Ford has moved decisively in the electric age with this Mustang. A name which is reminiscent of its illustrious past, but actually the name is the only thing that is left over when you feel how this pleasing SUV actually drives. It is a nice handling and well performing five seater, offering practicality and sufficient range. It shows no weak points whatsoever, is actually quite fun to use and drive. Like Fords always have been, and that’s then again following the good tradition of the brand…
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The Mustang can be had in two battery pack sizes, namely 76 kWh and 99 kWh. You can also choose between one or two electric motors. The entry-level Mustang Mach-E has an electric motor at the rear, delivering 198 kW or 269 HP. Enough to make your driving quite zippy and entertaining, as this means an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6,1 seconds. Yes, that’s even faster than a Jaguar E-Type, gentlemen. The torque is equally impressive with 430 Nm. Ford quotes a useable range of 440 kilometers. You can choose the bigger battery, and then the range stretches officially to a good 600 kilometers. Of course, your driving style will decide whether you will reach these distances…
With the bigger battery comes also a more powerful motor, this time in this “premium RWD” version, it develops 216 kW and 294 HP, mainly to compensate for the extra weight of the bigger battery. It will accelerate in 6,2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. If you choose 4 WD with two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, total system power is then 258 kW and 351 HP respectively, with torque now being 580 Nm. Performance is further enhanced, with an almost supercar league 5,1 seconds to 100 km/h. Range is now somewhat reduced with 400 or 550 kilometers, depending on the battery size chosen. Last but not least there is also a GT version, where total system power is now further beefed up to 358 kW and 487 hp. This results in a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in merely 3,8 seconds. Need we say more? Range with the 99 kWh battery is now officially 490 km. Top speed is here 200 km/h, in all the other versions it is limited to 180 km/h.
As said, the “base” performance is certainly exhilarating enough.
Behind the wheel…
In the car one immediately notices the super large central touchscreen, which is indeed intuitive to use. One is never more than two clicks away from any function you choose. The dashboard is clean and stylish, and its level of finish is also excellent. We also like the round selector knob for selecting gears and driving modes.
Smooth one pedal driving
After having enjoyed the formidable performance with a few sprints, it is time to enjoy the smoothness and refined silence of E-driving. When you select one pedal driving in the menu, you can indeed drive it totally intuitively with just using the accelerator pedal. Lifting the throttle will not cause immediate deceleration, the slowing down will set in quite gradually, which adds to the smoothness and lets you drive this Mustang in a totally “zen” manner. Also one can choose between three driving modes, active, whisper and untamed.
The range looks quite reasonable, and given an anticipative and smooth driving style, quite realistic. You can charge on AC with 11 kW, on DC up to 150 kW (if you can find this fast charging point). Experienced users already know that it is of little practical interest to charge the battery to more than 80 pct of its capacity, from then on the charging rate will be much lower, and not exceed 15 kW or thereabouts.
Responsive and agile handling…
Fords are known for their very entertaining and pleasant road manners, and this Mustang is no exception. The Mustang Mach-E is built on the Global Electrified 1 (GE1) platform, which is a heavily reworked version of the C2 platform that is used on the fourth generation Focus and third generation Kuga/fourth generation Escape. It certainly performs well. The suspension in itself is quite comfortable, even on urban cobblestones, and certainly comes into its own on the open road. The low point of gravity and the 50/50 weight distribution does the rest: this Mustang effectively steers on rails. If your corner speed is somewhat too enthusiastic, it will gently understeer, but with the ample torque and pulling power under your right foot, it is very easy to balance the car with the throttle and even induce a smooth oversteer reaction. So yes, sporting driving pleasure is certainly to be had. Steering is precise, but the self centering reaction is quite noticeable, so grabbing the wheel firmly is “de rigueur” when you want to put this Mustang through its paces.
Safety first and lavishly equipped
Of course, this Mustang has the usual raft of driving aid systems and what’s more, you can enjoy over the air updates, so it is future proof too.
The Mustang is loaded with accessories, even in its “base” version. What to think of electric adjustable front seats in 8 directions with memory function? These seats are also heated of course. Then there is the superb B & O sound system, which you can enjoy so much in this silent EV. The 15,5 inch central touchscreen is also standard, as is the panoramic sun roof. Then there is the latest generation Ford Sync, with connected navigation and voice command. The electric boot lid lets you open it “hands free”.
The Mustang offers very good passenger room in the back, and has 400 l luggage space in the rear, with a front “frunck” good for an additional 81 liters. Handy to stow away your charging cables. Note also that the Mustang can tow up to 750 kg unbraked, and 1500 kg braked.
This Mustang is a good looking, well balanced SUV, as we said in the beginning. It has many good qualities, and shows virtually no weaknesses. It is sporting, a pleasure to drive, is well finished, offers lavish equipment, exhilarating performance and is roomy and practical. It is easy to use with its large central screen and intuitive commands. Altogether, it also offers a quite reasonable range and good charging performance. A car to live with? For sure, and indeed, the iconic Mustang name and badge has lost nothing of its appeal, albeit in a very different (EV) form…
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