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Strong Areas

  • Good value for money
  • Futuristic fluidic design 
  • Good engine range choice 
  • Awesome driving position
  • Top notch interior quality & fit-finish

Weak Areas

  • Diesel missing
  • Rear seat for 2 only
  • Small tyres lacks grip
  • Slow speed bad ride quality 
  • Bright beige gets dirty easily
Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 Vs Chevrolet Beat- Clash of the Titans

While i10 is the undisputed king of the mini-car segment, Beat is so alluring and capable that it’s begging for a shot at the title. Comparison between these two aren't going to be easy.  



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The new mantra for small cars doesn’t just include practicality and price, but a healthy dose of desirability as well. So which of these two highly accomplished city cars would we pick?
We knew from the outset that this wasn’t going to be an easy fight. We weren’t expecting any knockout punches or easy victories. Every little bit of ground given or clawed back is vital and no advantage is too small. Make no mistake; the i10 has been the undisputed king of the mini-car segment for some time now. But General Motors’ freshly minted Beat is just so alluring and capable that it’s begging for a shot at the title. In a way, this is also an old grudge match played out between these two Korean protagonists – the Beat is a product of GM-owned Daewoo, sold the world over with the Chevy bowtie. So let’s get straight into round one.
Place these two cars side by side and there’s no doubt that the Beat draws more glances. It has a massive cowl for a small car, the window or shoulder line drops for that aggressive tipped-forward stance, and the long headlights and pinched rear give it a more sporty than a practical look. Though pretty radical in its time, the i10 looks positively tame in comparison – even in bright red. It’s a more traditional-looking shape which could appeal to the more conservative buyer.
On the inside, it’s the Chevy that holds onto the advantage, initially at least. The cabin again looks leagues ahead of the Hyundai. Unlike all other small cars, this one has a more sophisticated look on the inside and the dash in particular looks good enough to be on a car twice its price.
The integration of the stylistic wave that runs across it and the central console is truly special. At night the insides give off an icy blue glow, the quality of the buttons and dials is very good, and the cabin is crammed with intelligently designed storage space. The three-spoke steering wheel and the floating instrument pod with its multi-function display add a sporty touch to the insides, which gels with the overall design of the car. The Beat also has very impressive doorshut, the doors clamping shut with the precision of a submarine hatch.
In contrast the Hyundai is plenty of head and less heart. Interior quality is first rate too with nicely textured plastics and solid switchgear. But the i10 lacks the pizzazz of the Chevy’s interiors and doesn’t quite exude the same richness. The beige colour does however mean it feels the more airy of the pair, but equally the light colour is one of its weaknesses. Apart from getting soiled easily, the strong reflection from the beige dashboard top seriously hampers visibility.
Other than these few glitches, it’s hard to fault the i10’s logically laid out cabin. The gear lever has been moved to the dash to liberate more space. The front seats don’t have the same lateral support as in the Beat but the seat base is wider, longer and offers for more under-thigh support. The taller i10’s higher seating position provides an additional degree of comfort. At the rear, the i10 has marginally more head-and legroom than the Beat but again it’s the additional under-thigh support the i10 offers which makes the difference. Also, you don’t get the cooped-up feeling the narrow rear windows of the Beat deliver.
Moving further back, the i10 establishes its victory in the race for space with a substantially larger hatch topped off with a nice release latch.
The Beat with its hip-hugging seats, swoopy dashboard and chunky three-spoke wheel has sportier pretensions than the i10, and the baby Chevy does live up to it initially. The 79bhp motor has a perky response, which is quite handy in stop-and-go traffic. It’s just the mid-range which is not as strong and you need to use the gearshift a fair bit if you are in a serious hurry. Overall performance is more than adequate and the car feels quicker than the 0-100kph time of 14.8 seconds suggests. It’s the shorter gearing that GM India has cleverly used to compensate for any shortage of grunt. In fact, in-gear acceleration is pretty good, especially in the 40-100kph fourth gear slog, where the Beat is 7.5 sec quicker than the i10.
Where the Beat claims a decisive victory is in ride and handling. Its stiff new chassis has allowed the engineers to make the suspension both pliant as well as fun on the run and the fact that this car comes with a hydraulic power steering gives it good feel. Apart from an initial slackness around the straight-ahead position, the Beat turns into corners strongly. The steering is quick and darting through traffic is a breeze.
The i10 is similarly easy to drive in traffic, but its lighter electric steering feels inert in comparison and it doesn’t have the agility of the Beat. Nor does it possess the same supple ride. As the Hyundai is stiffer sprung, it’s the Chevy that has the more comfortable ride quality. Despite having lower-profile tyres, the Beat glides over most bumps with a refined and very rubber-footed feel and it’s only really poor sections of roads that manage to upset it. The i10 is only comfortable on a smooth road and once the road deteriorates the Hyundai often feels unsettled and bumpy and crashes over bigger bumps.
Where the i10 trumps the Chevy, and soundly at that, is in the engine department. But this is not apparent when you look at the spec sheet. Both motors produce 79bhp. But Hyundai’s kappa motor makes more torque in the lower part of its powerband and more power in its midrange. As a result it runs away from the Beat in a straight drag. It’s almost two seconds faster to 100 and, though the Beat does close in a bit due to its shorter third and fourth gears, the Hyundai just feels much faster. It’s also freer-revving and doesn’t feel as strained as the Beat’s long-stroke motor. The Kappa engine’s impressive flexibility finally makes the i10 a shade more effortless to drive in the city.
These cars are primarily designed to be driven in cities and not on highway but here in India, racking up a fair amount of highway miles in a mini-car is quite common. The Beat has the edge here, thanks to its better sure-footedness at high speeds and strong performance in fourth and fifth gear. The i10 is a happy cruiser too but doesn’t give the same secure feeling as the Beat at speed.
City figures of 11.5kpl and 11.7kpl and a highway number of 15.3kpl and 16.0kpl for the Beat and i10 respectively reveal a small but crucial victory for the Hyundai thanks to the Kappa engine’s ability to work with minimal effort across a wide range of speeds. The Beat’s 1.2 motor doesn’t quite have the torque spread of its rival and has to work harder and hence drinks a bit more.
It’s not difficult to see why the i10 has been the king of its class ever since it was launched. The baby Hyundai is a thoroughly engineered and quality product with a strong blend of performance, space and practicality. The i10’s appeal lies in its versatility which makes it a better all-round than the Beat. However, the Chevy isn’t that far behind and in some areas like ride and handling is distinctly ahead. The Beat’s fresh design, both inside and out, and top-class build quality give it an appeal that’s missing in small cars but what really does it for the baby Chevy is the price. Let’s face it, affordable cars are meant to be, you guessed it, affordable. The Beat, which is around Rs 40,000 cheaper than the i10 Kappa spec-for-spec, is just too tempting to ignore.

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