Ford Mustang Mach-E review
Ford's first attempt at a dedicated electric car is a success; the Mustang Mach-E is a practical, fast and technologically advanced SUV
- Decent range
- Great refinement
- Impressive infotainment
- Steering needs work
- Ride feels firm on UK roads
- Can't match Tesla performance – yet
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Standard Range||249-273 miles||11hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||38mins (10-80%, 115kW)|
|Extended Range||336-379 miles||14hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||43mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
Named after Ford's famous sports car, which has been with us since the early 1960s, the Mustang Mach-E is a major departure from that long line of low-slung coupes and convertibles. In fact, it's about as far from those models as you can imagine – a mid-sized electric SUV that's intended as family transport rather than being a sports model. It's a very important car for Ford, so it's good news that the Mustang Mach-E makes a strong first impression and ticks just about every box for would-be buyers.
The car is available in two main guises: Standard Range and Extended Range. Standard Range cars boast a claimed 273-mile range, while Extended Range increases that to an impressive 379 miles thanks to a larger battery. In late 2021, Ford announced it had unlocked more usable energy from the Mach-E's battery pack, resulting in extra real-world range. WLTP-rated figures haven't been confirmed, but it's thought the Standard Range model could boast up to 17 miles more than before.
Both the Standard Range and Extended Range model can be had with either rear or four-wheel drive; pick the latter and you'll get a slightly reduced 249 or 336 miles of range respectively. Again, it's thought these figures may be improved in early 2022 – possibly via an over-the-air (OTA) update. Rapid charging is supported at speeds of up to 115kW as standard, or up to 150kW on the larger-battery cars, so the Mustang Mach-E is pretty futureproof in this respect.
To drive, it's quite sporty, if not as neck-snappingly quick as Tesla's fastest offerings. But it does handle well for a large SUV, so Ford's reputation for producing entertaining-to-drive family cars is intact, and a high-performance GT version is now available as well.
The Mach-E takes the fight to Tesla inside, too, with a very high-tech interior focused on two large display screens. And practicality hasn't been forgotten; there's plenty of space for occupants front and rear, plus a boot at each end.
That relatively high-end interior for a Ford is matched by an exterior which, to the untrained eye, could belong to any number of luxury-car brands. Enthusiasts will spot the Mustang styling cues in the lights, grille outline and horse badges, but generally this car shares more with the current crop of rakish electric SUVs than any Ford Mustang from the past.
Overall, the Mach-E is another strong contender in an area of the electric-car market that's growing rapidly. It seems to offer everything buyers want, with strong headline range figures, show-stopping technology and a bold look to help it stand out on the road. For a more detailed look at the Ford Mustang Mach-E, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingFord's first attempt at a dedicated electric car is a success; the Mustang Mach-E is a practical, fast and technologically advanced SUV
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Mustang Mach-E has very good range figures regardless of which version you go for, along with the necessary rapid-charging capability to make long-distance trips feasible
- 3Running costs & insuranceCharging and company-car tax costs for the Mustang Mach-E are rock-bottom, but insurance could be bit pricey and warranty coverage is only average
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Mustang Mach-E will be quick enough for most drivers and handles well for something this size, but the GT performance version is the one you want if you're after driving thrills
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortIt's not the last word in luxury inside, but the Mach-E does get an interesting interior design and plenty of up-to-date on-board technology
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityFront and rear luggage areas, plus a pretty roomy cabin, mean the Mustang Mach-E scores well in this area
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere's no independent crash-test result for the Mustang Mach-E yet, but safety kit is good and we expect reliability to be strong, too