Forgotten model: Lada 110, with the help of … Porsche!

Forgotten model: Lada 110, with the help of … Porsche!

It would not be an overstatement to say that Lada’s reputation was not very good in Western Europe at the end of the 1980s. There was the Niva, which was still admired for its unbeatable price-performance ratio, but the Samara seemed from another era and was often ridiculed.

A touch of Porsche

So Lada wanted to go outside, and for that the Russian manufacturer hit again … Porsche, which would help modify the body of the new model. In 1991 the model is ready, but the economic crisis as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union puts everything on hold. It would take until 1995 before the first 110 singles left the band. As a result, it is no longer as innovative as four years ago, but the style still represents a big step forward for Lada!

With the 110, Lada entered the modern era: 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline engines soon got fuel injection, had electric windows, an on-board driver’s computer and the model even got central locking as standard! Many accessories that were still optional on many European models in the mid-1990s…

And on the road?

80 hp 8-valve was far from languid, you can even call it alive! And that was even more true for the 16 valve with 90 hp. It’s true that the chassis wasn’t blessed with the same changes as the Peugeot 306, far from it, but the front-wheel drive was built to handle the worst. In 2007, having already undergone a facelift, the Lada 110 goes out of production and is followed by the Priora … which itself was a thorough improvement of the 110!


The 110 was available as a sedan (4-door 110 and 5-door 112) and as a station wagon (111), and enjoyed satisfactory success throughout its life. However, the remaining models seem to have disappeared from the streets! If you want to find another one, you’ll also have to check out the Eastern European second-hand market. Then calculate a budget of 1,000 to 5,000 euros, depending on the state.

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Jean-François Christiaens has been a car journalist since 2005. He loves everything that drives, from electric cars to hypercars.
But the GTI-era hot hatches make his heart beat faster. Although a comfortable break also does not leave him unmoved.
Is that called aging?