For Roomy interior with space for four adults, generous standard equipment, good refinement and stable handling.
Against Limited engine range that lacks an economy hero, heavy body makes for tardy performance and it’s pricey compared with some similarly usable cabriolets.
The Vauxhall Cascada is a comfortable four-seat drop-top, that’s quiet and spacious enough for everyday use, but it falls short of the of the best in class for running costs and dynamic poise.
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It’s easy to judge the best version of Vauxhall Cascada thanks to a limited engine range and only two trim levels. The two petrol engines are tempting if you value refinement, but the 1.4 feels underpowered in such a heavy car and the 1.6 looks expensive as it’s automatic only.
The 168bhp 2.0 diesel manual offers the gutsiest drive, and a happy medium for affordability, running costs and potential resale value.
Entry-level SE is well equipped, but it’s worth adding sat-nav as it will also brings with it a colour screen that will make the car a nicer place to be and more appealing to prospective buyers. Bluetooth is the only other essential option.
We haven’t tried the Cascada on standard suspension, so can’t comment on whether the effective but pricey optional dampers are worth the extra.