Ford’s first full electric car. And that makes it very, very important. You won’t find a Ford badge anywhere, we’ll come back to discuss what that means later, but for now, let’s do some research.
First, some facts. Built on an all-new platform, it is available with a 75 (standard range) or 98 kWh (extended range) battery, and with a single motor (rear-wheel drive) or dual motor (all-wheel drive). ) setting. Claimed range is 379 miles, making it one of the longest electric cars on the market. The base car weighs just under two tonnes and has 265bhp, while the more powerful GT version, capable of sprinting from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds, has 480bhp.
How much is it?
The most affordable model is the rear-wheel drive Mach-E: 265hp and £41,330. A step up is the extended range of 290hp at £46,380. It is the one that can go the furthest between charges. The extra power is needed to ensure it’s not slower than the lighter 120kg base model.
Then we have the two twin-engine cars, the smaller battery version at £49,650 with 265hp and the longer-range version with 346hp at £57,030. In short, adding the larger battery adds about five thousand to the price, but having 4WD adds close to 10.
The top-spec GT version, available only in Extended Range, AWD, will set you back £65,080. But for that price, you’ll be able to play the local trick that it’s 0-62 mph quicker than a 5.0-liter Mustang coupe: 3.7 seconds plays 4.8 seconds, in fact.
They all have five seats, a hatchback trunk and a 100-liter “frunk” in the nose. The biggest story, though, is up front, where you’ll find a 15.5-inch Tesla portrait touchscreen and plenty of claims about connectivity, phone mirroring, apps, and autonomous driving. It works well, too: the physical button controller is useful, if a bit sticky, but compared to Tesla’s, it takes a bit of getting used to.
Which, actually, is the whole inside story. You see, Ford has clearly tried to blend the past with the future, with switches not entirely abandoned to touch screens and even, in some cases, cut from other Ford models (we’re looking at it, in the cases column). rods and the Fiesta).
Ford has clearly been busy with the sketchbook, but the materials and quality are fine – it feels decidedly American compared to its European counterparts. And given that it’s a £40,000-plus car, some might think Ford could have done better. More information about it in the inner tab.
But… is it a Mustang?
It certainly hints at it with the motorized hood and light signatures. But it’s flagship engineering: It doesn’t feel or drive like a Mustang V8 in any way.
Now that we understand that, we remind you that it is a two-ton SUV. And at first, it is. Around town, you notice every bump in the road, partly thanks to the 18-inch wheels, but also because there’s no screeching or whining. It feels typically well-built Ford, this: full details on the handling tab.
Picking up speed thankfully improves things with night driving, and it’s pretty snappy in usual EV fashion: Even in the less powerful 265-hp model, there’s a handy 317 lb-ft of torque to play with. The artificial steering means there’s little feel and it’s not overly exhilarating in the corners, but at least you can get out the other side quickly. Range anxiety allows it.
Speaking of which, our time with the Mach-E proved it to be quite efficient: In cold, wet winter weather, the extended AWD range covered 260 miles, compared to a claimed 335 miles, while on a hot summer day, on a return trip from London to Peterborough, the RWD Standard Range covered 240 miles, against 273 claimed. Our experience suggests that these are not bad comments.
Okay, but then why did Ford brand it a Mustang?
We understand the reasoning and positioning: it’s a great brand and it helps Ford justify the money it has to charge to make a profit. But it also puts Ford in a dangerous position going forward.
The brand says it will have 17 electrified vehicles by the end of the year, but in reality these are mostly mild hybrids, plus a few add-ons. The next full BEV doesn’t come until 2022 and it’s a Transit. For now, we have no idea what Ford plans to take on with the Vauxhall Corsa e and the Peugeot e-208, or the VW ID.3. But more than that, when you announce these cars, how will they connect to the Mach-E and benefit from its market positioning as Ford’s halo electric car? Ford potentially made a rod for his own back. And now that I think about it, at least in the UK, the perception of the Mustang is that of a relatively low-tech muscle car…
Everything is further down the line. What you need to know now is that Ford’s all-electric SUV is here and available to order in the UK now. So versus the Volkswagen ID.4s, Volvo XC40 Recharges, and Tesla Model Ys, how do they compare and, more importantly, which one can better (if at all) tackle the family getaway? Click on these blue words to find out…
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Our choice of the range.
What’s the verdict?
The most important Ford since the Mondeo? The Model T? Probably somewhere in the middle in terms of what it means for the brand and its future. So, just as crucial as the original Mustang: another car that started the Blue Oval and launched it into an exciting new future.
Leaving any trace of Ford including the Mach-E is probably a short-term gain, but as mentioned at the outset, it could turn into a long-term loss. But that is not what we are here to discuss. Decide what the car looks like and what it says about you, but rest assured that underneath lies a fundamentally very well-executed machine. It draws the fine line between lifestyle and family versatility as deftly as the Polestar 2 or Jaguar I-Pace, and like them, it has a bit of pizzazz. Simply put, for an electric car, it’s cool to drive.
Don’t be fooled by the badge. It’s not a Mustang and calling it one is misleading. It is an electric crossover. And it’s good.
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