Close your eyes and imagine a Ford Mustang. You saw an electric crossover right? No? We can’t help think the Mach-E would make more sense as a Ford, but hey what do we know. The crucial question is, is it any good?
The Mach-E is a ground up electric model available in rear or All Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations with either the Standard Range or Extended Range battery. The Standard Range packs 65 kWh (useable) and delivers a good 248 miles on the official test. The Extended Range gets 88 kWh which translates to an excellent 335 miles range. If you opt for the rear wheel drive models you get even more range for less money, which is nice.
Although the drivetrain and body shape might have taken you by surprise, there is a lot of Mustang DNA on display. It is big, swift but not too fast, and is good to drive. Interestingly Ford has deliberately softened the initial accelerator response so the Mach-E doesn’t have the usual electric pin you to your seat acceleration, but rather feels a lot like a big V8 working through a slushbox; very ‘Stang. The suspension continues the American vibe, it is soft, but here it also delivers decent body control, so it delivers an unusual combination of a compliant ride with decent handling.
The theme continues inside too where the interior doesn’t quite hit European standards in either design or material quality but it is close enough that you don’t feel too short changed. One good point is the inclusion of a small instrument binnacle in front of the driver in addition to the massive central screen. Ford has also delivered on the practicality front with a big boot accessed through a hatchback, lots of interior space with storage areas and a frunk with dedicated storage for EV cables.
There is more good news on the charging front with Standard Range models capable of 115 kW Ultra Rapid charging (Extended Range variants 150 kW), you can get a 10%-80% charge in around 38 minutes. Of course the crucial question is how often you will need to stop, can the Mach-E get close to its official range? Based on our test of the rear wheel drive model the answer is yes. We managed to easily get within 10% of the official range so if you want to you can match or even exceed the official range.
It would be easy to dismiss the Mach-E as a curiosity that doesn’t quite fit the UK market, but in reality it offers a unique take on the electric SUV. It is spacious, very practical, comfortable, refined, fast enough, and good to drive. It also delivers Ultra Rapid charge capability and is able to get close to its official range in the real world without too much effort. It is a strong score card, but the real ace is the price. Yes the Mustang sticks to its roots by offering all of this for a surprisingly small price tag. As a result the areas where it is a bit of the pace (yes we are looking at you, dashboard/interior) can be forgiven as the ‘Stang represents good value for money.
Estimated real world range: 200 – 248 miles
Official range: 248 miles
Official electricity consumption: 195 Wh/km
Battery pack: 75 kWh (gross) 68 kWh (net) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Recharge time: 7 kW charge approx 11 hours; 11 kW charge approx 7 hours 30 minutes; Rapid CCS 50 kW approx 1 hour 15 mins (10 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 115 kW 38 minutes (10 – 80%)
Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.