Ford Mustang Mach E review

Category: Large Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 infotainment screen
  • Ford Mustang Mach E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 rear tracking
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 dashboard
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 interior
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 infotainment screen
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 steering wheel
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 badge
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range interior
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 armrest controls
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 dashboard display
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 rear tracking
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 dashboard
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 interior
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 infotainment screen
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 steering wheel
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 badge
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range interior
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 armrest controls
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 dashboard display
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 RWD Extended Range
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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 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.

Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD 2021 infotainment screen

Overview

We'd definitely keep it cheap with the Mustang Mach E and stick with the entry-level Standard Range RWD. That's still not as good as the Tesla Model 3 or Volkwagen ID.4, with its abrupt ride being the biggest disappointment, but it's still a decent car offering good value, it's well equipped and has a good infotainment system. The more expensive versions have a longer range but beyond that, there are much better cars for the money.

  • Generous amount of standard equipment
  • Relatively affordable to buy and run
  • Good infotainment system
  • Very unsettled ride
  • Inconsistent handling flatters to deceive
  • So-so build quality for the class