Ford Mustang coupe - Interior & comfort
The Ford Mustang features plenty of standard kit, but materials and ride quality could be better
In terms of design, the Mustang’s interior is a pretty nice place to be. There are several traditional styling cues and a few retro touches that draw the eye. There’s also plenty of standard equipment. However, some of the materials on show feel a little sub-par, especially compared to what you’ll find in high-quality rivals like the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe.
Ford Mustang dashboard
The Mustang’s fascia is pretty much as you’d expect. It’s attractive in the same fairly simple and gregarious way the exterior is – it looks exactly how you’d expect a muscle car interior to look. The switchgear is chunky and easy-to-use and everything is positioned logically.
Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system is also pretty easy to use and does a good job of cutting down the number of buttons on the dashboard. It controls things like the stereo, satellite navigation and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
The one area where the Mustang’s interior falls down, however, is in the quality of materials on show, which aren’t quite up to the same standards as those used in rivals. Indeed, there are certain plastics in there that we wouldn’t want to see in a Ford Fiesta at a third of the price. Things were improved slightly for the 2018 facelift, though, with soft-touch materials added to the door linings, door handles made from aluminium and a new hand-stitched wrap for the centre console to add to its premium feel.
But it’s important to remember that the Mustang has always been about affordability as well as performance and those cost savings have to come from somewhere.
There are no trim levels as such on the Mustang – just the choice of engines, gearboxes and body style (‘Fastback’ coupe or convertible) and there’s no real difference in equipment between them, although special editions are also offered.
All models come with the aforementioned SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system as standard, which includes Bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB digital radio and voice control. Every version also gets a rear-view camera, climate control and leather upholstery. There’s also a 12-inch LCD digital instrument cluster, with different graphics depending which driving mode you select – a feature inspired by the Ford GT supercar.
The standard sports seats disappoint, as even though they’re six-way power-adjustable, making it easy to find the perfect driving position, side support is lacking during hard cornering.
Upgrade to the Mach 1 and the interior gets a B&O stereo system, climate-controlled seats, navigation and software to measure your laps and performance on a racetrack. You lose parking sensors and adaptive cruise control from the kit list, however.
As it’s fairly generously equipped anyway, the Mustang doesn’t have much in the way of optional equipment. Satellite navigation is available, along with an upgraded B&O Play 1,000-watt stereo, as is heating and cooling for the front seats.
You can also add rear parking sensors and a different design of 19-inch alloy wheel. Naturally, you can also specify a number of different exterior paint and interior leather colours, as well as various exterior trim details. You can also add go-faster parts from the Ford Performance Parts catalogue.