- Impressive EV range
- Plenty of tech
- Great to drive
- Sleek looks
Firstly, instead of the sporty streamlining of the regular Mustang, the Mach-E is an SUV and secondly, it’s the first production Ford developed from the ground-up to deliver pure-electric, zero emissions driving.
The 5-door, 5-seater is available with either a 68kWh battery for standard range of up to 273 miles, or an 88kWh battery for extended range of 335 miles, with the choice of a single motor on rear-wheel drive cars or twin motors on the all-wheel drive versions.
Design and Practicality
When it comes to styling, the Mach-E may not look like a traditional muscle car, but it has plenty of the Mustang hallmarks with its long bonnet, signature lighting and iconic Pony badging. Open the front doors (via a push button rather than a handle) and the word ‘MUSTANG' is sitting proudly on the sills.
The interior is a classy affair with a Tesla-esque 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen – with pinch, zoom, and rotate functions – being the main focal point.
But, unlike the Tesla, the Mach-E has the very basic driving information such as speed and range on a neat 10.2-inch screen behind the wheel, so you need not take your eyes from the road.
The model I tried is the real daddy of the Mach-E line-up and has styling to suit the role with black bumpers, a black front grille, privacy glass, 19-inch black alloy wheels, and red brake callipers.
The comfort levels are excellent with room in the back for three passengers and the driver visibility also impresses.
Storage options are good with a boot that can swallow 519 litres of kit, increased to 1,420 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat. There's also room for a further 81 litres of goodies beneath the bonnet, and throughout the cabin are front and rear cupholders, practical door bins, a glovebox, seatback pockets, a central cubby box, and sunglasses compartment.
Equipment and Technology
The upright touchscreen is the main nerve centre and features Ford’s latest SYNC technology that enables more than 80 vehicle settings to be customised from cabin temperature and seat position to ambient lighting. The clever technology learns from your day-to-day driving habits and favourite navigation routes. And it will get better with time as the system regularly receives over-the-air updates with the latest software improvements.
The interior is upmarket, clutter-free with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, sporty black seats with red stitching and a chunky gear selector.
The Extended Range models also feature a Technology Pack as standard that introduces a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with dashboard sound bar, a full panoramic roof, advanced active park assist, and a number of extra safety features.
The Mustang Mach-E is also packed with safety systems, including intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centring, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist with blind spot assist, distance alert, evasive steer assist, and lots more besides.
We tried the high-end Mach-E Extended Range model with all-wheel drive. This car could sprint to 62mph from a standing start in just 5.8 seconds and topped out at 111mph. With its larger battery pack, the driving range between charges is 335 miles.
The acceleration from a standing start is impressive, and the Mach-E easily copes with delivering short bursts of firepower to overtake slower moving vehicles.
On the country lanes, the road holding is nice and confident with minimal body sway into bends, and the cabin is very quiet as there is clearly no engine noise.
You can select from three drive modes called Whisper, Active, and Untamed (which is certainly more imaginative than Eco, Normal, and Sport), and these alter the characteristics of the car and how it handles.
Untamed is for the more adventurous with sharper steering, enhanced throttle response, and sporty orange lighting to add to the excitement. Whisper is for more sedate driving, and Active is ideal for everyday use.
You can also control the sound within the car to match the performance via a Propulsion Sound feature that is activated on the touchscreen.
In addition, a one-pedal feature can be introduced and that increases the braking as you lift your foot off the accelerator. This is great for busy town centres with lots of stop start driving.
I also took a run in the Mach-E Standard Range with rear-wheel drive. This model could complete the 0 to 62mph dash in 6.9 seconds and also maxed out at 111mph. The driving range on this car is 273 miles between charges.
Once again, this Mustang Mach-E was a pure delight to drive.
Charging times will depend on the power source, but on a fast charger it takes 45 minutes to get from 10 to 80 percent.
A range-topping GT model is also available, offering a 0 to 62mph sprint time of just 3.7 seconds, which is ideal for the real thrill seekers out there.
All in all, the Mach-E may not be a Mustang of old, but is a hint of what’s to come with a view to a cleaner future. And if this is a true example, then the future looks pretty good indeed.
With an impressive all electric range, and plenty of technology on offer, the Mach-E takes the Mustang name in a new, yet equally exciting, direction.