Ford Mustang Mach-E take a look at drive: Is it worthy of the galloping horse badge?


The Ford Mustang Mach-E giant SUV has been accessible in North America because the begin of 2021, and reached Europe not lengthy after. It has taken a bit longer to get to our shores, although. Actually, at one stage Ford had dominated it out for the Australian market. Fortunately, that modified earlier this 12 months when Ford introduced that by 2024 it might introduce ‘at the very least’ 5 EV fashions to Australia (and 9 in Europe).

The Mustang Mach-E is constructed on Ford’s new GE1 (World Electrified 1) EV devoted platform with manufacturing crops in each Mexico and China. Nevertheless Chinese language manufacturing is restricted to supplying the native market there, that means the Australian Ford Mustang Mach-E is sourced from Mexico.

Provided right here in three variations – the Choose model I drove for the week is the ‘base’ model with a 72 kWh LFP chemistry battery and a 198kW motor supplying the rear wheels. Subsequent up is the Premium with a 91 kWh NMC chemistry battery. The Premium can be rear wheel drive (RWD) however motor energy has been upped by 18 kW to 216 kW.

The highest of the road mannequin is the GT. Additionally with the 91 kWh battery, however this time traction is supplied to all 4 wheels with a complete energy output of 358 kW.

Pricing for the three was introduced earlier within the 12 months at $79,990, $91,665 and $107,665 earlier than on-the-road prices. Thoughts-you, these costs had been lately slashed – particularly for the Choose model. Pricing (earlier than on highway prices) is now $72,990 (down $7000), $86,990 (down $4675) and $104,990 (down $2675) respectively.

For this take a look at I opted for the ‘poverty pack’ Choose model as, based mostly on the current pricing adjustments, I believe it might effectively develop into the amount vendor of the three. (By the best way: a evaluate of the GT might be coming from Tim Eden quickly).

First impressions:

Mach-E Choose entrance inside. Picture: B Gaton

So what do you get to your cash? It actually didn’t really feel like a poverty pack when it comes commonplace with a full panoramic glass roof, twin zone local weather management, energy lift-gate (with foot wave opening/closing), 10 speaker B&O sound system, 39.4 cm (15.5 inch) centre show and a bunch of different options. Even the ground mats come commonplace. Actually the specs for all three variations are remarkably comparable – the important thing variations between the Choose and the Premium being within the drive practice. (Desk 1).

Curiously, in relation to color selection it might appear that Ford has not moved on from the Mannequin T. Black is the no value possibility with all different colors an extra $700. (The Mannequin T was painted black solely because it was the quickest drying paint and subsequently moved quicker down the meeting line. Henry Ford was reputed to have as soon as quipped ‘you possibly can have any color you want, as long as it’s black’).


I discovered the seating to be agency, however comfy and supportive with 8-way powered adjustment on each entrance seats, plus attain/rake adjustment on the steering. By the best way, though the seat and steering wheel cowl materials has the feel and appear of leather-based – it’s in truth a man-made look-alike referred to as Sensico.

It’s categorised as a ‘Giant SUV’, though in appears to be like its swooping rear roof does lend itself to being referred to as a ‘crossover’. Rear seating provides good leg and head room for all however the largest grownup (I used to be comfortably away from each the roof and entrance seat when seated within the again). Nevertheless its swooped crossover-style rear roof line would possibly lead a lot over 1.8m in peak to wrestle a bit within the head peak division.

Cabin storage was effectively catered for with a centre console bin underneath the arm relaxation, sized decrease storage shelf underneath the telephone charging shelf/cup holder space and storage slots on every of the doorways.

Decrease console parcel house. Picture: B Gaton

With its EV-only platform, Ford have managed to squeeze in a sizeable 134 litre ‘froot’. (Froot being brief for ‘entrance boot’. FYI to those that name it a ‘frunk’ – that’s the American utilization based mostly on the rear storage are of a automotive being referred to as the trunk. Given Australian utilization for the rear storage are of a automotive is ‘boot’, the Australian English model is ‘froot’).

