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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review: Ford’s First All-Electric Vehicle

Fans of Ford’s Mustang series love the original pony car for what it is: a stylish sports car. However, this year, Ford decided to go a different route and launched the Ford Mustang Mach-E, its first all-electric vehicle. Although an electric pony sounds more like an oxymoron, the Mach-E creates new expectations from the brand. This article aims to review the car in-depth, giving you a complete understanding of its features and any negatives we find.

A lot has changed since the iconic Mustang’s first launch in 1964, and it will be interesting to see how Ford compares to other all-electric vehicles in the industry. The Mach-E is the first all-electric vehicle designed by Ford. As per our understanding, there are no plans to make a hybrid or gas-powered version of the Mach-E.

Exterior Design Features

It wouldn’t be a Mustang if it didn’t have heads turning as it passes by. The Mach-E. Ford made sure the exterior was as passionately designed as the rest of the Mustang series. They have also reinvented what car enthusiasts can expect an electric vehicle to look like, with downturned headlights and a sloping hood that give it a more aggressive appearance. At first glance, it looks a little sporty, possibly due to the embedded spoiler and other finer design details.

The car has buttons instead of conventional door handles, adding to its sleek and handsome look. We are concerned about the durability of these buttons, but only time will tell. The Mach-E may be a crossover SUV but still has the looks and solid build to compete with other muscle cars.

Interior and Comfort

The car interior is comfortably spacious, especially as the battery is under the car’s floor. It can easily fit taller passengers in the front and back seat, even with the low roofline. Additionally, we were surprised to find the visibility to be great despite the fastback roofline.

We can’t really say that the inside of this car looks anything like what you’d expect from a Mustang. The dashboard is very minimalistic, aside from the large (15.5-inch) touch screen taking up a large area in the middle. However, it comes with many comfort features such as heating in the seats and steering wheel, adjustable ambient interior lighting, a sunroof with panoramic views, wireless charging stations, and much more.

Infotainment And Other Screens

The infotainment system is easy to handle and comes with a shortcut panel that automatically shows your last used functions. In addition, it comes with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, a great audio system, and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. In other words, everything you need to entertain your passengers (and yourself) during long rides. The software still has some work to do, in our opinion, but that may be fixed with system updates.

The infotainment touchscreen isn’t the only screen on the dashboard. Ford thought it would be better to keep important information directly in the driver’s line of sight, so they added a smaller drive cluster screen to replace conventional speed and RPM gauges. In our opinion, this doesn’t crowd the dashboard at all.

Storage

As you would expect from any crossover SUV, the trunk has ample storage space at 29 cubic feet. The rear seats can be folded up as well, further adding to the trunk space. A unique storage feature in the Ford Mach-E is the front trunk storage, which some people have nicknamed a “frunk“. As there is no motor under the hood, Ford added a smaller storage area instead. They even fitted it with a drain hole, and it is lined with durable plastics that can easily be cleaned and rinsed out. The idea is that the front storage can be used in place of an ice cooler or other messy cargo you may need to carry in the car.

Other storage features include the two-tiered console and spacious side door pockets. We measured the pockets and found they were wide enough but on the shorter side compared to other cars.

Engine and driving performance

Mach-E is available in a few editions. Two battery options give either 68kWh or 88kWh of usable power. You can opt for the RWD or combine the power of both axles and get an all-wheel drive. The less powerful editions that use the smaller battery pack produce 266-346hp and 317-428hp. Ford also offers two sporty editions: The GT and GT Performance, which wield more power at 480hp and 634 lb-ft torque. The Mustang Mach-E rides on wheels between 18 and 20 inches, and Ford also offers optional adaptive dampers to control the firmness of the wheels.

The car performs well, no matter which edition you get. The GT Performance Edition drives better than a typical crossover vehicle, going from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds – only seen in the Tesla Y among all-electric vehicles. However, the ride doesn’t give you the traditional Mustang experience whereby the engine revs with each pedal step. Instead, expect the quiet and smooth ride typical of luxury-class vehicles.

Despite the differences between the Mach-E and its predecessors, there are some similarities in driving. The car is fairly stable on the road, even as we accelerated to higher speeds. We found that it turns smoothly as well, and both RWD and AWD options carry sufficient power to satisfy your desire for speed. Also available are three driving modes: Active, Whisper, and Untamed. They each have adjusted throttle and steering response so that you can tinker with the driving experience as per your preferences.

Battery, range, and efficiency

As previously mentioned, there are two options for battery packs (75.7kWh and 98.8 kWh, with usable power as mentioned above). Naturally, the range varies as well – between 211 and 305 miles, This is not necessarily a low-range, but when compared to some Tesla models, the Mach-E falls short. As for charging, the Ford mobile charger can recharge the battery up to 80% on a 240v outlet. You can also place an order for a certified electrician to install a charge station to top up your battery fully overnight.

According to Ford, the Mach-E GT Performance edition should be using 37 kWh per 100 miles (the equivalent of MPG for EV, note that lower numbers here mean more fuel efficiency.) We tested the new pony on the road extensively and came up with better fuel efficiency estimates. Our testing gave us 34kWh per 100 miles, Overall, we liked the battery’s performance, and we are content with the range it provided. Charging on a 150kW DC fast charger takes around 45 minutes for 80% of the battery, which is pretty standard.

Safety features and driver assistance

Ford went out of its way to provide many driver-assist features, including automated emergency brakes, collision warnings, and blind-spot monitoring. It even has lane departure/keeping assist. The Mustang Mach-E also gives warnings for crossing a red light. We think that its safety features are great, but always check NHTSA or equivalent certifications to stay on the safe side.

Price

The starting price for the Ford Mustang Mach-E is upwards of $42,000. That is more expensive than most people would expect to pay for a Ford and classify it as a luxury vehicle. However, it’s a reasonable price to pay for the features offered.

Does it deserve to be called a Mustang?

Mach-E might not bring to mind the conventional idea of what a Mustang represents, but it does a great job of redefining the iconic pony and bringing the Mustang series to the future. Nonetheless, it is an intriguing option that we happily recommend. Its name is borrowed from the Mach 1, which was known for its superior performance-oriented capabilities. Ford is attempting to rewrite history and create a new image for an iconic brand, and the Mach-E may be the perfect candidate to use.

Summary

This new Mustang is quite impressive, even if it doesn’t fit the description of an EV as accurately as many would have preferred. However, as an all-electric vehicle, it compares to luxury models such as Tesla – which is the ultimate goal that Ford had set for the Mach-E. It performs well, looks good, and packs a lot of features. That’s a great car in our books.

An electrical engineer by day, an automotive enthusiast by night. Quentin has spent most of his adult life obsessing over the latest car technologies, and is excited about the industry's future. He loves spending time fishing, arguing with his wife, or telling his grandkids wacky stories about his past.

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