Truly the people’s car
“Granta does care about the people who are on board with you!”
“Granta offers many options that are not available in other competitors’ cars,” said Issam.
“Granta was granted top safety results.”
I don’t need to introduce the LADA brand to any of you, especially in Lebanon. The reason LADA got so popular in Lebanon is because of the affordable models and the 4×4 NIVA, which most of the off-road fans used to heavily tune it. My drive review this time is on the 2019 LADA Granta, a subcompact car developed by the Russian automaker AvtoVAZ in collaboration with Renault. The Lada Granta was the best-selling car model in Russia from 2013 to 2015.
The thing worth mentioning (which I personally didn’t know about) is that the Lada Granta WTCC has been competing in the World Touring Car Championship since the 2012 season. Pretty impressive, but we are not driving that version today!
The new Granta now has a more striking and attractive design. It inherited the contemporary design of the new LADA style such as the X-shaped elements of the front bumper, expressive design of lighting equipment and plenty of other usable improvements. The bold, distinctive new design direction was overseen by British design director Steve Mattin, which was the first phase of this reinvention, and backed up by Renault-Nissan-sourced platforms.
When I jumped into the cockpit I noticed a new dashboard design with white colored lighting, new design and shape of seats with sculptured profile of lateral support, and most eye-catching is the modish gearbox lever; glossy black and chrome-plated.
The Granta offers many options that are not available in other competitors’ cars such as height-adjustable driver’s seat up to 40 mm, headlight courtesy delay, air ducts to supply warm air to keep the feet of the rear passengers warm, electrically-heated and driven side mirrors, rain sensor to actuate the wipers when necessary and windshield heating.
How does it drive? Well basically like any mini hatchback in its segment, but the difference I noticed is that the tire or wheel noise is not even audible from inside the car. That’s a plus for the Granta. Due to the galvanized steel body, I felt that the car is somehow heavy for its segment, but the Russians made sure that the body is made out of steel so the Granta was granted top safety results to enter the European market. Another thing is that the Granta doesn’t worry about any potholes on our Lebanese roads. It feels like the car was developed and tested on our roads!
The Russian force is back to Lebanon but this time with the new LADA Granta Hatchback. With an exceptionally attractive price tag ($12,900USD on the road), the Granta will surely be granted confidence from all clienteles. LADA’s brand equity in Lebanon is quite high which puts this hatchback on people’s shortlist. You can pass by a RYMCO showroom any time to request your test drive. Trust me, I was really mesmerized by its ‘value for money.’
Rivals: Nissan Micra, Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai Grand i10
Pros: Wheel noise reduced for such a compact car, galvanized steel of the body, decent exterior design and smooth drivability
Cons: Outdated media/FM radio player, ugly steering wheel design
3.5 / 5 stars
1.6L, 4 cylinders, 98 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 145 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
FWD, 4-speed automatic transmission
0-100 km/h: 13 secs, top speed: 176 km/h, fuel consumption: 7.2 L/100 km
Weight: 1,160 kg