Lada Niva Review from Bulgaria

1993 Lada Niva 4X4 1.6

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Wrangler


Deceptively sturdy and always fun


Driver side window crank broke.

Passenger seat "wobbles" a little.

General Comments:

After having driven American 4X4s for several years before relocating to Europe, I find this vehicle amazing:

Although small when viewed from the exterior, while driving, it feels like a good size SUV.

Excellent road view and great elevation.

Able to handle the sometimes "challenging" road conditions in Bulgaria without blinking.

I have the feeling that my Niva could climb a tree if I wanted it to; however it is imperative that you are not in a hurry to get anywhere, though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2006

5th Apr 2006, 17:10

The "square" design of the cabin provides ample room for both driver and passengers. This unique design feature gives a feeling of spaciousness inside. I agree with the reviewer, that in 1st. gear and in low range, the Niva could probably just about climb up a vertical plane. A REAL 4x4! Great value for money.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review