After waiting for weeks for a Beat diesel for a comprehensive test, we at CarToq wangled a short test drive of the car from a Chevrolet showroom. The car does pack a few surprises and dispels myths about small-capacity engines. Read on.

The Beat diesel is available in three variants, the base PS model is available for Rs. 4.29 lakh , the mid trim LS model for Rs. 4.59 lakh, the top trim LT for Rs. 4.99 lakh and the top of the line LT option pack (with ABS and airbags) is priced at Rs. 5.45 lakh.

CarToq test drove the upper-trim LT variant. All the features on the Beat diesel are the same as the petrol variant, except for the engine and the power-steering system.

Looks, fit and finish

Exterior

In terms of looks nothing has changed from the petrol Beat, except for the badging on the rear. In fact, the only way you can distinguish the diesel Beat from its petrol sibling is by the TCDI badge on the left corner of the boot. Fit and finish levels, as well as plastic quality is good on the vehicle.

Beat Diesel Front Photo

Interior

The Beat diesel has the same dark interiors that the petrol variant sports. There are glossy black inserts on the lower part of the dashboard and the door panels. The centre console is the most eye catching aspect inside the Beat and houses controls for automatic climate control and the music system.

The Beat is up to date in terms of gadget support and sports both a USB port and an Aux-in port. It sadly misses out on steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity.

Space is another issue for this car, the issue being the lack of it. Though three people can sit in the back they will constantly be elbowing each other irrespective of size and weight. Also, one can’t see the front of the car because of the sharply sloped bonnet, which means you drive purely on intuition. The lack of visibility continues when you look into the rear view mirror as the rear windshield too is pretty small.

But one point we must make is that once you actually start driving the car, visibility ceases to be an issue. The compact size of the car allows you to maneuver with ease even though you can’t see the corners of the car. Also read: Beat diesel vs Ritz

Beat Diesel Engine Photo

Performance and Handling

The Beat diesel is powered by a 936 cc, three-cylinder multijet diesel engine that puts out 58 bhp of power and 150 Nm of torque. This may seem tame on paper, but it surprises you with its performance and gives you more than what you’d expect from a 1-litre engine. Also read: Cheapest diesel small cars in India: Which one is for you?

The Beat’s peak torque comes in low in the rev band, with the small turbo spooling from as low as 1,300 rpm and full boost kicking in at 1,750 rpm onwards. This is more than enough to give the car really good pick up. Slot it in first and the car swiftly moves forward. Clutch action is light. It does not thrust you back into your seats, but has enough low-end torque to power out of a traffic signal.

In fact, we found the pick up in the Beat diesel comparable to the acceleration of the Ford Figo diesel.

Beat Diesel Petrol Define Engine Photo

When revved hard, there is a fair bit of engine noise that filters into the cabin, though NVH levels at regular cruising speeds are good, while at idle you hear the usual diesel clatter. The three-cylinder engine does have a bit of a rough edge compared to its four-cylinder Fiat multi-jet cousin that does duty in the Maruti Swift, Fiat Grande Punto and Indica Vista among others.

We didn’t really get enough time to test the car around twists and turns, but the car seems to have decent handling when darting in and around city traffic. The short turning radius of 4.6 metres, coupled with the speed-sensitive electronic power steering means that taking U-turns requires very little effort.

Another pleasant surprise we had with the Beat was in the steering feel and feedback. The Beat’s steering is precise and gives you just the right amount of feedback. If you’re looking for a car to drive primarily in the city, the Beat diesel won’t disappoint you.

We were driving the non-ABS variant of the Beat, but braking action was good. The suspension though felt a bit stiff over speed breakers.

Mileage

Since our test drive was rather short we didn’t get down to doing any mileage tests and the car doesn’t have a multi-information display that gives you instant mileage. General Motors claims the car gives 24 kmpl.

Given the fact that the engine is derived from the Fiat Multijet, which is a very frugal performer, expect no less than 19-20 kmpl in the city. The Beat being just 995 kgs in weight has less load to lug around.

What we think

The Beat diesel is a value-for-money proposition. It is affordable, and although it isn’t exactly spacious, it is an ideal car for a family of four. More so, if you wish to save on fuel expenses.

The better part of the Beat proposition is that waiting period is minimal. We were told a Beat diesel LT variant could be delivered in a week’s time, depending on your choice of colour. Considering the waiting lines are long for the Ford Figo diesel and the Maruti Swift diesel, stretching to months, the Beat diesel is a good alternative.

What we like

Peppy engine

Good road manners

Racing-inspired speedometer

What we dislike

Lack of space

Poor visibility

Lack of Bluetooth and steering-mounted audio controls

30 replies

  1. Profile photo of journeyman
    journeyman answers:

    Best alternative for figo.Rear seat is good only for 2 ppl.Best car to drive around town as the diesel saves money.

