Lee its almost that reason I gave up. The 4x4 Niva pedals were like lorry pedals and felt like they had 2ft of ravel! Pushing the clutch in started with raising your knee up to your ear!
There were 'some' Nivas made with Peugot TDI engines and if I could get hold of one I'd adjust the pedals to my liking. Standard Niva engines are woefully underpowered IMHO.
Like you say, if they sorted some of what are standard fittings on many other marques I'd consider one.