Chevrolet Beat is one of the best selling hatchbacks available in the country's automobile market. It is a small yet stylish vehicle that can easily accommodate five people. Recently, the manufacturer has added a Manchester United Limited Edition with an exclusive set of interior and exterior aspects. The outsides are decorated with sporty decals along with Manchester United logo, which gives it a dynamic look. The insides too get a few updates like plush black carpet mats, special seat covers and illuminated scuff plates. The remaining options are bestowed with a pleasant internal cabin that has a blue illuminated instrument panel equipped with several notifications. It has well cushioned seats that are covered with semi fabric upholstery. The dashboard houses equipments like a three spoke steering wheel, AC vents and a center console. It has an audio unit that keeps the occupants entertained throughout their journey. It supports USB port, AUX-In and has four speakers that gives excellent listening experience. This hatch has a sporty outer appearance and includes some trendy attributes. It has a bold dual port radiator grille, and the headlight cluster has a trendy design. The rear end has a dual tone bumper and jewel effect tail lamps. In addition to these, it has a spoiler mounted LED stop lamp, windscreen made of tinted glass and silver satin finished roof rails that makes it stand out among others. It is loaded with several important safety components that ensures protection to a great extent. The top end lineup has anti-lock braking and front seat belt with load limiter. The rest of them have central locking and driver seat belt reminder, which is on the instrument panel. The technical specifications in the limited edition and in the entire lineup remains the same. Few of them are incorporated with a 1.2-litre, SMARTECH engine that displaces 1199cc. It can churn out 79.3bhp power at 6200rpm and 108Nm at 4400rpm. The diesel range comes with a 1.0-litre drive train that displaces 936cc. It can generate 57.6bhp at 4000rpm and yields 150Nm at 1750rpm. It is paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box that simplifies gear changes. It has a proficient suspension system that combines a McPherson strut and a compound crank type of mechanism. The base and mid range variants have a set of 14 inch steel wheels, and the LT Option trim has a sporty set of alloy wheels. This five seater is offered with a standard warranty of three years or 1,00,000 kilometers, whichever is earlier and this period can be further extended at an additional cost.
This series has a robust and sporty appearance. There is a dual port radiator grille that merges appropriately with a large headlight cluster featuring high intensity headlamps. It has a body colored bumper that houses a wide air intake section and a couple of fog lamps. The large windscreen is made of tinted glass and integrated with a couple of wipers. The sleek bonnet is slanting forward and has a few visible character lines on it. The side profile has body colored door handles, outside mirrors and B-pillar styling strip. The radiant tail light cluster comes with LED lamps and turn indicators. It has a large boot lid which is engraved with the prominent emblem. It has a spoiler with an LED high mount stop lamp. The windshield is wide and comes with a defogger. This hatch has roof rails that have satin silver finishing. Meanwhile, the limited edition range has a new set of attributes. The company has designed its side and front profile with sporty body decals. The window sill, B-pillars and the door handles are available in stunning black color. In addition to these, there are outside mirrors that have side turn indicators as well.
It is available with a seating capacity for five people. It is built with an overall length of 3640mm, width of 1595mm and has a total height of 1550mm (with roof rails included). The wheelbase measures to 2375mm, which is pretty large and indicates a roomy interiors. It has a ground clearance of 165mm and 175mm depending on the trims.
Editor's take : 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 internal section is impressive and filled with unmatched aura. It has irresistible look and attracts buyers in their first glance. It is roomy and loaded with a number of sophisticated aspects. The piano black finishing on the dashboard gives it an elegant look. It houses a few equipments like silver finished instrument cluster, air vents, central console and a three spoke steering wheel. The instrument panel with blue illumination has a tachometer, tripmeter and a digital clock. It also displays a few notifications for the convenience of driver like door ajar warning lamp, low fuel consumption display and driver seat belt reminder. It is available with a parcel shelf, seat back shopping hooks, cup holders, door map pockets and bottle holders and an accessory socket, using which electronic devices can be charged. There are also lamps in three positions, sun visor and an anti-glare inside rear view mirror. The limited edition options are loaded with plush black colored carpet mats, special red colored seat upholstery with Manchester United badge and has steering cover.
It is packed with a number of advanced comfort features that grant a pleasant driving experience. There are wide and well cushioned seats that are covered with semi fabric upholstery. The driver's seat comes with height adjustment function, and the one in second row has 60:40 split folding facility. This seating arrangement is comfortable especially when passengers plan long drives. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) unit with heater helps in regulating the temperature inside. It also has an audio unit that keeps the passengers entertained all through their journey. Also, there are height adjustable headrests, internally adjustable outside mirrors, dual horn, battery saver, remote fuel lid and tail gate opener.
Its insides are pretty spacious and all its five occupants are provided with ample leg room. Not only this, but there is also enough head as well as shoulder space. The boot compartment of 170 litres can be increased by folding the rear seat.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration of the petrol version Beat is good, while the diesel is decent too. The oil burner doesn’t have the punch like other diesel mills, but it is linear delivery.
It is packed with a light weight DOHC valve configuration based petrol mill that reduces friction and performs better. It is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that is very fuel efficient and economical to run. This is a good performer and develops decent power and torque with improved compression ratios. It delivers better initial and passing acceleration in city driving conditions for overtaking. This can cross the speed barrier of 100 kmph in just 15.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 145 kmph.
