Vauxhall reach for the sky with the new Cascada

Vauxhall will look to attack unlikely rivals this summer with the Cascada Cabriolet, a four-seater soft-top that aims to catch the eye, just as the British manufacturer has attempted with recent models such as the Adam and the Astra GTC/VXR.

With the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 3-Series cabriolets so firmly established in this corner of the automotive world, it’s fair to say that Vauxhall will need to dig deep in order to pose as competition towards these giants of the trade. However, the company certainly has the advantage with pricing, as the Vauxhall comes in at a reasonable £23,995, noticeably cheaper than its more expensive German rivals.

It’s fair to say that the Cascada is a rather sizeable beast, and as a result stacks up well to the Audi’s A5 in terms of dimensions. This size is largely down to the fact that, while the car shares the Astra hatchback’s smaller ‘Delta II’ platform, the Cascada’s wheelbase is closer to that of the larger Insignia.

The styling will be the model’s primary USP and you can tell that the designer has had a fair degree of freedom. The Cascada can certainly be described as elegant, but practicality has not been sacrificed as is usually the case with such models, with the cabin showing off an element of flair, whilst also feeling roomy and functional.

The car’s engines give potential customers four choices, starting with the 138bhp 1.4 and 168bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrols, and then two four-pot diesels in the shape of a 163bhp or a 192bhp 2.0-litre unit. All are front-wheel drive and can be driven through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Reviews have been largely positive and puts the car in a good position for those without the budget for a more affluent Audi or BMW. Brand power could be an issue here and there, but with the success of the restyling of Vauxhall as a whole, the Cascada could prove to do well for the company.

Those in the market for something similar but perhaps among the used catalogue of vehicles could certainly do well to consider a used Vauxhall Astra Convertible; you can still buy these relatively new and will save you plenty of money over the premium German brands.