2019 Holden Acadia LTZ 2WD assessment

The Common’s greatest and boldest SUV, the seven-seat Holden Acadia, makes a compelling case within the large-SUV section, particularly now with seven years of free servicing.

Aggressive drive-away pricing and 7 years of free scheduled servicing are simply a few the carrots Holden is dangling to potential patrons of its flagship seven-seat SUV. First rate carrots, too, in these financially chastened instances.

The Holden Acadia performs in a large-SUV minefield that, whereas not fairly as cut-throat because the medium-SUV section, nonetheless gives patrons myriad selections in terms of seven-seat household haulers.

Squaring as much as the rampant section leaders – Toyota Kluger, Toyota Prado and Mazda CX-9, which between them get pleasure from 35 per cent market share – is not any simple process. These carrots had higher be fairly engaging, then.

We’ve beforehand hung out within the top-spec Acadia LTZ-V all-wheel drive and got here away impressed with its stage of ordinary gear, in addition to the way it carried out on the highway. This time round, we’re stepping down a rung on the Acadia vary ladder with the 2019 Holden Acadia LTZ 2WD.

You possibly can safely ignore the official $53,490 plus on-road prices record value as a result of since launching late final yr, Holden has been providing some sharp drive-away offers on a just about everlasting foundation. How juicy is that first carrot? Strive $53,990 drive-away which, relying in your state, represents round $3000 off the complete retail value.

These drive-away offers apply to the three trim grades within the Acadia vary. The entry-level LT asks for $43,990 drive-away, whereas the top-spec LTZ-V is $63,990 drive-away. These costs are for front-wheel-drive fashions. All three might be had with AWD for an additional $4K.

Tools highlights for the LTZ embody leather-based seat trim with power-adjustable heated entrance seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, distant engine begin, tri-zone local weather management, push-button begin, second-row seats that slide fore and aft, a leather-based steering wheel and kit lever, entrance fog lights, hands-free powered tailgate, privateness glass, heated door mirrors, halogen headlights, and LED tail-lights.

Infotainment is anchored by an eight.Zero-inch touchscreen and options satellite tv for pc navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB+ radio, and a six-speaker sound system. And there are 5 USB charging factors all through the cabin (two every within the entrance and second rows and, commendably, a single plug within the third row).

The Acadia runs Holden’s latest-gen myHolden Join software program, and it’s an honest sufficient interface. Response instances to inputs are quick, as is pairing by way of Bluetooth. Voice-activated instructions can show a bit glitchy, however that’s not an issue distinctive to the Acadia.

This spec misses out on the eight.Zero-inch TFT instrument cluster reserved for the LTZ-V, however the instrumentation and knowledge displayed on the instrument panel are nonetheless fairly respectable. Toggling via screens is straightforward, too, by way of a steering-wheel-located dial.

There’s loads of security tech, too, with low-speed autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and bike owner detection (high-speed AEB is reserved for the top-spec LTZ-V), lane-keeping help with lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a rear-view digital camera, entrance and rear parking sensors, and 7 airbags offering protection to all three rows. ANCAP? 5 stars awarded in 2018.

There’s no hiding from the Acadia’s presence on the highway – its massive, brash and boxy dimensions unashamedly American. That imposing chrome-surrounded grille when married to chunky squared-off wheel arches solely serves to amplify the Acadia’s highway presence.

The daring theme continues inside, the cabin once more borrowing from the American SUV playbook with a chunky aesthetic that appears and feels stable. There are many soft-touch surfaces including to the general air of consolation, whereas each passenger is catered for by way of consolation and comfort.

Area for passengers is voluminous, even within the third row which is beneficiant sufficient for adults to make use of in consolation. There are separate air vents within the third row, a pair of cupholders, and even a USB charging level.

The second row is much more spacious, with ample toe, knee and head room. These second-row seats slide fore and aft, too. Visibility is superb due to the Acadia’s massive glasshouse, whereas two USB factors and separate local weather controls guarantee everyone seems to be comfortable.

Entry to the third row is appropriate from kerbside, however even higher from roadside the place the right-hand pew within the second row slides ahead and tilts upwards to supply a beneficiant aperture to the third row. It’s a disgrace this characteristic hasn’t transitioned throughout for right-hand-drive markets, nonetheless.

Even with all three rows in use, there’s 292L of boot house increasing to 1042L with seats six and 7 tucked away. Fold away the second row as properly and there’s an enormous 2102L of obtainable storage. Towing is rated at 2000kg braked, 750kg unbraked, with a most downball weight of 200kg.

On the beating coronary heart of the Acadia sits Common Motors’s three.6-litre petrol V6 with 231kW of energy (at 6600rpm) and a wholesome 367Nm of torque (at 5000rpm). These outputs are channelled to the entrance wheels by way of a nine-speed standard automated transmission – a harmonious marriage directly refined and highly effective.

There’s actually no lack of grunt from the large seven-seater which will get off the road effortlessly, the thrum from beneath that hulking bonnet once more emphasising the Acadia’s generosity.

Round city, in site visitors, the LTZ stays quiet and comfy. There is not any trace of torque steer beneath acceleration, even when making a fast getaway, the Acadia remaining easy and steady with linear energy supply.

And the idle cease/begin is likely one of the higher techniques of this type we’ve skilled, whereas the Acadia’s ‘energetic gas administration’, aka cylinder deactivation, permits the engine to run in four-cylinder mode when beneath low masses or at cruising speeds on the freeway. Holden claims a miserly eight.9L/100km on the mixed cycle which, after every week spent round city with the odd freeway run, we couldn’t match, as an alternative seeing an indicated 11.9L.

It’s a simple lope on the freeway, too, the Acadia sitting comfortably and quietly on 110km/h at a tickle over 1600rpm. Ask extra of it, although, for an overtake as an illustration, and the large SUV surges ahead predictably and effortlessly.

The nine-speed auto isn’t intrusive both, with easy adjustments barely felt within the cabin. Neither is highway noise overly intrusive, GM having carried out a stellar job with sound-deadening.

That effort extends to the domestically tuned steering and suspension; a standout characteristic of the Acadia that merely crushes minor imperfections and ripples, reminiscent of highway joins, with barely a murmur. Bigger obstacles, reminiscent of velocity humps, are equally handled simply, the Acadia recovering rapidly with out wallowing. And that’s regardless of not having the energetic dampers of the top-spec LTZ-V beneath wheel, the LTZ and entry-level LT each operating on passive dampers.

The steering, too, has acquired a neighborhood Holden tickle; a properly weighted set-up providing respectable resistance with out being too heavy. Parking the near-five-metre-long Acadia is surprisingly simple, even within the tight confines of my native neighbourhood. A turning circle of 11.8m kerb-to-kerb is on par for the section.

Holden covers the Acadia with its commonplace five-year/unlimited-kilometre guarantee, whereas servicing intervals are each 12 months or 12,000km, whichever comes first. And Holden’s carrot of free scheduled servicing for the primary seven years or 84,000km is yet one more enticement to patrons, and represents round $2000 worth over that interval.

Not that the Acadia wants enticements. It’s, at its core, a properly resolved, highly effective, and spacious SUV that fulfils the temporary of a seven-seater with aplomb. With chic highway manners, married to a strong engine and transmission mixture, and a real third row of seating that’s greater than a cramped compromise, the Acadia must be close to the highest of any potential purchaser’s consideration record. It impressed just lately in top-spec kind, and it continues to impress a rung or two down the Acadia ladder.

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