  2. Profile photo of jyoti.sajnani
    jyoti.sajnani answers:

    GUD CAR FOR TWO ADULTS N TWO KIDS …REAR SEAT IS FOR KIDS NOT COMFORTABLE FOR ADULTS

  3. Profile photo of Pravudutta Patra
    Pravudutta Patra answers:

    Great car 4 a single guy who wants to draw every attention

  4. Profile photo of Anupam Potdar
    Anupam Potdar answers:

    just NO…………………….

  5. Profile photo of Aseem Khurana
    Aseem Khurana answers:

    grttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  6. Profile photo of Aahnik Purshottam Nanda Choudhury
    Aahnik Purshottam Nanda Choudhury answers:

    Urban Car….basically for Good looking people..

  7. Profile photo of Prasoon Prahaladan
    Prasoon Prahaladan answers:

    May be successful becoz of diesel engine.

  8. Profile photo of Praveen Desai
    Praveen Desai answers:

    oh 1.0 litr diesel engine…it’s great.

  9. Profile photo of Aravind Anbu
    Aravind Anbu answers:

    Figo seems to be readily available or atleast within a month, Swift diesel does have a long waiting period.

  10. Profile photo of Somreet Tikait
    Somreet Tikait answers:

    many people r waitin fr d diesel variant….. hope to b successful.

  11. Profile photo of Mohit Singh
    Mohit Singh answers:

    its awesome

  12. Profile photo of Maneesh Khanapur
    Maneesh Khanapur answers:

    Interiors of PS & LS variants doesnot excite at all rear seat has no headroom for a tall guy.

  13. Profile photo of Hrishi Acharya
    Hrishi Acharya answers:

    better go for I 20, punto, Beat or for figo instead of waiting and wasting time for Swift..which is a very common car.

  14. Profile photo of Sajeevan Nair
    Sajeevan Nair answers:

    I feel indica vista a better option to buy.

  15. Profile photo of Sahil Dargan
    Sahil Dargan answers:

    would offer a lot to those wid stingy pockets for a diesel hatch..
    chevy beat is peppy n gives gud value for money proposition..
    offers gud mileage , looks n comfort as well..overall a nice package.

  16. Profile photo of Jim Mathew
    Jim Mathew answers:

    Beat is an incredible car from Chevy and deserves all the success.. With you all the best Beat!

  17. Profile photo of Good Samaritan
    Good Samaritan answers:

    better opt for Suzuki Swift @ such a high price tag.

  18. Profile photo of Ravi Singh
    Ravi Singh answers:

    yrr three-cylinder engine n’t gnna work…..

  19. Profile photo of Bharathi Mani
    Bharathi Mani answers:

    cute beat

  20. Profile photo of Dhiraj Patra
    Dhiraj Patra answers:

    In Indian any diesel car is good as Govt will pay more than 1/2 of your any diesel bill as subsidy.

  21. Profile photo of Manoj Verma
    Manoj Verma answers:

    to bhai tene v6 tourbo charge engine lya du 450 bhp ,30 nm torque 0-100 in 2 sec ab bta de koi kami reh gi ho to.

  22. Profile photo of Nitin Nick
    Nitin Nick answers:

    I like it….

  23. Profile photo of Nishant Sirohi
    Nishant Sirohi answers:

    I was shocked to see that Beat doesn’t come with a sump guard.
    should not that be a part of homologation.

  24. Profile photo of Saurav Bhattacharjee
    Saurav Bhattacharjee answers:

    a person who has used or driven the swift will surely know how amazing that car is…chevy’s are already known for exhorbitant maintenance rates and add to that this tiny car being a diesel one is hard to be trusted.

  25. Profile photo of Oh Mel
    Oh Mel answers:

    Very nice post and review.I do agree with this aspect, this car is a class apart, We cannot compare it with others.This is a very good choice if you try considering Chevrolet Beat to be your car and ride with smooth performance for any kind of journey on the road.

  26. Profile photo of Kethan Kamalanathan
    Kethan Kamalanathan answers:

    I have owned a swift diesel earlier and now a beat diesel. let me tell u it worth every penny. Fit and finish is uncomparable to Swift and also drive in the city is that much more easier. only thing it lacks is rear space which is good enough for a small family and little compromise on power. Still being a 1 lt engone it can do a 155kmph which I have done i=on road. I highly recommend Beat to Swif

  27. Profile photo of Ravi Kumar
    Ravi Kumar answers:

    good car for a family with only exception being lack of comfort for rear seat passengers in terms of space and comfort, else it is a pretty beautiful car to own and enjoy riding and travelling for life with this friend.

  28. Profile photo of Girish Bhat
    Girish Bhat answers:

    DO WE NEED TO WAIT TILL 2015 FOR “ECOTECH” ENGINES? NO, IT’S ALREADY HERE.
    All New Chevrolet Beat Diesel already has the new generation “ECOTECH” engine. In all probabilities, instead of calling the new diesel engine inside the Beat Diesel as ECOTECH, GM has decided to call it as “SMARTECH”, at the last moment of its launch. So here in India we need not wait till 2015 when GM may launch the family

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