Chevrolet Beat Review

By Somanth Chatterjee   |  February 17, 2014


The Chevrolet Beat is a name that we are all quite familiar with and now it has been finally launched in a new avatar. The Beat has been an important model for Chevrolet especially with the diesel doing so well with its fantastic mileage but with bigger competition more was needed. The new Beat thus brings in all of that. The Chevrolet Beat has two engines- four cylinder petrol and the efficient three cylinder diesel. The Beat has four variants on offer with the PS, LS, LT, LT (O). Attractively priced the new Beat offers more features, better looks along with the diesel engine that we know. The Beat will not have it easy but is well armed to take on the likes of the Maruti Celerio.

Powertrain & Performance

The new Beat continues to have its diesel and petrol engines. The diesel is a three-cylinder 57 bhp engine but do not let the small engine size fool you as this one packs quite a punch. There is some turbo-lag at the start but in the city it feels agile and quite quick. The compact dimensions along with the quick steering help matters. The 5-speed manual is also slick. The petrol also continues to be the 80 bhp 1.2 petrol and its smooth plus performance is quite good. When it comes to stability the new Beat does well and we were also impressed with its brakes. A big plus point is the sheer use-ability with its easy to park dimensions and you can dart in and out of traffic. When it comes to mileage the diesel gives 25.44 kmpl with the petrol giving 18.6 kmpl, plus the LPG version does 13.3 kmpl. The front suspension of the new Beat is a McPherson strut and the rear is compound link type. The ride is quite good.

Build & Styling

The Chevrolet Beat has always looked futuristic and that has been its biggest plus point and now the new one just improves on. The new Beat has chrome accented grille with Chevy’s dual-port design plus there are clear lens headlamps with black accents. There are new fog lamps with chrome surrounds, new rear spoiler with LED inserts. The new Beat is available with 8 colours- Super Red, Cocktail Green, Sandrift Grey, Switch Blade Silver, Summit White, Misty Lake, Linen Beige and Caviar Black. The new look now freshens up the package and it looks good! Inside the new Beat continues with its well designed dash and simple but easy to use controls. The new Beat now has some features added. There are now steering mounted audio controls, silver finish on the dash and height adjust for the driver seat. Safety is also taken care of with top variants come with front dual air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) as standard. Space is decent though the rear seats could have had more space.


The new Beat has some tough competition to take on but it has the right tools. The new Beat adds more appeal to the package and Chevrolet with this update has made this a desirable hatch. It looks great which is its biggest advantage and inside you get more features. The efficient diesel continues to be our engine of choice and overall if you want a sporty, good looking hatch, the new Beat is a good choice.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Looks
    • Value
    • Efficiency (Diesel)
  • Cons

    • Lacks space