Lada Niva Legend – Proof that ancient technology has its advantages

In addition to regular cars, the team behind the famous Carwow Canal has recently been testing extreme models, such as the Bugatti Chiron SuperSport.

At the other end of the spectrum, Matt Watson decided that it would be extremely interesting to present the Lada Niva Legend series, which, despite being launched in the 1970s, is still very common on the streets, in the service of armies around the world, but also in all impassable and field environments.

In terms of style, the Lada Niva Legend has changed almost nothing since 1977, while the most noticeable improvement came during the refresh in 2014, when the Urban package was designed, bringing new owners integrated bumpers, but even then all other variants retained the traditional style. Last year’s redesign focused on interior surfaces, although little could actually be done as such an old vehicle is the base, which according to many raises safety concerns, too.

Watson claims that despite the fact that this machine has long been outdated with its ancient technology and bad plastic, the passenger cabin of these models is very well assembled. Luxe versions come equipped with features such as electric windows, air conditioning, front seat heaters and a stereo system. As we can expect, the space at the rear is quite cramped, although longer versions with five doors are also available, while the boot capacity is only 265 liters, which is the amount of legacy you get in today’s city cars.

Driving the Niva model seems far more comfortable than you might expect, which is especially possible through the soft suspension and unibody construction, and as the host of this show himself pointed out, even the gearbox can be compared to the model from an agricultural machine.


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