Chevrolet has crafted funky interiors for the Beat. It gets a digital tachometer, with a centre console that fuses well with the entire theme of looking young. The second row knee room and the boot are a bit of problem on the Beat, else everything else is well sorted.
The Beat is trendy on the inside, and the interiors have been designed to attract those young at heart. The Beat gets a digital tachometer and a cool blue backlit speedometer dial that makes the design look futuristic. The touch and feel of the plastics is decent and the overall fit and finish of the plastics is good for the price tag it comes for.
There is have sufficient head room and leg room for the front passengers and at the rear, though the Beat is a bit tight on knee room in the second row. It comes embellished with airbags, ABS, in-dash music system and alloys. The number of brownies on the Beat is good enough for the total moolah you pay.
PS: PS is the entry-level model of the Chevrolet Beat. In the PS avatar, the Beat gets tachometer, HVAC, full fabric seats and manually adjustable ORVMs.
LS: The LS gets ORVMs on each side, silver instrument cluster, passenger side vanity mirror, rear parcel tray, front power windows, rear split-fold seats, day and night IRVM and central locking.
LT: This is the top of the line version, and it comes loaded with all the bells and whistles. It gets integrated music system with USB connectivity and four speakers, auto AC, sunglass holder, rear power windows, ABS, dual airbags and front fog lamps, apart from gets ORVMs on each side, silver instrument cluster, passenger side vanity mirror, rear parcel tray, front power windows, rear split-fold seats, day and night IRVM and central locking that are available on the LS.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine of the Beat has performance, while the diesel has economy. Both target different set of audience. For power and less driving, the petrol is ideal and those who travel more especially in the city, diesel is the pick of the lot.
Under the sculpted hood of the Beat, lies a three-pot 936cc mill— which is actually the 1.3-litre multijet minus the one cylinder. This engine is fairly refined and the regular diesel clatter surprisingly has been muted. The engineers at General Motors have scrupulously tuned for low levels of vibrations even at idle, despite it being a three-cylinder. The power delivery is fairly linear and there is not much of what we call as turbo lag. The engine lacks the punch which is needed for overtaking and once out on an open road, the engine feels the need for more power. The 5-speed manual transmission is slick with the throws are positive. Even the gear knob is small and easy to grab. The ARAI claimed figure for the Beat diesel is 25.44kmpl.
Beat gets the 1.2-litre engine from the Chevrolet’s S-Tec II spectrum that churns out about 80bhp of power and a 108Nm of respectable torque. The noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels are low, just like any other modern petrol engine. The power delivery is fairly linear, but for overtaking one needs to downshift. When out on the highway, the engine feels a bit out of steam. The engine comes mated to 5-speed manual transmission and the gearshifts on are a wee bit rubbery.
The ride of the Beat is fairly smooth and composed; the secondary ride is a bit jittery at higher speeds. Being a tall boy, the Beat handles well when driven within city limit speeds. The steering is also weigh up well, as the speed increases.
All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension. The Beat has decent ride suppleness as it underpins the softest suspension set-up that glides over potholes.
The handling is the only aspect which differs on the three. The suspension set-up is the soft on the Beat. Drive it quickly around a bend and you shall notice the body roll as this hatchback lack the dynamism that other competition possesses. Handling of the Beat is decent, but the skinny tyres reduce confidence as they run out of grip and tend to under steer. The steering wheel feels a bit numb and it isn’t joy to push it around bends.
Editor’s word interior: The revamped version of the i10 looks and feels good. Even the bells and whistles it comes loaded with are good. There is sufficient space to seat four in comfort, and five will be a bit of squeeze.
The revamped version of the i10 has good looking interiors. The fit and finish of the plastics is good and even the feel good factor exists. The i10 comes loaded with so many bells and whistles which aren’t available on most of its competition.
The space in both the rows is sufficient, and the front row seats are fairly supportive. It is the rear seats that do not offer much support for your thighs. The boot space is also large when compared to the size of the vehicle.
