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2014 Ford Mustang review

  • Latest Ford Mustang driven
  • Not officially sold in Britain
  • Imports available from around 32,000
Words ByWill Nightingale

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The Ford Mustang is one of the great American icons, and this latest version marks the car’s 50th year in production.

As with previous Mustangs, you won't be able to buy one in your local Ford dealer, but there are plenty of companies that will assist you in importing a left-hand-drive example from America – and for a lot less than you might think.

The entry-level 3.7-litre V6, for example, can be yours for around Β£32,000 (after the various import costs are paid), and even the 5.0-litre V8 is available for around Β£35,000. That’s about Β£23,000 less than a Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe.

The 2014 Mustang features a mildly revised interior, several new paint colours and new exterior styling packs.

What’s the 2014 Ford Mustang like to drive?

We tried the 5.0-litre V8, which snarls when you turn the key and roars loudly when you floor the throttle.

Acceleration is pretty eye-widening, too, although you do need to get the revs above 3500rpm before the Mustang really starts to shift.

Sadly, while the Mustang is as fast as many European sports cars, it doesn't handle like them. There’s lots of pitch under braking, and the comparatively sloppy body control means steering inputs don't result in an immediate change of direction. The steering itself isn’t great, either, because it’s vague and lifeless.

The ride is more civilised than you might expect. The Mustang is undoubtedly firm at low speeds, but effective damping means it never becomes crashy.

Unfortunately, there's quite a lot of road noise at motorway speeds, and the standard six-speed manual gearbox is rather notchy. A six-speed automatic is also available, but we've yet to try this.

What’s the 2014 Ford Mustang like inside?

Perceived quality isn’t one of the Mustang’s strengths, with bland and unappealing plastics featuring throughout the cabin.

The main dashboard is at least soft to the touch, but the centre console and door inserts feel very flimsy by European standards. True, the 2014 car gets a revised instrument cluster, but the stereo still looks like it’s been lifted from an '80s Ford Sierra.

Despite the fiddly seat controls, most drivers will be able to get comfortable after a few minutes of playing around, and the seats are fairly comfortable, if not the most supportive.

Forward visibility is also good, although the fact the Mustang is available only in left-hand drive makes pulling out of junctions fairly tricky.

The rear seats are pretty cramped so are suitable for adults only if the trip is short; both head- and legroom are tight.

However, the 379-litre boot is roughly on a par with a VW Golf’s.

Should I buy one?

The 2014 Mustang isn’t the last word in dynamic finesse and build quality is rough around the edges to say the least.

What’s more, it’s available only in left-hand drive and shipping a new one over from the States will void the manufacturer warranty.

However, the Mustang is so much cheaper than V8-powered European coupes – such as the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe – that it’s possible to look past some of these shortcomings.

If you want to stand out from the crowd and do few enough miles not to be put off by the Mustang’s thirsty V8 engine, there are certainly worse ways to spend Β£35,000.

What Car? says...


Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe

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Ford Mustang Fastback 5.0 V8

Engine size 5.0-litre V8 petrol

Price from Β£35,000 (approx. import cost)

Power 420bhp

Torque 390lb ft

0-60mph 5.0 seconds (est)

Top speed na

Fuel economy na

CO2 na