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
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Standard Range||273 miles||11hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||38mins (10-80%, 115kW)|
|Extended Range||341-372 miles||14hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||43mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
|GT||311 miles||14hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||43mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
Ford Mustang Mach-E verdict
While the use of the iconic Mustang nameplate on an electric SUV is generally deemed blasphemous amongst muscle car fans, for most people, the Mach-E is a well-rounded SUV that offers the latest technology and a strong electric range. Despite its practical bodystyle and electric powertrain, the Mach-E manages to retain more of the V8-powered Mustang’s DNA than you might expect, with sharp styling and even sharper handling – plus a high-performance GT model. Unfortunately, like the petrol Mustang – and many other Fords for that matter – the Mustang Mach-E is let down slightly by a few cheap pieces of trim and an unsettled ride. Otherwise, it’s managed to stirrup (get it?) the electric family SUV segment and makes us excited for other plug-in Fords to come.
Range details, specs and alternatives
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is named after the company’s iconic sports car, which has been around since the early sixties. At face value, there’s very few similarities between this electric family SUV and the V8-powered muscle car of which it shares its name, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find Ford has attempted to inject some of that car’s sporty nature into the Mach-E.
Regardless, the plug-in Mustang SUV is Ford's first electric car – aside from the limited-run Ford Focus Electric – and it makes a strong first impression. It's intended to rival other mainstream electric SUVs such as the Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Skoda Enyaq iV and Nissan Ariya.
With no thirsty petrol engines in sight, buyers have a choice of three powertrains: Standard Range, Extended Range and GT. Most buyers will likely opt for either the Standard or Long Range models, providing 273 miles and 372 miles of range respectively – the latter helped by a larger battery.
Standard Range cars are now rear-wheel-drive only, while Extended Range cars are available in both rear and dual-motor all-wheel-drive forms. Opting for the extra power and grip provided by an additional electric motor results in a slightly reduced range figure of 341 miles.
Sitting at the pinnacle of the lineup is the 480bhp GT model, which gets from 0-62mph in a sports car-rivalling 3.7 seconds. It also receives other mechanical upgrades such as tuned ‘MagneRide 2’ suspension and Brembo brakes for improved handling and stopping power. We’ve reviewed the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT separately.
As standard, the Mustang Mach-E supports DC rapid charging speeds of up to 115kW, with Extended Range and GT models getting faster 150kW charging. Regardless, you can expect to top-up the Mach-E from 10-80% in around 40 minutes if connected to a compatible public charger.
There are three trim levels to choose from, although these are individually tied to the trio of powertrains on offer. Only available with the Standard Range configuration, the entry-level Select trim comes well-equipped as standard, with full-LED exterior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and a 360-degree reversing camera.
Stepping up to the Extended Range model, Premium trim adds adaptive LED headlights, larger 19-inch alloy wheels and perforated upholstery with contrasting red stitching. Finally, alongside the performance upgrades mentioned earlier, the GT model boasts kerb-clipping 20-inch alloys, sports seats, a B&O sound system, panoramic sunroof and a hands-free powered bootlid.
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 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