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Chevrolet Beat

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6.7/10 (19)
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New Chevrolet Beat Description

The Chevrolet Beat is a happy story for GM in India. The concept car looks and funky cabin have appealed to many buyers across India. Equally, there have been many for whom the Chevy Beat's looks are too much to stomach. That aside, the Chevrolet Beat is selling strongly, with the option of both petrol and diesel engines. The Chevrolet Beat diesel can today boast of being the most fuel efficient car on sale in India at the moment. The cherolet Beat diesel boasts of amazing cabin space for its size. The trade-off however comes in the form of minimal boot space, limiting this car mostly to city limits. That's a shame, because it handles pretty well on highways too.

Ex-Showroom Price     Rs. 4 Lacs. - Rs. 6.2 Lacs.

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Chevrolet Beat Specifications

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 Variants

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Beat 1.2
1199 cc, Petrol, Manual, 18.6 kmpl
Rs 402,627
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Beat 1.2 LS
1199 cc, Petrol, Manual, 18.6 kmpl
Rs 431,057
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Beat 1.2 LT
1199 cc, Petrol, Manual, 18.6 kmpl
Rs 477,611
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Beat 1.2 LT Option Pack
1199 cc, Petrol, Manual, 18.6 kmpl
Rs 528,282
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Beat 1.0 TCDi PS
936 cc, Diesel, Manual, 24.0 kmpl
Rs 488,440
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Beat 1.0 TCDi LS
936 cc, Diesel, Manual, 24.0 kmpl
Rs 518,814
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Beat 1.0 TCDi LT
936 cc, Diesel, Manual, 24.0 kmpl
Rs 564,635
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Beat 1.0 TCDi LT Option Pack
936 cc, Diesel, Manual, 24.0 kmpl
Rs 615,752
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Beat 1.2 LS LPG
1199 cc, LPG, Manual, 13.3 kmpl
Rs 459,367
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Beat 1.2 LT LPG
1199 cc, LPG, Manual, 13.3 kmpl
Rs 507,786
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Chevrolet Beat Car Reviews

7.4/10 by AJAY RUBAN J, 2014-12-03
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.
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8.3/10 by RAM NATH KAPOOR, 2014-08-13
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.
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5.8/10 by Harish P.S, 2014-02-26
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.
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5.0/10 by Rajdip Tarafdar, 2014-02-05
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 !!!
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5.0/10 by Sakshi, 2014-01-24
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.
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6.3/10 by ROHITH K V, 2013-04-14
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 !!!
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5.6/10 by V. S. Modi, 2013-01-22
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.
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5.7/10 by Amar Saha, 2013-01-18
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.
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5.0/10 by Madhumoy Chakraborty, 2013-01-17
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.
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8.4/10 by Rajesh, 2012-10-29
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.
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Chevrolet Beat Alternatives

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Chevrolet Beat News

GM India Recalls 155,000 Units Of Chevrolet Spark, Beat, Enjoy

General Motors India has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 155,000 units of Chevrolet Spark, Beat and Enjoy manufactured between 2007 and 2014 to address a potential safety recall for a remote keyless entry accessory issue. ... Read More

GM India Appoints COO, VP Sales For India Ops

General Motors India has announced significant organizational changes, creating new leadership positions. GM Uzbekistan President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem has been appointed to the new position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for GM India, effective August 1. In his new role, Kaher will manage the industrial side of GM India business. ... Read More

All New Chevrolet Spark (Beat) Unveiled, Slated For Late 2015 Launch

Followed by the teaser release, General Motors has revealed the New Chevrolet Spark (Beat for India) at the New York Auto Show 2015. Earlier Chevrolet had showcased the new Spark at the ongoing Seoul Motor Show 2015. ... Read More

GM India Announces Chevrolet Blockbuster Offers

General Motors India has announced exciting offers for its customers in the month of December ranging from Rs 55,000 to Rs 85,500 on all carlines except Captiva SUV. The offers include cash discount, exchange bonus, loyalty bonus and corporate discounts are available for a limited period. ... Read More
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Chevrolet Beat Test Drive Report


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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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.