Chevrolet Beat also considered an ‘upgraded version of the Spark’ is usually preferred by young buyers for its bold design and styling. However, under the skin too, this is a highly competent car that feels well-built, gives a nice ride and has decent comfort and practicality levels. What’s more, it comes in not four, not six but a total of ten variants as there are multiple options for petrol, diesel and LPG run models.
Here is an account of design, comfort and safety elements for the base variant in petrol league: Chevrolet Beat 1.2 PS
As a compact hatch of the 22nd century, Beat has a cutting edge design – its bold shape, bulges and creases give it the look of a concept car and Chevrolet has tried to give it a rather futuristic character from all angles. Aesthetically though, the front seems somewhat disproportionate and larger as compared to the rest of the car. This is also due to the big, two part front grille with the Chevrolet badge. The headlamps are also huge and they are well placed on the sides of a high bonnet. Beat 1.2 PS has body coloured bumpers and it wears tubeless tyres.
From the sides this hatch resembles a coupe thanks to the sharply rising waistline and the placing of rear door handles at a position where the quarter glass normally sits. The rear is also quite distinguishing with a black spoiler and a pair of retro looking circular rear lamp clusters.
The strongly designed exteriors are complemented by a well planned and neatly furbished cabin. Quality of dashboard plastic is one of the best seen in a small car and all buttons & switches have a meaty feel for convenient operation. The driver’s seat is quite comfortable with its soft cushioning and lower back support. But the seat base is somewhat short & sloping, so it lacks adequate thigh support. Chevrolet Beat’s dashboard has been smartly crafted and has a lot of storage space too. There are plenty of cubby-holes and the small niche just behind the steering wheel can neatly hold a mobile phone.
There’s a power outlet in the front even in this base variant. Door pockets are sufficiently large to hold small bottles. Buttons and instrument panel on dashboard have an icy blue illumination and Beat 1.2 PS comes with digital tachometer and digital tripmeter. It’s an LCD display for the rpm, odometer, and fuel gauge.
Beat 1.2 PS comes with only standard components for comfort. There is an air conditioning, heating and ventilation system (HVAC). ORVMs are internally adjustable and rear seats can be folded to make for some more space in the boot. Other elements for convenience include remote fuel lid opener and remote tail gate opener. Coat hooks and seat back shopping hooks have been provided. Since this is the base model, it lacks features like power windows, height adjuster for driver seat and music system. Even a simple add-on such as passenger vanity mirror is missing.
Although standard features like seat belts and a high mount stop lamp are there with Chevrolet Beat 1.2 PS, it lacks central locking system and day/night rear view mirror. Indicators for driver seat belt, door ajar warning and low fuel warning are all there in this version of Beat petrol.
Available at Rs 3.91 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi), Chevrolet Beat 1.2 PS petrol is loved for its styling and performance although its gearbox feel is not very good in comparison to some other competitors. Nevertheless, with an average fuel efficiency of 15.5 kms per litre, it makes for a nice, small car.