Auto Review: 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ

MODERN, well equipped, versatile. A true indication of what the new Holden Acadia delivers. The GMC-built 7-seater represents the car maker’s latest entry into the large SUV market, and is sure to lure customers away from its rivals.

The spacious Holden Acadia hits the road in three variants; the LT, LTZ and LTZ-V, all with an optional AWD configuration, and complete with a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, and a bucket load of safety features.

Standard fitment includes pedestrian and cyclist detection (all-speeds on LTZ-V) autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, side blind zone alert, lateral impact avoidance and seven airbags.

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There are five child restraint anchor points, two ISOFIX child seat anchor points, reverse camera and rear park assist. The list actually goes on and on, it truly does. There’s also an 8.0-inch infotainment system with SatNav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Bluetooth is crystal clear and the infotainment system overall is pretty good, despite some moments of unfriendliness in our quest to find certain functions to switch them on and off.

If that isn’t enough though, there are also five USB outlets and a six-speaker sound system. Geared potentially as the replacement for the 7-seat version of the Captiva, we have to say, there’s simply no comparison.

The Acadia is a far better vehicle and offers 231kW of power and 367Nm of torque, with a 2,000kg braked towing capacity (in the 2WD and AWD variants), which puts it on par with the segment leader in the Toyota Kluger.

Married to the 3.6-litre petrol powered Acadia is a seamless 9-speed automatic transmission that performs its required tasks effortlessly and quietly. Engine noise is minimal thanks to excellent intake and exhaust dynamics.

According to the brochure, the petrol only Holden Acadia manages fuel economy of 8.9-litres/100km in 2WD or 9.3-litres/100km in AWD configuration. We managed a very respectable 10.0-litres/100km in our 2WD variant.

Body Styling is very GMC, with the large grille and square set front fascia, giving a slightly aggressive look even when its parked, while the LED daytime running lights and rear tail lights add to the styling.

On the inside you’ll find jet black perforated leather trim and leather appointed seats in all three rows. The seats are comfortable and ergonomically sound, and with seat warming for the front row, winter drives will be easy too.

Leg room for the second row is no problem either with smart-slide capabilities although the 60/40 split is on the traffic side. The third row seating is one of the roomiest we’ve seen too, with enough space to store two teenagers.

With 1042-litres of storage with the third row down or 292-litres with the third row in use, space isn’t a problem. Now to the task of explaining what you get for your money, in simple terms.

The entry level LT gets 18-inch alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, auto high beam, proximity key with push-button start (including remote engine start) active noise cancellation, leather steering wheel and tri-zone climate control.

Step up to the LTZ we drove and you add the leather and seat heating we’ve talked about already, wireless charging, rain-sensing wipers, advanced park assist, front fog lights and a hands-free powered tailgate.

It’s priced from $53,990 drive away for the 2WD variant and offers excellent ride comfort, and comes complete with a local tune from Holden engineers, ensuring a comfortable and effortless driving experience.

Even in front-wheel-drive configuration, the large Holden Acadia SUV inspires confidence with minimal torque steer under acceleration. The steering is refined and accurate even on uneven road surfaces and the chassis adapts to steering inputs without delay.

Well priced and purpose built for the task of being a genuine 7-seat family SUV, the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ comes in Summit White, Mineral Black, Glory Red, Scorpion, Abalone White, Dark Shadow, Blue Steel and Nitrate Silver.

Our test vehicle was provided by Holden Australia. To find out more about the 2019 Holden Acadia, contact your local Holden dealer.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness


Pros - responsive and powerful engine; cabin comfort; fantastic ride.
Cons - too many driver aids; unfriendly infotainment system; permanent auto stop/start.
Trevor Mirabito
Trevor Mirabito
Trevor Mirabito is the owner of Race Academy International and a race coach with Fastrack/V8 Race Experience. He is a lover of cars, both on and off the track, but has secretly completed thousands of laps of Wakefield Park Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama combined.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> responsive and powerful engine; cabin comfort; fantastic ride.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> too many driver aids; unfriendly infotainment system; permanent auto stop/start.Auto Review: 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