Engine and Performance
Editor's take : 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.
The petrol dynamo is of 1.2-litre that can displace 1199cc. This motor is based on a DOHC valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16 valves. It can belt out 79.6bhp at 6200rpm along with 108Nm at 4400rpm. On the other hand, the 1.0-litre SMARTECH drive train displaces 936cc. It has the ability to produce 57.6bhp at 4000rpm and torque of 150Nm at 1750rpm. Both these have been mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that helps it to be fuel efficient.
Editor's take : The diesel version of the Chevrolet Beat is known for its fuel-efficiency. The fuel efficiency of the petrol is decent.
Those with a 1.2L STEC II motor have Port Deactivation Technology, which reduces noise and enhances the fuel efficiency. This enables it to return a mileage of 14.5kmpl within the city and 18.6kmpl on highways. The 1.0-litre, XSDE mill returns fuel efficiency of 25.44 km/L on highways as per the ARAI standards, thus making it the most fuel efficient car of India beating Indica Ev2. However, the mileage in the city roads is expected to be lower.
Power of Chevrolet Beat
Editor's take : The performance of the petrol Chevrolet Beat is good and with 80bhp of power, it is one of the most powerful engines in its segment, at least on paper.
The 1199cc motor can give 79.3bhp at 6200rpm with 108Nm at 4400rpm . This results in excellent acceleration and performance and it never vibrates even after crossing the 100 Kmph mark. The oil burner is capable of producing a maximum 57.6bhp at 4000rpm and yields 150Nm at 1750 rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
Editor's take : The Beat comes loaded with various features like built in music system with USB and auxiliary input.
It is bestowed with an audio unit that has four speakers. The base model has no inbuilt provision for audio unit, but customers can definitely get it fixed. It has space for speakers with surround sound effect that results in a pleasant and enjoyable journey. An in-dash integrated ice-blue lit music system is available with full-size USB allows audio streaming and has several enhanced sound quality setting options for those in the top range. Their limited edition option also has this unit, which even supports Bluetooth connectivity.
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Braking & Handling
Editor's take : 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.
The suspension system is quite proficient as its front axle is affixed with a McPherson strut, while the rear axle has a compound link type of mechanism. It is also loaded with gas filled shock absorbers, that further reinforces this mechanism. As far as its braking is concerned, its front wheels are fitted with discs and rear ones with drum brakes. The top end version is also blessed with ABS, which helps to prevent wheel locking and thereby keeps it stable. It also gets a responsive steering column that supports a minimum turning radius of just 4.85 meters, which makes handling easier.
Safety & Security
Editor's take : The Beat gets all the safety features like airbags and also ABS.
This hatchback is incorporated with several passive safety components that safeguard the vehicle and its passengers as well. It is built with high strength steel material that has impact protection beams which can absorb the jolts caused in case of a collision. The maker is also offering it with height adjustable headrests, driver's seat belt reminder, tubeless tyres and fog lamps. Its top end lineup also has front seatbelt load limiter, anti lock braking, airbags for driver and co-passenger as well.
The wheel arches of its entry and mid range diesel trims are offered with a set of 14 inches steel wheels. These are covered with tubeless tyres of size 165/65 R14. The remaining ones are fitted with a set of 14 inch steel wheels that have 155/70 R14 sized tubeless tyres. The top end LT Option range has a modish set of alloy wheels with tubeless radials of the same size.
1. Economical price range is an added advantage.
2. Availability in two engine options.
3. Its compact size makes driving easy on city roads.
4. Outer appearance is quite trendy.
5. Fuel economy is rather good.
1. Lesser cabin space is a big disadvantage.
2. Limited comfort features in entry level variant.
3. No automatic transmission to choose from.
4. Boot space capacity is less.
5. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
Chevrolet Beat price
|Diesel PS |
|4.95 Lakh ||5.04 Lakh ||5.25 Lakh ||5.04 Lakh ||5.1 Lakh ||5.04 Lakh ||5.09 Lakh
|Diesel LS |
|5.3 Lakh ||5.39 Lakh ||5.62 Lakh ||5.39 Lakh ||5.46 Lakh ||5.39 Lakh ||5.45 Lakh
|Diesel LT |
|5.61 Lakh ||5.71 Lakh ||5.94 Lakh ||5.71 Lakh ||5.78 Lakh ||5.71 Lakh ||5.77 Lakh
|Diesel LTZ |
|6.35 Lakh ||6.46 Lakh ||6.73 Lakh ||6.46 Lakh ||6.55 Lakh ||6.46 Lakh ||6.53 Lakh
|3.95 Lakh ||4.02 Lakh ||4.19 Lakh ||4.02 Lakh ||4.07 Lakh ||4.02 Lakh ||4.06 Lakh
|4.28 Lakh ||4.36 Lakh ||4.53 Lakh ||4.36 Lakh ||4.41 Lakh ||4.36 Lakh ||4.4 Lakh
|4.85 Lakh ||4.94 Lakh ||5.14 Lakh ||4.94 Lakh ||5.0 Lakh ||4.94 Lakh ||4.99 Lakh
|5.32 Lakh ||5.41 Lakh ||5.63 Lakh ||5.41 Lakh ||5.48 Lakh ||5.41 Lakh ||5.47 Lakh