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  • Feb 1, Stuart Martin road tests and reviews the Mazda BT dual cab.

    Mar 21, John Parry road tests and reviews the Mazda BT XTR dual-cab ute.

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    Nov 13, Home Reviews Mazda BT Freestyle Road Test Well priced, well equipped and mighty capable, Mazda's BT is a force to be.

    But has Mazda come up with a face only a mother could love — and does it matter? The stability control is quick to action and recovers with little interruption to keep the BT on course. Crime Murdered Bundaberg cabbie's sister's heartfelt plea. Mazda has also pulled a rabbit out of the hat with very competitive pricing. Crash rating was five stars.

    Mazda BT Review | CarAdvice

    Like most of the popular ute brands sold in Australia, the Mazda BT can be bought in a multitude of configurations with various body styles. In all, Mazda offers up to 19 different choices - from the entry-level 2WD single-cab chassis with manual transmission, through to the range-topping dual cab GT 4X4 auto model.

    The rear profile and side panels are as handsome as any rival in the segment. Mind you, the Ranger is even more expensive than the top-selling Toyota Hilux 3. The two share the same 3. The end result is that the BT suffers from slightly more turbo-lag than its Ford twin; most noticeable when heavy throttle is applied from standstill.

    There is, however, locomotive-like hauling power available from this enormously willing diesel, with the Mazda BT displaying effortless low-end tractability on the steepest of gradients. The driving experience is helped by the close ratio, six-speed automatic transmission, which provides smooth and precise shifts along with excellent mid-range throttle response. It's massively fuel efficient though, with a claimed average combined fuel-consumption of just 9.

    But by the end of the week, with a diet of urban work only, we averaged 8. We tested this system in torrential rain and gained considerably more traction on the greasy roads. In stark contrast, the Ford Ranger displays none of those characteristics, instead, ironing out compressions and patchwork roads far more successfully than the Mazda. Apart from the firm ride not to be underestimated the Mazda BT drives well and handles even better.

    Turn-in is sharp and it corners relatively flat at the expense of ride quality and feels composed, despite its high-riding architecture and significant kg kerb weight. The braking is solid and the pedal is nicely progressive. It might be a purpose-built work truck for the mostly tradie-tribe, but the interior trims and finish in this edition of the BT are more of a match for the passenger car segment. There are soft-touch materials everywhere and metal-look accents are spread evenly throughout the cabin.

    The centre-stack is neat although busy and the ergonomics are car-like. The smaller-diameter, leather-wrapped steering wheel is a treat, as are the standard cloth seats, which are properly bolstered and help provide a cosseted feeling behind the wheel of the Mazda BT The XTR-grade ute comes with a stack of features, too, that includes satellite-navigation with a five-inch colour screen, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, inch alloy wheels and a better than expected 6-speaker audio system are just some of the features on-board the BT Rear leg and headroom is surprisingly generous even for those over six-foot, in the old table.

    The rear doors also open wide for easy ingress and egress and there are standard fit side steps with an aluminium finish. The Maximum braked towing capacity is a sizeable kg and in-line with the best in class.

    With more and more work trucks these days doubling-up as the weekend family chariot especially the dual cab models safety standards have been dramatically improved across the board. The Mazda BT gets a full suite of the latest active and passive safety kit including six airbags, dynamic stability control with traction control, antilock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, trailer sway control for extra stability when towing , load adaptive control adjusts the stability control systems to maximise traction , hill launch assist and hill decent control for a full five-star crash test rating from ANCAP.

    The Mazda BT is a great all-round package, with keen pricing for a very strong offering. Visit our Mazda Showroom. In The News News 3rd Oct Mazda turns down seven-seater Ford SUV twin …. Mazda has decided against having a twin version of the upcoming Ford seven-seater SUV that is being based on the Ranger ute, a company insider has revealed to CarAdvice. Owner Review 14th Jan Review 20th Oct Mazda BT Review ….

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