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|30th August 2013, 12:19||#1|
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Shift from Sedan to Hatchback - The Chevrolet Beat Diesel
My Accent was on a record breaking spree completing 33,000 kilometers in 15 months. I was expecting a minimum expense of Rs.40,000 if I retain the car till 70,000 km knowing well the small issues which were creeping in. The used car market was on a downhill so best rate that was offered to me by dealers were Rs. 1.8 lakhs, very few calls were received from individual buyers for my ads otherwise. Then I decided to retain the car and buy a small diesel car. Luckily my cousin was looking for a cheap car to just use on weekends for 40-50 km; I offered him a price of 1.5 lakhs and no change in ownership to avoid the number of owners jumping up. The deal was completed and I was out searching for a new diesel car (my first, after promoting LPG for 5 years)
I did not want to spend too much of my money as this would be my 3rd car in 4 years but got a good feel of diesel cars by driving i20, Swift, Fabia available in my close circle. Then selection process started with the below list of cars
I selected Beat diesel PS version, Super Red color from the stockyard and bargained for discounts and accessories considering it was an October 2012 model being sold in April 2013. I was able to get the following benefits
The sales person goofed up certain loan documentation but all issues were resolved and I took the delivery of vehicle on May 3rd, 2013. I never thought owning 3 cars in 4 years with the mindset I had about cars 4 years ago.
Engine & Gear Box
Highly fuel efficient Engine was the single biggest factor which made me buy this car. The low end torque is good, this coupled with short 1st and 2nd gears makes city driving a breeze. I sometimes feel 2nd gear should have had bit more punch. The best part of the car is after 1500 RPM; the car takes off in P2 mode with the tuning box but without also is still good. The gear throw is short and precise. The 1st gear is very short; you hardly manage 10-20 km/hr, the engine starts yelling. Engine noise is not audible till 90km/hr beyond which it intrudes into cabin and is very noisy.
I always had cars with good brakes, but initial driving experience made me scary especially on wet roads with 2-3 slips on BETL. I decided to change the tyres immediately, never had done this with my previous cars. I opted for Yokohama A-drive with 175/65/R14, braking and vehicle dynamics has really improved and I feel very confident with the brakes.
The front of the car is appealing but rear end overdone. The color combination of interiors is not in line with the sporty look of the car and feels dull. The blue interior light theme is very cool; the head lights are sufficient and no need of an upgrade.
Ride and Handling
The steering wheel is feather lite and chunky to hold. It is super light and the feedback is excellent in city and on highways it beautifully weighs up. Ride quality is good on potholed Bangalore city roads; on highways very stable and balanced even at 120km/hr, top speed I have clocked so far is 137.4km/hr on Bangalore-Hassan road without tuning box. Ground clearance of 175 mm takes care of all humps and craters, after the change of tyres I may have +3mm which leaves me tension free when driving on very bad roads.
The build quality, fit and finish are good with consistent panel gaps. Paint quality is top notch. Car has been rattle free so far even after removing door panels ‘n’ number of times. Indicator stalks, Steering wheel, Door handles all feel durable and good quality.
City FE - I am getting mileage of 19 -20 KMPL in city with no AC without tuning box, with tuning box it is as high as 22.5 KMPL in city. On highways I have got a FE of 26-27 KMPL without tuning box.
Photos of my Beat
Last edited by deehunk : 26th September 2013 at 20:35. Reason: Update post with photos
|1st October 2013, 17:24||#2|
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Re: Shift from Sedan to Hatchback - The Chevrolet Beat Diesel
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