Some may find it exceptionally strange for me to take to this new platform ranting about a Ute (of all cars!) However, a day behind the wheel of Mazda’s new BT-50 has changed me from a hatch-back loving suburban driver to one who only aspires to be like those strong independent females which you envision drive Utes.
On first impressions, the BT-50 looks a strong offering. It has a plush, well-appointed interior, with swathes of dark fabrics on the seats and a clean but rugged dashboard and centre console.
The driver’s seat is comfortable and easily adjustable, along with a generous amount of height adjustment for the steering wheel (perfect for those vertically inclined, like myself). The double cab provides space in the back for two adult pals to sit, but probably ideal for only a short while because the high floor makes getting cosy more tricky. The rear of the cabin also feels rather more functional in quality than the front.
Admittedly, no diesel vehicle is outright pleasant-sounding on start-up, and a distinctive clatter remains present even on the move.
On the road, the BT-50 feels as one of the more capable and steady pick-ups, with little disturbance entering the cabin from smaller imperfections in the asphalt – noticed when we challenged the Ute on the off-road trail to the beach. That said, when the going gets more rutted and uneven, the reverberations can really unsettle it with its back tray empty. The dog, who for the most part was tied to the tray of the BT-50, particularly felt this as he went flying into the air as we drove over bumps in the road.
The BT-50 is certainly one of the more refined pick-ups available, with the wide range of colour options available adding to its sophistication. I’d suggest there’s good reason to investigate Mazda’s BT-50 as a next car-purchasing option, the Bt-50 is ultimately a rounded choice.