BORN in the USA under the watchful eye of GMC, the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V has been refined by local engineers to create a 7-seat SUV that’s more than capable on Australian roads.
The cross-continental collaboration is not just a people carrier either, it’s got power, is easy to drive, has plenty of tech and is roomy to boot. It’s also loaded with safety features.
Keeping the occupants of your car protected isn’t just about airbags either (the Acadia has a few of those), there’s also traffic sign recognition, and autonomous emergency braking.
The AEB is intuitive too, able to detect pedestrians and cyclists, as well as other motor vehicles, giving you extra confidence. Not that these features are meant to replace driver awareness.
You will undoubtedly notice the beeps and alerts to many of the safety features too, which may prove distracting at times. Some can be turned off based on preferences though, so you can judge which ones bother you.
Holden’s FlexRide adaptive suspension is also present and provides a real cushioned feel for passengers across a variety of terrains. It’s a nice touch that the entire range (which also includes the LT and LTZ) is available in both 2WD (as tested) and AWD.
The 3.6-litre direct injection petrol V6 engine has plenty of power through the city and out on the open road, even with five passengers on board, even if it does raise questions about fuel economy.
We saw a best of 9.8-litres/100km but it never really went over 10.9-litres/100km either, so it was pretty consistent. Adaptive cruise control will help regulate this too. And for those who like to haul stuff, there’s a 2,000kg braked towing capacity.
That’s aided by hitch guidance with hitch view. This translates to the rear-view camera helping you line the vehicle up when you’re connecting a trailer. This naturally also allows you to keep an eye on it while you drive via the infotainment screen.
The 360-degree camera view on offer is entertainment if nothing else, giving a clear bird’s eye view around the car and clear images of objects around the vehicle, and in reality represents a useful tool when maneuvering the large SUV.
You’ll also find lane keep assist and lane departure warning, blind zone alert (blind spot monitoring), advanced park assist and front park assist. Bundle them all together and you should be able to squeeze your Acadia into some of the not so friendly car park spaces.
While there is an array of light and dark tone paint finishes, the Glory Red is a standout, as is the tested Blue Steel (Derek Zoolander would be proud), which looked impressive mounted on the 20-inch alloy wheels.
Throw in some HID headlamps, a truck-like frame, chrome exhaust and door handles, and the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V has a real presence. That look may not be for everyone, but passersby were genuinely surprised the Acadia was a Holden.
Inside, the dual-panel sunroof provides amazing natural light throughout the car, and the interior offers perforated leather-appointed trim in jet black. It gives the Acadia LTZ-V a real luxe feel that flows from front to back.
Front seats are heated and 10-way power adjustable, while the driver’s seat also gets a memory function. Cup holders, and door storage allow for belongings to have some order, considering what a packed car could resemble if there were seven humans onboard.
Front and second row leg and head room is generous, and even the third row allows comfort for adults, not just smaller humans. To maximise the versatility of the seats, configurations can also be shifted at one-touch.
It’s a cool feature that means the second row has smart slide and can switch to a 60:40 split folding scenario, while the third row is a 50:50 split. To assist in storage (particularly with all seats full) there’s welcome additional cargo space under the false floor.
Up against the likes of the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger, the Acadia has admirable space, and with the third row folded flat, there’s an oustanding amount of luggage space (1,042-litres), while dropping the second row delivers a massive 2,102-litres of room.
The suitably sized 8-inch colour infotainment display has plenty of features and can be controlled via the steering wheel, including voice commands. It allows the driver keep focused on road while making commands, and not letting go of the steering wheel.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with SatNav, which proved accurate during testing and was even easy to use via the voice commands. It’s an impressive voice system too, which even responded when it couldn’t work out what we wanted.
A wireless charging plate is a welcome addition too, as is the 8-speaker Bose premium audio system, which delivered a quality sound experience, whether you were listening to weekend tunes or getting up to date on the news of the world.
The DAB+ digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity round out the aural package, and there are dual USB charge points in the front and second rows, with an additional single USB charge point for the third row.
As you would expect, there is also two 12V power outlets for accessories that need a charge on weekends away. These are logically found in the front and cargo area.
With a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 7-years free scheduled servicing, and a commitment to transparent pricing for the life of the vehicle, buying the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V comes with a decent chunk of peace of mind.
Priced at $64,990 drive away, this 7-seat SUV offers good value and a solid list of standard features. The only addition costs are the premium paint, and a switch from 2WD to AWD, which adds about $4,000 in the case of the LTZ-V.
Our test vehicle was provided by Holden Australia. To find out more about the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ-V, contact your local Holden dealer.