Lada Niva

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The Lada Niva is usually the first brand-new Lada to enter the UK for 15 years as well as of which offers rugged practicality for less than £11,000 of which’s almost 15 years since a brand-new Lada Niva entered the UK. however right now you can buy a brand-new one via a chap in Kent called Mark Key.Two versions are available: a van type, which costs £8695 plus VAT as well as has its rear glass replaced with metal panels, as well as a car type of which costs £10,974.Left-hand drive is usually a bit of a bind, however unless Key can buy 500 cars a year via the factory the Russians aren’t willing to dust off the right-hand drive tooling.However, the Niva has been given a selection of improvements, though to claim of which of which has been modernised could be overstating the case considerably.The 1.7-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine is usually right now fitted with Bosch fuel injection as well as complies with Euro 5 emissions standards, the dashboard has been replaced which has a brand-new VDO instrument pack of which looks only 15 years behind in design as well as the door mirrors are a bit bigger than they used to be.The Niva was never the best of road cars, however off road, with its minimal 1210kg weight, narrow tyres, low-ratio transfer gearbox as well as diff lock, of which was formidable across the mucky stuff. as well as when you had got both of which as well as yourself covered in mud as well as goo, you could fling open the doors as well as hose out the Inside.You can do the same today because the same plastic as well as rubber mats are used within the 2011 Niva. The trim plastics are ghastly, however the piglets or lambs within the back won’t mind as well as neither should you. Besides, the Niva is usually a cool-looking vehicle in a sort of Smeg fridge way.The rest of the Niva is usually reassuringly as of which was several decades ago. of which even smells the same.Most modern cars are so quiet of which all you can hear at speed is usually tyre noise. The Niva may also have noisy tyres, however you can’t tell because any road noise is usually drowned out by gearbox whine.The engine itself is usually remarkably quiet. There’s sound insulation under the bonnet of which looks like an add-on however cuts out a lot of noise. There’s plenty of squeaking as well as rattling via around the back of which could be the LPG tank moving on its mounting bracket.Mark Key can fit an LPG system for a remarkably cheap £535, however you lose most of the boot, so I wouldn’t bother. Save your money as well as buy the optional snow plough attachment. Yes, truly.The Niva seems at its most content at around 70mph on the motorway; above of which speed, the mechanical noise gets a bit much.There’s no radio, however you can sing Russian marching songs or ‘The Red Flag’ to keep yourself entertained.A surprising number of young people look at the Niva, however of which could be of which they are young Russians wondering why on earth someone could want to drive a Niva when you can buy a third-hand E36 BMW M3 within the UK for less money.As soon as the Niva’s Lada-made tyres touch mud, I get the thing stuck while attempting to show off its off-road ability for the photographer. Because the Niva is usually light, we are able to push of which back onto firmer ground – something of which could be difficult to do which has a Range Rover.of which car is usually Key’s only demo example, as well as since he is usually a one-man band of which is usually imperative of which I don’t damage of which. With still-narrow mirrors as well as flat sides, of which is usually easy to avoid catching the Niva’s sides on branches. Even if I do, the paint is usually a straight white as well as much easier to touch up than some candy apple flip-flop metallic chosen by Victoria Beckham.Are you fed up yet with the underlying Luddite tone running through of which feature? I’m sorry, however I can’t apologise. The Niva has practically no rivals. The Fiat Panda 4×4 hits the spot financially, however of which isn’t as rugged as well as can only manage extreme postal deliveries in Scotland.various other tough off-roaders are too expensive to abuse. Most will come with the option of Bluetooth connectivity however not which has a snow plough. as well as few, I suspect, will have a handbook of which declares of which the vehicle is usually designed to operate between -40deg C as well as +45deg C temperatures.Colin GoodwinLada NivaPrice £10,974; Engine 4cyls, 1690cc, petrol; Power 80bhp at 5000rpm; Torque 95lb ft at 4000rpm; 0-62mph 16.3sec; Top speed 91mph; Gearbox dual-ratio 5-spd manual; Kerb weight 1210kg; Economy 33mpg; CO2 225g/km 
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