2015 Opel Cascada Maybe The Best “Cheap” Convertible To Have
Based on the Opel Astra K platform, the Cascada came to the market back in 2013. It was the first Opel convertible to replace the Astra TwinTop and Opel wanted to differentiate it from the Astra nameplate altogether. The Cascada had its own marketing campaign, special niche on the market and it even received some tech that was not available on the classic Astra. Opel did everything in its power to make the Cascada a standalone brand. Even the car itself received styling influenced by the Astra GTC and completed with some rather aggressive front end features – such as tinted headlights (for top notch version) or deep front bumper.
The 2015 Opel Cascada continued its path as its predecessors, only, now, available in the US as the Buick Cascada and in the UK as the Vauxhall Cascada. All cars are virtually identical, only the trim levels and the engines are slightly differentiated. This is not a small convertible. It measures 4.7 meters in length which are more than 20 centimeters longer than the TwinTop. That is a lot. Many of these centimeters went into making more space behind the front wheels thus giving the Cascada a more upscale feel on the inside. This is probably the only convertible in this class with enough space for a rear passenger. Okay, with the roof up, space is not exactly abundant, but it is far better than in anything anyone could expect from the Eos or the Megane CC.
As for the engines available in Europe, 2015 Opel Cascada can be had with the 1.4-liter turbocharged unit developing 120hp or 140hp. More potent 1.6-liter is also available with the power of up to 170hp and 200hp. Finally, on the diesel side, Opel offers two liters CDTi engines with 165hp or 195hp. Obviously, the looks, the size and the power of the engines suggest Opel wanted to make the Cascada far more upscale than ever before.
Upscale features of this magnificent car include awesome adjustable HiPerStrut front suspension. The FlexRide damping system makes the driver in control of damper stiffness. Linking advanced suspension with other novelties such as the forward AFL+ lighting system, the Cascada almost feels like a proper competitor to Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW convertibles. The technology includes Opel Eye front camera as well as a whole host of safety technologies sourced from the Astra and from more upscale Opel vehicles.
Soft-top is a special piece of design created to lower sound intrusion into the cabin and provide seamless transformation action at the press of a button. The whole opening or closing sequence lasts only 17 seconds. The real treat is the 380-liter big boot and the system which enables rear seat-back rests to fold down making this car far more practical than any other similar car on the market.
All in all, the 2015 Opel Cascada is like a compact convertible with premium features and affordable price – maybe the best package out there.