The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV's key features

The Ford Mustang Mach-E arrives in the electric SUV market with a convincing range.

Although fans of the renowned Mustang may be irritated by seeing this name on an electric SUV, it is nonetheless favorably embraced by Ford, giving its new battery vehicle rapid prominence. Because there is no Ford insignia on its exterior, the Ford Mustang Mach-E appears to want to stand on its own. This heightens the intrigue surrounding the finding of this car, whose coupe-SUV design draws the attention of onlookers. The American swiftly demonstrates that technology exists since a smartphone can function as a key and there is no handle but only buttons to unlock the doors.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is 4.71 m long (8 cm more than the Ford Kuga model ) and it is made for family use, even if its interior design does not break records of habitability for a car of this size. The presentation of the cockpit is correct. As for the large vertical digital shelf in the center of the dashboard, it refers to Tesla models, particularly the Model Y SUV, a future competitor. 

Before we depart for the range test on our course dedicated to electric vehicles (see infographic above), note that the Ford Mustang Mach-E range starts at 48,990 euros for the all-wheel-drive version, 269 hp, and 76 kWh battery. This SUV benefits from the ecological bonus of € 3,000. There is no bonus for our top-of-the-range Extended Range First Edition trial version at 69,500 euros. Its large battery of 99 kWh (88 useful) promises a range of 540 km and 351 hp distributed over all four wheels. Remember that the Mustang Mach-E is made in Mexico and that it is available in most Ford dealerships in France since April 2021.

The journey from our terminal in Croissy-Beaubourg (Seine-et-Marne) is completed with a 97 percent charged battery. Given the battery capacity, there is something to be certain about this highway trip. The Mustang's comfortable power allows it to stall at 132 km/h with ease (130 in our GPS). The race proceeds in a nice manner, with a low noise level, a prominent seat, and decent peripheral vision. We'd like to use this occasion to highlight the huge 15.5-inch touchscreen tablet with nice graphics.

Ford has discovered the perfect balance with it. Its digital ergonomics allow for rapid learning, and its ingenious structure puts the most often used operations in direct access keypads. At the same time, while switching between good and bad quality, the rotary dial on the screen is used to change the sound volume of the BO audio system. Finally, the Mustang completes its design with a screen behind the steering wheel that displays important information like as speed, battery %, remaining range, and outside temperature.

At the end of this trouble-free drive, which was completed under ideal conditions (almost zero wind and a temperature of 17 ° C that did not necessitate air conditioning), about a third of the battery had been spent over the 109 km. Consumption is 25.8 kWh per 100 km, which is slightly more than the wise Volkswagen ID.4 two-wheel drive and hence extremely appropriate for an electric SUV model of this type. The Ford Mustang Mach-electric E's consumption will be difficult to match by a direct competitor (in power and performance), and at this pace, we might have traveled around 340 km. However, this practice may not be repeatable under less favorable conditions (wind and temperature).

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

After recharging at the Ionity terminal (read below), it is with a battery at 87% charge that we set off for the 140 km road course on the secondary network. The speeds are between 70 and 110 km / h with crossings of villages at 50 km / h. As for the first trip, the Active driving mode is selected, it is the happy medium between Whisper (Eco mode) and Untamed (Sport mode). Unfortunately, we lose our smile a bit from the start on small roads because of the too stiff suspension. As soon as the asphalt is deformed, no controlled damping is available as an option on this version to improve things. Equipment reserved for the sporty version Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is 487 hp strong!

The absence of sensation in the direction adds to the dissatisfaction; an inexplicable point is given that Fords are known for the excellence of their connection to the ground and the accuracy of their controls. Fortunately, when we press the pace (as we did outside of this range test) with accurate running gear and fairly surprising agility for a machine that flirts with the 2, 2 t, the Mustang Mach-E regains all of its powers. Ford even struck a good compromise in terms of brake pedal sensitivity, which is something that not all-electric vehicles can manage due to the delicate transition between regenerative and friction braking.

For system aficionados, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has one-pedal driving. Furthermore, you must click a button on the rotary control placed between the seats to recover more energy when decelerating. A button on the steering wheel, like on the electrified Porsche Taycan, would have been more convenient... At the conclusion of this journey, when the temperature outside reached 24 ° C, consumption was 17 kWh per 100 km, a score higher than that of the city vehicle Renault Zoe on the same route! This rating indicates the Ford system's efficiency. Furthermore, at this speed based on regulation road speeds but without regard for eco-driving, we might have traveled 519 km, which is quite close to the authorized WLTP mixed range (540 km).

The Ford Mustang Mach-E allows a direct current recharging of 150 kW in this Extended Range variant with a 99 kWh battery (against 115 kW for the 76 kWh version). Today, power is provided through Ionity terminals positioned on roads. Under these conditions, Ford claims a recharge of 10 to 80 percent of the battery in 45 minutes. However, at the Vrigny station (Marne), which was on our itinerary, we got from 65 to 87 percent battery in 45 minutes (only 21.5 kWh provided), a figure that fell well short of the promise.

For regular usage, the SUV has an 11 kW AC charger that takes 5 h 26 to charge from 20 to 80 percent on an appropriate terminal. The same load needs 30 hours on a 2 kW / 10 A home outlet. @via Ford.


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