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Chevrolet Beat - Introduction

The Chevrolet Beat you see on these pages is one of the success stories of the last couple of years, and definitely a car which has turned General Motors’ Indian fortunes around. In its diesel avatar, the Beat is a car which has all it takes to be a top seller. Read on to find out just how well the beat stacks up.

Chevrolet Beat - Design & Engineering

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There’s no car which quite wakes you up just by looking at it, but if styling could serve as an alarm clock, then the Beat is an air-raid siren! Especially in the luscious paprika red you see here. The big cow-catcher nose, two-part front grille, massive headlamps and winged bonnet merge into the edgy sides with the rising belt line, meeting with the ‘hidden’ rear door handles, before finishing off into a chopped tail with equally big tail lamps, the Beat is a surfeit of design elements and contours. The fact that the whole melds together so beautifully, substantiates GM’s design to carry forward the concept car look.


Under the skin, the Beat is built on the usual small car principles of a monocoque chassis, utilising McPherson struts for the front suspension and a torsion beam rear axle. The Beat is built at GM’s Talegaon facility near Pune, and the build quality is more than acceptable for this class. The interiors, especially the dashboard and glove compartment, feel sturdily built, which should ensure there are no rattles or squeaks in the years to come. The rear doors however feel slightly light, and it would help not to slam them shut.

Chevrolet Beat - Interiors & Comfort

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The Beat’s funky styling is carried forward to the interior as well, with a segmented bar-type tachometer and an analogue speedometer. The instruments are in a pod which moves when you adjust the steering wheel, ensuring they are always in the driver’s line of sight. This is a neat touch, and something we really like.


The Beat’s front seats are quite flat, and under-thigh support isn’t as much as we would have liked, but the saving grace is the near-perfect seat-back, with no awkward aches or pains even after long stints behind the wheel. There are some compromises in finding the best driving position, but then no car is perfect. The steering wheel feels nice to hold, and the gear lever is within easy reach.


The rear seats are much better, with just the right amount of cushioning and a good backrest angle. But again, the short seat squab means under thigh support isn’t much. The high window line could make rear seat passengers feel slightly cooped up, but the grey-blue interiors do liven things up a bit. What’s impressive is the amount of leg space in the rear of the Beat, which would embarrass some bigger hatchbacks.

Chevrolet Beat - Performance & Handling

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The Beat uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine, but don’t be fooled by its modest displacement. This engine has been developed by GM’s engineers using the four-cylinder Fiat Multijet as the base. Designated 1.0 XSDE Smartech, this engine produces 58 PS of power and an impressive 150 Nm of torque. It’s the torque which is the talking point of the Beat diesel, for it endows this small car with impressive performance and very good fuel efficiency.
At start-up, especially when cold, you do notice pronounced torque rock and quite a bit of diesel clatter. The Beat’s diesel engine utilises graphite-coated cylinder liners for reduced friction, and once warmed up, this engine boasts impressive refinement.

The best part about the Beat diesel is just how little lag there is. There are other three-cylinder diesels on the market, but none of them can best the Beat’s nature. It picks up smoothly with no hiccups from as low as 1200 rpm, and revs cleanly to the naughty side of 4000 rpm. There’s no point to over-revving this engine however. Instead, just keep it in the mid-range and surf the abundant torque.

A good engine is complimented by a good balance between ride and handling. If there is one trait about the Beat I particularly like, then it has to be the ride quality. There are no small cars on the market today which have the same well-damped nature as the Beat does. You notice this especially on consecutive rumble strips. But the pliant ride is brought to the fore by the handling, which is sure-footed, with sharp turn-in manners and good mid-corner stability. Of course, the increase in weight that the diesel engine brings means there is some degree of understeer, when you compare the Beat diesel to its petrol sibling. But grip levels have been enhanced to cope with this, notably by the use of slightly wider tyres. The diesel Beat utilises 165/65 R14 tyres, which are wider than the 155/70 R14 used on the petrol model. The increased contact patch at each corner helps to compensate for the heavier kerb weight.

