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Vauxhall/Opel/Holden/Buick Cascada

GM took a new approach with their latest four-seat convertible. Rather than cutting the roof of a regular Astra the Vauxhall/Opel Cascada was designed from scratch as a convertible car and only loosely based on the Astra GTC coupe. The result is a handsome and roomy car that is also good to drive. The entry-level SE spec is excellent and makes the Elite version seem a little unnecessary. The interior space is big enough for four adults.

GM are doing their best to raise the standing of their European brands and they are doing it through good design and value for money rather than marketing spin. The Cascada is an attractive proposition that GM are keen to bravely compare with the Audi A5 in both size and equipment. Like the Audi it is highly competent but is better suited to high-speed cruising than hard driving.

From 2015 this car was sold as the Buick Cascada in the United States and China. In the same year it also went on sale in Australia and New Zealand with a Holden badge.

Left-hand drive models for Vauxhall and Holden ended production in 2017 while Buick and Opel branded cars continue.

Vauxhall/Opel/Holden/Buick Cascada Details

Production Dates2013-current
Length 4696 mm / 185 in
Width 2020 mm / 80 in
Height 1443 mm / 57 in
Wheelbase 2695 mm / 106 in
Turning Circle 11.8 m / 465 in
Luggage Capacity 280 litres / 9.89 cu ft
Fuel Tank Capacity 56 litres / 14.8 US gal
Warranty years or 100,000 miles
Service Intervals 20,000 miles

Vauxhall/Opel Cascada 1.4 Turbo

The entry level Vauxhall Cascada gets a 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine which offers comfortable performance that suits the car well but isn't particularly quick. It is economical though giving the diesel options some serious competition.

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Front-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1364 cc
Power 140@4900 ps
Torque 200@1850 nm
Transmission type 6-spd manual
Kerb Weight 1626 kg / 3585 lb
UK Retail Price from £26,815
UK Insurance Group 20E

Performance

Max speed (manual) 129 mph / 208 kph
0-60mph (manual) 10.2 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 10.9 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 43.5 mpg / 6.5 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 149 g/km

Vauxhall/Opel Cascada 1.6 170PS Turbo

The Vauxhall Cascada 1.6 SIDI Turbo gets GM’s latest direct fuel injection engine technology (SIDI stands for ‘Spark Ignition Direct Injection’). It squeezes extra performance from the relatively small engine while keeping good levels of economy and emissions. Inside the Cascada progress is smooth and quiet and is ideally suited for effortless summer cruising. The auto gearbox version of the 1.6 gets a 170 ps engine, 30 ps less than the manual. The auto gearbox doesn’t manage the feat now often seen of being as (or more) efficient than the manual option and the lower level of tune is probably aimed at keeping emissions down.

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Driven Wheels Front-wheel-drive
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1598 cc
Power 170@4250 ps
Torque 260@1650 nm
Transmission type 6-spd auto
Kerb Weight 1658 kg / 3655 lb
UK Retail Price from £33,210
US Retail Price from $33,070
UK Insurance Group 24E

Performance

Max speed (auto) 135 mph / 217 kph
0-60mph (auto) 9.2 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 9.9 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 38.7 mpg / 7.3 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 172 g/km

Vauxhall/Opel Cascada 1.6 200PS Turbo

With direct fuel injection and a turbo, the Vauxhall Cascada 1.6 200 Turbo manages a surprising amount of power from a small capacity engine. As a result, it keeps weight and fuel economy figures low and it has plenty of go for overtaking. The front-wheel-drive chassis is safe rather than sporting and the Cascada lends itself better to fast cruising than hard driving which should suit its target market.

Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1598 cc
Power 200@5500 ps
Torque 206@1650 lb.ft
Torque 280@1650 nm
Transmission type 6-spd manual
Kerb Weight 1658 kg / 3655.3 lb
UK Retail Price from £32,040
UK Insurance Group 26E

Performance

Max speed (manual) 146 mph / 235 kph
0-60mph (manual) 8.5 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 9.2 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 41.5 mpg / 6.8 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 158 g/km

Vauxhall/Opel Cascada 2.0 Diesel

Company car drivers and those who cover high mileages will appreciate the economy of the diesel Cascada while not making any sacrifices in performance. The automatic gearbox option was optimised for speed rather than economy and was discontinued. The Vauxhall/Opel Cascada 2.0 Diesel makes a well-equipped alternative to an Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series Convertible but doesn't have the brand cachet.

Specifications

Fuel type Diesel
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1956 cc
Power 170@4000 ps
Transmission type 6-spd Manual
Kerb Weight 1741 kg / 3838 lb
UK Retail Price from £32,255
UK Insurance Group 23E

Performance

Max speed (manual) 135 mph / 217 kph
0-60mph (manual) 9.6 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 10.3 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 57.6 mpg / 4.9 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 129 g/km

Vauxhall/Opel Cascada 2.0 Diesel Bi-Turbo

The top of the range bi-turbo diesel powered Cascada offered more power without any drop in the official economy compared with its single-turbo sister. This one comes specified and priced to appeal to company car drivers and will tempt those not wooed by the premium German brands. Compared to the BMW 1-Series Convertible and VW Golf Cabriolet it is a bigger and more practical car. This option was dropped in 2015.

Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1956 cc
Power 195@4000 ps
Torque 400@1750-2500 lb.ft
Torque 295@1750-2500 nm
Transmission type 6-spd manual
UK Retail Price from £29,665
UK Insurance Group 27E

Performance

Max speed (manual) 143 mph / 230 kph
0-60mph (manual) 8.9 seconds
0-100kmph (manual) - seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (manual) 54.3 mpg / 5.2 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (manual) 139 g/km

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One Owner Review

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  1. John John says:

    It seems to have been discontinued by Vauxhall – has disappeared from their site. The new owners just didn’t have the vision or guts to update and improve a car that eventually could have rivalled the Audi A5. It never really had a chance as it already seemed to be a previous generation car when it was launched. No commitment – another reason never to buy an expensive (or even new) Vauxhall/Opel.

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