Ford Mustang Mach-E review: range, battery & charging
The Mustang Mach-E offers superb range and the necessary rapid charging speeds in order to make longer journeys a cinch
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Standard Range||273 miles||11hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||38mins (10-80%, 115kW)|
|RWD Extended Range||372 miles||14hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||43mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
|AWD Extended Range||341 miles||14hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||43mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
|GT||311 miles||14hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||43mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
Even the shortest-range version of the Mustang Mach-E offered very nearly 250 miles of range when we tested it, so this is definitely one of the longer-legged electric cars out there, able to go toe-to-toe with equivalent Teslas when it comes to longer journeys. Charging speeds don't quite hit the heights of a Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6, but do allow you to take full advantage of the vast majority of UK public charging stations.
Ford Mustang Mach-E range
For the best possible range, you need to go for the rear-wheel drive Extended Range model, which has a 91kWh (usable) battery and an official range figure of 372 miles – one of the longest of any currently available electric SUV. Adding a second motor by choosing the four-wheel-drive version gives you more power and pace, but also reduces the potential maximum to 341 miles, which is still not too shabby at all.
There is a Standard Range version, too, which gets a 70kWh battery and is currently available with rear-wheel drive only. This particular version has a respectable 273 miles of range, but during our test drive of one, it averaged 3.5 miles per kWh, meaning 238 miles on a charge would be realistic.
Using just a regular three-pin domestic socket to top up the Standard Range Mach-E's battery will take a little under 22 hours, but this method of charging isn't really recommended, except in emergency situations. Most owners are almost certain to have a faster 7.4kW home wallbox charger, which reduces the time to around 11 hours for the Standard Range and roughly 14 hours for the Extended Range, so overnight replenishment is easily done.
When you're out and about, both versions can make use of rapid charging for swift top-ups from public points. The Standard Range's maximum rate is 115kW, while the Extended Range compensates for its larger battery with a faster 150kW charging speed. The upshot of this is that both versions take in the region of 40 minutes to go from 10 to 80% battery capacity at a compatible public charger.
In This Review
- 1VerdictFord'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 & charging - currently readingThe Mustang Mach-E offers superb range and the necessary rapid charging speeds in order to make longer journeys a cinch
- 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 does a good job of living up to its sports car nameplate with sharp handling and punchy performance
- 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 ratingA five-star crash-test rating, coupled with plenty of standard safety kit, put the Mustang Mach-E in good stead