Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
4 minute read
9 Oct 2021
2:00 pm

Bumpy ride holds back new Mazda BT-50 in bakkie war

Jaco Van Der Merwe

The starting price of R611 900 can buy you a lot of bakkie in Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger stables.

Front facia hides the BT-50's Isuzu traits rather well.

It just wouldn’t be right to start a driving impression on the new Mazda BT-50 without tackling the elephant in the room first. The suspension. Unlike a 2 000-word press release from Mazda Southern Africa introducing the latest reincarnation of its double cab that even mentions “balanced dome tweeters” and not the suspension, we simply can’t stay mum on this weighty issue.  A mover and a shaker To put it mildly, the suspension of the 1.9TD Active manual we had on test did not live up to our expectations of a vehicle that was recently designed from the ground up....