The Cascada is available with two turbocharged petrol engines, a manual-only 138bhp 1.4 and auto-only 168bhp 1.6. We haven’t tried the 1.6, but the 1.4 needs working hard if you want sprightly progress. The only diesel option from launch is a 163bhp 2.0, which is punchy if a bit noisy; it's paried with a standard manual gearbox or an optional automatic. A 192bhp 2.0 bi-turbo diesel will join the range later.
Vauxhall Cascada ride & handling
The Cascada is available with optional ‘Flexride’ adaptive dampers, but we’d recommend saving your money because the standard suspension is very effective at soaking up scruffy road surfaces and keeping body movement in check. Shuddering and flexing is also kept to a minimum thanks to a stiff body, which makes the Cascada feel settled and comfortable. There’s plenty of grip, and the steering has a meaty, if rubbery feel to it.
Vauxhall Cascada refinement
The smooth petrol engines are best for refinement, as the diesel’s gruff clatter does intrude into the cabin. However, wind and tyre noise is well suppressed on all models. General outside noise creeps through the fabric roof, but there is a more heavily insulated roof that’s available as a reasonably priced option and is worth going for if you really value your peace and quiet.