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Mazda BT-50 SP 4WD Ute 2022 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.

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.


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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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 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)

Overall Rating    


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


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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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:

 BT-50 SP General details

BT-50 SP Exterior

BT-50 SP Interior

BT-50 SP Features

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

BT-50 SP Drive experience

BT-50 SP Safety Features

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

BT-50 SP Daily things

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)

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

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