Mach-E 134 litre ‘froot’. Picture: B Gaton

Talking of boot house – with the seats up, there’s 402 litres accessible with an affordable depth. Thoughts-you, there’s solely a retractable fabric cowl over the realm fairly than the extra traditional onerous lid. With the seats down and piled to the roof, that expands to 1,420 litres.

The one minor niggle on my first few drives was the upper than traditional facet door sills. The primary instances noticed me clipping these with my toes when getting in, however I did finally adapt to not discover them after a full week of driving.

Door sill of Mach-E. Picture: B Gaton


Being an EV, the Mustang Mach-E naturally accelerates easily and immediately off the road. In base model type although, that take-off feels virtually lackadaisical. That nevertheless is a perform of my getting used to EVs after a few years of driving them: even in base trim, the Mach-E has a zero to 100km/h time of round 7.3 seconds. (The Premium by the best way is simply barely faster at 7.0 sec). If you need blistering efficiency – you would need to go to the GT which has an round 3.7 sec zero to 100km/h time.

The trip I discovered to be on the agency facet, however not overly so. Each the Choose and Premium by the best way include 225/55 tyres on 19 inch rims – once more, there isn’t a distinction between the 2 apart from the fashion of the 19 inch rim. Dealing with was additionally the form of factor you’d count on from a effectively sorted SUV. In Choose guise, it’s by no means a efficiency oriented car, however it drove comfortably and predictably on windy roads and was clean and quiet on the freeway.

One curious contact is the choice to pick inside driving sound results. That is maybe a nod to the anticipated purchaser being somebody entering into their first EV after driving ICE all their lives and lacking the sound of an engine. To me as a long-term EV driver, the silence of EV driving is without doubt one of the nice bonuses to creating the transfer. In consequence, I used to be dreading the intrusion of pointless noise by deciding on the choice, however I needn’t have frightened. It was all however inaudible on any setting!

A couple of issues stood out to me because it being Ford’s first try at an EV – when charged to 100%, regenerative braking didn’t work until the cost stage dropped to 98% (deciding on the 1-pedal driving possibility did nevertheless nonetheless give a braking impact when lifting off the accelerator).

One other was I discovered it onerous to return to a clean cease: on the final it was straightforward to barely jerk to zero. You ultimately discovered the knack to pulling up easily with, in addition to with out, 1-pedal driving chosen, however it took a little bit of time to work it out. Many different makers handle to do regen braking higher – so I’m guessing Ford is not going to take too lengthy to kind issues like that out as they achieve expertise in EV know-how.

Once more – which will simply be a perform of my not being their supposed purchaser. The Mustang Mach-E is firmly aimed toward first-time EV consumers and as such my braking behaviour, tuned to EVs for a very long time now, in all probability wasn’t what Ford’s engineers would count on of an ICE driver shifting to EV!


I must say the adaptive cruise management within the Mach-E is the best I’ve ever used. One contact of a steering wheel button would flip it on and a easy up/down of the toggle subsequent to the actuation button allows tweaking of the set pace in 1 km/h increments.

The centre display screen was usually straightforward to make use of and, for earlier Ford house owners used to the interface, in all probability ‘extra of the identical’. The air flow features all the time stayed on-screen on both facet of a bodily dial. That dial by the best way would swap from quantity, fan pace and temperature relying on the perform chosen. I discovered this to be a pleasant contact, in addition to making it straightforward to manage these features with out trying away from driving.


Mach-E air flow controls. Picture: B Gaton

Bluetooth connection of the telephone was straightforward, and Ford embrace each Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with the car. In my case, Android Auto was straightforward to activate – nevertheless, not proudly owning an iOS telephone I can’t give a report for that system. Thoughts-you, I did discover the navigation system within the automotive completely high-quality and in some methods higher than Google maps by way of Android Auto, so I rapidly reverted again to that.

Driving vary and charging:

In Choose type with the 72kWh battery, the WLTP driving vary is 470 km. That extends out to 600 for the Premium with the bigger 91kWh battery. For my take a look at of the Choose, my accomplice and I took it from Melbourne alongside the coast to Apollo Bay and return by way of the inland climb from Lorne.

