2012 Mazda BT-50 Review | Autos Lately

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Mazda BT-50

2012 Mazda BT-50

Like most of the popular ute sold in Australia, the Mazda can be bought in a multitude of configurations various body styles.

In Mazda offers up to 19 different – from the entry-level 2WD single-cab with manual transmission, to the range-topping dual cab GT 4X4 auto

At $ 50,890 (before on-road the Mazda BT-50 XTR 4X4 with auto (as tested) holds the two spot in the BT-50 hierarchy, the top-spec $ 53,140 BT-50 GT

From the outside, the BT-50 Mazda’s familiar, but controversial family face, which so differentiates it from all other who have adopted more styling for the front. It’s a bone of contention from day one has continued to polarise opinions on the

No such issues with the of the Mazda’s styling, though. The profile and side panels are as as any rival in the segment.

However, the skin the Mazda BT-50 is the same vehicle as the Ford Ranger, on which the BT-50 is

The Mazda, though, holds a price advantage over its Ford Ranger XLT Double-Cab which commands a price of $ for the manual.

Mind you, the is even more expensive the top-selling Toyota Hilux 3.0 SR5 priced at $ 50,990 (before and auto), as well as the $ 53,990 Amarok 2.0 TDI420 Highline, eight-speed automatic transmission.

The two the same 3.2-litre diesel generating 147kW/470Nm, but for one slight The Ford Ranger develops its torque sightly earlier 1500rpm (to the Mazda’s 1700rpm).

The end is that the BT-50 suffers slightly more turbo-lag its Ford twin; most when heavy throttle is from standstill.

There is, however, locomotive-like power available from enormously willing diesel, the Mazda BT-50 displaying low-end tractability on the steepest of

The driving experience is helped by the ratio, six-speed automatic which provides smooth and shifts along with mid-range throttle response.

while it’s a strong, free-revving diesel, there’s no its amplified, truck-like diesel no matter where you are on the rev range. massively fuel efficient with a claimed average fuel-consumption of just 9.2L/100km. But by the end of the with a diet of urban only, we averaged 8.9L/km.

from 2WD to 4WD in the BT-50 can be done on the at up to 120km/h, and is as simple as a quarter of the dial next to the shifter. We this system in torrential and gained considerably more on the greasy roads.

On paper, the BT-50’s independent suspension up front and live spring set up at the back should be but the ride, over anything than freeway-smooth roads, is far comfortable. There’s not enough in the damping, so the Mazda’s ride is and jiggly.

In stark contrast, the Ranger displays none of characteristics, instead, ironing out and patchwork roads far more than the Mazda.

It’s a because the general on-road on board the BT-50 match of the Ford Ranger – that is, more SUV than truck in regard.

Apart from the ride (not to be underestimated) the BT-50 drives well and even better. Turn-in is and it corners relatively flat (at the of ride quality) and feels despite its high-riding architecture and 2086kg kerb weight.

Mazda BT-50

The BT-50 uses disc up front and drums on the rear, but no issue with stopping whatsoever. The braking is solid and the is nicely progressive.

It might be a work truck for the mostly but the interior trims and finish in edition of the BT-50 are more of a for the passenger car segment.

There are materials everywhere and metal-look are spread evenly throughout the The centre-stack is neat (although and the ergonomics are car-like.

The smaller-diameter, steering wheel is a treat, as are the cloth seats, which are bolstered and help provide a feeling behind the wheel of the BT-50.

The XTR-grade ute comes with a of features, too, that satellite-navigation with a five-inch screen, Bluetooth phone and streaming, dual-zone climate fog lamps, 17-inch alloy and a better than expected audio system are just of the features on-board the BT-50.

leg and headroom is surprisingly generous for those over six-foot, in the old The rear doors also wide for easy ingress and and there are standard fit side with an aluminium finish.

got a ton of load space in the tub, At 511mm deep it’s high for this reviewer and long and 1560mm wide. The braked towing capacity is a 3500kg and in-line with the in class.

With more and work trucks these doubling-up as the weekend family (especially the dual cab models) standards have been improved across the board.

The Mazda BT-50 gets a suite of the latest active and safety kit including six airbags, stability control with control, antilock braking with electronic brakeforce and brake assist, trailer control (for extra when towing), load control (adjusts the stability systems to maximise traction), launch assist and hill control for a full five-star test rating from

The Mazda BT-50 is a great package, with keen for a very strong offering. the one chink in the Mazda’s armour is the ride over all but the smoothest of

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