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Mazda BT-50 Review, For Sale, Specs, Colours, Models & Interior

Mazda might be able to claim one of the longest lineages for the BT-50 – that is, if it hadn’t had three separate names over its history.

The B Series ute was Mazda’s first foray, way back in 1964, which was replaced in 1992 by the well-known Bravo. By then, Mazda’s ute had grown from its workhorse roots to a series of two- and four-wheel-drive utes, with the choice of single and dual cab configurations. With the advent of the BT-50 in late 2006, Mazda updated the name, style and performance of its ladder-framed ute.

These days, a pair of diesel engines work across a range of body styles and drive configurations, with prices starting at $33,650 for the BT-50 XS (4X2) up to $70,990 for the BT-50 Thunder (4X4).

Mazda BT-50 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda BT-50 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why is my 2016 Mazda BT-50 3.2-litre using 14 litres per 100kms?

    Unless you’ve changed the way you drive, a sudden jump in fuel economy suggests something wrong with either the mechanical or electronic side of things. Have the vehicle scanned and see if it throws any fault codes. From there, you can work out what component is giving you grief and target the problem accurately, rather than mess around for weeks flying blind.

    One reason for the sharp increase in fuel consumption could be that the vehicle’s diesel particulate filter (DPF) is full and needs to be regenerated. If you’re not doing long, highway miles, the computer can take matters into its own hands and dump extra fuel into the exhaust system in an attempt to get the exhaust hot enough to regenerate the filter. But you could also be dealing with a faulty fuel-pressure regulator, worn injectors or even something as simple as a blocked air filter.

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  • What do I do if a dealer gives me and incorrect quote?

    This is one of the problems with the way the prices of band-new vehicles are haggled over. Had there been just a simple checkout price (as there is with nearly everything else we buy) this confusion probably wouldn’t have crept in. I take that, having asked for the tray upgrade, you then paid attention only to the final price being offered by the dealer.

    Regardless of whether the dealer is trying to stall you with talk of a two month wait is a side issue. And perhaps you can hold out and force the dealer to supply the vehicle as per your contract of sale. Then again, if the mistake was a genuine one by a member of the sales staff (who could conceivably lose their job over such a blunder) then what’s the moral solution? Perhaps there’s a compromise to be made by both parties. I can understand you not wanting to pay an extra $7000 for a different type of tray, but surely that’s not the best result for anybody. In an ideal world, perhaps one solution would be for the dealer to provide the tray at their cost price (so they don’t lose money on the deal) and you get a cheap(er) tray because you’re not paying retail. Yes, it’s complicated. But that’s what happens when commerce meets karma.

     

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  • I'm having problems with my Mazda BT50 twin-cab pick-up order

    This is one of the problems with the way the prices of band-new vehicles are haggled over. Had there been just a simple checkout price (as there is with nearly everything else we buy) this confusion probably wouldn't have crept in. I take that, having asked for the tray upgrade, you then paid attention only to the final price being offered by the dealer.

    Regardless of whether the dealer is trying to stall you with talk of a two month wait is a side issue. And perhaps you can hold out and force the dealer to supply the vehicle as per your contract of sale. Then again, if the mistake was a genuine one by a member of the sales staff (who could conceivably lose their job over such a blunder) then what's the moral solution? Perhaps there's a compromise to be made by both parties. I can understand you not wanting to pay an extra $7000 for a different type of tray, but surely that's not the best result for anybody. In an ideal world, perhaps one solution would be for the dealer to provide the tray at their cost price (so they don't lose money on the deal) and you get a cheap(er) tray because you're not paying retail. Yes, it's complicated. But that's what happens when commerce meets karma.

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  • Why is my 2012 Mazda BT-50 making a scraping noise?

    This is indeed a known problem on these transmissions and one for which Mazda issued a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB; like a recall but not safety related) back in 2014. Apparently, a problem with the valve-body (that controls the gearbox’s shifts) caused a scraping or buzzing noise usually when shifting form Park to Drive or Reverse. That’s not exactly what you’re reporting, but it’s almost too similar not to be related. Depending on the build date of the vehicle, Mazda either replaced part of the entire valve-body assembly.

