Ford Mustang Mach-E Review
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is an electric SUV with up to 370 miles range, but if you choose to call your EV after an iconic muscle car you’d better make sure it’s really fun to drive.
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The Mustang Mach-E is a blend of past, present and future, because it mixes a distinguished name from the 1960s with an SUV body that is very much of the moment, and the sort of electric drivetrain technology that will power the future.
So you get Mustang bits like the long bonnet and muscular haunches, EV bits like the blanked-off grille, and an upright SUV-style body. The all-new electric car is an alternative to SUV EVs such as the Tesla Model X, Mercedes EQC and Audi e-tron.
But inside, dominating the Mach-E’s cabin, is a huge 16-inch infotainment screen – it’s even bigger than the one in the Tesla Model 3. It also lets you open multiple screen windows at once so, just like with an Android smartphone, you can scroll through your music library, but still keep a small window open in the background for your sat-nav directions.
Ford claims the Mach-E will have room for five adults, plus there should be plenty of interior storage for smaller items. It also gets two boots – a 402-litre one at the back and a 100-litre area in the nose.
Making an electric SUV with Mustang in its name is a bold move. Fingers crossed that Ford can make a car that lives up to those expectations
The line-up is a choice between price, range, and performance. If you want the cheapest option, go for a rear-wheel-drive car fitted with the 76kWh battery. For the longest range, you can go for a rear-drive 99kWh model, which is good for up to 370 miles between charges.
And if you want to focus on performance, go for the 99kWh car but with four-wheel drive and twin motors, which will get from 0-60 in about 5.5 seconds.
If you want true Mustang-style performance, then you’ll have to wait until spring 2021 for the Mach-E GT. It’s expected to make around 465hp and 830Nm from its twin electric motors. And with four-wheel drive that should mean it’ll go from 0-60mph in less than four seconds. The range will suffer in the GT, though – it’s unlikely to get further than 300 miles on a charge.
The Ford Connected Wallbox will charge the Mach-E at a rate of 38 miles for every hour of charge. Alternatively, a standard three-pin plug on a domestic outlet will give you about 9 miles of range per charging hour. Away from home, you should get 80 percent battery charge in about 40 minutes if you can find a fast DC charger. But a Tesla Model 3 will do the same in less than 30 minutes via a Supercharger station.
The Mustang Mach-E comes with a full suite of autonomous driving aids, so can accelerate, brake and steer for you 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.
All-wheel-drive versions of the Mustang Mach-E get an electric motor at each axle. This can send power to whichever wheel has the most grip much quicker than a conventional mechanical four-wheel-drive system.
It is expected to go on sale at the end of 2020 with a starting price of around £40,000. That’ll be for an entry-level model with a 75kWh battery and two-wheel drive. A top-of-the-range model with four-wheel drive and a 99kWh battery could cost almost double that.
As soon as we’ve driven the Mach-E, we’ll give you the full lowdown. Meantime check out the latest Ford deals or tap on the video below to watch the top 10 things you need to know about the Ford Mustang Mach-E.