2022 Ford Mustang Electric Car – “Ford is jumping on the bandwagon of electric crossovers. Ignore the Mustang brand and you’ll find a successful car”
Not a Mustang as you otherwise know it, shape or form, cheap finish, slow ride
2022 Ford Mustang Electric Car
Ford’s first fully electric car. And that makes it really important. You won’t find the Ford badge anywhere – we’ll discuss what that means later – but let’s dig a little deeper for now.
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First, some facts. It is built on an all-new platform and is available with a 75 (standard range) or 98 kWh (extended range) battery and single-motor (rear-wheel drive) or twin-motor (four-wheel drive) options. The claimed range is up to 379 miles, making it one of the longest electric cars on the market. The base car weighs just under two tonnes and has 265bhp, while the more powerful GT version, capable of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, has 480bhp.
The most affordable model is the rear-wheel drive Mach-E: 265 hp and 41,330 lbs. A step up is the 290bhp extended range £46,380. This can go the longest between payments. The extra power is needed so that it does not run slower than the lighter 120 kg basic model.
Then we have two twin-engined cars, the smaller battery at £49, the 650 version with 265bhp and the longer-range version with 346bhp at £57,030. All told, adding a bigger battery adds about five grand to the price, but 4WD adds closer to ten.
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The range-topping GT version, which is only available in extended range, AWD form, costs £65,080. But for that price, you can play the trump card where it’s faster. 0-62 mph like the 5.0-liter Mustang coupe: 3.7 seconds yields 4.8 seconds, fans indeed.
They all sleep five people, have a hatchback trunk and a 100 liter “funk” in the nose. The bigger story is up front, though, where you’ll find Tesla’s 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen and plenty of claims about connectivity, phone mirroring, apps and autonomous driving. It works well too – the physical button controller is useful, if a bit clunky – but compared to the Tesla it takes a bit of getting used to.
Which is actually the story of the whole interior. Look, Ford has clearly tried to mix past and future, the equipment hasn’t been given over entirely to touchscreens – and indeed in some cases it’s been cut from other Ford models (we’re looking at you when it comes to the Columns and the Fiesta).
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Ford is clearly busy with the sketchpad, but the materials and quality are so-so – it looks distinctly American compared to its European counterparts. And given that this is a £40,000+ car, some might think that Ford could have done better. More about it in the inner tab.
It certainly hints at it with the exciting hood and lights. But it’s branded technology – it doesn’t look or drive like a Mustang V8 at all.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s remind you that this is a two-ton SUV. And at first it looks like this. Around town, you’ll notice every bump in the road, partly because of the 18-inch wheels, but also because there’s no creak or groan. It looks like a typically well-built Ford that – full details from the driver’s manual.
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Boosting the speed improves nighttime driving, thankfully, and it’s quick enough for a regular electric car: even the less powerful 265bhp model has a handy 317lb ft of torque to play with. Thanks to the artificial steering, there is little feel and it is not very inspiring in the corners, but at least you can get out of the other side quickly. Achieve anxiety allows.
Having said that, our time with the Mach-E proved to be quite efficient – in cold, wet winter weather the AWD Extended Range managed 260 miles, compared to a claimed 335 miles, while on a hot summer’s day returning to London. To Peterborough the RWD Standard Range managed 240 miles, from a claimed 273 miles. Our experience shows that these returns are not bad.
We understand the reasoning and the placement – it’s a great sign and helps Ford justify the money it needs to charge a profit. But it also puts Ford in a dangerous position for the future.
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The brand says it will have 17 electrified vehicles by the end of the year, but in reality they are mostly mild hybrids with a few add-ons. The next full BEV won’t arrive until 2022, and that will be the Transit. We still have no idea what Ford is going to take on the Vauxhall Corsa e and Peugeot e-208 or VW ID.3. But more than that, when it does announce these cars, how will they fit in with the Mach-E and benefit from its market position as Ford’s halo electric car? Ford possibly made a stick for his own back. And when you think about it, at least in the UK, the perception of the Mustang is that of a relatively low-tech muscle car…
It’s all below. What you need to know now is that Ford’s all-electric SUV is here and available to order in the UK. So, compared to the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4, Volvo XC40 Recharge and Tesla Model Y, how does it stack up and more importantly, which one is better (if at all) at handling the family runaway? Click on these blue words to find out…
The most important Ford since the Mondeon? Model T? Probably somewhere between the two in terms of what it means for the brand and its future. As important as the original Mustang was then – the second car that started the blue oval and launched it into an exciting new future.
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Leaving the Ford badge on the Mach-E is likely a short-term win, but as mentioned at the beginning, it could be a long-term loss. But that’s not what we’re here to discuss. Decide what the car looks like and what it says about you, but don’t doubt that underneath is a fundamentally well-executed machine. It walks the fine line between lifestyle and family versatility as deftly as the Polestar 2 or Jaguar I-Pace, and like them, has a bit of dynamism. Simply put, for an electric car, it’s attractive to drive.
Don’t let the logo fool you. This is not a Mustang, and to think of it as one is misleading. It’s an electric crossover. And is it good. The Ford Mustang Mach-E takes its name from the Mustang coupe and convertible, but rides on its own electric vehicle platform and competes with electric crossovers such as the Tesla Model Y, Chevy Bolt EV, Volvo XC40 Recharge and Volkswagen ID.4.
It is yes. The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a good EV range, fun dynamics, sharp design and a generous interior. It gets a high TCC rating of 8.5/10. (Read more about evaluating cars.)
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Shortly after, the Mach-E debuted in 2021. The California Route 1 model now comes standard with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, and is now available with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system. The GT Performance Edition gets a standard black roof. Premium models now have the Ice White package, which adds plenty of white paint and white and light gray interior.
The Mustang Mach-E takes its inspiration from the traditional Mustang, making it better looking and better to drive. Design cues from the Mustang are evident in the fenders, hood, nose and taillights, yet the Mach-E takes the form of a coupe-like crossover. It’s a sportier, more interesting look than many similarly shaped crossovers.
Inside, the Mustang Mach-E has a more Tesla feel, with a 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen in the center. A short, flat 10.2-inch digital instrument display instead of a hooded instrument case also offers an electric feel.
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The interior benefits from a platform intended for electric cars. Front and rear passengers have good head and legroom despite the coupe-like crossover shape, and there is plenty of luggage space.
The low battery works well with the tuned suspension to make the Mustang Mach-E fun to drive. The ride is a little tight, but not rough.
These batteries come in two sizes: the Standard Range battery with a usable capacity of 70 kWh, and the Extended Range battery with a usable capacity of 91 kWh. Electric range starts as low as 211 miles and goes up to 305 miles.
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Buyers can choose between a single-motor rear-wheel drive or a dual-motor four-wheel drive configuration. The single-engine versions produce 266 or 290 hp, and the twin-engine models produce 346 hp in the standard model and 480 hp in the GT series. No matter which model buyers choose, they’re getting a fast electric car; 0-60 mph times fall between 6.1 and 3.5 seconds.
The model range consists of Select, Premium, California Route 1 and GT trim levels. The Select comes with a Standard Range battery, California