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An iconic name for Ford's exciting new electric car

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

New price £40,350 - £58,080
Lease from new From £535 p/m View lease deals
Used price £32,655 - £49,160
Used monthly cost From £815 per month
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
  • Battery range of up to 379 miles
  • Ford's massive dealer and service network

CONS

  • Firm ride might not suit city dwellers
  • Drive modes feel gimmicky
  • Lane-keeping robs it of steering feel

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV rivals

Written by Georg Kacher on

The Mustang Mach-E is hugely important for Ford as this is a new car set to enter the electric car market just as buyers really start to turn on to EVs. So, for its cutting-edge new SUV Ford has decided to lean on its extensive heritage.

It's not the first time – the firm has been busy resurrecting cherished model names on cars that, honestly, owe little to their previous generations. For Kuga (read Cougar), a low-slung, luxury coupe; for Puma, a low-slung, nimble Fiesta-sized sports car that's been reborn as a practical SUV. Now there's a new Mustang - the Mach-E. A five-door, five-seater fastback SUV with a sporty attitude.

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.

The Mustang's traditional dual-cowl dashboard is reduced to the barest of lines, allowing the large 15.5-inch touchscreen of Ford's latest Sync infotainment to dominate the cabin, including the discrete, sound-bar like installation of B&O audio above the airvents.

Sync's upgrades include cloud-based driver assistance, such as learning routines and routes, mapping out the best chargepoints for you and Car-to-X communication for smart traffic updates. Simplifying the interface, there's a conversational voice recognition system made possible by more than doubling the processing power.

An optional full-length panoramic glass roof makes the most of the minimalist dashboard and spacious rear seats, while providing improved solar insulation and sound suppression than previous tech.

What versions are available?

There are four powertrain options available, which will be available following the Mustang Mach-E's UK launch in April 2021.

  • Standard Range RWD: 268hp, 6.1-second 0-62mph, claimed 273-mile range
  • Standard Range AWD 268hp, 6.2-second 0-62mph, claimed 379-mile range
  • Extended Range RWD 295hp, 5.6-second 0-62mph, claimed 248-mile range
  • Extended Range AWD: 350hp, 5.1-second 0-62mph, claimed 335-mile range

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.

What's it like to drive?

The first few miles are disappointing. The steering feels rubbery and over-assisted, with too much artificial off-centre. Switching off the active lane-keeping assist fixes this – leaving it without the woolly self-centering the system defaults to. There are no half-hearted auto-corrections, no vague feedback with increasing lock. The insurance companies love these assistance systems, but if you're an enthusiast, you'll enjoy it more by switching it off.

After many hours behind the wheel, the steering feel begins to normalise, though that V-shaped self-centering phenomenon and the on-lock lightness have not gone away completely. Instead, assets like the pinpoint accuracy, the relatively tight turning circle of 11.6 metres and the balanced damping have come to the forefront.

The low-speed ride is a little on the firm side, but the weighty battery pack underneath gets into a rhythm above 40mph. Composure remains flat at all times (thanks to the low centre of gravity and a pair of anti-roll bars), and the straight-line stability is as unperturbed as the car’s stance through hurried changes of direction, under hard braking and when staging a borderline overtaking act which is obviously never ever interrupted by a potentially critical upshift action.

Mustang Mach-E delivers on performance

Yes, it's a practical family SUV offering 1,420 litres of boot space with the seats down - and 402 with them up, plus a handy front boot with a drainage system so you can hose out muddy boots and sandy beach gear (if it fits in the 100-litre space). It's got the kind of performance original Mustang buyers could only dream about, however.

Thanks to that all-electric powertrain, it has up to 350hp and 565Nm on tap, and it's rear-wheel drive as standard; yet Ford's also claiming a 379-mile range from the largest 98.8kWh battery. A high performance model, the Mach-E GT will follow later, aims to reach 62mph in less than five seconds and deliver 465hp and an immense 830Nm.

To make the best use of the Mach-E you need to play with the new drive modes,  named Whisper, Active and Untamed. In Whisper mode, the steering is too light and the accelerator pedal lacks response. In Untamed mode, it can't wait to unleash all of the power available, but the computer-generated driving noise sounds like the tumble dry programme of a distant washing machine. With exaggerates one-pedal feel and fake downshift sounds, we'll give this one a miss.

So, Active mode is the best all-round combination. It strikes a purposeful balance between relaxed and excited, makes coasting a way of life, and maximises throttle and steering feel in a very impressive way. Sadly, there are no shift paddles to play with, be it to trigger instant energy regeneration or release momentum for a more emphatic flow.

In all, a very impressive effort, and more than worthy of the Mustang nameplate.

Check out our verdict page to see if we think the Ford Mustang Mach-E is worth waiting for

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV rivals