Polish journalists wrote about Lada 4×4: they praise and scold a little

The Polish edition “Auto Swiat” has published an interesting article dedicated to the classic SUV Lada 4 × 4 Niva. In it, journalists recalled both the glorious history of the legendary model and talked about her present.

The first Niva began to roll off the assembly line of the Togliatti plant back in 1977. At this time, the so-called “cold war” was gaining momentum, and the new SUV was just developed taking into account the military doctrines of the Soviet Union, namely, it could take on board four soldiers and confidently move on roads of almost any quality.

Lada 4x4 in Poland

Despite its military origin, the Niva soon began to be exported to many Western countries, and over the past 40 years of production, the car has officially been noted in more than 100 different countries. Such a wide popularity of the model was facilitated by its low price: in most markets, the Russian SUV was, and in some places remains the most affordable all-wheel drive.

Plus, the Niva won its audience due to its high cross-country ability. The short overhangs and small wheelbase help to feel confident off the roads. Plus, one cannot fail to mention the low weight of the car (only 1,200 kg), thanks to which it can drive where much heavier frame all-terrain vehicles get stuck.

But the rescue winch is not provided. A similar nuance is due to the supporting structure of the body. However, this does not stop some enthusiasts at all, and with the help of additional front stiffeners and a modified bumper, they put the winch, although this is not entirely correct.

The Poles also noted that although the Lada 4 × 4 drives confidently off-road, its smoothness leaves much to be desired, which means that such a car will disappoint those who see it as a kind of crossover. Plus, they chided the SUV for its mediocre driving performance and poor interior.

Lada 4x4

According to them, on asphalt the car is comfortable only at speeds up to 100 km / h, and at higher values ​​it becomes very noisy in the cabin, and the steering wheel has to be held in a stranglehold. Note that on the roads of Poland, Nivas with 1.6- and 1.7-liter engines are most often found, and SUVs with a smaller engine almost always come with LPG.

This is not at all surprising, since this unit works well on liquefied gas. Saving on gas, of course, is good, but only because of the cylinder, the already small trunk of the model becomes completely symbolic. In addition, occasionally in the country you can find cars with a 1.9-liter Peugeot diesel engine, which is not only economical, but also quite reliable.

By the way, the Poles touched upon the issue of Niva’s reliability separately. The journalists noticed that the durability of the Russian SUV largely depends on the case. For example, one car can run for years without breakdowns, while the other will have to be regularly driven into service stations. In general, the Niva can “surprise” the owner with a large number of minor troubles.

The model is characterized by such “sores” as oil leakage, water ingress into the passenger compartment and intermittent electrical failures. At the same time, the car is highly maintainable, and the prices for most of the components are quite affordable, although some of the parts will have to be looked for.

Lada 4x4 in Poland

In Poland, prices for used Lada 4 × 4 Niva start at 3,000 zlotys (about 59,000 rubles), but for this money they usually offer the most “dead” and rusty copies. More or less solid cars cost around 7,000 zlotys (137,000 rubles), while a freshly repaired version will cost around 15-20 thousand zlotys (300-400 thousand rubles).

Polish journalists offer their readers to look for Niva with carburetor engines, released before the restyling of the 1993 model. But they recommend avoiding more modern versions of the model.

Poles see the main disadvantage of the Russian Niva as a high susceptibility to corrosion, which is why in the essay they advise potential buyers to carefully examine the floor of an SUV: if the latter turns out to be corroded by rust, then it is better to refuse to buy such a car.

By the way, most of the Lada Niva now comes to Poland from the West (most often from neighboring Germany), although at one time large consignments of models intended for the local Forestry Inspectorate were also purposefully brought into the country.

Lada 4x4 in Poland

Lada 4x4

Lada 4x4

See also: The most inappropriate place for Niva: a blogger tested an SUV at the Nurburgring

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