Jokes about the Russian auto industry were and are rightly an independent genre. AvtoVAZ is usually mentioned when it is mentioned, and the lion's share of the jokes is dedicated to the Tolyatti factory. At the same time, we have to admit that AvtoVAZ and the Lada brand have changed a lot in recent years. Qualitative or cosmetic? Strong or not? For better or for worse? I can answer all these questions relatively objectively, since I recently had a test drive with the development of the modern AvtoVAZ – Lada Vesta SW Cross
Honestly, I've always believed in one way or another in the Russian auto industry, although in other years that belief was like a blind hope that "well, bright times will come and then …". The first ten kilometers that I drove behind the wheel of the Vesta and pushed through the traffic jams in Moscow (and it was March 7th – just when the city got up before the holidays), I already noticed that these were very bright Times have come
In general, in Vesta, if he had previously sealed the nameplate on the steering wheel to name a person who had never seen this car before, he would almost certainly not even believe that it was a Russian car. Wonderfully worked inside and out. Externally, the Vesta resembles Hyundai and Renault in some places (the latter is by no means surprising given the AvtoVAZ shareholders), but the car has its own style – and these are by no means the “brick” shapes that have been on the market for around 10 years Classical family are inherent The back seemed eternal and unshakable
My test car was a mechanic, although I found enough in the traffic jam, I didn't feel any uncomfortable feelings in my left leg because I was constantly working with the clutch. The mechanical transmission in West is understandable and correct – the gears are evenly fixed, "through half the machines" the lever does not have to be pulled from one to the other. I couldn't hold my back a couple of times, but that can be attributed to the pluses – it just so happens that it is unlikely that he will turn on
Under the hood, the Vesta has a 1.8 liter petrol engine with 122 hp (in the simpler version with 106 hp), which can and should be operated with 92 m petrol, as noted on the fuel filler flap. Incidentally, the hatch has no lock and no opening lever from the passenger compartment – a little thing, but uncomfortable
The engine power is even enough to start from second gear (according to the "Duster" habit I've done a few times), although this isn't a regular mode that the engine will report with an unfortunate grunt, but it does move the car anyway. Driving on the highway is also no problem – it is invaluable to easily keep "conditional permission" 110 on the Kievskoye Highway on Lada and to catch astonished glances from gaping crucibles and similar people
Vesta has a speed control and, what I like very much, the ability to set a speed limit (for example the same 110 on the highway). At the same time, if at the same Duster, the limitation, at least you get in gas, the car won't go faster, then in the west the system is more interesting. The limiter cannot be exceeded in normal mode. However, if you press the slipper, it is temporarily switched off and reports this with a sound signal. If the speed falls below the limit, it is reactivated. In the event of sudden maneuvers, such a scheme can be helpful, but the possibility of execution is more a question of personal preference. Management and "cruise" and "limit" are carried out entirely via buttons on the steering wheel. There are buttons on the steering wheel for adjusting the volume and controlling the telephone (answering / ending a call).
In terms of electronics, rain and light sensors have even been added here. So if you put the headlights and wipers into auto mode, you can almost forget their existence (almost because you still have to manually turn on the wipers when the road is wet or in very light rain). , We have not forgotten the rear-view camera, the picture quality is quite decent, there are also turning lines depending on the steering wheel position
Top versions have purchased a touchscreen radio with navigation. AvtoVAZ did not try to invent a bike and order its own development, but put it in the CityGid radio. It is perfectly possible to get around in the Moscow city guide, but in small towns that are even a hundred kilometers away from the Moscow Ring Road (e.g. the city of Zhukov in the Kaluga area), the system does not even fully recognize the streets keep silent about the houses.
The salon is well suited for the transport of five people. But if there are only four of you, the rear passengers have an armrest with cup holders (not in all trim levels). The rear passengers (with the exception of the middle one) also have seat heating and a USB port and a cigarette lighter socket (three of them in the car – traditionally in the front and in the trunk). But the doors weren't very pleased – the latches in the open position work very strange (at first I thought they weren't there at all), I knocked on almost adjacent cars a few times
When it comes to music, everything is classic here – radio, AUX, USB connection, slot for SD cards. Of course, music is also read from the phone on the Bluetooth. It's clear that you can't expect the highest quality music from Vesta, but you can't even call the sound in the car disgusting or "in the manual". Most drivers are sufficient for everyday use.
The trunk deserves special attention – in the maximum configuration it has a triple floor with an organizer in one of the positions. This means that the lion's share of the belongings that are constantly transported (or even all of them) can be removed, leaving the trunk clean and empty. The reserve (I hope you will never need it) is at the bottom of this "sandwich". The top of the trunk is closed with a neat roller shutter, and in the trunk itself there are several shelves and small compartments, which is very practical. Of course you can fold the back row and enlarge the trunk even more
The fuel consumption is pleasant – in an extremely mixed mode (traffic jam, normal driving in the city, highway) for the 850 kilometers that I have traveled to Vest, the fuel consumption was 9.2 liters per hundred according to the on-board computer. There will be a little more than ten in urban mode, and even more in a traffic jam. I think you can get an indicator of 8 liters per hundred in track mode, which is very, very good in connection with the use of the 92nd gasoline
If we take the estate version in the cross version for competitors, then there aren't that many of them – estate cars are not particularly popular in our country. At the same time, it is the "cross" version of the station wagon, which is very practical for the Russian middle track – where the all-wheel drive is not so important, but the distance of 203 millimeters is very important. We are adding a spacious trunk, pleasant fuel consumption and the ability to "fuel" the engine with 92m gasoline, and we get a fairly attractive option for family members at the exit. A friend of mine, who has two children, thought about buying her next car after I showed him Vesta. The price tag for the Vesta SW Cross starts at 780,000 and of course I would like to have a cheaper price, but don't forget that there is also a regular station wagon that cannot be crossed and which is around a hundred times cheaper in the database. In general, the price for this model is more or less reasonable.
If you walk away from the car and look at the sedans loved by the Russians, the competition here is no example. At the same time, an "empty" Vesta limousine costs 600,000 rubles, while the VW Polo starts at 670, the Hyindai Solaris from 730, the Kia Rio from 750,000 rubles
Lada takes the price, of course, but for this price you don't get the handicraft of the 1982 model dressed in a modern suitcase, but a completely comfortable and convenient car for its price. The location of the Togliatti plant in our country is such that they always criticize their products, even if the product is perfect in every way and costs half. But if we look at the topic essentially and without stereotypes – the car is really good, I was even a little sorry to bring the car back to the press park.
Back to the question from the title – yes, AvtoVAZ could. The main thing is not to stop and continue to work
Some of the photos in the material were taken by Pavel RazorcheG, for which he is particularly grateful