The Chevrolet Beat is a handy little city car to drive. Its styling is a bit radical and not to everyone’s taste, but it is a vehicle with a practical side as well. The Beat diesel, in fact, is one of the cheapest diesel cars available in India.
The Chevrolet Beat is priced between Rs. 3.8 lakh for the base petrol variant going up to Rs. 5.8 lakh for the top-end diesel variant with safety features. The Chevrolet Beat comes with two engine choices. The petrol Beat is powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 80 bhp of power and 108 Nm of torque. The Beat diesel comes with a three-cylinder, 1-litre engine (936 cc) that puts out 58 bhp of power and 150 Nm of torque. Both come with a five-speed manual transmission. The petrol car also has two LPG powered variants, for those who want lower running costs.
Pros of Chevrolet Beat
If you are looking for a compact city car that is meant to ferry you to work and back, the Chevrolet Beat is a well-suited car. The diesel Beat gives excellent mileage, with a claimed figure of 25 kmpl, and real-world mileage of about 19 kmpl in the city and 23-24 kmpl on the highway. The car has good ride quality and feels quite stable at speed. Owners have also praised the car’s headlamps, saying they are quite good for night driving. The Beat is fairly feature loaded, with the top-end variant coming with automatic climate control, integrated music system and all-round power windows. All variants get a digital tachometer, AC and power steering. General Motors offers a three-year or 45,000 km maintenance package with the Beat, where owners don’t have to spend anything on routine maintenance, and this is one of the car’s key selling points. Also read: Five best small cars for heavy city usage
Cons of Chevrolet Beat
The Beat is not a very spacious car, especially if you want luggage room. It has a small 170 litre boot that can just hold a couple of bags. Also the rear seats, although comfortable, feel cramped due to the rising window line and use of dark colors for the interior. Some small-built drivers also find visibility as an issue due to the Beat’s high bonnet and dashboard, as well as thick pillars that restrict all-round visibility. The top end variants offer alloy wheels as an option, which are good, because the regular steel rims are prone to bending on bad roads. Drivers also find that although the Beat diesel is a good fuel-efficient car, it can get noisy in the cabin at high rpms.
The Chevrolet Beat with its three-year maintenance package is a good deal. If you want a fuel-efficient diesel car mainly for the city, and are not going to be carrying passengers or luggage, the Chevrolet Beat diesel is well-suited for the city as it has really low running costs. If you can’t stretch the budget to buy a Beat diesel, then consider the LPG variant – it may not be great on power, but it will serve the purpose as a frugal city commuter. The Beat petrol is quite average – although it scores on engine refinement and pick up. Also read: Chevrolet Deals – Gold and cash with Beat and Spark