Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Familiar Mustang styling cues inside, too
  • Sensible layout for the majority of controls
  • Pity that higher grade plastics aren’t used

Ford Mustang Fastback: what's it like inside?

Once you’ve slipped into the Ford Mustang Fastback’s driver’s seat, you’re immediately presented with an ensemble of American muscle car hallmarks: the high-set dashboard, the wide transmission tunnel and the detailing that’s a little clumsy.

But in spite of that last point it, it boasts an honest, typically Ford, blue-collar charm, the same appeal that permeates through the driving experience and makes you appreciate this car for what it is.

It’s far from expensive-feeling or luxurious, and those on a quest for squidgy soft-touch plastics will have to search elsewhere. In fact, you’re more likely to encounter scratchy, hard mouldings first.

The centre console is the least-pleasing aspect of the Mustang’s cosy interior, with a mixture of materials that don’t sit particularly well together. Knurled faux-metal for the climate control knobs, a contemporary touchscreen for the multimedia system and yet more plastimetal for the toggle switches. It all looks built to a price. Which it is, of course.

Ford Mustang now right-hand drive 

Those toggle switches aren’t actually switches at all; they’re buttons. They only operate in one direction, not two, and they have to be pulled up rather than pushed down, which feels counter-intuitive. Seems Ford is fearful of clumsy drivers accidentally knocking them down as they place items in their vicinity.

At least cycling through the drive modes – using said not-toggle buttons – is easy enough and the dedicated switch to release the different degrees of stability control involvement is a nice touch.

It won’t take you long to learn the switchgear locations and everything’s unambiguously labelled, including the tongue-in-cheek ‘Ground Speed’ script on the speedometer.

Ford Mustang tailored for UK tastes

Getting comfortable behind the wheel is easy enough, with plenty of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel, and you feel like you sit low in the car, but this is in part because the dashboard and bonnet line are comparatively high.

Unlike in the Convertible, you can specify excellent Recaro bucket seats in the Fastback coupe, with even greater support than the standard items.

Facelift in 2018

The Mustang’s update in 2018 ushered in a new 12.0-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel (which changes colour when you select various drive modes) and a smattering more soft-touch materials in the cabin to add a bit of premium to proceedings.

A different engine start button also features, while new optional extras include a carbon pack (instrument panel surround and gearknob in the black woven material plus Alcantara door cards and seat inserts), heating and cooling for leather seats and heating for the steering wheel. 

  • Long journeys can be easily devoured in comfort
  • Lack of rear seat room is a weakness
  • Aural experience better with the V8

Ford Mustang Fastback: will it be comfy?

Since its American market debut in 2014, Ford improved the comfort levels of the Mustang Fastback before European sales commenced the following year.

Key to the changes was a suite of tweaks to the suspension set up, in a bid to improve reduce body-roll and firm-up the damping. It’s worked to a degree, although the Ford still feels softer – and comfier – than its Germanic opposition.

Deeper ruts still catch out the rear axle, the wheels crashing over potholes, but overall it rides well. We’d have no hesitation in undertaking a lengthy journey in one.

It’s quiet too – which isn’t something every would-be Mustang Fastback buyer wants to read. The V8 cruises with a subdued rumble, only roaring when the revs rise closer to the red line. By contrast, the sound from the Ecoboost isn’t especially pleasing at all.

Whether you stick with the standard seats, add the optional climate-controlled items or splash out on the sporty Recaro buckets, all are perfectly comfortable with a good range of adjustment. It’s the Recaros that offer the most support when driving quickly, of course.

Those in the back will be less enthused by the Mustang Fastback – its sloping roofline robs those in the back of meaningful headroom and there’s precious little space for lower limbs behind a taller driver. Think of it more of a 2+2 than a genuine four-seater like the competition.

Post-facelift 2018 Ford Mustang

The biggest change for 2018 is the magnetic suspension you can now order, which is able to make the Mustang far more comfortable than before because bumps in the road are more successfully absorbed and the body is kept in better check when driven quickly.

It’s not soft, though – the Mustang is still an unashamed performance vehicle.