Chevrolet’s engineers have also worked at re-tuning the Beat’s electrically-assisted power steering system. One still feels a slight wooliness or vagueness in the dead-ahead position, which the engineers have not been able to dial out, but the turning forces now seem more progressive and linear than before, which is a small improvement.

Chevrolet Beat - Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is the diesel Beat’s trump card. In the worst possible morning rush hour traffic, with three people on board, the Beat recorded a figure of 16.3 kpl with the AC on. That works out to a running cost of a little under Rs 3 per kilometre. Under the IDC tests, the Beat is ratified for 24 kpl, which I think is achievable in the real world, albeit on the highway. Here, it’s important to note that the nature of the Smartech engine and its tuning is what is responsible for such stellar real-world figures. The fact that the Beat achieves the mileage figures that it does without compromising on drivability is the icing on the cake.

Chevrolet Beat - Safety

The Chevrolet Beat is a car which is sold all over the world, including Europe and North America. As such , it has to meet stringent safety norms, and the Beat is the better for it. High strength steels have been used for the construction of most critical structural members, ensuring a high degree of occupant safety in an accident. ABS, dual airbags and load-limiting seat belts are only available on the top-of-the-line LT variant. Chevrolet would do well to offer ABS as a cost option at least on the lower-spec models.

Chevrolet Beat - Verdict

beat diesel reviewThere’s much to like about the diesel Beat. Yes, the styling is the car’s starting point, and the fact that it is such a strong characterful design obviously draws a lot of comment. I for one, simply love it. Equally, there are some for whom the Beat’s design appears simply over the top. Be that as it may, this car’s beauty is more than just skin deep. It boasts of a futuristic cabin, ample interior space, a good blend of ride and handling and simply staggering fuel economy.

The Chevrolet Beat diesel is priced at Rs 4.8 lakh, ex-showroom for the top-of-the-line LT variant, which isn’t cheap, but for the price you get a fully-loaded car with all the bells and whistles, including ABS, airbags, power windows, power steering, climate control and a factory-fitted stereo with USB capability. This represents very good value for money as well.

Chevrolet Beat - Competition Check

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Did You Know?

The Chevy Beat was first previewed as a design concept in 2007, along with two other cars. General Motors  ran an online poll, asking the public to vote for the design of their choice. So overwhelming was the response to the Beat concept, that the company put the car into production almost unchanged. Abroad, the Beat is sold as the Chevrolet Spark, replacing the car by the same name as it’s sold here in India.



Length x Width x Height (mm) 3640x1595x1520
Wheelbase (mm) 2375
Ground clearance (mm) 165
Kerb weight (kg) 965 (P), 1040 (D), 1020 (LPG)
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 35 (P &D), 26.2 (LPG)
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4
Valvetrain 16V DOHC (P & LPG), 12V DOHC (D)
Capacity (cc) 1199 (P), 936 (D)
Power (PS @ rpm) 80.5@6200 (P), 58.5@4000 (D), 80@6400 (LPG)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 108@4400
Gearbox 5-speed Manual
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension Mcpherson Strut Type with Anti-Roll Bar
Rear suspension Compound Link Type
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 155/70 R14 Tubeless (P & LPG). 165/65 R14 (D)
Wheel size and type 14-inch, 4.5J Steel
Warranty 3 years / 100,000km

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chevrolet beat- Car Review by Experts

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The Chevrolet Tavera started life as an Isuzu Panther. General Motors at one time held a controlling stake in Isuzu (now no longer), which is how the Tavera nee Panther found its way to Indian shores. So what’s new about the Neo 3? A mild facelift for starters, but more significantly, a new engine. Read on for more.

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Chevrolet Beat Alternatives

Looking for other cars in the same segment and price range? Your choices are many. Click on any model of your choice to go directly to that page, so you can have a quick and easy reference of the specifications and features of competing vehicles in the same segment.

Hyundai Santro Xing
Rs. 3.1 Lacs. - Rs. 4.2 Lacs.

Hyundai i10
Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 6.4 Lacs.

