The interior layout, fit and finish
Slide behind the wheel of the Mustang Mach E and you’re met with an interior that doesn’t resemble any other Ford to date. In terms of the driving position, it’s pretty good. 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, but it has height adjustment.
It’s also comfortable on a long trip but does lack side support (especially compared with the driving seat of the Volkswagen ID.4) through corners. An eight-way electrically adjustable front seat is standard on all Extended Range and AWD models, and that includes lumbar adjustment.
From behind the wheel, the dominant feature is the huge (15.5in) portrait-orientated infotainment screen in the middle of the dashboard. As with the Model 3, this controls most of the car’s functions.
Unlike the Model 3, though, key driving information, such as the speed, battery percentage and the remaining range, is displayed on the 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 3.
The infotainment software is responsive, with clear graphics and a relatively logical layout. It's not far off the effectiveness of the Model 3's and much better than 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 wireless charging both fitted as standard. You also get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, which is very handy if you want to sync your smartphone to the screen and is still not available with the Model 3.
The standard stereo sounds okay, if a little light on bass, but from the Extended Range RWD upwards you get a Bang & Olufsen stereo. That provides a rich, more engrossing and comes with a neatly integrated, full-width speaker bar on the dashboard.
It’s a little disappointing to find that a number of buttons and switches have been lifted straight from ‘regular’ Fords, such as the Focus. And while the faux leather might be animal friendly, it's shiny and plastic-looking.