Ford Mustang Mach-E review
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a practical electric SUV with nearly 380 miles of range. It’s decently quick and feels pretty sporty, but it’s not the comfiest EV you could buy
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The Mustang Mach-E is an exciting blend of past, present and future. It mixes a distinguished name from the 1960s with an SUV body that is very much of the moment, and on-trend fully electric power.
So you get an electric SUV with Mustang bits like the long bonnet and muscular haunches, EV bits like the blanked-off grille, and a tall, upright body. The all-new electric car is an alternative to SUV EVs such as the Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQC, Audi e-tron and Skoda Enyaq.
Thanks to a completely flat floor in the second row and plenty of headroom, the Mustang Mach-E has enough passenger space for five adults to sit comfortably enough – if only over short distances.
There are lots of storage cubbies for various bits and bobs, and two boots as well: a small one up front, and a full-size one at the back. However, the cabin’s star attraction has to be the massive touchscreen infotainment system – it looks fantastic and is impressively responsive.
As far as the engine line-up is concerned, you’ve effectively got a choice between price, range, and performance. If you want the cheapest option, go for a rear-wheel-drive car fitted with the 68kWh battery.
For the longest range, you can go for a rear-drive 88kWh model, which Ford claims is good for up to 380 miles between charges – although we saw closer to 250 miles out in the real world. If you want to focus on performance, go for the 88kWh car, but with four-wheel drive and twin motors. This model will get from 0-60 in about 5.5 seconds, which is by no means slow. There will be an even faster GT version eventually too.
The rear-wheel drive Mustang Mach-E with the larger 88kWh battery is the best trade off between performance and real-world range.
You definitely get a taste of its sports car heritage when you point it down a twisty country road. The steering feels a bit rubbery, but it grips well and can get around corners quickly. It’s just a pity that it can ride in quite a bouncy, energetic fashion – as if it’s had one too many espressos before setting off.
And as for charge times? Well, a Ford wallbox will charge its battery up overnight. You could use a three-pin plug on a domestic outlet too, but that’ll take ages. Away from home, you should get 80 percent battery charge in about 45 minutes if you can find a fast DC charger.
If you go for the smaller 68kWh battery in your Mustang, that DC rapid charge time will drop to just under 40 minutes. That said, a Tesla Model 3 will do the same in less than 30 minutes via the brilliant Supercharger network.
The Mustang Mach-E comes with a full suite of active driving aids, which can accelerate, decelerate, and help keep you in your lane on the motorway. It can also apply the brakes if you try to reverse out into oncoming traffic. Plus, if it senses an imminent forward collision and there’s no time to stop, its Evasive Steering Assist can guide you around the potential accident.
The entry-level 68kWh model is priced from £41,330, while the four-wheel-drive version starts at £46,650. Neither car qualifies for the government’s current plug-in car grant, but if you head on over to our deals page you can find out how much money we can save you on a new Mustang Mach-E.
The Mustang Mach-E has plenty of space for passengers, but other electric SUVs have larger boots
You won’t find yourself grumbling about a lack of comfort up front in the Ford Mustang Mach E. The vegan leather-upholstered seats offer good amounts of support, and are electrically adjustable too. There’s plenty of adjustability in the steering column too, so finding your preferred driving position is a piece of cake.
The good news continues in the second row, too. There’s stacks of legroom back here, and even with the panoramic glass roof that comes as standard on the Extended Range models, you won’t be scraping the top of your noggin on the ceiling – even the tallest adult passengers should find they have enough room back here. And because the floor is completely flat, a third adult could squeeze into the middle seat fairly easily – at least for shorter trips.
Generally speaking, the Mustang Mach-E does pretty well here. Up front you’ll find a couple of large cup holders, as well as a few storage trays for things like phones and wallets. The glovebox isn’t massive, but there’s another storage cubby beneath the central armrest.
The door bins can hold a drink bottle, but because they’re an odd shape this will take a bit of additional manoeuvring on your part. You probably won’t get a flask in there, though.
In the back there’s another set of cupholders in the fold-down armrest, as well as some good-sized door bins and pockets behind the front seats that’ll easily swallow an iPad or two.
This is where the Mustang Mach-E begins to falter a bit. Make no mistake, its 402-litre boot is a decent size, and you’ll easily be able to stash a few suitcases in there.
The floor can be raised to negate the small load lip, too, which is handy, as are the numerous hooks and tie-down points dotted throughout. Just know that the Volkswagen ID 4’s boot is significantly larger than the Ford’s.
Up front, there’s another 81-litre storage compartment, which is an ideal place to keep your charging cables. Handy dividers mean you can better keep things compartmentalised, too, if that’s what you’re into.
The electric Mustang serves up a good driving experience, but it doesn’t have the most comfortable ride in the world
You’ve got quite a few options when it comes to how much performance and range you’d like from your Mustang Mach-E.
First up, there’s the 269hp, rear-wheel-drive entry-level model. As standard this comes with a 68kWh battery, which Ford claims is good for a range of 273 miles. You’ll be looking at a 0-60mph time of 6.1 seconds on this model, while top speed is limited to 112mph (as it is on practically all Mustang Mach-E models).
Then there’s the rear-wheel-drive, Extended Range model. This gets the larger 88kWh battery (which is good for nearly 380 miles, or so Ford says), and a bit more power. With 294hp at its disposal, it’ll sprint from 0-60mph in 6.2 second before topping out at 112mph; but it’s the immediacy with which it charges forward while you’re already up and running that really impresses. It might not be quite as punchy as a Tesla Model 3, but it doesn’t hang about either.
You can also opt for a couple of twin-motor, all-wheel-drive versions too – which add even greater straight-line performance. Equipped with the smaller 68kWh battery, this 269hp Mustang will get to 60mph in 5.6 seconds, and will be able to travel around 250 miles on a single charge. Get it with the bigger 88kWh battery, however, and not only will you get an output of 351hp, its claimed range will jump to 335 miles.
And if you want true Mustang-style performance, you’ll have to wait until the Mach-E GT arrives. That car will make 487hp and 830Nm from its twin electric motors, and will hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds. The range will suffer though – Ford claims it can cover just over 300 miles on a full charge.
Although the Mustang Mach-E is a high-riding electric SUV, visibility isn’t quite as good as it could be. The front pillars are quite steeply raked, which can make it tricky to see what’s coming when you’re going around corners. Similarly, the rear windscreen is also pretty steep, and is quite small too – so the view out the back is a bit limited.
Still, you get front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard on all versions of the Mach-E, so that’ll help when you’re swinging it into tight shopping centre car parks. There’s plenty of safety tech too, such as autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning. However, the electric Ford hasn’t yet been crash-tested by Euro NCAP.
You definitely get the sense that the Mach-E has been designed to be a sportier flavour of electric SUV. The steering feels a bit rubbery at first, but the Mustang feels surprisingly light on its feet and will grip well as you go around corners.
It’s not the comfiest car in the world, though, and can feel a bit unsettled even on smoother stretches of road. A Volkswagen ID 4 is more relaxed in this respect, but don’t expect it to be quite as fun to drive.
The Mustang Mach-E’s interior blends cool tech appeal with a healthy dose of style. The massive infotainment screen can be a bit distracting, though
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