D lite: This is the base variant of the i10 and comes only with 1.1-litre iRDE engine and misses out on standard features like Adjustable Steering Wheel, Central Locking, Power Windows, Wheel Covers, Tachometer, CD/MP3 Player, Fog Lamps and Body Colored Bumpers.
Era: This is also available with the 1.1-litre iRDE engine. It carries off features like Central Locking, Power Windows (Front) and Body Colored Bumpers, AC with heater, internally adjustable ORVMs, etc.
Magna: This variant comes with the 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre engines. It also carries few additional features like adjustable steering wheel, wheel covers, rear power windows, rear parcel tray, electrically adjustable mirrors.
Sportz: This variant of Hyundai i10 also carries Kappa2 engine and the additional features that this variant offers are CD/MP3 player, rear defogger, rear wash wiper etc.
Sportz AT: This variant of Hyundai i10 carries the same feature that Hyundai i10 Sportz offers, only the difference is that it comes with automatic transmission.
Sportz Option: It comes with Bluetooth connectivity, seat belt pretensioners, driver side airbag, and steering mounted controls for Bluetooth and audio player. The variant is powered by highly powerful Kappa engine.
Asta: This variant comes with the Kappa2 engine. The additional features that this variant offers are Remote Locking, Fog Lamps, ABMicra has one of the best ride suppleness as it has softly sprung suspension. The handling is decent for city driving, for which the hatchback has been built.
All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension. The Micra has one of the best ride suppleness as it underpins the softest suspension set-up that glides over potholes. The Micra has the McPherson struts at its front and torsion beam at its end.
The suspension set-up being soft, it isn’t a great handler. The handling is just fine. It is just that some manufacturers have further raised the standards for some cars. Even the light steering wheel makes driving a breeze. Driving and maneuvering in city becomes easy.
S and Dual Front Airbags.
Asta AT: This variant carries the same feature that Hyundai i10 Asta with Sun Roof, only the major difference is that it comes with automatic transmission.
Editor’s word engine:Hyundai has given the options of 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre engines on the i10. Both the engines are refined, have good performance and are frugal. There isn’t anything to be worried about with these engines.
Hyundai offers the i10 with 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine options. The 1.1-litre engine is the one that powers the Santro, whereas the 1.2’s get the same block like the i20. The 1.1-litre engine produces 68bhp of power at 5500rpm and 99Nm of torque at 4500rpm. This engine is called as the iRDE. The NVH levels of the engine are fairly low and even the power delivery is linear.
One needs to downshift for overtaking. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The shifts on this box are slick and the throws are positive. The ARAI claimed mileage for the 1.1-litre of the i10 is 19.81kmpl.
The i10’s 1.2-litre mill is the new Kappa2 engine that has variable-valve timing to improve performance and efficiency. This engine produces 79bhp of power at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 111Nm at 4000rpm. Power ratings of the Kappa2 are good on paper and even in the real world. Again Hyundai has ensured that the NVH levels are low and this mill is highly refined one.
With high refinement levels and the sort of performance one gets, the fuel efficiency figure does exceed one’s expectation. One may not have to downshift to overtake, and can easily potter around in city even in a higher cog. As per the ARAI cycle, the 1.2-litre of the i10 returns a fuel efficiency of 20.36kmpl.
Editor’s Word on RnH: The i10 has good ride suppleness and the handling is decent. The feedback from the steering is also good. The only thing, which we weren’t impressed with, are the skinny tyres that come as factory-fitted.
The power-trains on all the hatchbacks in this segment are similar if not the same. It is the driving characteristics that vary. To be more specific, it is more of the handling that differs than the ride quality. All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension.
Handling of the i10 is decent, but the skinny tyres reduce confidence as they run out of grip and often understeer. Even the steering wheel is light in the city and weighs up well, once the speed of the vehicle increases.
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