Mazda BT-50 4WD Double Cab Limited 2012 Review | Car & SUV

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Mazda BT-50

4WD Double Cab 2012 Review

We tested new BT-50 a few weeks ago, but in its GSX guise. This week had the luxury Limited version adds leather and reversing

It was interesting to have a second at the Mazda as often your change over time. I’m not a fan of utes #8211; I don#8217;t own a pair of wellies #8211; but the feels so car-like that you to appreciate the benefits of having extra height in traffic, other things. It’s a big (200mm longer than the model) – not really designed for – but with the reversing sensors way more palatable in the city.

And where this ute probably live. Tradespeople aren’t to worry about leather this is going to be bought by who wants to tow a boat or horse (it’ll tow 3350kg on a braked while all their nautical or accessories can be accommodated in the tray.

For this new BT-50 Mazda has the corporate nose and grafted it a commercial vehicle. Porsche this, putting the 911 nose the Cayenne (which has been with the ugly stick). has done it putting the Lancer Evo X onto the Outlander (which purposeful with its chiseled Has the corporate Mazda face worked for the BT-50? Kind of.

some angles it does a bit awkward, but it’s also Awkwardness is a trait of many a car from the wrong angle – and Renaults are notorious for this. I the BT-50 better the second round though.

It’s growing on me.

Inside you get the luxuries as a car – dual-zone climate automatic headlights, rain wipers, Bluetooth phone cruise control and so on. The driving is nice and high allowing you to the landscape and the top of other cars.

But it gives you an advantage over is that you can turn on the 4WD or even 4WD low lock the diff and start it dirty. Put it through the mud and you can expect the turbocharged diesel to use its prodigious to pull you out. In fact, so much torque (470Nm) wheelspin is inevitable in 2WD mode in the dry, but it is deftly reined in by the control.

The engine produces 147kW and put to the mud via a 6-speed automatic with a shift option.

The 3.2-litre, engine produces a nice, burble. The BT-50 is predictably during acceleration, but it’s quieter than some when it’s cruising at speeds.

The handling is very for a ute. It’s wallowy in the as to be expected, and it feels a bit vague at the at speed, but it’s no worse the vast majority of the competition. The which is based on the new Ford has a revised suspension, but still on leaf springs at the rear.

surprising how refined Mazda has it given the suspension set-up.

This ute has a double cab and you can easily fit and four sizeable passengers in. a ute, there’s absolutely no storage available apart a tiny space behind the seats where the tool kit – a bit frustrating if you have to park it in the

Safety features abound. like a bouncy castle if all the airbags go off, plus you get the combination of emergency brake (EBA), electronic brake distribution (EBD), dynamic control (DSC), electronic program (ESP), traction system (TCS) and anti-lock (ABS).

This profusion of means that in an emergency only have partial while the circuits take the task of applying maximum force and keeping you heading you want to go. I have tried like this on a race and they are much better even well-above-average drivers. In there’s a hill descent to help you down steep hill launch which you rolling back when you on steep hills (why need this in an automatic is me), trailer sway and load adaptive control.

There’s also Mazda’s price servicing option, and a 3-year/150,000km warranty.

Mazda BT-50

Competition in segment has taken a large forward with the launch of the Ranger (review here). As the is based on the Ranger it has benefited that leap. However, because two cars have underpinnings doesn’t mean the same.

While the Ranger is the benchmark the BT-50 can be every bit as for your purposes, but it will be to your preference of looks, style, price and brand particularly as if you want the top level it#8217;s a few grand more but comes with extra like a reversing camera and seats. As they#8217;re both and capable utes, that be a difficult decision for you!

Feels almost like a car

price servicing option

and quiet when cruising

towing capacity

A few minor let it down – trip computer should be on the steering wheel, for

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