Opel already features a very well-rounded lineup that ranges from compact hatchbacks to crossover SUVs. One area that Opel simply couldn’t keep pace was the premium convertible segment, as BMW, Mercedes, and Audi pretty much had that segment on lockdown and today I’m driving this new Opel’s car : the Cascada .Its name is derived from the Spanish word meaning ‘waterfall’, ending with the traditional letter “a” that is typical for Opel. The Cascada was initially thought to be a successor to the Astra Cabriolet but now that its size has been revealed – 4.7 metres long – it is closer to the BMW 3-Series Cabriolet. And I have a soft spot for a big cabriolet : Four-seat convertibles have always seemed a sociable and generous means of travel
Opel Cascada is all about elegance and nice design. On its body, stretched lines and flowing forms will be successfully attract your eyes as well as highlights its bold and fine cutting. Its front part is beautifully adorned by stylish bumper that emphasizes its sharp headlights integrating with LED daytime running light
Also, you will notice that there’s the Opel’s signature grille that features a huge chrome bar. At the bottom side of front fascia, there will be a lower lip that has a fenced grille right in the center. Moreover, Opel has added the overturned shark-fin elements (a pair of fog-lamps) to Cascada’s grille.
When you look at the car’s roof, you will consider that the company has taken a good care in designing the fabric top. The roof comes with the low-slung look that is intended to allow the air flows over easily. The roof has been also designed to handle the extreme climate since it has the polyester fleece as being the great insulator to the temperature and noises.
This awesomely styled top can go from open to closed in just 17 seconds, via an interior-mounted switch. It can also go up on the move, as it is safe to operate at speeds of up to 30 mph. Around the back end, you get a pair of wraparound LED taillights that are connected via a chrome strip.
Color options are plentiful, as Opel offers up 10 different choices of body color and three different top colors. To help you further customize your Cascada, you can choose from a collection of various rims, ranging from 18 inches to 20 inches in diameter.
Inside the Cascada, Opel took its design to a whole new level. The soft-touch dashboard with contrasting stitching gives the Cascada a very luxurious look and feel, and it seems to flow effortlessly between the two door panels, thanks to careful crafting. The front seats are deeply contoured, so you seem to fall into them when you sit down and they wrap firmly around you without being overbearing. You can have these seats wrapped in embossed fabrics or leather. For the more discerning patron, you can opt for the ergonomic Nappa leather seating – available with heating and ventilation.
For people that like to bring along lots of little things on trips, the Cascada offers up seven storage units throughout the cabin. These little compartments include, but are not limited to: one in each door, one under the instrument panel and one between the front seats.
The one between the seats is made possible because the Cascada comes standard with an electric parking brake.
The trunk space of Opel Cascada has been maximized to 350 liters (top up) and 280 liters (top down).
The Cascada offers you with three engine options including 1.4 Turbocharged 4V with 138hp, 2.0 liter diesel 4V with 162hp, and the last, the top-level engine of Cascada is the 1.6 SIDI Ecotec. This engine boasts the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 167 HP. For the engine’s transmission, the CDTi model is offered either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
The ride and handling are well suited. Cascada is a pleasure to drive briskly, with well-weighted and communicative steering, powerful and linear-feeling brakes and a sort of well-tuned, loping stride that allows you to cover distances fast without feeling strained or tired.
Cascada offers a rhythmic, dynamic and flowing elegance and pure pleasure for open-air driving. It is a charming and well engineered cabrio. I love the way it looks on the inside and out, I love the tons of standard goodies. Cascasda is without doubt the four-seat cabriolet you were waiting for.