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
Consider this. Some of the pictures you see here were taken from the back of a massive Nissan Pathfinder, and while that lumbered around histrionically in the mud of our farm tracks, the Niva skipped around like a randy goat. It's easy to drive and as capable as most people would want.
So, as a piece of farm or estate equipment that you buy once and then keep for ever and which gradually becomes part of your landscape, it might just make sense. Left-hand drive would not be an issue, and its genuinely utilitarian hose-down interior would be welcomed by people who actually drive off-road. It's absolutely fit for purpose, in the way few things are.