although it is purposely done to achieve greater mileage figures, which it does succeed in getting. Chevrolet Beat almost slides, especially the rear wheel, while taking sharp turns at 120 kmph and body roll seems rattling. If your highways drives are frequent you should get them replaced with 175 mm ones for better control. The brakes are suitable and possess right amount of progression, while no fading was observed in braking as it stopped at a short distance after brakes were applied. But if tyres are replaced, as suggested, it will cut down the stopping distance. All in all, Chevrolet Beat is a highly competent product from General Motors that has got better ride quality in the segment along with practicality in every aspect, be it performance or mileage.
Chevrolet Beat Conclusion
There are fewer vehicles around the globe that get the mesmerizing concept design into the production version too, and Chevrolet Beat is one of them. The ‘tall-boy’ image hatchback has got all the aspects, or rather more, that a normal hatch buyer will look for. It has got futuristic exterior design that assures you and onlookers never feel bore with it, along with trendy interiors inside the cabin.
Though, the plastic quality used at the front row could have been improved, but then the price at which it available couldn’t have been possible. It’s such a young and vibrant looking car, which can fill in the energy even in a 40+ year individual. Initially launched with petrol model, the hatch now comes in convenient option of LPG too, whereas the launch of Chevrolet Beat Diesel has done miracles to the sales chart in recent times since it claims to mark more than 25 kmpl. First time car buyers or people looking to upgrade from Maruti Alto would love to drive home this well dressed chic.
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