So it was reasonable to expect the same from the light commercial Mazda BT-50 XTR, one of the only utes I was yet to test drive.
But for an upper range dual cab, I have to say, I expected a little more – especially on the inside.
Dashboard and doors are enclosed in hard black plastic and the seats are cloth trim.
The highlight of the dash is the 8” Alpine touchscreen with great graphics and comprehensive options including sat-nav.
However, the infotainment system can be hard to navigate and the bottom row of buttons under the screen are small with a hard press.
But the BT-50 XTR possesses all the essentials and performs on the road.
Much like other utes, it’s sluggish low down, but once it gets a head of steam there’s plenty of power there and with 470Nm of torque copious pulling power too.
Suspension may be hard and stiff but with the chassis provides a consistently stable ride and the steering is nicely matched.
Fuel consumption of 11.5/100km may be a bit high for a 3.2 litre diesel engine.
The ute tray comes with a tub liner made of thick rubber and a non-slip surface; the BT-50 logo emblazoned on it. Not too many strap down hooks or anchors though.
Additional features are auto wipers, dual climate control, low range 4WD/diff lock and side steps to aid boarding.
Other practical conveniences include a centre console bin and armrest with a double tiered tray and a cubby on the top of the dash with USB and HDMI ports handy for your smartphone or other device.
Disappointingly there are no parking sensors to go with the rear view camera.
The two 12V sockets up front have a loose cap that can easily fall off or be misplaced.
Also getting my goat is the fact there are no pre-installed child seat tethers.
But of course if you own the car, you can easily install an anchor on the tether point and never have to change it again.
For $52,490, the Mazda BT-50 XTR is a more affordable upper spec model with the basic necessities, though you do miss out on some features.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Mazda BT-50 XTR
- Engine: 3.2L turbo diesel producing 147kW/470Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed sports automatic 4×4
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Safety: Five Stars
- Origin: Thailand
- Price: From $52,490