This unassuming five-door hatchback is the Lada VAZ-2109 by AutoVaz:
The Russians managed to sell a bunch of these in Europe under the name “Lada Samara” between 1987 and 1997; production continued until 2011 for the home market and for Third World nations that couldn’t afford to be awfully picky.
The 2109 was sold only with front-wheel drive; a choice of three inline four-cylinder engines, none over a liter and a half; and a four-speed manual. If any of these found their way into the States, it was probably over the Canadian border.
(Via Vintage Everyday.)