It’s been over a yr since Mazda’s reimagined Isuzu-twinned BT-50 confirmed its contemporary ‘Kodo’ face on native terra firma, so it’s time for unearthing the XTR twin cab 4×4 pick-up’s new tips.
Some 14 months on, this variant stays largely unchanged even when the panorama has shifted just a little. The paint has nicely and actually cured on the large Mazda’s native presence and it’s simpler to step again and measurement up the BT-50 with perspective and expertise.
The Mazda BT-50 hasn’t been as standard because the mechanically associated (if stylistically totally different) Isuzu D-Max up to now, whereas neither have managed to knock the Toyota HiLux or the Ford Ranger from their gross sales thrones.
Regardless of this, it has spent a few months making tidy enterprise outselling the remainder of the Mazda vary. There have even been publicised provide points too. The BT-50 vary has just lately expanded for 2022, with new variants and a broader alternative of engines.
We forecast the BT-50’s relative lack of success again at its launch – going for a passenger automobile aesthetic relatively than robust truck was going to be a dangerous name. Isuzu’s bolder Tonka styling for D-Max, notably in flagship X-Terrain guise, is a giant motive why it sits because the third-best-selling ute vary in Oz.
Now the BT-50 has develop into extra acquainted and it casts it web extra broadly with a variety, is the BT-50 about to seek out houses in additional Australian garages? Presumably.
Regardless of the case, you must shortlist the BT-50 in its extremely palatable XTR 4×4 dual-cab pick-up type, which is designed to achieve each workhorse and life-style roles.
The present listing value for this mid-ranger is $56,490 plus on-road prices, which is cheaper than final time I reviewed one in October 2020 ($57,210). That’s for the 4×4 computerized – selecting a handbook gearbox drops the worth by $2500.
Favor 4×2? The auto-only rear-drive XTR dual-cab pick-up, the very best 4×2 grade on supply, clocks in at $48,990 saving a good $7500 for those who actually don’t need or want 4×4 drive. In case you do favor 4×4 you’re actually spoilt for alternative within the BT-50 vary.
2022 Mazda BT-50 pricing:
- Mazda BT-50 XS single-cab chassis 1.9 auto: $38,490
- Mazda BT-50 XT single-cab chassis 3.0 auto: $40,490
- Mazda BT-50 XS dual-cab pickup 1.9 auto: $43,490
- Mazda BT-50 XT Freestyle cab-chassis 3.0 auto: $43,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $45,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT dual-cab chassis 3.0 auto: $47,490
- Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $48,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT single-cab chassis 3.0 handbook: $45,490
- Mazda BT-50 XT single-cab chassis 3.0 auto: $47,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT Freestyle cab-chassis 3.0 handbook: $48,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT dual-cab pickup 3.0 handbook: $50,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT Freestyle cab-chassis 3.0 auto: $51,490
- Mazda BT-50 XS dual-cab pickup 1.9 auto: $51,490
- Mazda BT-50 XT dual-cab chassis 3.0 handbook: $52,490
- Mazda BT-50 XT dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $53,490
- Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab pickup 3.0 handbook: $53,990
- Mazda BT-50 XT dual-cab chassis 3.0 auto: $54,990
- Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $56,490
- Mazda BT-50 GT dual-cab pickup 3.0 handbook: $56,990
- Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab chassis 3.0 auto: $57,990
- Mazda BT-50 GT dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $59,990
- Mazda BT-50 SP dual-cab pickup 3.0 handbook: $62,990
- Mazda BT-50 SP dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $65,990
- Mazda BT-50 Thunder dual-cab pickup 3.0 handbook: $65,990
- Mazda BT-50 Thunder dual-cab pickup 3.0 auto: $68,990
Costs are drive-away for ABN holders
How does the BT-50 XTR fare towards the standard rivals?
The Toyota HiLux SR5 Double Cab ($58,680) is just a little pricier, whereas the soon-to-be-replaced Ford Ranger XLT 3.2 Double Cab ($57,490) could possibly be a little bit of an funding punt because it heads into run-out over the following few months.
The following-generation mannequin has already been priced for our market forward of first deliveries commencing in mid-2022, with the XLT Twin Cab 2.0 BiTurbo itemizing from $61,190 plus on-roads.
Isuzu D-Max? The LS-M Crew Cab pick-up auto ($54,000) is cheaper, whereas the following step up LS-U ($59,400) has had a latest value rise for MY22, pegging it extra intently to the BT-50 GT ($59,990).
