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Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Tesla Model 3: verdict and specifications

These electric family cars are both excellent, but key factors like price and ride quality put the Ford ahead

Mach-E vs Model 3

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is nothing like the Ford Mustang sports car in a lot of ways, which means fans of the 'pony car' have been outspoken about the Mach-E. Yet if you ignore the name, it’s a superb electric family car with plenty of practicality, good handling and an impressive range.

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The Tesla Model 3 led the way with its affordable price and long range, and was first to go on sale. But as big brands like Ford arrive on the electric scene, some of its drawbacks become more apparent. 

1st: Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E is good to drive, with better handling and comfort than the Tesla, yet it’s just as practical, charges very quickly and has better real-world range than its rival. It’s heavy and its ride quality isn’t perfect, but the Mustang’s lower price and impressive amount of standard kit means it’s our favourite of the two.

2nd: Tesla Model 3

When it first arrived, the Tesla Model 3 proved that you could have a long-range electric car without spending close to £100,000. Yet it’s now looking like a more expensive choice than newer rivals such as the Mach-E, especially as it wasn’t as efficient as its opposition on our test, nor as well equipped. It’s still good to drive, looks smart and the Supercharger network is superb, so despite coming second it’s still a top choice, especially for company car buyers.

Specifications

CarFord Mustang Mach-E Standard RangeTesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
List price/total as tested£37,305 / £37,305£40,490 / £43,860
EngineSingle electric motor + lithium-ion batterySingle electric motor/lithium-ion battery
TransmissionSingle-speed auto / rear-wheel driveSingle-speed auto / rear-wheel drive
Battery capacity (total/usable)75 / 68kWh55 / 50kWh
Power/torque265bhp / 430Nm271bhp / 404Nm
0-60mph6.9s5.6s
Top speed112mph140mph
Charge time (socket/wallbox/rapid)21hrs 45mins / 7hrs 30mins / 38mins16hrs / 5hrs 30mins / 34mins
Claimed/predicted range273 / 238 miles278 / 170 miles
Road tax / BiK rate £0 / 1%£0 / 1%
Length / width / height / wheelbase4,713 / 1,881 / 1,625 / 2,984mm4,694 / 1,933 / 1,433 / 2,875mm
Boot capacity (seats up)402 Iitres425 litres
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