Yes, it’s the Lada Niva, and yes, they really do still make them.
But the marque’s owner, Renault, will usher in a new-generation Niva in 2023 to replace the aggressively agrarian current car, which has been on sale essentially unchanged since 1977.
So now is the time to act if you need one of these machines in your life.
If you’re a fan of utilitarian chic, the Lada Niva is for you
The shiny ’21-plate car shown here was supplied by long-time importer Mark Key, of Blackheath in London.
He configures Nivas for customers, with options such as air conditioning, colour-coded bumpers, privacy glass and even camouflage paint, but a base car with steel wheels and keep-fit windows is just £17,595.
Our test car was specified in bourgeois ‘Luxe’ trim, which is much like a new Range Rover in that it has electric windows and alloys, but rather unlike one in pretty much every other respect.
Power comes courtesy of a 1690cc four-cylinder engine with 82bhp