Mazda launched the BT 50 in October 2011 and along with its sister Ford Ranger revitalised the dual cab ute market. The new BT 50 and its sister Ranger introduced new levels of power and comfort to the Ute market.
Starting at around $28,754 RDAP for the single cab 2WD variant through to around $57,814 (approx) RDAP for the GT Range, the BT50 covers the full spectrum of Utes.
BT 50 comes in three model variants, three cab styles and two body styles. In addition there are two transmission choices, a 6 speed manual and automatic there are two new engines.
Leading the way is a new 3.2 litre in-line 5 cylinder 20 valve DOHC intercooled turbo diesel that has maximum power of 147 kW @ 3,000 rpm and maximum torque of 470 Nm @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm with fuel consumption (combined) of 8.4 (4×2) and 8.9(4×4) litres per 100km
The new 2.2 litre in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve DOHC intercooled turbo diesel has maximum power of 110 kW @ 3,700 rpm and maximum torque of 375 Nm @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm and comes with a 80 litre fuel tank capacity and 6-speed manual. Fuel consumption is (combined)of 7.6 litres per 100km
Internally the BT 50 is spacious, well laid out and efficient. There is adequate head and shoulder room and the rear passengers will not be cramped.
All model grades are packed with features including cruise control, Bluetooth®, power windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, and a MP3 compatible CD player with USB input, steering wheel mounted audio controls, trip computer and power windows and mirrors.
XTR models add 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, dual-zone climate control, leather gear shift knob and steering wheel, satellite navigation and chrome trim . Range-topping GT models add auto on/off headlamps, rear-view mirror with auto dimming function, rain-sensing wipers and leather seat trim
The Mazda BT50 was amongst the first dual cab utes in the segment to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
BT 50 is equipped with Airbags SRS front (driver and passenger) and curtain (driver and passenger), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Engine immobiliser, Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Load Adaptive Control (LAC), Remote central locking (2 transmitters with retractable key), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Side impact door beams, Traction Control System (TCS), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) – 4×4 only and Locking Rear Differential (LRD) – 4×4 only
The BT 50 can tow up to 3,350kg with a towball rating of 335kg. Water wading capability is 800mm and a payload up to 1508Kg. Ground clearance is up to 200mm laden
The Mazda BT 50 certainly set the benchmarks by which other Utes are now measured. It is an excellent towing vehicle, comfortable both on and off road and the powerful diesel engine mated with the 6 speed automatic is a gem. It is a top choice for serious off road drivers and for towing.
What is Good
• Off road ability
• internal space
• Towing capacity
What is Not so Good
• High sides on tub
• MFD button
• Foam visible around windscreen
Model Mazda BT50 XTR
Model Price $55,500 RDAP
Engine 3.2L TDCI 5 Cylinder
Drivetrain 6sp Auto
Power 147 Kw @ 3,000 rpm
Torque 470 Nm @ 1,500 rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions g/km 246
Green Vehicle Rating 2.5 Star
Fuel (ADR comb) 9.2 L/100Km
Tow Capacity – Max 3350 kg
Tow Ball Rating 335 kg
Warranty 3yr/ 100,000 km with full roadside assist
Overall OzRoamer Rating 80/100
Behind the Wheel 7
Ride & Handling 7
Fit for Purpose 8
Towing Ability 9
Off Road Ability 8
Value for Money 9