The new edition of the Kalina station wagon is intended to give Russian carmaker Lada a foothold in the European station wagon segment.
And on the PRICE front, it's certainly making an impact.
Among its direct rivals is the Fabia Combi. In Germany the Skoda sells for prices starting at just over 13 thousand euros.
Dacia's Logan MCV is considerably cheaper. The basic version costs just under 8,000 euros. But they're both undercut by the Kalina Wagon. The entry-level model costs 7,750 euros in Germany. But just how much car can you expect for that price tag?
The design might not be to the taste of drivers who like their car to be on the fashionable side either. But there's certainly no shame in owning a Kalina. Plus: it's just the right height for easy access.
The INTERIOR, however, IS a bit like a trip back in time. The reduced design and the display elements in the dashboard are so 1990s.
The trunk has sufficient cargo space, while the cup holders and stowage spaces in the doors will likewise cover requirements.
The Kalina is powered by a 1-point-6 liter 4-cylinder engine, with outputs of 64 or 72 kiloWatts. We checked out the latter version, which in Germany sells for 9,690 euros.
Summing up: the Kalina has standard-fitted power windows, seat heating and other features - which you wouldn't expect for the price.
But in other areas you immediately see where Lada cut costs. That said: the Kalina is certainly worth considering for thrifty car buyers.