Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV review
"The Mustang Mach-E is a fantastic first EV for Ford, with great performance and desirable features"
- Up to 379 miles on a charge
- Good to drive
- Desirable and functional interior
- Odd steering feel
- Some cheap trim
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first ground-up electric car from the American car giant, designed to take on models like the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, Volkswagen ID.4 and Jaguar I-Pace. As such, it’s arguably the most important car from the manufacturer in a generation, showing the world how Ford plans to move away from the combustion engine and into the new electric era.
It should be no surprise Ford has chosen an SUV to showcase its new technology - high-riding models have surged in popularity with buyers the world over in recent years - but the use of the Mustang name and styling cues have proved controversial with fans of the Blue Oval. If anything, it shows just how far the brand is prepared to go to help make its first battery electric vehicle (BEV) a desirable product.
However you feel, the Mustang Mach-E is an attractive car, with coupe-like proportions and hidden door handles giving it a sleek appearance. Wide rear haunches and tail lights from the Mustang coupe hint at the performance on offer, which is significant no matter which version you pick. The interior is even more of a departure for Ford; clearly inspired by the Tesla Model 3, but with plenty of its own quirks. A huge 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen dominates proceedings, but there's also a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster perched behind the steering wheel if the driver wants to focus on the task at hand.
There's also plenty of space inside, with plenty of headroom for front and rear passengers. This is aided by the compact electric powertrain which gives the car a flat floor with no traditional gear selector. Along with a generous 519-litre boot, a large 'frunk' under the bonnet is lined with tough plastic and even has a drain plug so it can be washed out. This makes it ideal for sports gear, and shows the attention to detail Ford has put in to make the Mach-E a practical family car.
Buyers will be able to choose between a 68kWh Standard Range or 88kWh Extended Range battery pack, offering ranges of up to 273 miles and 379 miles in cars with one electric motor and rear-wheel drive. Both packs are also available with four-wheel drive, and power for the Extended Range model with dual motors increases to 346bhp, getting it from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. A high-performance Mustang Mach-E GT will arrive later in 2021 with 480bhp and scorching 0-62mph acceleration time of only 3.7 seconds.
The Mach-E can be driven using one of three driving modes, each with its own distinct personality. Active is default, but Whisper is our favourite, prioritising range and giving the throttle pedal a smoother delivery. Untamed is akin to sport mode, and introduces a synthesised V8 rumble into the interior.
Ford had to impress buyers with its first electric model, and the Mustang Mach-E is undoubtedly a compelling alternative to the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, along with the Volkswagen ID.4. Early, well-equipped versions are expensive, though, so we hope a more pared-back basic version of the Mach-E is on the cards.