Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV - Engines, drive & performance

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.4 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Up to 379 miles on a charge
  • Good to drive
  • Desirable and functional interior

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Odd steering feel
  • Some cheap trim

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 version can get from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds, while the current range-topper takes just 5.1 seconds. That's not as quick as the fastest Tesla Model Y, but 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. 

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 few hours to get used to, but then feels even more relaxing for urban driving.

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