James May drives the new Lada Niva
The Soviet workhorse is back from the dead. We send a nice chap called May to drive it
Posted: 22 Feb 2011
Me? Well, I live in Hammersmith, and some of the roads are a bit choppy, but not as bad as all that. But I can't help admiring the Niva. It sits there with its blunt Bolshevik bodywork on its plain steel green or grey wheels (depending on which side you're standing, in the case of this example), and it looks just brilliant.
What it has is undeniable charm. Acres of it.