Mazda BT-50 XT 4×2 2016
Automatic transmission is welcome in the facility – but not the budget – ute.
It is normal to be ambitious in the top model, but sometimes, saying that when you buy an ute, a reality check shows you go for something more practical and affordable.
Spending $ 60,000 on a working truck is as big as anyone. For example, a mason doesn’t need leather trim, high-end audio and shiny alloys to bring his device to work.
What is needed is a dedicated truck – a hose job with vinyl floor mats, steel wheels and an alloy tray and the bigger the load the better.
Mazda’s 2.2-liter BT-50 cockpit chassis fits perfectly on the bill, unless you’re driving on bogus websites.
A recent upgrade reintroduced the BT-50’s crazy “face”, adjusted the level of equipment and significantly added a six-speed automatic to the base model. That’s a big question – at $ 28,815, it costs $ 3200 more than the six-speed manual – but some people like to move themselves to pull and drive in heavy cities.
When you need to carry multiple devices, the rule is “bigger is better”
The taxi chassis is the only model with four diesel cylinders and the rest running five 3.2-liter cylinders.
A reverse camera is optional on the XT at $ 820 and it’s standard for the rest of the range.
The big tray is a plus. In XT, it is aluminum and has a length of 2550mm wide by 1842mm – the length can lead to parking difficulties in shopping malls.
When you need to carry around multiple devices, the rule is “bigger is better” and the BT-50 actually appears here. The payload is 1533kg, quite impressive for a ute a ton and, moreover, it can tow 3350kg.
Not that you burden them both at the same time, even with the powerful ladder chassis, big brakes, leaf springs and rear axle live.
Two-seater cabins are practically acceptable, if a bit Spartan. The infotainment screen is too small and it only has steering adjustment.
The seats are wide and comfortable, other interior features easy to use and even the sound is okay.
With decent output (110kW / 375Nm), the diesel pulls from a low level in the rev range but it generates too much noise and vibration. You know you are in a working truck. The five-cylinder is much smoother though it uses a bit more fuel.
Basically, five engines with one cylinder turned off, 2.2 returns 8.9L / 100km in the automatic form (the manual is quite economical at 7.6L) and the tank contains 80L.
Ride comfort is what you would expect from a truck working in front of coils, springs down to the rear and a potential increase of 1.5 tons. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
The Hi-rider we tested (with 4WD ride height but at no extra cost) seems ready to work with black 16-inch steel wheels (but lacking) alloy load rails. Spare parts is a temporary 16 inch job.
Yes, we have uploaded it but nowhere near 1.5 tons. The construction materials we have to move, weighing about half a ton, make a little different from the behavior on the road, in addition to being able to soften a bit.
The reversing camera image displayed in the rearview mirror is just enough. If you get a bit of early morning sunlight in your eyes back out of the drive, that’s useless.
We like technology – cruise control, multi-wheel control, hill hold, trailer sway control, new multimedia setup – and amenities, including Bluetooth phones and audio, doors power windows and mirrors and air conditioning.