It was vital that Ford hit the ground running with their first all-electric SUV, the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The competitively priced Mach-E is actually Ford’s first pure electric vehicle, sitting alongside their nine plug-in hybrid models.
With the Government’s decision to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles looming, the race is on for manufacturers to deliver a range of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a clear example of electric cars which are able to meet the day-to-day needs of drivers, while offering plenty of style and great value.
While the Mach-E certainly seems to please, there are still plenty of rivals on the market. First on Ford’s to-do list is to persuade customers away from EVs like the Tesla Model 3, Volkswagen ID.4 or Kia EV6. Certainly a big job now the EV market is growing rapidly.
Those with a slightly smaller budget might prefer to opt for EVs like the Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona, both of which are great, family-sized vehicles. The Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at £41,000 for the Standard model, which is cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 but pricier than the sporty Kia EV6
Like every other electric vehicle, the Mach-e is exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty, while the Benefit-in-Kind rate is currently 1% for EVs, this will raise to 2% in April 2022. Of course, drivers of the Mach-E will benefit from much lower maintenance costs than Ford’s classic muscle car.
Overall, the Ford Mustang Mach-E seems like a great family vehicle, which provides a decent level of kit, has a reassuringly useful range and practical charging capabilities.
Performance and drive
There are a range of different models of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which are split into rear or all-wheel drive. Each of these offers a Standard model and an Extended Range model, with usable batteries of 70kWh and 91kWh respectively.
The ability to travel a reasonable distance on a single charge is often at the forefront of potential customers’ minds. The range of the Ford Mustang Mach-E will largely depend on which model you choose, however we’re confident even the basic models provide more than enough.
Looking at the rear-wheel drive Standard model, drivers can expect to enjoy 248 miles of range. Meanwhile, bumping up to the Extended, rear-wheel drive will give drivers a huge 379 miles.
Drivers choosing one of the all-wheel drive models can expect slightly more range. The Standard all-wheel drive model provides 273 miles, while the Extended Range model provides 335 miles.
Meanwhile, the Ford Mustang Mach-e GT model (yes, there’s a GT model) gives drivers roughly 310 miles. While the GT model doesn’t have the largest range, it is the fastest and most powerful.
Those who choose the all-wheel drive Extended Range model will also benefit from superior charging abilities of 150kW, compared to 115kW for all other models. When using a 7kW home charger, drivers can expect all models to fully charge in around 11 hours.
Taking into account the average cost of energy in the UK, which is roughly 16.3p per kWh, charging a Mach-E at home could cost as little as £12.20. That’s a lot cheaper than filling up a petrol or diesel alternative for sure!
Interior, design and tech!
While design is certainly subjective, Ford seems to have pulled off a stylish, sporty design on the Mustang Mach-E, leaning on its iconic sports car style elements. In an attempt to look more luxurious, Ford has decided not to include their famous blue oval badge. Instead, the Ford Mustang Mach-E features the running pony logo of its muscle car alternative.
In terms of equipment, even Standard models of the Mach-E have a generous amount. All models come with a 15.5” portrait touch screen at the centre of the dash. The touch screen is angled slightly towards the drive, which makes it much easier to use.
Ford’s radical thinking extends to the Mach-E’s infotainment system. The next generation Ford Sync makes the touch screen easy to navigate and has sharp graphics. There’s also a home screen which can be configured to show regularly used functions.
There’s also some other creature comforts including heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. Further up the price list, the Extended Range and First Edition models are more luxurious. With upgraded upholstery, electrically-adjustable front seats, a Bang and Olufsen sound system and glass panoramic roof.
Comfort, practicality and boot space
The Ford Mustang Mach-E delivers all the family space you could want! Thanks to Ford’s bespoke EV platform, the cabin floor is flat meaning there’s plenty of room. Particularly great for a rear middle passenger who can now travel in comfort.
Being slightly longer and taller than the Tesla Model 3, there’s also lots of space in the front for extra cubbies and storage trays. The driver and passenger space throughout the Mach-E is excellent, with a good amount of headroom even for taller passengers.
What’s more is there’s lots of practical kit at standard in the Ford Mustang Mach-E, including adaptive cruise control and wireless smartphone charging. Plus, the Active Park Assist can help you locate your EV and steer in or out of tight parking spaces.
One downside to the Mach-E is that Ford hasn’t designed the best boot for a family-sized vehicle. At 402 litres, the Mach-E’s boot is lagging well behind the Volkswagen ID.4’s 543 litre load space.
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* All information correct as of 07/02/2022.