The four-seat Vauxhall Cascada will go on sale in the UK in April and Vauxhall is targeting customers who might usually choose a premium rival such as the Audi A5 Cabriolet,
To do this the price sheds up to £8,000 compared to its illustrious rival but Vauxhall is confident the level of equipment and refinement with its new drop-top will be a worthy adversary.
Buyers will be faced with a choice of two trim levels; entry-level SE and more luxurious Elite – but all models get the soft-top roof that can be automatically closed in just 17 seconds while travelling at speed of up to 30mph.
Standard equipment on Vauxhall Cascada SE models includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights and USB connectivity as standard.
Top-of-the-range Elite models include a leather interior, heated front seats and front fog lamps in the more premium version of the car. However Vauxhall Cascada Elite prices start from around £26,095 on-the-road.
Vauxhall has worked hard on taking on Audi with a car that has more torsional rigidity to prevent ‘scuttle shake’, a notorious problem with older convertible cars because of the lack of hard-top roof.
Vauxhall has also added a sports chassis, suspension taken from the Insignia VXR performance car and a system to control damping, steering and reduce torque steer to improve cornering and control.
All this will be powered by a choice of 1.4-litre 140PS and 1.6-litre Turbo 170PS petrol engine line-up and a single, 2.0-litre 165PS diesel option.
The diesel can be specified in 165PS and 195PS Bi-Turbo options with the former offering 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km, the greenest engine in the range.
The new Vauxhall Cascada convertible will be available to buy from Perrys Vauxhall dealerships in April. Vauxhall Cascada prices start from £23,995.