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Chevrolet Beat Review: Chevrolet Beat Diesel - the Diesel hatchback from Chevrolet

Chevrolet Beat Diesel - the Diesel hatchback from Chevrolet

By Shiva Shankar; July 30, 2011

Chevrolet Beat Diesel - the Diesel hatchback from Chevrolet

With the ever increasing competition in the diesel hatchback segment, Chevrolet India has come up with its solution for getting the best of fuel efficiency combined with best of performance.

Details of Chevrolet Beat Diesel

The Chevrolet Beat Diesel comes with a 1.0L SMARTECH Diesel Engine with peak power output of 58.5PS@4000rpm and peak torque output of 150PS@1750rpm. Some of the highlighted technical features in the car are the usage of Turbocharger with intercooler, advanced common rail fuel injection, Feather light Electronic power steering, advanced intra torque boost, Smart engine and clutch protection model, Gas charged rebound tuned suspension etc.

The other important attraction of the car, is the Beat diesel’s mileage, which has been certified at 24 KMPL.

Color options in the New Chevrolet Beat diesel include Green cocktail, Misty Lake, Olympic White, Switch blade silver, Caviar Black, Super Red, Moroccan Blue, Linen Beige, and Sand Drift Grey.

The Beat Diesel comes in 4 variants, PS, LS, LT and LT option. The on-road price of the Chevrolet Beat Diesel PS variant in Bangalore is Rs 5,27,989/-, LS is Rs 5,64,368/-, LT is 6,17,766/-, and LT Option is Rs 6,73,149/- , for the metallic variants; for non-metallic colors, the on road price would be lesser by Rs 8,000/-.

  • The Beat PS comes with Power steering, A/C, body coloured bumpers
  • The Beat LS adds front power windows, central locking and more
  • The LT carries various comfort options like music system, rear power windows, center console, and more
  • Finally, the LT Option has airbags, alloy wheels, ABS and load limited seat belts

The exteriors and features of both Chevrolet Beat Petrol and Diesel versions are the same. Earlier, we have published detailed reviews on Chevrolet Beat petrol and LPG. The same can be used for reference.

  Parameter Chevrolet Beat Diesel
1 Engine CC 936/3
2 Power (PS) 58.5
3 Torque (NM) 150
4 Transmission 5/M
5 Tyre size 165/65  R14
6 Tyre Tubeless
7 Brakes Front Disc
8 Brakes Rear Drum
9 Fuel Tank capacity 37
  Dimensions in mm  
10 Length 3640
11 Width 1595
12 Height 1520
13 Wheel Base 2375
14 Ground clearance 175
15 Mileage in KMPL 24


 

Features PS LS LT LT Option
Electronic power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
Body coloured bumpers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airconditioner Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tinted glass No Yes Yes Yes
Full fabric upholstery Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front power windows No Yes Yes Yes
Rear power windows No No Yes Yes
Folding rear seat Yes Yes Yes Yes
Split folding rear seat No Yes Yes Yes
Central locking No Yes Yes Yes
Body colour door handles No No Yes Yes
Integrated music system with 4 Speakers No No Yes Yes
Roof Antena No No Yes Yes
Tilt steering No No Yes Yes
Auto AC No No Yes Yes
Front Fog lamps No No Yes Yes
Rear Defogger No No Yes Yes
Rear Wiper No No Yes Yes
Alloy wheels No No No Yes
Dual airbags No No No Yes
ABS No No No Yes
         
Ex Showroom price Bangalore 440910 471816 512350 558962
On road price bangalore 527989 564368 617766 673149

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Chevrolet Beat Diesel drive

Eager to check the high fuel efficient beat diesel, I took a drive of the LT model Beat. Getting into the car is easy and convenient with the help of the large front door. Once seated in driver seat, one feels that that the seat height is slightly low. The controls are positioned accurately. Starting is quite easy with no need to wait for some time.

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I took out the car from the congested parking place. I could easily steer the car smoothly and take out the same. The gear operation is quite smooth and we could easily accelerate to 60KMPH while in the city. While driving one can notice there is slightly excessive noise from engine, especially if one has driven the smooth performing petrol engine. One tends to feel that insulation could have been even better.

The car accelerates smoothly and nicely and it’s easy to keep up with the traffic. However, when one leaves the city, there is some more pressure to keep up with the traffic. All in all, however, the car provides a good drive.

The car is touted to carry a 24 KMPL mileage, which we will be testing on a future drive. The major boosting factor with the Beat apart from this mileage is the class leading ground clearance of 175MM which directly influences the ease of crossing humps and potholes. It could be felt when driving the same, especially in the city.


The Beat diesel’s A/C is good and cools the cabin quickly and efficiently.

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Competition for the Beat Diesel

There are many competing models for the Chevrolet Beat Diesel, starting from Tata Indica, Ford Figo, Maruti Ritz, Swift, Fiat Punto, VW Polo, Nissan Micra etc. The table below gives the brief comparison of the same. Overall, it can be noted that though the power output of Beat diesel is slightly less compared to others like Figo, Indica etc. it still is reasonable. The under power is caused due to the fact that the Beat diesel comes with a 1.0L engine compared to 1.2 L and higher of other models. The mileage and pricing are other stand out facts.

The claimed mileage of Beat is 24KMPL which is in par with most of the recently launched diesel version hatchbacks like Indica eV2, Micra, Figo etc for which mileage ranges from 20 to 25KMPL.

  Diesel versions Chevrolet  Tata  Ford Maruti Suzuki Maruti Suzuki Volkswagen Nissan  Fiat Tata Indica Skoda
    Beat Diesel LT Option  Indica Ev2 GLX Figo Titanium Ritz Vdi Swift VDI Polo Micra XV Punto 1.3 Emotion pk Indica Vista Aura+ Fabia Elegance
                       
1 Engine cc 936/3 1396/4 1399/4 1248/4 1248/4 1199/3 1461/4 1248/4 1248/4 1199/3
2 Power 58.5 70 69 75 75 75 64 76 75 75
3 Torque in NM 150 140 160 190 190 180 160 197 190 180
4 Transmission 5/M 5/M 5/m 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M 5/M
  Dimensions                    
5 Length  3640 3690 3795 3785 3760 3970 3780 3987 3795 4000
6 Width 1595 1665 1680 1680 1690 1682 1665 1687 1695 1642
7 Height 1520 1485 1427 1620 1530 1453 1530 1495 1550 1522
8 Ground clearance 175 165 168 170 170 168 165 171 165 158
9 Tyre Size 165/65 R14 165/65  R14 175/65 R15 165/80 R14 165/80   R14 185/60 R14 165/70 R14 195/60  R15 175/65 R14 175/70 R14
10 Alloy wheels Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
11 Mileage 24 25 19 18 18 18 23 18 18 18
  Key features                    
12 Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
13 AC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
14 Front power windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
15 Rear power windows Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
16 Central locking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
17 Music system Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
18 ABS Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
19 Airbag 2 No 2 No No 2 2 2 2 2
20 Ex showroom price Bangalore 558962 478350 557000 548000 550000 660000 538300 650000 595665 649776

Conclusion

Chevrolet has come up with a good solution in providing a diesel hatch back giving best of mileage added with the styling and quality of Chevrolet cars. The great boosting factor is the warranty backup, smooth performance, quality of interior fit and finish, as well as the ground clearance of 175mm.

However, the drawback could be that of the price which seems to be a bit high for lower variants like PS  and LS, but is quite justifiable for higher versions with better features.

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