If you’re after a no-frills 4×4 to go a long way off the beaten track, the Lada Niva may be the perfect car for you. This piece of Soviet history can be yours for the price of a mid-range Dacia Duster.
Lada Niva specs:
Engine: 1.7 litre naturally aspirated petrol
0-60: 19 seconds
Price: From £17,595
Lada Niva design
The Lada Niva was first introduced in 1977, and you can tell it hasn’t changed much since then. That said, the protruding bumpers look, boxy silhouette and round headlights give the Niva a utilitarian charm.
Lada Niva interior
Step inside, and the Lada Niva transports you back to a simpler time. Gone are the big infotainment screens of modern SUVs, and there isn’t a touch-sensitive button in sight.
The whole cabin is finished in hard but durable plastic and it all feels well screwed together. There are some luxuries such as air conditioning, an aftermarket stereo and even heated seats, but that’s your lot.
Lada Niva engine and driving
On the road, the Lada Niva isn’t going to set your world on fire. Its 1.7 litre petrol engine has just 85hp and 130nm of torque, but performance isn’t what the Niva was built for.
Lada Niva verdict
If you want a quirky, back-to-basics car to tackle some green laning, and you want to stand out from the crowd, the Lada Niva may fit the bill well.
It’s quite expensive for a toy though, You can import one from Russia for £17,595, which is similar money to a mid-spec Dacia Duster.
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