SMALL convertibles have been enjoying a popularity boom of late, despite the fact that glimpses of sun have become as rare as popular politicians. But anyone looking for a full-size soft-top has been mainly limited to premium brands.
Until now, that is. Vauxhall have entered the four-seater cabriolet market with the Cascada, and costing from less than £24k, it undercuts some of the German-built competitors in the sector by £8k or more.
The Cascada goes on sale in March and, as has become the norm, comes loaded with standard equipment like 18-inch alloys and LED lights. The fabric lid can be operated at up to 30mph and completes its up or down journey in 17 seconds.
There’ll be an entry level 1.4-litre turbo engine and a 2.0-litre diesel, but the big news for dedicated petrolheads is that there will also be a spanking new 1.6 petrol turbo engine which is reported to be terrific.
Throw in Vauxhall’s lifetime warranty and interest-free finance, and only the most class-conscious buyers are likely to want to fork out thousands more to have an Audi badge on the front.
MM verdict: It’s still a Vauxhall, of course, but a strong contender in the value stakes.