Mazda BT-S0 SP 2024 4WD Dual Cab Ute Review

How good is the BT-50 SP for towing

Mazda BT-50 SP  – Recently I drove the Mazda BT-50 4WD Ute with the SP option pack. This caters for buyers that want extra features but with manufacturer warranty.

Mazda BT-50 SP front quarter 5The BT-50 Ute is a robust and capable 4WD with a 3.0L turbo diesel engine that provides 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. It drives though a shift in the fly dual range 4WD system and a 6 speed AT. The BT-50 makes an excellent towing vehicle with 3500kg rating and low torque delivery.

The BT-50 SP pack comes with stylish Black and driftwood leather seat trim, 18-inch alloy wheels and roof rails. In addition, there is upgraded lifted suspension with twin tube shock absorbers.

Up front there is an integrated Lightforce light bar that has excellent brightness but needs better calibration with the automatic headlights.

The BT-50 SP comes with wireless smart phone connectivity, heated front seats, and a comfortable thick rimmed steering wheel.

Its compliant around town and was at home on dirt roads, forest trails and the beach.

The Mazda BT-50 SP is priced from around $68,500 plus the usual costs and is a reliable, robust 4WD Ute.

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Mazda BT-50 SP central screen 1

Readers can find the full review on the Mazda BT-50 SP HERE 


Mazda BT-50 SP Video review

More thoughts about the Mazda BT-50 SP

  • I like the styling, its more SUV than big American Ute
  • The SP enhancements add both style and practicality
  • The raised suspension provides
    • smoother ride on dirt roads
    • more compliant ride
    • better on road handling
    • better ground clearance
    • improved rebound calibration
  • The black and driftwood interior adds subtle ambience
  • Front seats are heated with additional lumbar support
  • Wireless CarPlay is good, wireless charging would be better
  • The Lightforce light bar provides excellent illumination, but the auto calibration for dipping etc. needs some work
  • 18 inch alloy wheels are best for off road work
  • Like its close cousin, the Isuzu D-MAX, THE bt-50 is an excellent tow vehicle
  • 2500kg and 350kg tow ball rating are top of class
  • But you need to keep an eye on the GCM and payload balance
  • 3.0L turbo diesel engine has reasonable performance on road and excellent off road.
  • The low delivery of torque allows for easier towing, especially heavy loads, with reasonable economy
  • SP suspension pack enhances the towing capability of the BT-50
  • The ride and handling on dirt roads is improved and compliant
  • Over sand its a breeze, especially when it was chopped up at the entry to the beach
  • The tub liner is a handy addition.
  • I’m generally not the biggest fan of roller top tonneau, but manual ones are better

Mazda BT-50 SP suspension upgrade 1

What is good?

  • Upgraded suspension.
  • 4WD and towing Capability
  • Interior comfort

What is not so good?

  • Bit expensive
  • Central screen starting to date.
  • Turning off LKA every time

Mazda BT-50 SP towing pack

Instead of a Mazda BT-50 SP what else could I buy?

The recreational Dual Cab Ute segment is packed. And the top end is the most popular.

Buyers could look at the Isuzu D-Max X-TerrainNissan Navara Pro 4X WarriorToyota HiLux Rogue, or the HiLux GR SportFord Ranger Wildtrak, or the all new Mitsubishi Triton

Mazda BT-50 SP rear quarter 5

Mazda BT-50 SP final thoughts

I like the BT-50 SP with the enhancement packs. They add a level of ambience and practicality to an otherwise good Ute.

Its compliant around town and was at home on dirt roads, forest trails and the beach.

The price is getting up there, but also good value compared to the escalating prices from competitors.


Mazda BT-50


BT-50 SP

Model Price$68,510 MLP*
Engine3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain6 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power140kW @ 3,600rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1,600-2,600rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (August 2022)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 Emissions207 g/km
Economy ADR8.0L/100km / 76L capacity
Economy on test9.5L/100k
Max Range1101km
Range on test950km
Servicing12Mth / 15,000km 5 Yrs. Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges). Pricing is from Redbook as at date of article or from the manufacturer’s website.

Mazda BT-50 SP front interior 2

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
AWD/Towing Capability*10 (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5)
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

Mazda BT-50 SP Ute tub 1


Mazda BT-50 SP

Overall Length5280mm
Wheels18×7.5 Alloy
Tyres265/60 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 240mm
Wading Depth800mm
Approach27 degrees
Rampover23.8 degrees
Departure angle24.2 degrees
Turning Circle KTK12.5m
Tub Length1571mm
Tub width arches1120mm
Tub width1530mm
Tub Depth490mm
Kerb Weight2035kg
Payload (kg)1080kg
GVM (kg)3100kg
Towing Capacity (braked)3500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg