2019 Holden Acadia Review | Asian Car Guide
June 2, 2020

2019 Holden Acadia Review

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The Acadia is the latest addition to Holden’s line-up, and the mid-sized 7 seater also becomes Holden’s largest SUV.

Manufactured in Spring Hill, Tennessee (then tested, tuned and refined by a team of Holden engineers for Australian conditions); it has been available in the US under the GMC brand since 2007, with the second generation arriving in 2017.

This SUV has front wheel or optional All Wheel Drive, and a very smooth 9 speed automatic transmission. It has a very capable 3.6L V6 naturally aspirated petrol engine.

There is no smaller engine or the maybe going out of favour now diesel option offered at all. There is a rotating knob on the centre console to select drive modes of Front or All Wheel Drive, Sport, Town or Touring.

The exterior styling is robust and somewhat chunky, maybe American looking and very capable and business-like looking.

2019 holden acadia interiorInside is very comfortable and roomy, with an impressive and very functional level of interior design and materials used.

There are 3 rows of seats, and the 3-passenger second row tilts forward and slides forward with one touch to give entry access to the 2-passenger third row.

There is space in all three rows to have large (in my case 6 foot) males seated fairly comfortably, maybe with heads a little forward in the third row, because of the slope at the back of the roof, but still acceptable, which is impressive.

The third row seats are tilted forward by pull-straps behind them, and all rear seats can be lowered forward to provide a good usable flat cargo storage area of about 2100 litres.

There are abundant USB power points, as well as 2x 12 volt, also cup holders and other storage spaces, including overhead driver’s sunnies holder.

Under the boot there is a space saver spare wheel, probably preferable to a repair kit.

There are 3 levels of equipment specification for the Acadia, depending on your budget and what features you might feel you want – called LT, LTZ and LTZ-V.

Overall these features can make the Acadia very well outfitted with what you might expect from current driver safety and assistance technology.

Some features LT Includes are – tri-zone climate control, remote engine start, 8″ colour touch screen, Traffic Sign Recognition with Intelligent Speed Assist,  Autonomous Emergency Braking when in danger of collision with vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians, Passive Entry Push-button Start, Integrated Satellite Navigation, and DAB+ digital radio as well as AM/FM radio, hitch guidance with hitch view, allowing you to use the rear cam to monitor a trailer or caravan.

There is so-called ‘haptic’ safety alert, meaning the seats vibrate to warn you of safety problems. Also when you exceed the speed limit the displayed speed sign vibrates to alert you, a helpful innovation.

LTZ additions: Leather-appointed trim, 10 way power adjusted driver’s seat, Wireless mobile Charging (compatible devices),  Advanced Park Assist, Hands-free Power Tailgate, Lateral Impact Avoidance.

LTZ-V additions: Ventilated front seats, 10 way power adjusted front passenger seat,  20″ Alloy Wheels, Dual-Panel Sunroof,  Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Go function, 360 Degree Camera for parking, Bose 8-speaker Premium Audio, HID headlamps, Flex-ride adaptive suspension, adaptive cruise control, 8″ colour driver’s info display.

Additional to the above there are many accessories specially made to enhance and protect the Acadia, as well as premium paint choices.

holden acadia rear interiorThe new Holden Acadia SUV has good handling, acceleration, cornering and overtaking ability. It goes fairly well over bumpy roads, bouncing around a bit maybe because the suspension is tuned for comfort rather than precision manoeuvring.

Overall it is very pleasing and easy to drive.


  • 5 star ANCAP safety rating
  • Engine: 3.6L V6 petrol engine, 231kW/367Nm
  • Transmission: 9 speed auto
  • Dimensions mm: length 4979, width 1916, height 1762, wheel base  2857
  • Kerb Weight: 1874 kg
  • Turning circle: 11.8 metres
  • Ground clearance: 198cm
  • Towing kg: 750 unbraked  2000 braked
  • Fuel: unleaded petrol,
  • Economy: 8.9/9.3 L/100km FWD/AWD combined cycle
  • CO2: 209/219 g/km  FWD/AWD Combined

Drive-Away Price: current offers are from $42,990 for the base LT with Front Wheel Drive, to $57,990 for the LTZ with All Wheel Drive, plus 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty.