Lada 4x4 Urban Review: Da, Comrade, Da
Editor’s Note: No, you can't buy a Lada in the United States. But our colleagues at Motor1.com Germany had an opportunity to drive this interesting SUV and we couldn't resist sharing it with you. Enjoy this First Drive from the Motor1.com Germany team.
What is it?
This is Lada 4x4, a car that could be sold at one of those stores where big-city people buy replica 1950s phones and china light switches for their hip old town apartment. It’s a vehicle for people that say, “They still exist, the good old things.” Since the end of 2017, this good old Russian thing is also available as a five-door. We tested the XL-Lada.
The off-road legend was born as the Niva in 1976 and designed to be strong like bear – sturdiness and capability were necessary to get to the deepest parts of the sprawling Soviet empire. But since 1995 the Niva has been built as a five-door, in Tolyatti, the Detroit of Russia (but with an even colder winter). At the end of the 2000s, it was finally robbed of the Niva name and is now simply known as the 4x4.
Why the big rename? The 4x4 brandishes the essence of the ex-Niva in its name: four-wheel drive. Rough terrain. Mud. Snow. No tricks, pure technique. But even strong, Russian 40-year-olds like the 4x4 are subject to a mid-life crisis, which is why the 4x4 now has a new trim called the...