Russian Rides: Lada Vesta, a family car with grace

Welcome to the new Russian Rides series with Tim Kirby! Here we will test-drive Russian-made cars and see how they handle Russia’s rough and tough road conditions.

There is the common misconception that Russian cars are inherently poor quality and unreliable in the field. Let’s figure out whether it’s true — since Russia has a lot of fields, so to speak, it should not be too difficult!


We’ll start with the Lada Vesta from Avtovaz: a family car with an elegant appearance. Want to know why it’s the fourth best-selling in Russia and a commonly exported vehicle? Here's the first part of the Russian Rides series to answer all your questions!