Chevrolet Spark
Rs. 3.4 Lacs. - Rs. 4.3 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki A-Star
Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 4.8 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki New Zen Estilo
Rs. 3.6 Lacs. - Rs. 4.2 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 2015
Rs. 3.6 Lacs. - Rs. 5.1 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
Rs. 3.4 Lacs. - Rs. 3.5 Lacs.

Tata Indica eV2
Rs. 3 Lacs. - Rs. 4.9 Lacs.

Hyundai Eon
Rs. 3 Lacs. - Rs. 4.1 Lacs.

Volkswagen Up
Rs. 3.6 Lacs. - Rs. 4.5 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Rs. 2.6 Lacs. - Rs. 3.8 Lacs.

Datsun Go
Rs. 3.1 Lacs. - Rs. 3.8 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray
Rs. 4.1 Lacs. - Rs. 5.3 Lacs.

Volkswagen Cross Polo
Rs. 5.8 Lacs. - Rs. 6.9 Lacs.

Datsun redi-GO
Rs. 2.5 Lacs. - Rs. 2.5 Lacs.

Ford Ka
Rs. 4 Lacs. - Rs. 4 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 5.7 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 2014
Rs. 3.3 Lacs. - Rs. 3.3 Lacs.

Renault Kwid
Rs. 2.6 Lacs. - Rs. 3.4 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 2016
Rs. 2.5 Lacs. - Rs. 3.8 Lacs.

Chevrolet Beat Review

Recent User Review


Lets make it Chrispy... Pros of my Car are, 1) Attractive Interiors(Recognized by many co passengers) 2) Fuel Efficient (City-20kmpl, HW-23kmpl) 3) Drive Comfort (With EPS and smooth shift, it is really good when compared to other cars of its segment) 4) Power (Satisfactory power level, which is quite amazing at such a fuel economy) 5) Auto Cooling (Cools much faster even at 41 deg cel, which is quite common in chennai) Ok, so the weak tooths are... 1) Build quality (Have replaced more than 4 key components within 2.5 years which is unusual) 2) Comfort and Space - Bit cramped in the Rear, but of no issues with Front 3) Service quality - Really not upto the mark of expectation 4) Steering Mounted access - music inputs are integrated but still expect a better steering.


this is just amazing car and pick up just very good, as compare to same segment cars, interior is very very comfortable like American style. Car is good, but people appointed for service at almost all service station are not competitive enough, I tried in Haryana, UP, Delhi/NCR, all are not good at all.

by Harish P.S, 26

I am very pleased with this Car. 2 years back i bought this car and still it looks like new and gives me quality mileage. Chevrolet gives the best car is this price range and is totally worth buying. Being ad diesel car has its own pros and cons, but i thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Services need to be improved here in Faridabad, there is two service station in Faridabad and is not worth going there. The service they provide is not worth your money. Chevrolet has work a lot in there services, people in services are just making money not giving the customer satisfaction. Lot of people are frustrated by the services and they are cursing themselves to buy car from Chevrolet. I am happy with the buy but really upset with the services. I wanted to give a feedback to Chevrolet about the things these guys are doing, extorting money and not giving them satisfaction with the services. Poor to services centres in Faridabad.

by Rajdip Tarafdar, 05

When I first saw the car, I was just amazed. What an elegant muscular get up, afterwards when I ride the car I was thrilled by the experience, the comfort level & just one single word came out of my mouth, WOW !!!

by Sakshi, 24

Good style, fuel economy, time tested model, smooth gear shifts, AC and overall performance, Space, Better styling than the old one, Better fuel economy , Awesome features, Drivability, Best in class fuel, easy to manure in the traffic.


