Opinions may be divided when looking at the 2015 Holden Cascada, especially for the material used for its roof. As time flew by during the past decade or so, the traditional fabric top of convertibles was done away and replaced with a solid retractable roof. The logic behind this is that customers wanted the benefits that has the looks and security of a coupe when the roof is closed. The new Holden Castra follows this trend but it has now reverted to its soft top roots (which car enthusiasts may find similar to the original Astra Convertible).
The 2015 Holden Cascada Takes a Lesson From Its Roots
There are many convertible buyers that are fashion conscious, and yet the 2015 Holden Cascada brings a somewhat puzzling outcome to its roof material. Nonetheless, the new Cascada does tick all the boxes. Simply put, it is a neat and attractive-looking vehicle. Such as the trend with all convertibles, it attracts mostly with its looks.
Its length is just a fraction under 4.7-meters which means it is significantly longer than its rivals. Speaking of rivals, its closest competitors are seen to be the Audi A3, Mini Cooper, BMW 1 Series, Renault Megane CC, and VW Golf.
Since the Holden Cascada is longer, it can provide a better deal in the comfort department. It has enough space for four full-sized passengers against its smaller rivals. The rear legroom poses minimal to no problem for taller occupants.
When it comes to the norm of convertibles, the Cascada has its boot space compromised to store the roof within it. With the roof closed, it offers 360-liters of storage space but only 280-liters when the roof is stored away.
For its engine, it uses the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine found on the sporty Astra GTC coupe. It is able to deliver a handy 125kW of power and 260Nm of torque from 1,650 to 4,500 revs. The only transmission available is the six-speed automatic and it does not come with paddle shifters. This extra torque is welcome due to it the heaviest vehicle in its class to-date. At a weight of 1,710-kilograms, it is heavier than many Commodore vehicles.
Ultimately, the 2015 Holden Cascada brings a welcoming aura to the line of affordable convertibles everywhere. It brings a competitive degree of engine performance, interior space, features, and price. Seeing all these in paper, and when you get a feel of its performance and comfort, you may no longer wonder about the decision of the company to change its roof material.