Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2016 Holden Cascada.
Holden has managed to fill a gap in the Australian car market with the new 2016 Holden Cascada providing genuine top-down fun, without breaking the bank.
The Holden Cascada range couldn’t be simpler, there’s only one engine on offer, just the single six-speed automatic transmission and there’s only one model grade too.
It’s priced from $42,990.
Looks good doesn’t it? The good news is the Holden Cascada drives more than reasonably well too. As with the Holden Astra GTC that I reviewed last week, the engine under the bonnet is a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol unit.
This one though provides less power and torque – 125kW and 260Nm (as opposed to the Astra’s 147kW/280Nm). Thankfully though I really didn’t feel a great deal of difference in acceleration.
The get up and go is reasonable, power delivery is smooth enough and the ride, despite getting about on just 40 Series tyres, is passable too.
Fuel consumption was about what Holden claims. The claimed combined usage for the Cascada is 7.5L/100km, urban climbs to 9.8L/100km and I used just a touch over 10.0L/100km in my week of city/suburban driving.
It handles pretty well and the Holden Cascada delivers reasonable enough steering feel. The steering is adequately light enough for most users and I thought the turning circle in the Cascada was tighter than the Astra, a welcome finding.
Of course, how could we not focus on the roof? Well, I must say I was very impressed by how well-built and confident inspiring the folding roof is. Opel has done a great job here and with a full open or close cycle happening in about 20 seconds it is fast enough.
You can even raise or lower the roof when the vehicle is moving at moderate speeds, this is a sight that very much gets the attention of other road users!
Naturally, the roof mechanism and the roof itself take up a fair bit of boot space.
Inside the Cascada cabin you will find only four seats and access to and rear seat space is fairly limited, though it wouldn’t be impossible for a couple of adults to ride happily and comfortably enough in the back.
One big advantage the Cascada has over the three-door Holden Astra is the auto seat-belt arms that bring the belt much closer to your shoulder. Thankfully too, the parking sensors in the Holden Cascada were a lot less sensitive and intrusive than the Astra.
Yes, the cabin is about the same, which means that complicated centre control stack, still, overall it’s not an uncomfortable place to be. Sat-nav is a handy addition, though the lack of a reverse camera is a glaring omission.
A push-button ignition would also be nice, though at least you do get front seat heaters and digital radio.
At this stage there isn’t an ANCAP safety rating for the 2016 Holden Cascada.
Summing it up; Holden has given the market something that I think a lot of car buyers want – a decent, roomy-enough and practical convertible model.
The Holden Cascada really looks the part, drives well enough and offers enough standard features and fun to make the $42,990 price tag good value.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Holden Cascada
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 125kW and 260Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested