Mazda BT-50 SP 4WD Ute 2022 Review

We drive the BT-50 SP on a road test review

BT-50 SP – I’ve just spent a week in the Mazda BT-50 SP, which adds a lot of style and bling to the GT version.

Mazda BT-50 SP Front quarter

The BT-50 is based on the Isuzu D-Max but Mazda adds their own flair. This is apparent in the external styling that has a familial front grill similar to the CX-9.

I Like the Styling, it brings some subtle sophistication in a segment where many are going for the rugged look.  Its amongst the best for passenger comfort as well.

Inside the SP has an upmarket feel with soft touch points everywhere, leather steering wheel, black and tan leather interior, heated front seats that are particularly comfortable, wireless apple car Play and Android Auto, plus more.

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Mazda BT-50 SP grill

Around town the Mazda displays a compliant ride it was surprising how little you felt road bumps in the cabin. 18 inch wheel and tyre combination also helps cocoon the occupants as well as offering a wider range of off road tyres.

BT-50 SP is powered by the current 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine, producing 140kW and 450Nm. Exclusively available in 4 x 4 Dual Cab Pickup form, the BT-50 SP comes with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Priced from $63,290 for the MT and $66,290 for the AT.

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Mazda BT-50 SP driver instruments

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Class leading Safety
  • Compliant ride
  • 4WD and towing capability
  • Haphazard DTE readings
  • Walk away locking good and bad
  • No slide out cup holders

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Mazda BT-50 SP engine

Model   

Mazda BT-50 SP Crew Cab 4X4  Ute

Model Price $66,290 MLP*
Engine 3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain 4WD 6 Sp Aisin AT
Power 140kW @ 3600rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1600-2600rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested Sept 2020)
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km Euro 5
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.0L/100km / 7.9L/100K on test / 76L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mths / 15,000km
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Mazda BT-50 SP Front interior steering wheel

Overall Rating    

89/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing/4WD Capability 10
Technology / connectivity 9
Value for Money 8

Mazda BT-50 SP ute tub

Dimensions

 
Overall Length mm 5280mm
Wheelbase mm 3125mm
Width / Height mm 1870mm / 1790mm
Load length/ width/ between arches mm 1571 / 1530 / 1120
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 240 mm / 800mm
Approach / RO / Departure 30.5 / 23.8 / 24.2 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 76 Litres / 12.5mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload 2208kg / 3100kg / 5950kg / 892kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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Mazda BT-50 SP Front profile

BT-50 SP Specific details

Positioned above the BT-50 GT Dual Cab Pickup, the factory-produced BT-50 SP uses a combination of black and grey exterior features to give a sporty appeal. Building on the highly specified GT, which already includes heated front seats and an auto-dimming interior mirror, the SP adds:

  • Metallic grey roof rails
  • Black grille
  • Gunmetal signature wing
  • Gloss black exterior mirrors
  • Gloss black door handles
  • Satin black 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Grey side steps
  • Black and Driftwood leather with synthetic suede interior trim
  • Manually-operated black roller tonneau cover
  • Tub liner
  • Gloss black sail-plane sport bar
  • Front bumper lower decoration trim
  • Gloss black wheel flares

 BT-50 SP General details

BT-50 SP Exterior

  • Styling is elegant with a distinctly Mazda front bonnet and black grill. It looks similar to the CX-9
  • Black wheel arches, 18 inch alloys and grey side steps add to the subtle styling.
  • Rear tub liner is practical.
  • The roll top tonneau cover has its practicalities, but in general I’m not a big fan as they restrict cargo space and have to be fully opened to close, not the best idea in rain.

Mazda BT-50 SP Front interior

BT-50 SP Interior

  • Definitely upmarket
  • While some don’t like the black and tan leather trim, I actually don’t mind it
  • Seats are comfortable, heated in the front and the driver’s seat is electronically adjustable along with additional lumbar support.
  • Thick leather steering wheel feels good in the hands and frames the drivers instruments
  • Height and reach adjustment is essential.
  • Plenty of room for the front occupants and reasonable for the rear.
  • There is however no left foot rest

Mazda BT-50 SP Front interior steering wheel 2

BT-50 SP Features

Well equipped, the SP includes not only the specific cosmetic additions mentioned above but also includes:

  • Apple CarPlay® (wireless and USB) and Android™ Auto (USB)
  • 0-inch infotainment system  is practical if a little basic in functionality
  • Heated exterior mirrors,
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror,
  • Auto LED Headlights and high beam, with precise calibration
  • Front LED fog lamps and DRL’s
  • They combine to provide wide and bright front lighting
  • Dual zone climate A/C with rear vents
  • Keyless entry, remote start and walk away locking
  • Rear-seat USB charging point

Mazda BT-50 SP Front driving

BT-50 SP Drive experience

  • The 3.0L 4 Cyl turbo diesel engine comes from Isuzu, so you know its robust
  • 140kW/450Nm provides adequate performance on the open road
  • It’s off road and towing where you appreciate the wide spread and low rpm of the torque delivery.
  • This makes for relaxed driving and cruising
  • There is little road, wind or engine noise inside.
  • Rear diff lock is handy
  • Six speed AT is well matched to the engine
  • Economy is actually pretty good, we averaged the ADR figure over the 700 odd km we drove in the week. It was better around town than we expected.
  • On road dynamics are actually quite good and its more like a SUV
  • Off road the suspension and tyres soaked up most of the road and track irregularities. It remained composed

Mazda BT-50 SP on dirt

BT-50 SP Safety Features

Along with the Isuzu D Max the BT-50 has class leading safety features, including:

  • Reverse camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Pre-crash safety
  • Airbags SRS (driver, front passenger, side, curtain, driver’s knee and driver’s far- side)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Attention Assist
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK) – Overtaking
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) (automatic transmission only)
  • Locking Rear Differential (LRD) – switchable on/off (4×4 models)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Roll Over Protection (ROP)
  • Secondary Collision Reduction
  • Speed Assist System
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Turn Assist
  • Front parking sensors

Mazda BT-50 SP rear seats

BT-50 SP Daily things

  • The SP is surprisingly quiet and cocooned inside
  • Ride around town seems to be more compliant and more SUV like than Ute like
  • BT-50 is possibly the best looking Ute on the market (subjective view)
  • Not a fan of the windscreen washers though where the water comes out of the wipers.
  • Walk away locking can be both handy and a pain as it will lock if you walk around the back to go to the other side doors.
  • Lane keep assist is a little intrusive but can be turned off by pressing a button on the steering wheel.
  • Appreciate the choice between adaptive cruise control with radar function and the ability to switch it off
  • Missing the slide out cup holders (from D-Max) was noticeable

Mazda BT-50 SP tailgate

Mazda Owner Benefits

Brand-New Mazda BT-50 customers benefit from a comprehensive five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, with complimentary roadside assist for the warranty’s duration.

Servicing intervals are set at 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

Mazda BT-50 annual servicing schedule (4×4 automatic variants)

15k/1y 30k/2y 45k/3y 60k/4y 75k/5y 90k/6y 105k/7y
Brand-New Mazda BT-50 $418 $390 $673 $496 $312 $750 $435

When purchasing through Mazda Finance’s Mazda Assured program, Brand-New Mazda BT-50 customers benefit from Guaranteed Future Value*. (more details here)

Mazda BT-50 SP rear quarter

BT-50 SP Final Thoughts

As mentioned a few times I like the upmarket styling of the BT-50, it adds as sense of elegance to the segment. SP cosmetic additions enhance that elegance.

That style advantage continues inside as well.

On road ride and handling are smooth and responsive and a direct comparison to the Amarok would be interesting.

Yep the BT-50 SP gets a big tick from me

  • 8.9/10
    Overall Rating - 8.9/10
8.9/10

Summary

As mentioned a few times I like the upmarket styling of the BT-50, it adds as sense of elegance to the segment. SP cosmetic additions enhance that elegance.

That style advantage continues inside as well.

On road ride and handling are smooth and responsive and a direct comparison to the Amarok would be interesting.

Yep the BT-50 SP gets a big tick from me

About Rob Fraser 1979 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.