Head To Head Review: Nissan Navara ST V Mazda BT 50 XTR


Mazda has a $49,990 drive-away deal on 2015-plate versions of the BT50 GT, a sizeable discount. But at the recommended retail price, it isn’t the best value in the ute market. Standard equipment includes satnav, cruise control, climate control aircon, side steps, roll bar and lockable rear tray with cover. Servicing is $2002 over three years and Mazda charges $68 a year for roadside assistance.


Last year‘s update wasn’t nearly as extensive as that of its Ford Ranger twin so it looks dated inside, with old-school readouts in the instrument panel, an abundance of hard shiny plastics and a Spartan rear passenger area that doesn’t include individual air vents. No tub liner or 12V outlet in the rear load area. The basics are still good, though, with plenty of rear leg and headroom.


The strong five-cylinder turbo diesel provides good pick-up off the mark and when accelerating. It is a bit coarse, though. Wins the power battle by a short head with 147kW/470Nm but is noticeably thirstier. The official label says 8.9L/100km and we hovered around 10.0L in a mix of city and rural driving. Has one less ratio than the Navara but the transmission is smooth and swift shifting


Has six airbags and posted a five-star crash result when tested in 2011, scoring 34.72 out of a possible 37 points. Again didn’t get the safety updates of its Ranger twin, which scores 36.72. Doesn’t get the driver aids available on the top-spec Ranger, including lane departure alert, adaptive cruise and rear cross traffic alert. Mazda’s reversing camera display in the rear-view mirror is too small.

Source : https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/new-cars/mazda-bt50-v-nissan-navara-stx/news-story/b134fb6693f7cf319d7e0e92f33031b2

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