Published on 05 Feb 2013 by Dan Read
We’re not sure that this is the right time of year to be talking about soft-top cars. With snow on the roads and ice on the windows, most British drivers are more interested in safety than style, but the spring will soon be with us and then when summer arrives there’s no better way of making the most of the weather than driving an open top car.
On British roads the Cascada’s produced by Vauxhall and is highly specced with a high class infotainment system and a range of driver’s aids. But none of that is as important as the roof, which takes 17 seconds to open and is what Vauxhall are calling, “aerodynamically clean and refined”. The pillar-less look really opens the car up when the roof’s down, and when it’s closed, drivers won’t have to worry about the British weather seeping into the cabin because of the high quality fabric used in its construction.
After a test that opened and closed the electro-hydraulic roof 15,000 times, there shouldn’t be any worries about the roof staying open when rain falls. According to Vauxhall, that’s the equivalent of 10 years’ use.
Two trim levels are available, either SE or Elite. The SE comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and the Elite gets leather interior and heated front seats. With a weight reduction of 100kg when compared to a hard top car, this is also a lighter and sportier model. Prices start at £23,995 for the four-seater drop top that Vauxhall will start delivering to customers in April.