    The other problem you’ve alluded to; that of a faulty output speed sensor is a different issue to the one that sounds like it’s causing your problem. In the case of the dud sensor, the gearbox could suddenly decide to shift back to first gear unannounced. If that happened at speed, it could cause the vehicle’s wheels to lock up with some very interesting consequences.

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Mazda BT-50 Accessories

The BT-50 cabin is a busy one and there's plenty of accessories including, but certainly not limited to, a 9.0-inch multimedia screen (with sat nav), eight-speaker stereo, chrome, heated exterior mirrors, brown leather seat trim (plus leather-topped steering wheel and shifter knob), heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, 18-inch wheels, and LED daytime running lights and fog lights.

Mazda BT-50 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda BT-50 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $33,650 and going to $70,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Ute 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $33,650 $70,990
2021 Single Cab 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $51,700
2021 Dual Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $72,380
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,000 $43,450
2021 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $29,000 $54,560
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $21,400 $40,810
2020 Single Cab 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $26,800 $50,380
2020 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,200 $61,600
2020 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,400 $51,260
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $19,200 $37,180
2019 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $26,600 $55,220
2019 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,400 $46,750
2018 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,400 $33,880
2018 Extra Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $19,000 $42,460
2018 Dual Cab 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,700 $46,640
See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs

Mazda BT-50 Towing Capacity

The Mazda BT-50 has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 Ute 3000kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
See All Towing Capacity for Mazda BT-50

Mazda BT-50 Colours

No extra cost. That's what you need to know about the colour choices from Mazda - unlike other brands, Mazda doesn't charge extra if you decide you don't want a 'tradie white' ute like this one. Options include Red Volcano mica, Concrete Grey mica, Gun Blue mica, Rock Grey mica, Ingot Silver metallic and True Black mica. Oh, and it's not called 'tradie white' - it's Ice White Solid.

  • Ice White
  • True Black mica
  • Ingot Silver metallic
  • Concrete Grey mica
  • Gun Blue mica
  • Rock Grey mica
  • Red Volcano mica
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda BT-50 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda BT-50 Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Ute 1790x1870x5320 mm 235 mm
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
2018 Ute 1703x1850x5124 mm 201 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda BT-50 Dimensions

Mazda BT-50 Wheel Size

The Mazda BT-50 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x65 R17 for Ute in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Ute 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
2021 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2020 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
2018 Ute 215x70 R16 16x7 inches 215x70 R16 16x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda BT-50 Wheel Sizes

Mazda BT-50 Interior

The BT-50 has a quietly stylish interior ... and it's perhaps too subdued because the cabin all feels a little underdone for what is marketed as a premium-spec variant in the BT-50 line-up.

Don't get me wrong – it's all very nice and well laid-out and easy to spend time in – with soft-touch surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-shift knob and chrome-look details around the cabin – but it's just not quite as plush as what you'd expect in a range-topper.

And there were some issues with fit and finish in our tester: plastic panels weren't quite flush on the doors, and the glove box didn't open or close as smoothly as you'd hope it would if you'd just spent your hard-earned money buying a BT-50.

Minor quibbles, but these things have to be mentioned.

Mazda BT-50 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda BT-50 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 Ute 7L/100km 1.9L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2021 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda BT-50 Pricing and Specs for 2022

Mazda BT-50 Seats

The five-seater BT-50's pews are very comfortable and stylish-looking, clad in brown leather.

The front seats are heated, but the rear seats are not.

The front seats are supportive and the rear seats aren't too shabby either.

Mazda BT-50 Speed

No official figure is available for the new BT-50's 0-100km/h time, but the all-new Isuzu D-Max LS-U auto is claimed to have achieved a sub-10 second time over the distance, so it'd be a safe to make an informed estimation that the new BT-50 could record a time of 10 seconds or so for a timed 0-100km/h run.

Mazda BT-50 Boot Space

There's no boot in the BT-50, but the tray fitted to our test ute was 2550mm long and easily wide enough for a pallet. No wheel arches to compensate for when you buy a tray/table top ute.

Mazda BT-50 Boot space