In Australia’s lucrative dual-cab ute market the battle for sales supremacy has essentially become a two-horse race between Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, which have monopolised their own sizeable chunks of the private, mining and fleet markets.

In terms of sales volumes, Mazda’s BT-50, having found favour with many private buyers, is generally around fourth or fifth overall. That position is not, however, a true reflection of the BT-50’s quality because it is a damn good ute – it’s almost up there with the best of them, in fact.

The next-generation BT-50, due here in 2019, may just push the model into the upper echelon but, in the meantime, is the current XTR worth your consideration? Read on.