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Throwback badging gives accomplished SUV added appeal

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV (20 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £41,330 - £58,080
Lease from new From £543 p/m View lease deals
Used price £31,055 - £50,685
Fuel Economy 3.2 - 3.8 miles/kWh
Insurance group 33 - 40 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Quick and fun to drive
  • Range of up to 379 miles
  • Appealing mix of old and new

CONS

  • Firm ride around town
  • Not as Mustang-like as you might want
  • Slightly odd steering feel

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

Ford giving this car a Mustang badge when it is neither a tarmac-skimming coupe nor a V8 powered GT car certainly divided opinion, in much the same way it did when the Puma came back as an SUV.

But it did so for good reason - the name Mustang represents free spiritedness and rebellion (says Ford's marketing department) and isn't tied down to a specific bodystyle or engine type. Plus, you can't argue that this electric car got more attention than it would have done had they just called it Kuga Electric, or similar.

So this five-door, five-seater fastback SUV is an addition to the Mustang stable rather than a replacement, and finds itself competing with rivals as diverse as the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model Y.

Style: core to the Mustang's identity

Even though the Mach-E is a thoroughly practical electric car, Ford hasn't neglected design, and claims to have retained strong links to the Mustang's core identity. Taut, muscular flanks with distinct rear haunches and a series of power bulges on the bonnet retain some instantly recognisable cues from current Mustang coupes, without sacrificing modern aerodynamic efficiency.

The unusual door handles are particularly distinctive - they're electric buttons that 'pop' the door open, with a small handle on the front doors because buyers felt uncomfortable putting their fingers in the gap to pull it wider.

What you can't miss is the updated rendition of those unmistakable three-bar lights - a genuinely attractive piece of design regardless of heritage. Big on the outside means big on the inside, of course - and Ford has blended the futuristic vision of electric cars with some key elements of Mustang DNA to create an airy, but still sporty interior.

What's it like inside?

Mustang fans will spot the dual-cowl dashboard (although it's more of a silhouette in this car) and the large 15.5-inch touchscreen, which dominates the centre console. This uses Ford's latest Sync infotainment system and is paired with a thankfully much simpler driver's screen behind the wheel.

Elsewhere things are much more minimalistic, with barely a handful of buttons and switches, as most of the car's functions have found their way onto the main screen.

There's the option to pick a full-length panoramic glass roof to light the cabin up, and despite its considerable size, this doesn't eat into headroom too badly.

What versions are available?

There are four models to choose from - each a combination of standard or extended range, and all- or rear-wheel drive. This gives a broad spread of power and range offerings from 268hp to 350hp, and 248-mile from a full charge to 379-miles.

Spiritually speaking we'd suggest the rear-wheel drive model is the most Mustang-like, but even then it's a car set up for sporty but considered driving, instead of full-on number-elevens away from the traffic lights.

The extended battery also gives the most flexibility - full up it will give you a petrol-aping range, and thanks to the latest generation of charging tech, doesn't take a week to recharge either.

Charging and gadgets: Mustang's on the pace

Although novel for Ford, a lot of the connected technology featured on the Mustang Mach-E is what we have come to expect from premium electric cars. Smartphone integration including the ability to use the smartphone as a key, 150kW charging capacity, and advanced driver assistance are all available, ensuring the Mach E is competitive with key rivals.

Ford's partnership with Ionity yields a healthy number of FordPass connected chargers, Home charging will benefit from dedicated Ford Connected wallboxes, but there's a domestic power cable included as well - giving nine miles per hour of charging, versus 38 minutes for an 80% charge (around 250 miles) on a DC fast charger.

It also comes equipped with a new feature to help more accurately predict how much range drivers have left, becoming more precise over time. Ford says that the Mustang Mach-E’s cloud-based online Intelligent Range system can accurately estimate how much range the all-electric SUV has left, helping reduce anxiety about when and where customers can recharge.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Ford Mustang Mach-E including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive - and whether we recommend buying one.

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV rivals