Car Review: Mazda BT-50 makes its mark from the start

The engine rarely feels like you ever have to work it hard to do anything, and it has attractive Mazda styling.

Excuse me while I turn back the clock on some crappy TV and make a potentially inappropriate Tim the Toolman grunt….”Ohhhh…ohhhh…ohhh.”

I’ve just jumped into the all new Mazda BT-50 and I likey…. A lot.

In fact, I didn’t even need to get in the dual cab utility to start making such appreciative noises. Just knowing the BT-50 is an Isuzu D-Max under such attractive Mazda styling had me going and making those silly noises.

The BT-50 dual-cab range starts from $44,090 for the XT 4×2 automatic and rounds out at $59,990 for the GT dual-cab 4×4 automatic.

I was in a 4×4 manual… and damn did I feel at home.

With its 3.0-lirtre turbo diesel four-cyclinder producing 140kW @ 3600rpm and an impressive 450Nm of torque, I felt like I was in a farm ute….. A good thing when you’re a farmer.

The combined fuel claim is 8.0L/100km for the dual-cab-chassis.

Interior layout in the BT-50 was simple… simply ideal for this farmer. I don’t need to be wowed by gadgets and tricks when I’m wandering down the track to check on the horses or touring into town to pick up supplies.

I just need to know that it will get the job done…. And maybe look the real deal in the process. The Mazda BT-50 does both. The engine rarely feels like you ever have to work it hard to do anything and it’s all quite refined, too, even under load the engine barely disrupts the cabin.

The payload is more than 900kg and the tow rating 3500kg. While I barely loaded the BT in the week I was behind the wheel, it was clear it can get the hard work done while also delivering on the road without a payload.

Steering is refined and this power pack behaved admirably around town without a load.

They say first impressions count for a great deal. I usually back the horse that looks the best to me in the mounting yard and while that doesn’t always work out great for me, I reckon I was on the money when backing the BT-50 as a beauty at first sight.

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