2011 Chevrolet Beat Diesel 1.0 LT
Review #273 Reviewed on
Dec 15, 2011
Chevrolet beat vs Tata Indica comparison. Where Beat beats to Indica
Looks, fit and finish
Looks: As far as looks go the Beat is clearly the more contemporary of the two as the Indica’s design is now quite old. The Beat’s sharp lines are refreshing.
Fit and finish: The Indica has never really been a shining example of fit and finish. In fact, that’s been one of the major reasons it is not very popular with individuals. The Beat clearly has better fit and finish, be it plastic quality, shutlines or build quality and noise dampening levels.
Overall, the Beat is a superior product compared to the Indica eV2
The new Indica eV2 has had its power bumped up to 70 bhp, but puts out only 140 Nm of torque from its 1.4 litre diesel engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with widely-spaced gear ratios. While the Indica is no slouch, it isn’t quick to accelerate compared to many of the other hatchbacks. It’s been tuned for fuel economy and cruising ability. The Beat diesel on the other hand has higher torque of 150 Nm from its smaller 1-litre diesel engine that puts out 58 bhp of power and is coupled with a 5-speed manual box. The Beat’s lighter kerb weight and shorter gearing make it accelerate better, and the more modern multijet derived 3-cylinder engine is better refined than the Indica’s engine. Handling in the Beat is superior to the Indica.
When it come to features on offer across the Chevrolet Beat range, it has a lot more to offer compared to the Indica. The top-end Beats feature integrated audio systems, climate control and rain-sensing wipers, rear wiper, as well as airbags and ABS. The Indica on the other hand is bereft of safety features, though the top end version does get a music system and power windows.
Clearly the Beat offers far more comfort features than the Indica.
The Chevrolet Beat has been cleverly priced even below the comparable version of the Tata Indica. The base diesel variant of the Beat is priced at Rs. 4.29 lakh and offers power steering and AC. The comparable version of the Indica eV2 is the LE, which is priced at Rs. 4.34 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. Though the Indica eV2 may offer a little more space, it’s hard to beat the Beat on pure price value.
Where Indica beats Beat
When it comes to ride comfort, it’s hard to beat the sheer space that the Indica offers. No wonder that the car is highly popular as a cab. It can comfortably seat five adults with adequate legroom, legroom and moderate luggage space. The Beat, on the other hand, has great front seats, but the rear seat feels a little claustrophobic because of the use of dark upholstery and small rear windows. Luggage space is quite minimal.
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