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2017 Holden Cascada Review


Good points

  • Great value for money
  • Stylish and luxurious-feeling
  • Decent room for four

Needs work

  • Dated dashboard
  • Lacks autonomous safety tech
  • Thirsty for 95 petrol
Cascada roof down – Chasing Cars

There was a time when reasonably priced and reasonably practical convertibles were everywhere – but now, there’s just one: the 2017 Holden Cascada. A spiritual successor to cabriolets like the Peugeot 306, Saab 9-3, and naturally Holden’s own Astra, the Cascada now offers a really unique package. This is a stylish drop-top with a premium European feel, it will seat four people pretty easily, and it’s just over $40,000 – immediately, that sounds like good value. Couple all those benefits to the fact that convertibles are just feel-good cars, the Holden Cascada is easy for us to recommend if you’re looking for a fun summer car that surprisingly, demands very few compromises.


The 2017 Holden Cascada in brief:

With sexy European lines, a luxurious interior and solid build quality, the Holden Cascada feels much more premium than its price tag suggests. Unlike most affordable convertibles, the Cascada has four usable seats, and a decent-sized boot. Though some parts of the interior are dated, the Cascada is, overall, a very attractive and likeable car.
The Cascada has a peppy 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine which sounds good. Fuel economy is only average. The Cascada is front-wheel-drive and, as convertibles often are, is relatively heavy. However, the handling is sportier than expected. In particular, the Cascada corners well and is fun to drive.
There is just one model for $42,990, but it comes with plenty of luxurious features, including heated leather seats and a heated steering wheel, navigation, and digital radio. The only option is metallic paint for $550.
Cascada side profile – Chasing Cars

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Key specs (as tested)

Single turbocharger
125kW at 6,000rpm
260Nm between 1,650–4,500rpm
Torque convertor
Power to weight ratio
73kW / tonne
Fuel type
Fuel capacity
56 litres
Average Range
747 kilometres
Front wheel drive
Engine configuration
4.70 metres
2.02 metres
1.44 metres
Unoccupied weight
1711 kilograms
Cargo space seats up
280 litres (roof down)
Cargo seats down
380 litres (roof up)

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