EFTM Review: Is the Mazda BT-50 XTR manly enough? — EFTM – tech + cars + lifestyle

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Mazda BT-50

EFTM Review: Is the Mazda XTR manly enough?


Boys love their and to be honest I’m no different. Consequently something plaguing my DNA that a significant kick out of driving sized adults only trucks like the Mazda XTR.

The Mazda BT-50 XTR is the 4X4 pickup to squeeze into the garage. Our test vehicle was in striking metallic Aurora which makes the already styled Mazda balance on the edge of completely berserk.

plenty of creature comforts in XTR Dual zone climate Bluetooth Streaming, a basic recognition system, satellite and cruise control.

Pay a little for the GT and further luxury is added as leather seats, dusk headlights, auto dimming mirror with reversing eight-way power adjusted seat, and rain sensing

Mazda#8217;s latest contribution to the brigade is simply a re-skinned Ranger. Far from being a EFTM along with the of the motoring world regard the Ranger as the current benchmark in segment. There are in total 14 models on offer.



The BT-50 has copped the Zoom” treatment and consequently quite a number of unique

Firstly let#8217;s start the gigantic elephant sitting in the Is the BT-50 ugly?

Well an enormous departure from a traditionally large macho should look like. A of Japanese designers have gone out on a limb here to it up a bit.

What they#8217;ve instantly makes it obvious particular light truck to the Mazda tribe. However the face of a Mazda 6 and smearing it all the front of a Ford Ranger is a regrettable.

Initially I cringed every it peered like a peeping tom the lounge room window at me. at the shops I#8217;d see it towering the weakling assortment of sedans and be somewhat satisfied.

By about day I came to the following conclusion: the BT-50 is deceptively good I hope you can decipher that it#8217;s the best I can do. It turns for better or worse.

I think it has the U word is an unfair accusation.

looks aside and after recently spending some time in Holden’s Colorado can faithfully report that the XTR as with the Ranger is several above GM#8217;s global

There#8217;s an increasing trend for trucks of this nature to passenger car like attributes. EFTM#8217;s Trevor Long it up best when he reviewed the donor car the Ford Ranger

#8220;Don’t be fooled by anyone who you this has a ‘car-like’ feel to it on the

Something that weighs a over two tonnes and stands tall will never and corner like a family However once ensconced the small sporty wheel and cast your eyes the cockpit it#8217;s a pleasant to be confronted with a car like In fact it#8217;s the best in this category, barring a few pulled from the cheap

Inside the Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50


A 3.2 litre in-line inter-cooled turbo diesel 147Kw with 470Nm of It’s an exceptionally strong and far more refined then the very capable 2.8 litre in the Holden Colorado. It’s ability is rated at 3350kg, down on the Holden’s class 3500kg.

A smooth shifting six auto never falters and complements the package. It’s differently to its Ford counterpart, arrives a little later and it quite have that V8 surge the Ranger packs.

In of handling the BT-50 is a much proposition then its donor In an attempt to instil some of famous “Zoom Zoom” the Mazda calibrated suspension is a hypersensitive. It#8217;s uncomfortably over even the slightest

The outcome however is sharp and steering, it corners better the a and absolutely slays the Colorado in department.

Mazda BT-50

When and combined with wet conditions can get a little perilous. The rear end strays off course if corners are with excess gusto. the now compulsory safety net computer will usually save the

No doubt a couple of tool thrown it the back would things down a little.

Off and as expected the Mazda can traverse about anything thrown at it. On the fly 4H is with a turn of a knob, and Decent control makes a breeze when navigating near cliffs. The 800mm ability is pretty significant, don’t become recklessly confidant!

The rear tub is enormous and deep, it conveyed a payload of trimmings I thought would two trips to the tip with ease. The tailgate is strong and more able to accommodate a large standing on it. Speaking of the rear, as its face things get a little again. The rear angular lights sit quite high and themselves around the corners of the on the rear side panels.

The Ranger stylists have for a more simple but attractive stack.

Profile wise are ok, however there#8217;s something a Mitsubishi Triton about the C

At $50,810 the BT-50 XTR is a great it also undercuts the $53,390 XLT price wise. If you can … it in and the looks then go for it!

But it may be a case of one for the team.

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