The new Ford Mach-E!
The new Ford Mach-E is now on sale in Ireland!

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has finally arrived in Ireland! It feels like we have been waiting for this car for so long. There is huge anticipation around the Mach-E, Ford’s first serious attempt at a mass production battery electric vehicle. Was it worth the wait? Caroline took the new Mustang Mach-E for a test drive to find out.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E goes on sale in Ireland priced from €53,100 including the SEAI grant. There are rear wheel drive and all wheel drive variants, two battery sizes and a range topping Mach-E GT with 487 hp!

Styling

The Mach-E carries the famous Mustang name and the iconic pony badge. It’s something of a crossover-style vehicle with the raised ride height of an SUV. It looks sporty and purposeful. It’s a very successful electric vehicle design. The front end of the car is just gorgeous with that curved closed grille and thin, aggressive headlamps. Around the rear there is homage to the classic Mustang coupé with trademark tri-bar taillamps.

Interior

The interior of the Mustang Mach-E marks a new generation interior for a Ford car. There has been a significant digital upgrade to anything we’ve seen previously from the brand including a new digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a show-stopping 15.5″ portrait-style touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. It’s a blend of old and new, with enough traditional switchgear inside to not frighten any Ford customers! A wireless charging pad for smartphones also comes as standard.

Quality seems generally good but it’s not quite a premium billing for new Mustang Mach-E. The rotary selector for the automatic lacks a satisfying click into gear. Leather seats and other cabin materials have a red stitching finish and with that iconic pony logo on the steering wheel, you won’t forget the Mustang Mach-E’s sporty roots.

The new Mach-E goes on sale from €53,100
The new Mach-E goes on sale from €53,100

Practicality

The Mach-E has seating for five and space inside is about comparative to a mid-size SUV. There is a 402 litre boot and a ‘frunk’ (front trunk storage unit) with an additional 81 litres of storage space. The front trunk is also drainable for added convenience!

Battery 

There are standard (70 kWh) and extended-range (91 kWh) battery options available. There is a choice of single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive performance. The 70 kWh rear wheel drive entry model has a range of 440 km (WLTP) and 269 hp. The Mustang Mach-E First Edition on test for Changing Lanes features all-wheel drive and extended-range battery as standard (540 km WLTP) and 351 hp.

Charging

Ford is offering Mustang Mach-E customers an optional 7.4 kW Ford Connected Wallbox. The wall-mounted charger can top up the Mustang Mach-E battery from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 8 hours. Mustang Mach-E customers also currently receive as standard two charging cables. The 6-metre Ford Public Charge Cable is compatible with the common charging standard in Europe, enabling customers to easily connect to AC chargers without an integrated charge cable. The 6.7-metre Universal Home Charge Cord enables connection to either a standard domestic socket or 32 A blue industrial socket.

DC fast-charging compatibility is also standard with charging up to 150 kW possible, using an IONITY charger for example.

The interior of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E
The interior of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E

Driving it

Mustang Mach-E’s all-new platform has been developed by Ford Team Edison to take full advantage of the performance-enhancing weight distribution and torque delivery of an all-electric powertrain. The lithium-ion battery is located centrally between the axles and beneath the floor for a low centre of gravity to support sporty driving dynamics.

The high-performance batteries – tested at temperatures as extreme as minus 40 degrees Celsius – are secured inside a waterproof case surrounded by crash absorption protection. An advanced active liquid heating and cooling system regulates battery temperatures for optimised performance in extreme weather, improved charging times and sustained high-speed driving.

Battery power is transferred to an all-new, oil-cooled, rear-mounted AC motor to drive the rear wheels, and an additional front-mounted motor for models equipped with the all-wheel drive system. The permanent magnet, synchronous rear motor enables peak torque in 0.5 seconds for ultimate responsiveness.

The available all-wheel drive system applies torque independently to the front and rear wheels for improved acceleration and handling. Unique settings for shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars, steering and powertrain have been tailored for the European market.

Mustang Mach-E also offers One Pedal Drive capability that helps return more kinetic energy to the battery, for greater efficiency.

There are new selectable drive modes – Whisper, Active and Untamed – the latter which unleashes the full potential of the Mustang Mach-E; sharpening the steering, enhancing the throttle response and even giving the driver the feel of downshifting on deceleration. Matched to the performance is a boosted interior sound, sporty orange lighting, and dynamic sense lines on the driver display that reflect the acceleration and cornering forces being experienced.