BT-50 XTR highlights:
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay + Wired Android Auto (wi-fi)
- DAB+ digital radio
- Satellite tv for pc navigation
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights with auto levelling
- LED entrance fog lights and daytime operating lights
- Aspect steps
- Underbody safety
- Tub liner
- Lockable tailgate
- Energy-folding mirrors
- Rain sensing wipers
- Twin-zone local weather management
- A reversing digital camera
- Adaptive cruise management
- Rear air vents
- Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
- Eight-speaker audio
- Auto-dimming inside mirror
- Material trim
- Rear seat centre armrest
- Keyless entry
The Mazda BT-50 wears a five-star ANCAP security score with 2020 datestamp, primarily based on evaluation performed on the technically-related Isuzu D-Max. It applies to all variants besides the flagship Thunder.
Class scores included 83 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 89 per cent for little one occupant safety, 67 per cent for weak street consumer safety and 84 per cent for security help.
All Mazda BT-50 fashions come commonplace with:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Pedestrian and bike owner detection
- Flip Help (junction AEB)
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep help
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver consideration monitoring
- 8 x airbags incl. front-centre airbag
- ISOFIX anchors in row two
- Reversing digital camera
Many can have a robust opinion on Mazda’s tackle pick-up styling. Your creator is a fan, as a result of there’s a sure maturity that bucks the proverbial ‘wear-it-on-your-sleeves’, mud-slinging type. Your creator additionally isn’t a typical dual-cab goal purchaser, both.
That the four-door BT-50 appears a bit like a jacked-up Mazda SUV with a big tub will solely please some tastes.
The final passenger automobile vibe carries over inside, which is clearly minted from related inventory as a D-Max. That is unsurprising actually as the 2 breeds even roll off the identical Thai meeting line, though Mazda tries oh-so onerous to persuade you it’s reduce from the identical material as its Japanese street vehicles.
So that you get Mazda’s multifunction wheel and a usually austere Mazda color scheme. It is among the nicer dual-cab cabins on the market, even in mid-spec with hardy material trim, and the gentle touchpoints and sprint high do soften the truck vibe.
However whereas it’s good for a dual-cab, a phase hardly huge on plush pleasantries, it’s not almost as good, slick or as nicely built-in as Mazda’s nicer, newer passenger vehicles – even vehicles asking manner much less cash.
It appears a bit Mazda-like, however doesn’t really feel convincing. That’s no fault of Mazda – till consumers cool their demand for life-style vans and begin demanding real high quality interiors – the automobiles supplied will nonetheless carry comparatively low-rent cabins at high-rent costs.
The bluff and edgy design theme is tidy, clear and logical. The leather-based wheel is properly tactile – none of that urethane garbage – and the material on the seats and door inserts are good touches. However plenty of the execution is kind of primary, from the rudimentary plastics to the odd driver’s instrumentation.
Maybe issues get nicer additional up the BT-50 tree when you arrive on the $60k-plus GT stuff…
It’s fairly a resolved and pleasing area to spend time, although a number of the unusual design quirks famous in previous critiques haven’t been shaken out of the package deal but.
The proud hump within the driver’s seat again stays, the solar visor nonetheless fouls towards the rear-view mirror, and the entrance cupholders pop the lids of something smaller than a jumbo-size cup, sending latte throughout the console high. There’s nonetheless no quantity knob both.
On that matter, the 9.0-inch infotainment system is okay relatively than distinctive, with workmanlike decision and processing velocity. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay does imply you may keep away from a number of the clunky proprietary options, however it’s liable to hiccups and takes endlessly to reboot after the BT-50 has been restarted.
A grainy reversing digital camera and old-school sat-nav additionally function, although whereas it’s completely practical it’s not a patch on the programs fitted to Mazda’s street vehicles. It’s price noting the BT-50 runs Isuzu’s infotainment interface and never Mazda’s in-house MZD Join or Mazda Join programs.
There are some neat touches shared with D-Max, such because the ‘higher’ secondary glove field and the additional pop-out cupholders within the sprint fascia. There’s loads of storage, together with bottle holders within the doorways, however machine connectivity/energy is proscribed and there aren’t any frills equivalent to inductive cellphone charging, which is a little bit of rarity on this phase.
No less than the rear seat-backs have a lovely rake, far much less upright than present in some rivals, and rear air vents and machine energy makes it fairly kid-friendly.
It gives a decent-sized tub that’s 1571mm lengthy and 1530mm vast, with 1120mm between the interior wheel arches, whereas the payload space is 490mm from the ground to the bathtub’s wall lips.
It has 4 anchor factors, and quoted payload capability is 1070kg.
The BT-50 makes use of a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel 4 sourced from Isuzu. It produces 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm between 1600-2600rpm, and is tied to a six-speed computerized (or six-speed handbook) that gives sequential handbook shifting performance.
