What’s the Mazda BT-50 XS like inside?
A downsized 7.9-inch infotainment screen, cloth seats and vinyl flooring are the obvious indicators you’re in the XS.
The climate control settings are also controlled with basic dials, rather than the toggle switches found on higher-spec models.
I’d live with the cloth seats, given they’re still bolstered as well as the more expensive versions and the fabric feels durable to the touch, which is a consideration if you’re a tool-belted tradie sliding in and out of the work bus multiple times a day.
Less enamouring is the infotainment display. Beyond the small 7.0-inch size are the rudimentary standard apps, though it does atone by having wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The assumption is most buyers will use their devices to project apps onto the Mazda’s screen. Given the dearth of other options, that’s likely to be the case.
The vinyl flooring suits the utilitarian nature of this vehicle. Most buyers will be tradies who can’t afford a flasher ute or companies looking for reliable transport for their staff.
What’s under the Mazda BT-50 XS’s bonnet?
The XS’s biggest point of difference from the rest of the Mazda BT-50 range is its 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. Outputs of 110kW and 350Nm are down by 30kW and 100Nm on the bigger 3.0-litre four-cylinder found in the rest of the line-up.
Helping offset that is a lighter kerb weight, meaning the smaller engine is pushing around 80kg less than its bigger capacity sibling.
The XS engine is exclusively paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That makes sense given its target market: fleet buyers and business-minded tradies alike don’t want to be bothered with having to manually shift gears.
Is the Mazda BT-50 XS efficient?
Beyond the price difference, one of the key reasons the XS is likely to appeal to potential buyers is the lower running costs.
Claimed combined fuel use of 6.9 litres over 100km for the four-wheel-drive version is 0.8 of a litre down on the 3.0-litre engine.
Urban fuel economy of 8.1 litres/100km is an impressive 1.6 litres more frugal.
The fuel tank holds 76 litres, meaning a theoretical 1,000km range is achievable.