The Chevrolet Beat for me has been a real winner with its out of the box design and sports car look and feel. But I had chosen to steer clear of the Petrol/ CNG versions as I already own a CNG vehicle which is very good to drive. But diesel was a different ballgame with the Chevrolet Beatâ€™s Diesel engine.
I was looking for a diesel hatchback for a really long time. I almost gave into another car but felt I wanted something different and new. And then the Beat diesel came and gave it to me. I started following up about the launch of the car. I went to various showrooms and test drove the car some 4 times. I also test drove other cars, but ground clearance was one of the negative aspects of the other car I was considering, so I gave up.
I started the engineÂ (1.0 TCDI) of Chevy Beat DieselÂ and was waiting for the noise to sink in. There wasn’t any! Drove it further, instantly felt the turbo and boy did I get hooked. Showed the car to my wife and she liked it too. Not that she had any choice but to like it!
ExteriorÂ smooth curve â€“ I didn’t quite like the satin roof rails and the rear spoiler. The back doorÂ handles are inspiring. The car is tall from the front and, unmistakably Chevy. The tall grille screams Chevy with its big badge bulging from the center. The small boot door, the funny rear bumperÂ bulges from the rear invite others to kiss it! But one can’t designÂ a car on oneâ€™s own yet! So I planned for Chevy Beat Diesel basic model and wanted to modify it on my own. I bought it in the year 2011.
Interior (space and comfort) â€“ low but adequate seats. The buckets are nicely shaped. The dash has good space; the interior is well lit with ample pockets and spaces for cans, bottles and newspaper. Tall dashboard, is not as appealing I feel.
I find the dark grey interiors much better than the beige option provided by some other cars. In my personal opinion, the interiors of the Beat are better than most of the other cars in its price range.
Engine performance, fuel economy and gearboxÂ all make for a zippy engine.Turbo kicks in around 2000rpm. Traveling in the city is a breeze. On the expressway, I sped to around 125 kmph and the car gave an FE (Fuel Efficiency) of approx. 22kmpl with 100% ac 90-10 highway-city usage.The EPS works amazingly well.Air-conditioning is adequate and very effective.
While driving in the city, I have never found the 3-cylinder diesel engine lacking anything. However, on one instance,on an unpaved inclined wet hilly road, I found it slightly underpowered. I think itâ€™s being too demanding on this puny engine.
Ride Quality and Handling â€“ The Beat just grips the road and creases out the bumps easily. The suspension is soft but solid at the same time. A down side is that I feel the steering does not centre out after negotiating a curve or turning.I am going to check with other users on the same.
Final wordsÂ â€“ Goodcar to own but,there may be users differing. But this one fits the bill perfectly and the Chevy promise says that I am to spend less than Rs 17,500/- in 3 years or 45,000 kms. What can I say? Happy with the buy!!!
Overall Build Quality:Â It’s quite a reliable car. Till date I have not faced any issues.
List of Mods:-
- Bridgestone Tires 205/ 60/14
- 14 ” Durin Alloys
- GT Rear Spoiler
- Roof Top Lights
- Silver Painted Door Handles
- Silver Painted Side Mirrors
- Silver Painted Front Grill and Rear Panel
- Sky Blue Headlight Tint Film
- Philips Diamond Vision 5000 k Lamps
- Monster Energy Red Colored Logo on the Bonnet
- Black Carbon Fibre Sticker on Fuel Tank Lid & on Door Panels
*This review was adapted from one that was submitted to Chevrolet India by Rahul Agnihotri (http://www.facebook.com/rahul.agnihotri.9). Chevrolet does not recommend tampering with mechanical aspects of vehicles as they might hamper the warranty offered by Chevrolet India. Please consult with a Chevrolet Dealership, Authorized Service Center or the Customer Assistance Center before making any mechanical modifications to your vehicle.