Ford Mustang Mach-E

(Extended Range)

Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, front
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, side
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, nose
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, rear
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, tail
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, rear seats
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, interior
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, rear
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021, boot

IF, like me, you're fed up with people going on about electric cars causing range anxiety, then Ford offers further reassurance with its extended range Mustang Mach-E model.

The company's first all-electric vehicle is causing quite a stir and the latest rear-wheel-drive model can deliver up 379 miles between charges. Factor in the competitive price-tag and it's easy to see why it's gaining so much attention.

Unlike Mustangs that we have come to love over the years, the Mach-E is anything but a V8 muscle car. Instead, it's a classy looking SUV that will compete in an ever-increasing segment with opposition from Kia, VW, Tesla, Jaguar, Volvo and many, many more.

Driving the Extended Range Mach-E is a 99kWh battery that offers a power output of 294ps and 430Nm of torque. That translates into impressive performance figures with a 0-62mph sprint time of 7.0 seconds and maximum speed of 111mph.

It costs £46,380 although the price increased by £1,150 as this car featured exclusive paint in a striking Rapid Red shade. There's no denying the Mach-E is a great looking car and there are Mustang design cues at every turn. It features a long bonnet, the iconic Pony badging, signature lighting, push button doors, privacy glass, a brace front grille design, body coloured bumpers, black wheel arches and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Move inside and its impossible not to notice the huge 15.5-inch upright infotainment screen. This is the car's nerve centre and, like most smartphones, features pinch, zoom and rotate functions. It offers access to the Ford SYNC technology with navigation, voice recognition and a number of other services thanks to an embedded modem.

The eight-way powered front seats can be heated, along with the steering wheel, and the vital driving data is displayed on a 10-2-inch screen behind the steering wheel.

There is a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with dashboard soundbar, a smartphone charging pad, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, advanced park assist, a full panoramic sunroof and plenty more besides.

With its single speed transmission, the acceleration out the starting blocks is instant and there are drive modes called Whisper, Active and Untamed that alter the characteristics and handling of the car. They certainly beat the standard Eco, Normal and Sport tags.

It doesn't feel quite so brutal compared to some rivals, but the all-round performance is impressive with assured grip through bends and a nicely composed and balanced ride. The steering is well weighted and the all-round visibility is also good.

In busier traffic, there is a button to activate the one-pedal driving and that is great in stop/start traffic working well to bring the car to a complete standstill when necessary.

Comfort levels are high and there is ample room for a trio of passengers in the back. In addition, the boot is well sized and can swallow 402 litres of kit - this capacity increases to 1,420 litres with the rear seats dropped.

There is a further 81 litres of storage space beneath the bonnet and an array of convenient compartments scattered throughout the car

The Mach-E also boasts a wealth of safety kit as standard and it scored a maximum five stars when tested for its Euro NCAP rating. It features the likes of intelligent cruise control with stop and go, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, pre-collision assist, automated emergency braking and lots more besides.

Charging the Mach-E will very much depend on the power source, but on a fast charger it takes 45 minutes to get from 10 to 80 per cent.

On the downside, there are a couple of gripes that I picked up on throughout the week. Firstly, in such a well-crafted cabin, it was disappointing to find so many rough surfaces beneath the steering wheel when trying to adjust it. Secondly, when travelling with four occupants, all wearing their seatbelts, the car kept beeping at me that the seatbelts were not fastened - how annoying does that get after 10 minutes!

FAST FACTS

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Extended Range)

Price:£46,380

Mechanical:99kWhbattery delivering 294ps with single speed transmission and rear wheel drive

Max Speed: 111mph

0-62mph: 7.0 seconds

Combined MPG: 379 miles

Insurance Group: 37

C02 emissions: 0g/km

Bik rating: 1%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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