The Mach-E has two battery sizes available - 71 kWh and 90 kWh
The Mach-E has two battery sizes available – 70 kWh and 91 kWh

The Mustang Mach-E First Edition on test for Changing Lanes features all-wheel drive and extended-range battery as standard for 351 PS/258 kW, 580 Nm of torque and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 5.1 seconds.

On first impressions the Mach-E has been well engineered for a sporty and natural drive. It doesn’t feel too heavy on the road and is fun to drive with lightening quick responses. There is a firm edge over bumps in the road and uneven surfaces, but on the smooth stuff all is good.

The range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT features all-wheel drive and extended-range battery as standard for 487 PS, 860 Nm of torque and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.7 seconds 

Equipment

In Ireland, Mustang Mach-E is offered in three series: RWD, AWD and GT, as well as a limited number of First Edition vehicles available at launch.

Mustang Mach-E RWD Standard Range / Extended Range Spec:

18” 5-spoke silver alloy wheels; LED reflector headlamps; LED Mustang signature tail lights; body colour bumpers; body colour headed mirrors with puddle light Mustang logo projection; side cladding and wheel arches in black; brace front grille design; heated driver and passenger seats; next generation SYNC 4A; FordPass Connect (embedded modem); e-latch keyless entry system including b-pillar keypad access; front trunk; selectable drive modes (Active, Whisper, Untamed); 10.2″ Full Digital Cluster & 15.5″ Central Touch Screen; One Pedal Drive; Pre-Collision Assist: includes Collision Mitigation, FCW (Forward Collision Warning), DBS (Dynamic Brake Support), AEB (Automated Emergency Braking), DA/DI (Distance Alert/Distance Indication), ESA (Evasive Steer); Ford VariPower charging cable; high power charging cable; 115kw high-powered charging (Standard Range model); 150kw high-powered charging (Extended Range model).

Mustang Mach-E AWD Standard Range / Extended Range adds:

19” black machined alloy wheels; red brake calipers; side cladding and wheel arches piano black; blade front grille design; black perforated full Sensico trim with red stitching; rear view camera; hands free tailgate; 360-degree camera; B&O Premium Sound System 10-Speaker inc. Dashboard Sound Bar; advanced active park assist; full panorama roof; dual motor permanent all-wheel drive.

Mustang Mach-E GT adds:

20” cast aluminium wheels; unique GT front grille design; Brembo brakes with red calipers; unique Pirelli tyres; unique GT bumpers; wheel lip mouldings – body colour and door cladding painted black; GT performance seats; 860 Nm of torque; 487PS/358 kW maximum power; MagneRide suspension; GT scuff plates.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is fun to drive
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is fun to drive

Pricing

SeriesBodystyleBatteryTransmissionPrice*
Mustang Mach-E RWD5 door70kWh (75kWh) Standard Range1 speed auto€53,100
Mustang Mach-E RWD5 door91kWh (98kWh) Extended Range1 speed auto€64,400
Mustang Mach-E AWD5 door70kWh (75kWh) Standard Range1 speed auto€68,550
Mustang Mach-E AWD5 door91kWh (98kWh) Extended Range1 speed auto€76,100
Mustang Mach-E GT5 door91kWh (98kWh) Extended Range1 speed auto€82,100

*Gross Retail Prices including VAT and SEAI grant

Summary

The Mustang returns! But as Ford’s first proper attempt at a full battery electric vehicle. There’s no Ford badge anywhere on this car except on the key. We know the Mustang badge is cool. The Mach-E makes a great first impression.

With pricing starting from €53,100 and rising too €82,000 for the range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT, this is new territory for Ford and there is plenty of competition now in this price range.

The Mustang Mach-E bites back with cool crossover styling, the iconic badge and a car that is truly enjoyable to drive.

The interior of the Mustang Mach-E blends old and new, with an exciting new look but it’s also entirely practical and functional. Cabin finish falls short of premium, but the Mach-E excels behind the wheel.

Battery range is not an issue here. There is plenty to be comfortable and battery performance is impressive. The car handles the road naturally, it’s an electric car you will enjoy driving.

While it’s odd to have a car with a Mustang badge and no rumble from under the bonnet, the world has changed and I’m glad Ford is now making electric vehicles with a little bit of personality. Mach-E is cool, no doubts!

The range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT
The range-topping Mustang Mach-E GT

Caroline Kidd.