It made it comparatively comfortably inside one full cost, with the vary estimator doing job of adapting itself to provide repeatedly correct sounding estimates for the totally different driving situations. Having had it for a full week, I turned comfy with the driving vary predictions and got here to belief them. (In contrast to the GOM, or ‘Guess-O-Meter’, I had in my 2011 Leaf!)

Charging is by way of the standard Kind 2 AC port at 7kW single part and 11kW if utilizing 3 part energy. It could additionally cost at as much as 150kW utilizing the usual CCS2 plug discovered on all DC chargers.

Mach-E charging. Picture: Ford


What’s it about ranking vehicles in Australia for towing??? In European markets the Mach-E is rated to tow as much as 1000kg, however has a zero ranking for Australia. Given a lot of its rivals have tow scores of 1500kg or extra, this omission by Ford might delay some potential prospects that in any other case would have thought of it.

Summing up:

For consumers stepping from ICE to electrical for the primary time, the Ford Mustang Mach-E can be a simple automotive to get used to. It can comfortably carry 4 to five adults and has all the standard security options one involves count on from a brand new automotive. With a good driving vary even in Choose guise, it might additionally appear one would want an excellent motive to stump up the additional $14,000 for the Premium. (Particularly as there’s virtually no distinction in specification between the 2 apart from the bigger battery and 18kW extra motor energy).

So now to the elephant within the room: is it actually a Mustang? In appears to be like it offers numerous nods to the present two door petrol model, nevertheless a two door glossy sports activities coupe it isn’t – and numerous Ford purists have lambasted the producer for placing the galloping horse badge on it.

Nevertheless, many producers previously famend for producing sports activities oriented vehicles now provide SUV variations. (Suppose Porsche Macan, Ferrari Purosangue and even the forthcoming Renault Alpine SUV). Appears Ford are usually not alone there.

As for placing the brand on the Choose model when it isn’t in any means a efficiency car? Properly it does seem like its quicker GT sibling – and Ford do promote a six-cylinder ‘poverty pack’ model of the 2 door coupe too, so once more, not a singular ‘misuse’ of the brand.

So sure, it’s a advertising train so as to add the title ‘Mustang’ to the Mach-E, however different sports activities oriented car producers use their logos to push SUVs too. So if it makes it extra enticing so as to add the aura of Mustang to their new EV line-up, is it actually an issue? Plus the GT might very effectively stay as much as the Mustang title – however for that we must look forward to Tim’s forthcoming evaluate.

Specs for the Mustang Mach-E: (Supply:

Seating: 5

Boot volumes in litres: (1 litre = 10 x 10 x 10 cm)

  • Boot – seats up: 402 L
  • Boot – seat folded/to roof: 1,420 L
  • Froot: 134L (entrance boot: under-bonnet storage)


  • Total size: 4,728 mm
  • Total peak: 1,634 mm (GT: 1623 mm)
  • Floor clearance: 172 mm (GT: 163 mm)
  • Total width (fringe of doorways):  1,881 mm
  • Total width (fringe of mirrors): 2,097 mm


Variant Battery kWh

precise (usable)

Choose 72 kWh usable
Premium, GT 91 kWh usable

Power consumption: (WLTP take a look at cycle)

  • 17.8 kWh/100km (Choose)
  • 17.2 kWh/100km (Premium)
  • 21.2 kWh/100km (GT)

Kerb weight:

Variant Kerb weight (kg)
Choose (RWD) 2,104
Premium (RWD) 2,098
GT (AWD) 2,717


  • 1 part AC: 7.0 kW most.
  • 3 part AC: 10.5 kW most.
  • DC: 150 kW most.

Cost port location:

  • Entrance left facet (in entrance of passenger door)

Drive configuration: 

  • Rear wheel drive (RWD): Choose and Premium
  • All-wheel drive (AWD): GT


  • Not rated for towing in Australia.


Variant Max. Energy


0 to 100km/h


Choose (RWD) 198 7.3
Premium (RWD) 216 7.0
GT (AWD) 358 3.7



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