Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model 3: safety and reliability
It’s hard to predict reliability of these new models, but we think electric cars will be more reliable overall than combustion-engined models
The Driver Power customer satisfaction survey tells us how owners feel about these brands. Ford came in 24th in the 2020 edition, but while Tesla didn’t rank because there weren’t enough responses, owners were very complimentary about the brand.
Tesla offers a four-year/50,000-mile warranty, while Ford has a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty much industry-standard. While Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the Mach-E yet, it does get plenty of safety kit including lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning, as well as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, evasive steering assistance and pre-collision assistance.
The Tesla comes with 'Autopilot' as standard; this can steer, accelerate and brake the car automatically when on the motorway. 'Enhanced Autopilot' costs £3,400, adding traffic merging, automatic lane-changing and low-speed maneuvering with no-one in the car (for example, to back into a tight parking space or garage). The Model 3 scored five out of five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, with high scores in all four main categories.
In This Review
- 1IntroFord’s first modern electric car, the Mustang Mach-E, takes on the Tesla Model 3 in our comprehensive twin test
- 2Range & chargingDespite different battery sizes, these models have similar range and charging figures
- 3Performance & handlingThe Tesla is quick in a straight line, but the Ford is more fun in corners
- 4Space & practicalityBoth cars use platforms designed for electric power only, which boosts cabin space
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe Tesla looks more modern, but the Ford has stronger build quality
- 6Running costs & warrantyBoth electric cars are cheap to tax and won’t cost much to charge at home
- 7Safety & reliability - currently readingIt’s hard to predict reliability of these new models, but we think electric cars will be more reliable overall than combustion-engined models
- 8Verdict & specificationsThese electric family cars are both excellent, but key factors like price and ride quality put the Ford ahead