Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

There’s not much to concern you about Vauxhall Cascada safety levels.

As standard it has four airbags. If you’re unfortunate enough to be in a rollover accident, spring-loaded rollover bars pop up automatically from behind the rear seats if the computer system senses the vehicle begin to roll or if the airbags are triggered.

The front seats are fitted with two-way active headrests (which move forwards and upwards in the event of a rear-end collision to reduce the chance of injury) and all seat belts, front and rear, have pre-tensioners.

The AFL+ (Adaptive Forward Lighting) system is an optional extra – this includes bi-xenon lights, LED daytime running lights and headlamp washers. This swivels the lamps with the steering at up to 15 degrees and automatically dips the lights from high beam to avoid oncoming traffic.

There’s also a Front Camera System with Traffic Sign Recognition available, as are systems including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Hill Start Assist and Side Blind Spot Alert which triggers a warning light in the door mirror if there is a vehicle in the Cascada’s blind spot.

The Cascada features huge doors to aid access to the rear seats, although these make egress from the car in tight parking spaces pretty hard work.

Getting into the rear isn’t easy either, and once there adults will find headroom in short supply, while the front seats don’t automatically return to their original position after being slid forwards. It’s easy to fold down the rear seats thanks to a 50:50 split and an electric release system.

The boot isn’t all that tall, as you’d expect, but it is reasonably deep. With the roof up there’s 380 litres of boot space, a figure which is reduced by 100 litres when the roof is lowered. This increases to 750 litres when the rear seats are folded.

The door bins have been designed with an angled base so that drinks bottles don’t slide around too much and the use of an electronic parking brake rather than a conventional lever makes space for an extra cubby hole in the middle to store odds and ends.

Handily, the fabric roof is designed to be tough enough to be taken through a car wash. Vauxhall also claims the Cascada’s leather seats are heat reflective, so they won’t become baking hot in the sun with the roof down.

Elite derivatives get electric seatbelt ‘butlers’, which slide the seatbelts closer to you on motorised armatures so you don’t need to twist in your seat and reach quite so far behind to access them.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Cascada (13-18).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support

Elite equipment

Elite standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
Elite optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
None available