Beat 2014-2016 LT Option Review
The impressive Chevrolet Beat LT Option hatchback is one of the best selling cars in the country. This five seater small hatchback is very fuel efficient and performance packed vehicle, which makes it very suitable for the Indian roads and traffic conditions. It has a well balanced mix of comfort and safety aspects integrated into it. This hatchback is fitted with the advanced SMARTECH II petrol mill, which has some sophisticated technologies that make this car one of the best in its segment. This hatchback has a very efficient and responsive power assisted steering wheel, which gives trouble free handling and the best possible control of this Chevrolet Beat Option Pack to the driver. The petrol motor is a 1.2-litre engine with 4 cylinders and is skilfully mated with a 5-speed manual transmission . The company has integrated this top-end hatchback with a lot of comfort and utility features like front power windows, a proficient air conditioning unit, power outlet, tachometer and many more such aspects. The company has also incorporated this hatch with some very vital and essential safety features such as a centre high mount stop lamp for added safety of the vehicle, a central locking system and many such crucial features, which will definitely help it to lure the customers.
The outsides of this hatchback are very striking. The frontage is bold and aggressive with a broad and wide front grille that is flanked by a bright and luminous head light cluster. The body coloured front bumper holds a pair of round shaped dynamic front fog lamps that have been integrated in the chrome bezels. The side profile has a flowing stance with body colored ORVMs and door handles. The wheel arches have been fitted with a modish set of lightweight alloy wheels of size 14 inches, which are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/70 R14. The rear end has a body coloured spoiler, while the rear wind screen has a wiper as well. The dimensions of this petrol hatchback are reasonable and can easily take in five passengers. The overall length of this car is 3640mm and the width is 1595mm; the total height is 1520mm and the wheelbase is of 2375mm with a ground clearance of 165mm.
The interiors of this trendy hatchback have been designed luxuriantly as this is the top end trim in its model lineup. The seating arrangement is very comfortable and the seats have been covered with premium upholstery, which gives the insides of this hatchback a very stylish look. The dashboard is neatly done with top quality material and has quite a few things like an advanced infotainment display, central console with black accents along with a unique instrument cluster. This unit has notification lamps and warning lights that keeps the driver updated. There are quite a few storage spaces inside this hatchback as well. Apart from these, the luggage compartment is pretty good and has a lot of space in it to store a few things comfortably. There are map pockets as well as bottle holders in the front doors and then there are cup holders in the front and rear.
Engine and Performance:
The company has integrated this hatchback with a performance packed 1.2-litre, SMARTECH II petrol engine. This motor has four cylinders and 16 valves along with some of the most advanced technologies as well. This engine has a displacement capacity of 1199cc. It can generate a maximum of 76.8bhp at 6200rpm in combination with 106.5Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. This petrol engine has been cleverly coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission, which is quite smooth and efficient. The company claims that this compact hatchback has the ability to produce a mileage of 18.6 kmpl, when driven under standard conditions. It has the ability to attain a top speed in the range of 160kmph.
Braking and Handling:
The company has fitted this hatchback with an efficient braking system. The front tyres have been fitted with disc brakes and the rear tyres have been given solid drum brakes, which help in efficient braking. The hatchback is also equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System as well. The suspension system of this petrol hatchback is very powerful and sturdy with the front axle being fitted with McPherson strut type mechanism, which also has an anti-roll bar for added stability and comfort. The rear axle gets a compound crank type suspension mechanism with gas filled shock absorbers for both front and rear axles.
Comfort Features :
This trim gets several essential comfort features starting from an electronic power steering to ease up the driver's efforts to an air-conditioning unit with heating and ventilation, which makes this hatch an ideal choice. An instrument cluster is embedded that sports many notifications is been decorated with silver accents. Driver is rewarded with extra facilities like a remote boot fuel tank lid release, dual horn and electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors. To have a battery saver is a sure advantage. A digital tachometer, trip meter and an odometer are present. Power windows are integrated to all the four doors. As a standard feature there is an inside rear view mirror. Seats are covered by premium fabric upholstery that look good and adds to the driving pleasure. The rear bench seat has 60:40 split folding facility for increasing boot volume. An integrated centre stack, which has an MP3, CD player with a USB port and Aux-in along with 4 speakers and an antenna as well. All these comfort features make this hatchback one of the top selling models in its segment.
Several advanced technologies has gone into making this hatchback into a safe small car to possess. The front occupants are bestowed with dual airbags. There are seatbelts with load limiters along with driver seatbelt reminder. Front as well as the rear headrests are height adjustable. Central locking system is another notable feature amongst the safety quotient this small car is endowed with.
1. External body is very appealing.
2. Cabin is stocked with amenities.
1. Headroom for tall occupants is a minus point.
2. Fuel efficiency is not economical.