Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
If you go for an Extended Range model with the 88kWh (usable) battery, the Mustang Mach E will match the 150kW maximum charging rate of the Audi E-tron and BMW iX3. That means a 10-80% charge can be gained in around 45 minutes.
The Standard Range models are capable of a slower, but still respectable, 115kW. As the battery is smaller, you can get a 10-80% charge in as little as 38 minutes.
The only drawback is that public CCS chargers capable of those speeds aren't all that common in the UK. More likely, you’ll come across a 50kW charger at a motorway service station; from one of those, you can expect a 10-80% charge in 75 minutes or 90 minutes, depending on the battery size.
If you’re planning to do a lot of long journeys, it might be worth considering the Tesla Model 3 instead. It gives you access to the US brand’s widespread Supercharger network for more reliable fast charging availability.
There are cheaper rivals, if you can live with something smaller such as the Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3, but when it comes to a large electric SUV, the Mach E is one of the cheapest, if you go for our pick: the entry-level Standard Range RWD.
It's priced roughly in line with the Model 3 Standard Range and the ID.4 Pro Performance. The Mach E should also hold on to its value well, which is why its PCP finance rates are competitive with the ID.4.
The range-topping Extended Range AWD is much pricier – a bit too pricey to recommend, actually – because it costs around the same as the more luxurious and refined Audi E-tron and the BMW iX3.
All Mach Es come well-equipped as standard. Even our favourite entry-level Standard Range RWD version has (on top of all the things we've mentioned already) heated front seats, a heated windscreen, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, 18in alloy wheels, privacy glass and two-zone climate control.
As we've mentioned, the Extended Range versions add electric front seats and the B&O stereo, as well as a panoramic sunroof and hands-free powered tailgate. The AWD versions include upgrades such as 19in wheels, red brake calipers and piano-black exterior highlights.
The Mach E hasn't yet been safety tested by the experts at Euro NCAP, but it comes fitted with plenty of driver aids as standard to help prevent you from having a shunt in the first place. These include automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitoring.
Likewise, it’s too early to be sure how reliable the Mach-E will be. Ford as a brand finished mid-table in the What Car? Reliability Survey, just above Volkswagen and a lot higher than Tesla, but below BMW, Kia and Hyundai.
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