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Mazda BT50 XTR Dual Cab 4WD Ute (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed February 2012

Our XTR featured Mazda’s new 3.2-litre turbo-diesel, the brand’s first five-cylinder engine, and it’s a real cracker.
Developing maximum torque of 470 Nm from 1750 rpm, it pulls like a tractor. Low range and engine combine well making easy work of off-road terrain.

Our test car’s manual gearbox shift felt pretty notchy, though. The BT50 steers and handles with a competency few of its peers match. However the ride, unladen, is overly firm compromising occupant comfort.

The new model ditches the yester-tech ‘umbrella handle’ handbrake lever of the old model for a more conventional lever in the centre console.

Improved rear seats and practical touches like a glovebox that will hold a laptop add appeal.
Mazda BT50 XTR Dual Cab 4WD Ute 2012

For

Torquey engine, handling

Against

Notchy gear change, firm ride

Key features

Climate control, 17”alloys, side steps, rear step-bumper, bluetooth, navigation, CD (USB/MP3), hill descent control, hill launch assist, metallic/mica paint (no cost), leather steering wheel/gear knob

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, EBA, TCS, ESC with load adaptive and roll stability control, trailer sway control, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/loadlimiters

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model BT50 XTR Dual Cab 4WD Ute
Vehicle type Dual Cab Utes
Year 2012
Price when new $48,810 (manual) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 3.2-litre, inline, turbo-diesel 5-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.