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Young First Car Feeler - Beat (Test your Skills)

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Beat is my first 4 wheeler & it took a lot to change Indian methodology from Indian automaker to low presence GM. I took as a challenge to myself & start working on positive & advanced features. It's catchy hatchback look, Chromed grill & stylish lights got me impressed in first look itself. It has the large Chevy split grille and the front personality is clearly like "love me or loathe me". The styling is distinct with heavy front and isn't to everyone's taste. Chevy has an excellent frontal presence, with large rakish headlamps that extend nearly to the A pillar. The lack of a conventionally placed door handle is a style statement, as are the swoopy rear roof and steep window lines. Step inside the Beat, and what immediately stands out is the swoopy dashboard along with the superbike-style meter arrangement. Carrying on the unusual exterior theme, the interior design is distinctive for the segment. Funky styling inside the interior, biker speedometer. The dash area is huge and there's a swooping cut right ahead of the front passenger. The low-set driving position is spot on and feels sporty. Front seats are supportive and literally hug you from the sides. Excellent lateral support. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel is a three-spoke design with contours to park your thumbs. It's slightly larger than you'd expect in a small hatchback but good to hold. I found the bright silver finish (of the steering spokes) very tacky. It's automatic AC control is the best & only feature available in any hatchback would make it distinct & total different racer in its segment. There's storage place and cubby holes everywhere. A spot below the drivers side air vent (plus a coin holder too), you can slide your hand into the door pockets, 1 liter bottle holder on each of the front doors, two cup holders below the center console, a spot for your cell phone below the climate control knobs, and a single bottle holder for rear passengers. On the flip side, only one seat back pocket available and it's rather short. The suspension is well-tuned for comfort and ride quality is supple over most road conditions. Straight line stability is fine and safe enough, but sudden lane change manoeuvers will see the tires squealing easily. Body roll, too, is noticeable in fast corners.The beat feels labored when nearing the redline and it's best to upshift early. While refinement at lower rpms is good, things are quite the opposite at high rpms. At-last It's so much loaded with features that can make it first in a row among all small players.  

On: Aug 06, 2016 | 52 Views
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