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The hatch match

The new Chevrolet Beat takes on the leader in the segment, the Hyundai i10 Kappa

autos Updated: Feb 25, 2010 02:12 IST

The new Chevrolet Beat takes on the leader in the segment, the Hyundai i10 Kappa

The i10 has been the undisputed king of the minicar segment for sometime now. But General Motors’ freshly minted
Beat is just so alluring and capable that it’s begging for a shot at the title.

Side-by-side
The Beat has a massive cowl for a small car, the window or shoulder line drops for that aggressive tipped-forward stance, and the long headlights and pinched rear give it a sporty look. The i10 looks positively tame in comparison. The integration of the stylistic wave that runs across it and the central console is truly special.

At night, the insides give off an icy blue glow, the quality of the buttons and dials is very good, and the cabin is crammed with well designed storage space. Though the interiors of i10 first rate, it lacks the richness. If you are speeding up, Hyundai has the edge in a straight drag. Also, the fuel economy is better. But thanks to its better sure-footedness at high speeds, the Beat feels much secure.
— Autocar India

Verdict
The baby Hyundai is a thoroughly engineered quality product with a strong blend of performance, space and practicality. The i10’s appeal lies in its versatility. However, the Chevy’s ride and handling is distinctly ahead. Its fresh design and top-class build quality give it an appeal that’s missing in small cars. But what does it for the Chevy is the price, that is Rs 40,000 less.