Mazda Bt 50 2021
Mazda’s 2021 BT50 one-tonne ute marks the end of a 28-year accord with Ford that began with the 1992 Bravo — a rebadged Ford Courier — and segued into the aboriginal Ford Ranger/BT50 twins in 2006.
The new BT50 is no best a reskinned Ford Ranger. Instead, Mazda has angry to Isuzu and it’s new D-Max. This brings above allowances in reliability, assurance and ammunition efficiency, but de-Rangering the BT has its downsides, too.
Given that best one tonners are bought by bodies with an ABN number, Mazda is spruiking big drive-away discounts for business owners.
ABN holders, for example, pay $59,990 for the top of the ambit BT50 GT automated bifold cab analeptic we’re testing today. A allowance earner will (according to Mazda) pay $65,574 — an added $5584.
On the volume-selling XTR automatic, ABN holders pay $56,490 and adore an alike heftier abatement of $6169.
If you don’t accept an ABN, ask the banker why you should accept to pay bags of dollars added for the aforementioned truck. If the banker is serious, he’ll acquaint you the truth. You don’t.
Under the bonnet, the new BT offers lazier achievement from the 140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre Isuzu turbodiesel compared with the antecedent BT/Ranger’s 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine.
BT50 GT isn’t absolutely as blinged up as its $58,990 drive-away (to all comers) Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain battling — and it misses out on the Isuzu’s roller-style tonneau awning and tub liner — but it does accommodate comfortable heated, leather-faced advanced seats, airing abroad axial locking, alien agent start, dual-zone airconditioning, satnav, agenda radio, articulation ascendancy (though not for abode access in navigation), two USB connectors (one in the aback seat), self-levelling LED headlights and 18-inch alloys.
Driving position adaptability and bench abundance are accomplished by ute standards, there’s affluence of accumulator and the slim, beautiful birr is agnate in architecture and beheading to Mazda’s cars and SUVs. Fit, accomplishment and abstracts affection are at the exceptional end of ute world. Not abiding about the GT’s amber amber trim, though.
Back-seat cartage don’t accept it absolutely as good. Legroom is OK, but the bench is low so adults sit knees up. Vents are provided.
As with abounding utes, the ride is absorptive on big bumps but close springs additionally address abate imperfections so you’re consistently jostled in the cabin. The ride would advance with a amount on board.
Safety is best in chic for all variants. Other utes accept some elements of the BT’s (and D-Max’s) driver-assist assurance tech, but none has the abounding amalgamation and a few, conspicuously the Amarok, accept appealing abundant zip. If accustomed kids and assurance are aerial priorities, this is the accessible choice.
Mazda’s free emergency braking and lane abandonment warning/lane befitting systems are aggressive, though, and sometimes arbitrate unnecessarily. This can drive you nuts. You can about-face both off (not adapted for AEB) but they absence to on every time you restart.
On the move, the Mazda feels old school. There’s abundant balance there to do the job, but $60K can buy a lot added — a 165kW/550Nm Amarok 3.0 V6 or a 150kW/500Nm HiLux 2.8. Acceleration is leisurely.
That said, the Isuzu agent is smoother than the Toyota’s, abundantly quiet, and delivers abundant ammunition economy, abnormally compared with the Ranger’s agog 3.2-litre five-cylinder. On the artery it can do aerial sixes; about boondocks you’ll rarely get into bifold figures.
In allotment this is because of alpine gearing and the six-speed automatic’s arrangement to booty abounding advantage of it. At 100km/h in sixth it’s affairs aloof 1400rpm; at 80km/h in fifth, the same. It will choke about all day on the low ancillary of 2000rpm.
Cornering adeptness is archetypal one-tonner: accustomed and predictably ponderous. Off road, arrest catchy area in low range, the drive-by-wire accelerator is a blow too sensitive, the alteration from off to on addition can be brusque and about-face paddles would be useful. Otherwise, there are no problems. A locking rear diff, adapted low-range gearing, 240mm of clearance, a claimed 800mm fording abyss and acropolis coast ascendancy are all standard.
As with best utes, the BT’s claimed best towing accommodation of 3500kg is a absurd number. At gross agent accumulation (GVM) of 3100kg, your bivouac can counterbalance no added than 2850kg in adjustment to accumulate aural the acknowledged gross aggregate accumulation (GCM) of 5950kg. An auto manual acknowledgment is fitted.
The antecedent BT looked way too weird. This one is stylish, bourgeois and, yes, alike a little bit classy.
I appetite a one-tonner to use as ancestors carriage as able-bodied as work, so I’ll go for the safest kid carrier. This wins by a mile.
BT50 is no best a bargain-priced Ranger, so it has, as a accord and a drive, slipped aback a little in the pack. It’s confused to the front, though, for reliability, ammunition adeptness and safety.
Isuzu D-Max All Terrain, from $58,990 drive-away
Isuzu’s hero archetypal is the aforementioned ute in best respects but you save $1000, get a bit added accessory and an added year’s warranty: 6 years/150,000km.
Mitsubishi Triton GSR, from $52,740 additional on-roads
The best amount one-tonner on the market. Runs a 133kW/430Nm 2.4-litre turbodiesel. Will tow 2985kg at GVM. Ten-year assurance applies alone with banker servicing.
MAZDA BT50 GT VITALS
Price: $59,990 drive away
Warranty/servicing: 5 yr/unl’td km; $2288 for 5 yrs
Engine: 3.0-litre 4-cyl turbodiesel, 140kW/450Nm
Safety: 5 stars, 8 airbags, auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist
Spare: Full-size alloy