More than its statistics
On paper, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is not a clear winner. With a speed 0-60 times slower than a Model Y and lower range values, the Tesla should be the obvious choice. However, after spending a week with the Mach-E, it’s clear that its greatest strengths aren’t stats to brag about. Instead, this electric Ford nails down the details owners will care about daily by delivering a driving experience that is both comfortable and refined, leaving no clear signs that this is the U.S. automaker’s first attempt at electric crossover.
The exact Mach-E I drove is a dual-engine Premium trim fitted with a 98.8 kilowatt-hour battery offering an estimated range of 270 miles. Overall, this electric crossover comes at a tested price of just over $ 50,000.
Retro clues for the future
Despite being an electric crossover, the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s visual connection to its muscle car sister is instantly recognizable. With widened rear arches, pronounced folds in its hood, and taillights that come straight out of a ’60s Mustang, there’s enough retro styling here that the Mach-E establishes itself as a crossover focused on performances.
While it can look as aggressive as it gets, aerodynamic efficiency is the name of the game, especially if it wants to deliver the best range and performance possible. While its overall shape looks quite similar to its competition, Ford’s design team uses clever visual tricks to keep the Mach-E as sharp as possible. Close examination of the Mach-E’s sloping roofline reveals such a trick.
Thanks to a glossy black roof paired with a contrasting body color, the top of the Mach-E visually disappears, giving the impression of a more aggressively pitched roof. While this makes the Mach-E more stylish, it provides an aesthetic advantage without losing efficiency or interior space.
Like the muscle car it was inspired by, you won’t find a single Ford badge on the outside of the Mach-E, only the Classic mustang logo. This is a plus because this electric crossover does away with unnecessary badges, playing only on its elegant overall design.
Compared to a Tesla Model Y or a Volkswagen ID.4, I would take the Mach-E every time. By blending retro-styled elements with avant-garde design, this electrified Mustang delivers an aesthetic that is both efficient and truly pleasing to the eye.
More than its statistics
The model’s 98.8 kilowatt-hour extended range battery powers my Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium tester, delivering an estimated range of around 270 miles. In practice, this estimate was incredibly accurate, sometimes delivering even larger reach figures than advertised. This electric powertrain produces 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque transmitted to all four wheels through a twin-engine configuration.
While not the best GT version, this AWD Mach-E delivers all the real performance everyone will need. Full blast, the AWD Mach-E will hit 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, about 0.7 seconds slower than an equivalent Model Y and on par with an equivalent ID.4. In the real world, these differences don’t make sense. The Mach-E feels just as quick as its closest rivals from a red light with a strong initial thrust that subsides considerably once at high speed.
Although they may be similar in terms of performance, the electrified Ford stands out for its driving dynamics, which are far superior to both the Tesla and the Volkswagen. In the city, the Mach-E is incredibly comfortable, quickly absorbing even major road imperfections. However, on the move, even without adaptive shocks, the Mustang remains stable and planted, its most important limiting factor being its low rolling resistance tires. On the other hand, its competitors are just as comfortable on the road but suffer when they gain speed.
Hit the highway, and the Mach-E’s perks continue to shine with a quiet, sleek interior that lets in minor road or wind noise. Coupled with the flexibility of the suspension, the Mustang pulls forward, complementing its comfort with refinement.
Segment-leading build quality
The idea of refinement continues inside, where the Ford Mustang Mach-E shines with its build quality. During my time with my tester, nothing was out of alignment or making unusual noises. Despite using a lot of plastics for the interior, Ford cleverly disguised them using different textures and soft-touch materials. Even at its tested price of over $ 50,000, this Mach-E looks like a vehicle in its price class.
From a comfort standpoint, the seats of the Mach-E offer great adjustability and are road-ready, proving very comfortable even on long journeys. There’s even ample cabin space for tall adults in the front and rear rows, thanks in large part to the visual deception of the roof.
In terms of technology, the centerpiece of the interior is the 15.5-inch vertically-oriented infotainment screen. For me, this is the only main drawback of the Mach-E as its interior is less stylish than its exterior, with a massive screen slapped in the middle. Although it offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Ford’s native infotainment system is fun to use and easy to navigate. In front of the driver you’ll find a relatively small 10.2-inch screen that gives you essential information such as the range and speed available.
Is the Mach-E the one to buy?
As mentioned in the intro, the Ford Mustang Mach-E doesn’t immediately shine on paper. If the fastest 0-60 time and longest range are a big concern, then the Tesla Model Y is your best bet. However, the Mach-E nails down the aspects buyers will appreciate most on a daily basis, such as comfort and refinement while delivering solid performance. We also can’t forget that an even faster GT version is available with additional perks like bigger wheels and tires, adaptive suspension and more powerful brakes, albeit at a higher price.
If this were my $ 50,000 to spend with the current crop of electric crossovers available, the Mach-E would be the winner. However, as this segment heats up with tons of new competitors on the horizon, this electrified Mustang will have some stiff competition in the years to come.