The autos get a two-speed Excessive-Low switch case. There’s additionally on-the-fly switching between 4×2 and 4×4 at speeds as much as 100km/h and a locking rear differential. Braked towing capability is 3500kg.
Claimed gasoline consumption is 8.0L/100km for computerized 4×4 variations of the XTR. Choosing a handbook reduces consumption by 0.3L.
There aren’t any modifications for MY22 and; due to this fact, no on-road surprises in the best way it drives.
The BT-50’s character will probably be acquainted to those that are skilled with the D-Max as a result of they’re just about the identical beneath, proper right down to areas equivalent to suspension tuning. In contrast to the HiLux or Navara, there hasn’t been any suspension fiddling (but) in BT-50’s lifecycle and since it was fairly rattling good out of the field, so there’s no tweaking demanded.
The massive Mazda feels massive to drive. Its excessive ‘Kodo’ look grille provides to a excessive bonnet line that may be just a little trickier than most pick-ups to guage when closing in on an object. That mentioned, BT-50 isn’t a very tough dual-cab to guage in a decent squeeze, even with the poor reversing digital camera high quality affecting reverse parking.
The three.0-litre oiler and six-speed auto mixture is a little bit of a combined bag. It rattles, has a reasonably agricultural vibe and has a fashion that swells low-rpm torque with a little bit of elastic response which makes the engine really feel just a little duller than you count on beneath half throttle.
Dig in, although, and it delivers the products, nevertheless it’s not fairly as linear and crisp as, say, Ford’s a lot smaller-capacity BiTurbo 4. Its barely lazy nature additionally means you’re flexing your proper leg extra typically than appears crucial, which might get just a little fatiguing on lengthy drives with plenty of stopping and beginning.
The Aisin auto upshifts typically – to the purpose of annoyance. As reported prior, it nearly wants a ‘Sport’ drive mode, simply to make it extra drivable and responsive.
Elsewhere, there’s goodness and premium facets in its method. The electrical steering is gentle, fairly direct and fairly crisp. Are you listening, Toyota?
Additionally, as soon as the din of the diesel calms down on a continuing throttle it turns into impressively quiet. The brakes, too, are nicely freed from any spongy pedal weirdness or abruptness from the disc-drum design.
On the transfer, the BT-50 is usually composed and pretty nicely settled. The Solely exception is hitting a velocity bump, the place an unladen observe can ship the rear finish pitching and skipping just a little. Trip is agency, if not punishingly so, with a little bit of fidgeting at low velocity that smooths out fairly properly as soon as speeds climb.
Throughout some light-duty off-roading the BT-50 proves a succesful and devoted ally. There’s a sturdy sense of under-stressed goal that’ll encourage you to enterprise deeper into the mulga than we did on check.
Traction-wise, it copes with corrugations nicely, regardless of transmitting the lumpy floor by means of into the cabin. Nonetheless, I by no means felt it lose composure or get too far off form when you determine to push on at an honest clip.
Actually, it’s typically extra flustered on the street, largely because of the overly delicate security help. The entrance collision warning system triggers early, the rear cross visitors alert system is kind of hyperactive (and really loud), and the blind-spot warning system places on a helluva battle out on the open street when it senses one other automobile nicely behind in an adjoining lane.
A few of it may be switched off, however most of it it’s important to study to reside with.
Mazda gives a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee on the BT-50, with 5 years of roadside help.
Servicing is required each 12 months or 15,000kms, whichever comes first.
Prices for all BT-50 4×4 computerized variants are $418, $390, $673, $496 and $312 for the primary 5 providers by means of to 75,000km.
The mid-spec BT-50 was factor at first impression across the time of launch, and stays convincingly first rate because it settles into its lifecycle.
Whereas its tackle styling isn’t to all tastes, it’s no much less worthy or succesful due to it.
Actually, it brings one thing just a little totally different to the dual-cab set – smart-if-sombre austerity and freedom from ‘boofy’ sports activities ostentation (it’s extra a energy than a damaging).
On benefit, it deserves the form of curiosity the D-Max enjoys.
The issue is that the extra upmarket promise of its styling simply isn’t delivered within the expertise: it’s much less well mannered than it appears. That mentioned, the expertise is just about par for the dual-cab course and while you settle into the BT-50, it reveals itself as a rattling high quality factor to reside with.
The XTR pricing is simply $3500 shy of the GT, nonetheless, and its higher-spec stablemate’s leather-trimmed, fully-electric pews and further fanciness simply may be the upmarket icing the BT-50 must convincingly ship on its ‘good truck’ pitch.
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