The interior layout, fit and finish
When you slide behind the wheel of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, you’re met with an interior that doesn’t resemble any other Ford to date. The driving position is pretty good, even if the manually adjustable seat that comes with the entry-level trim has a fiddly lever to adjust the backrest angle and no variable lumbar support. It does have height adjustment, though.
The Mach-E driver's seat is comfortable on a long trip but lacks side support through corners (the driving seat of the Volkswagen ID.4 is much better). An eight-way electrically adjustable front seat is standard on all AWD models, and that includes lumbar adjustment. The range-topping Mach-E GT models get comfy sports seats as standard.
The Mach-E's controls are easier to use than the ID.4's mass of touch-sensitive buttons. You get physical steering-wheel buttons that are simple to find by feel, and permanently displayed temperature controls that span the bottom of the touchscreen and are big and easy to see. You also get a physical knob for the sound system volume control.
That knob adorns the interior’s most dominant feature: a huge (15.5in) portrait-oriented infotainment screen. As with the Model Y, it’s in the middle of the dashboard and controls most of the car’s functions.
Unlike the Model Y, key driving information – such as the speed, battery percentage and the remaining range – is broadcast to you on a separate 10.2in digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. Because it's there just below your line of sight, it's much easier to read than the one in the Model Y, which is down and to your left on its central screen.
The Mach-E’s infotainment software is responsive, with clear graphics and a relatively logical layout. It's not far off the effectiveness of the Model Y's and much better than in the ID.4. The screen also features multiple sections called cards, each displaying a different application, such as the media player or the sat-nav, at the same time.
Oh yes, and the infotainment system is well-equipped, with sat-nav, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone capability (so you can use your phone apps on the screen). The Mach-E also has a wireless phone-charger.
The standard stereo is fine, if a little light on bass, but AWD cars and models equipped with the Tech Pack get a Bang & Olufsen stereo. That provides a rich, more engrossing sound and comes with a full-width speaker bar that's neatly integrated into the dashboard.