The Mazda and Ford utes share about 85 per cent of their parts but some clever styling touches help set them apart. Outside, the main differences are front panels, bonnet, headlights, grille and bumpers. Inside, the dashboard and console are the same in the Ford and Mazda but the ignition keys, steering wheels and gearknobs are different.
The Mazda's engine and gearbox are identical to the Ford but in our experience the performance is vastly different. In our 0 to 100kmh test (four people on-board, full tank, slightly uphill) the diesel BT-50 stopped the clocks at 13.2 seconds - two seconds quicker than the Ford. We put it down to the fact that the two-door Mazda is about 100kg lighter than the four-door Ford and the Mazda had travelled more than twice the kilometres of the Ford before it got to us, so the engine may have been more willing.