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Tata Indica Vista versus Chevrolet Beat

  • Nov 10, 2012
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Tata Indica Vista has been a successful hatchback for Tata and brings very good features for good value. Chevrolet Beat has been a successful product for Chevrolet and brings good level of kit to compete in the hatchback segment in India. Let’s compare the product from two of the biggest names in the auto industry and find out how they fare against each other.


Looks and design:


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Tata Indica Vista brings a contemporary new design and looks striking owing to its new clear lens headlamps, chromed grille with the big Tata badge. Tata have done a good job with designing and executing this hatchback. It looks sportier than its older counterpart and has well built exteriors and the fit, finish and paint quality is excellent.


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Chevrolet Beat brings a very good design which is contemporary and in line with modern styling of hatchbacks in the market today. It brings with it the trademark Chevy split grille and bow tie. It also sports good build quality and has good paint job and fit and finish. Chevy Beat has distinct looks and macho character for a compact hot hatchback.


Looks overall – Tata Indica Vista 8/10
Looks overall – Chevrolet Beat –
8/10


Interiors – design, space and features:


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Tata is known for packing plenty of gadgets and interior features in the cars and Tata Indica Vista is not far behing here. It brings excellent seats which offer best in class comfort with good back support and leg and head room. It also brings goodies such as an effective air con, integrated music system, steering mounted controls, full fabric interiors, functional dashboard amongst others. It has 232 liters of boot space for your luggage.


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Chevrolet has done a neat job with designing the interiors on the Beat hot hatchback. It comes with functional dashboard with a blue lit integrated center console. It has sporty LED backlit speedometer and digital tachometer. It brings comfortable seats and ample space for 4 adults inside the cabin. It brings MP3 player and airbags and there is a boot space of 170 liters for your small luggage.


Interiors overall – Tata Indica Vista 8/10
Interiors overall – Chevrolet Beat 7.5/10


Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


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Tata Indica Vista is available in two petrol engine options. The first is a 1.2 liter engine making 64 BHP at 5500 RPM and 96 NM of torque at 3000 RPM. It delivers fuel efficiency of 16.7 kmpl as per ARAI. The second is a more powerful 1.4 liter engine which produces 89 BHP at 6000 RPM and 116 NM of torque at 4750 RPM and gives 13.7 kmpl as per ARAI. Tata Indica Vista is also available in two diesel engine variants. First one is a 1.4 liter unit which makes 70 BHP at 4500 RPM and a maximum torque of 135 NM at 2500 RPM. It offers 19.43 kmpl as per ARAI certification. The second diesel engine variant is a 1.3 liter Quadrajet engine from Fiat which produces 74 BHP at 4000 RPM and a maximum torque of 190 NM at 1750 RPM. ARAI has rated the 1.3 liter Tata Indica Vista diesel variant at 22.29 kmpl.


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Chevrolet Beat comes in two engine options. It delivers good performance from its 1.2 liter petrol engine which produces 79 BHP at 6200 RPM and 108 NM of torque at 4400 RPM. ARAI has certified the petrol Beat to deliver 18.6 kmpl. The diesel variant of the Chevrolet Beat comes with a 936cc which produces a maximum of 58 BHP at 4000 RPM and max torque of 150 NM at 1750 RPM. This engine has been rated by ARAI to deliver a scorching fuel economy of 25.44 kmpl.


Engine overall – Tata Indica Vista 8/10
Engine overall – Chevrolet Beat – 8/10


Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


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Tata Indica Vista brings one of the most comfortable ride quality in the segment. It has a very softly tuned suspension and gets a little bouncy over potholed roads. The steering offers adequate feedback however remains light weighted but ensures you remain in good control when driving at speed. Tata Indica Vista comes with ABS + EBD which improves braking and ensures you slow down quickly from speed.


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Chevrolet Beat has been given a good chassis which does a good job of ensuring a good ride quality on our roads. The steering is light and makes it easy to maneuver the car in the city. It is however shod with narrow tyres which don’t inspire confidence and body roll is evident. But good brakes and inclusion of ABS helps keep the speed in check.


Suspension overall – Tata Indica Vista – 8/10
Suspension overall – Chevrolet Beat – 7.5/10


Value for money – sticker price, standard features:


Tata Indica Vista in its petrol engine variants has been priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 4.10 lakhs for Tata Indica Vista Saffire GLS, Tata Indica Vista Saffire GLX is priced at 4.67 lakhs, Tata Indica Vista Saffire GVX has been priced at 4.91 lakhs, Tata Indica Vista Saffire 90HP GLX is priced at 5.46 lakhs, Tata Indica Vista Saffire 90HP GVX is priced at 5.93 lakhs and top variant in petrol Tata Indica Vista Saffire 90HP GZX is priced at 6.43 lakhs. Tata Indica Vista diesel has been priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 4.81 lakhs for the base variant diesel Tata Indica Vista Quadrajet LS, Indica Vista Quadrajet LX has been priced at 5.28 lakhs, Indica Vista Quadrajet VX has been priced at 5.49 lakhs, Indica Vista Quadrajet ZX has been priced at 6.10 lakh. The other two diesel engine variants are priced from 4.33 lakhs for the Indica Vista TDI LS and Indica Vista TDI LX has been priced at 4.78 lakhs respectively.


Chevy Beat comes priced at (ex-showroom Delhi) 3.80 lakhs for the base Chevrolet Beat PS, Chevrolet Beat LS is priced at 4.06 lakhs and Chevrolet Beat LT is priced at 4.52 lakhs while the top variant Chevrolet Beat Option Pack is priced at 5.01 lakhs. The Diesel Beat has been priced from Chevrolet Beat Diesel PS 4.61 lakhs, Chevrolet Beat Diesel LS is priced at 4.89 lakhs and the top variant Chevrolet Beat Diesel LT is priced at 5.34 lakhs. The pricing makes it very good value for money as Chevrolet Beat also comes with a 3 year warranty.


Value for money overall – Tata Indica Vista – 8.5/10
Value for money overall – Chevrolet Beat – 8/10


Verdict:


Tata Indica Vista is a very good car and brings a wide service network owing Tata’s larger presence in the country. Tata Indica Vista comes at very good pricing and brings multiple engine options and plenty of features. Chevrolet Beat is a compact hatchback with good set of features. It also brings a longer warranty and offers low maintenance. Tata Motors have a larger service network but have to work on the quality of service and perhaps so does Chevrolet.

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