The interior layout, fit and finish
The Mustang’s driving position is relatively comfortable for the most part. It provides a large range of adjustment for both the steering wheel and seat, so even the tallest of drivers should have no problem getting comfortable. Some might wish the seat could go a little lower (the thinner backed, but heavily bolstered Recaros in the Bullitt are better in this respect) but it offers lots of lateral support and comes with six-way electric adjustment as standard. Leather upholstery is standard, but the padding is quite firm and some find that longer journeys leave them feeling a little stiff.
Visibility, particularly over the shoulder, could be better due to the Mustang’s sloping roofline and big rear pillars. Helpfully, though, all Mustangs come with a reversing camera and acoustic parking sensors as standard. It’s also worth pointing out that the Mustang’s bulky proportions can make it hard to judge where the end of the bonnet is.
Inside, the Mustang’s decidedly retro character gives it a very different ambience from its plush but predictable premium rivals. However, while the look is certainly charming, you soon notice how the interior makes use of cheaper plastic finishes, buttons and switches than you'll find in the German competition. The toggle switches for changing driving modes or operating the hazard warning lights, for example, feel sticky and poorly fitted when you try to flick them.
More impressive is the standard 12.0in digital instrument cluster. Its graphics are sharp and you can toggle between a variety of layouts that range from conventional-looking analogue dials to simplified Sport+ and Track Mode displays; these show the rev counter as a horizontal bar with lights that flash when it’s time to change up.
Unfortunately, this impressive instrument cluster does contrast starkly with the Mustang’s more basic-looking Sync 3 infotainment system, which can also be found in the Ford Focus. This 8.0in touchscreen has big icons and is fairly responsive, but it does look like someone designed its menus on PowerPoint. More positively, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems are standard, enabling you to use your phone’s sat-nav through the touchscreen. This is particularly handy because you have to pay extra for sat-nav on every model aside from the Bullitt.
Lastly, if you’re something of an audiophile, we’d also recommend pairing the Sync 3 system with B&O’s premium sound system. It’s standard on the Bullitt, and a reasonably priced option on the Ecoboost and GT, and is significantly more powerful than the premium sound system options available in the BMW 4 Series and Audi TT S.
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