Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV - Electric motor, drive & performance

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is capable of covering ground at an impressive rate

Carbuyer Rating

4.4 out of 5

Electric motor, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV electric motor

The Standard Range model has 266bhp, but its torque figure increases if the buyer chooses four-wheel drive, thanks to the addition of a second motor for the front wheels. Meanwhile, the Extended Range Mach-E gets 290bhp with rear-wheel drive or 346bhp with a dual-motor setup. Even the most basic rear-wheel-drive model with a single motor can get from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive version takes just 5.1 seconds.

Now, there’s also a GT model, with 480bhp and a huge amount of torque. It’s much quicker off the line than the V8-powered Ford Mustang coupe, with 0-62mph taking just 3.7 seconds - although that figure is technically from a rolling start. That's very nearly as quick as the fastest Tesla Model Y but even the lesser models should be plenty fast enough for the vast majority of SUV buyers, while showing most petrol and diesel SUVs a clean pair of heels with relative ease.

With almost endless ways to tune how its electric motors respond, Ford has given the Mach-E three driving modes that have a big effect on the way it drives. Whisper is our favourite, favouring driving range and softening the throttle response, making it easier to drive smoothly. Active is the default setting, while Untamed (a nod to the Mustang theme) makes acceleration more instant, pushing you back in your seat, but also pipes in fake V8 engine sounds. The V8 noise is a bit gimmicky but it does add a bit more character to the driving experience.

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Even in Whisper, the Extended Range four-wheel drive Mach-E can cover ground at a rapid rate, and refinement is impressive as its name suggests, with almost no sound from the electric motors. At speed the most noticeable noise is wind rushing over the car's nose, and even tyre roar from the 19-inch wheels is unobtrusive.

Considering its 2.2-tonne weight, there's also less body lean than you might expect, especially given the raised view out from the driver's seat. Sadly, the steering - usually a trademark Ford strong point - feels oddly numb around the centre, before reacting sharply, and this is only made more noticeable in Untamed mode. Ford has also included a single-pedal driving mode, bringing the car to a stop using electric recuperation alone, just by releasing pressure on the accelerator. This takes unfamiliar drivers a little while to get used to but then feels even more relaxing for driving around town. A few more settings for the brake regeneration would make it easier to get used to.

The GT model gets upgraded brakes and adaptive suspension to cope with the extra performance but taking corners quickly exposes how heavy the car is. We like the direct steering and grip, while the car is far more adjustable than some of its rivals - helped by an extra ‘Untamed Plus’ driving mode. The sportier driving modes tighten up the car’s line when exiting a corner so the car doesn’t drift wide.

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