Beat is the ECONOMIC-STYLISH Hatchback of the recent past. Looking into the pros, the first thing comes to mind is the MILEAAAAAGE, with 25kmpl its definitely a top notch. Followed by interior design(top end), robust eye-catching design. In the list of Cons, we identify rear cramped seats, suspension & service. But still at the cost of approx. 6 lks for a Diesel Car its definitely the one to go for...

by Jignesh vasant Saner, 29

Best Thing - 1. Comfort Seating Arrangment 2. Best ride in City 3. Quick Pick-up And Power bad thing 1. lowest ground clearance 2. worst company music system 3 while driving you have to take care to see side vehicle

by Brian Fernandes, 12

This car is simply awesome. I bought this stylish car n turned into reliable, economical n spacious car. i loved it.

by Anil Kumar, 14

The car if fantastic, am using for over a year now. the seating could have been made little better along with the plastics (though not very ugly or bad). The view of the road is low and one would take a few rides to get adjusted to, but the car is fun to drive. alternately you can raise the height a little to compensate the view. Fuel effeciency is excellent unless you zoom at very high speeds that make the enginer guzzle. AC in particular is very effecient and will take you by surprise - I was in Mysore, a place where sun is not very keen on trobuling people though, recently moved to mumbai and could really feel the effectiveness, i appreciate it.Steering is very easy - thanks to the technology employed, but Chervolet could provide a leather feel cover and make it great. the 3 years paid service promise is excellent - no hidden costs attached and never was i asked anything extra or tried to sell me any service - it obsolutely comes free.


ok not so enjoyable and average giving car. High maintenance car . Good car in the said rate available in market

by praveen, 25

the car is good i am using it since 2 years now i have drove it on ghat roads, highways and most worst roads, it is very good. but orange service centers are bad, they never deliver your car on time.

by ROHITH K V, 14

Best car for the city. The handling is simply superb. you can make up for the power with efficient gear changes. and if a power control knob is attached to the steering then u are are the king of the road. :-) Drive Khulke !!!

by V. S. Modi, 22

Look-wise it is a beautiful car with good leg space but the mileage is so poor that it became uneconomical to run the car. also day by day the maintenance cost is rising. although pick-up and driving experience in city traffic is good, i don't feel comfortable on long trip.

by Amar Saha, 18

The beat is small but you can zip around on the city roads easily. mileage is very good even in city roads. but the overall is not comfortable and i feel congested in it. i also don't like the driving controls and the interior. it is not spacious. if you frequently go on long drive, it is not a good car. overall it is an average car.

by Madhumoy Chakraborty, 17

Beat is an awesome car. It is fuel efficient vehicle. It wears a tough look too. It is best in all respects. I will give this car 10 out of 10.

by Rajesh, 29

Recently a maruti alto hit my car from back. Surprisingly the front portion of Maruti is completely damaged surprisingly Beat back side did not hurt much at all, Thanks to good quality body. ofcourse there are blidspots due to the heavy body line running on the sides for safety. but I see safety more important than any other thing. Nice car to drive.

by Sandeep Chaudhary, 25

Highly satisfied with the car performance. Dashboard is little higher than others but you will get used to it in no time. Visibility is not bad. Very safe car. I will recommend to everyone. I am using it for daily commute and found this car great for both city and long drives.

by vargis, 22

I am totally disappointed with My Beat Diesel. Never Buy ..or Never Think to buy this Beat Diesel Poor vissibility while drive curves on front and side.. so horrible to drive. Dealer's Service is so bad too(Geeyem). AC is not cooled while noon ..as usual performance is also too bad Engine looose a huge power when AC ON like Maruti 800 The roughest Gear Shit so hard tooo (1st - 2nd - 3rd ..so city drive make too much noise while shift) Tyre Quality is too bad and so dangerous to our life and wealth Turn AC normal mode to Defogger fog inside will disappear but a huge fog will appear outside. Last day while crossing the signal i suddenly stopped then a bike hit my back tyre and after 2 hrs i found it was punchured. I brought that tyre to Geeyam Cochin and they said it was completly damaged cant use.In signals the speed is below 30km/hr So the question is Quality of the tyre. How we can drive this vechicle above 60 km/hr. Simply a sharp stone can fully collapse the car

by Abhilash , 08

A Small car with a sporty look. Is spacoius with a powerfull AC. Has a nice Tachometer and smooth to drive. It is not a very powerfull car and mileage with AC is 12Km/Litre when the company claims it to be 18Km/Ltr.The boot space is "OK"