Somebody at Vauxhall has thought this through carefully. The Cascada’s price, spec, looks, engines and options see it hit a sweet spot. Seriously. It’s reminding us of the old Saab 900 convertible, still a firm favourite with touring drivers.
From amusing feel good gimmicks like motorised seatbelt presenters – remember those from the 1990s Mercedes SL? – to a heated steering wheel (the holy grail of convertibles) – a split folding rear seat (and a big boot) – a roof that raises or lowers at up to 30mph, lots of storage, fancy lights and the highly rated HiPerStrut front suspension: the Vauxhall Cascada looks like the complete package.
It’s about the same size as the Audi A5 Cabriolet but priced to compete with the Audi A3 Cabriolet.
The standard spec includes 18″ wheels, LED rear lights, cruise control, iPod connector and rear parking sensor.
Options include ventilated seats, dynamic ride controls, 20 inch wheels and an absolute raft of the latest electronic driver aids.
A six speed auto is standard on the torquey 1.6 turbo petrol, the first of a brand new engine range. There’s also a 1.4 turbo petrol and two 2 litre diesels. There aren’t any hotshoes as yet – the fastest is 0-60 in 8.9s. More powerful engines will be launched ‘in due course’.
Prices start at £23,995. Nobody’s driven it yet, there aren’t even any at dealers. First customer deliveries are expected in March. We think Vauxhall could have a hit on its hands here.