What's the used Ford Mustang coupe like?
You can take the car out of Michigan but can you take Michigan out of the car? This sixth-generation Ford Mustang is the most UK-ready pony to trot out of the vast Ford factory since the first one rolled off the production line in 1964. It's been around for a few years now, but is this American legend a better used buy than a traditional European coupé such as an Audi TT or Mercedes C-Class?
Its scale is still unmistakably vast, though, its style echoes those past generations of Mustang that varied rather haphazardly from howlin’ wolf to flaccid puppy. Now, you can have it as this fastback coupe or a convertible. You can also have it with a 313bhp 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine or a 410bhp (later improved to 444bhp in 2018) 5.0-litre V8 one. Standard is a six-speed manual gearbox, but there are also two automatic versions: early models had a six-speed 'box, while later, facelifted versions from 2018 get an improved 10-speed unit.
You can have it in its regular form, which includes keyless entry and start, a selectable drive mode switch, LED headlights,19in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a rear parking camera and a limited-slip differential, or with a variety of Custom option packs which include an upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio systems, climate-controlled seats along with sat-nav.
On the road, the Mustang is brawny and butch and feels the heavy-ish car it is. Its steering requires more heft than most similar performance cars do these days, so if it doesn’t turn in to corners as quickly as the best rivals it still grips well and can be provoked into entertaining angles if wanted. The V8 car is fast, after an initial lethargy, while the lighter four-cylinder version has a respectable turn of speed without ever feeling terribly threatening. The optional 10-speed automatic 'box is rather snappy and can flick through multiple gears in one go. An occasional habit of switching between ratios indecisively is the only slight annoyance.
The driving position is for the most part hard to fault. It has a huge range of adjustment to the steering wheel and seat, meaning even the tallest of drivers should have no problem getting comfortable. That said, some might wish the seat could be a little lower. Visibility can be problematic, too, with the sloping rear and thick pillars.
The 12.0in digital instrument cluster is impressive, although the graphics on the standard 8.0in touchscreen look a little old-fashioned. They respond with reasonable speed, though.
There’s plenty of room up front, although space in the rear is a little limited for such a large car. There’s a good-sized boot, too, although the high loading lip and narrow opening limit its practicality somewhat. Safety-wise, the Mustang initially scored a disappointing two stars in the Euro NCAP tests, although this was raised to three stars following some updates on the 2017 onwards models.
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