Read Caroline’s Ford Mustang Mach-E review for everything you need to know about buying Ford’s electric crossover in Ireland with rear wheel drive and extended range battery.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E finally arrived in Ireland in late 2021, the first full battery electric vehicle from Ford to reach these shores.

The brand will move solidly now towards electrification with the covers recently taken off the new Ford Explorer electric SUV and a Puma EV promised too.

Still it’s been a slow start for Ford in the electric race, which has gathered considerable pace – even since the arrival of the Mach-E.

Priced from €58,992, the Mach-E pitches itself among sporty, high-end electric cars, rising to €87,830 for a top-of-the-range, high performance Mach-E GT.

But it does carry that legendary Mustang badge so it’s got to be special right? Let’s find out!

The Ford Mustang Mach-e on test for Changing Lanes!
The Ford Mustang Mach-E on test for Changing Lanes!

What’s so special about the Mustang Mach-E?

The premium side of the market has shown itself to be very receptive to new electric vehicles and pretty lucrative for car brands too looking to capitalise on all that investment that EVs require.

For their first EV, Ford adds some immediate prestige and character with the Mustang badge. Purists may baulk at the sight of the legendary pony dashing across the bonnet of a silent electric vehicle – but there’s undoubtedly a cool factor to the Mach-E.

It looks amazing in the metal with some clever crossover styling making sure that it fits perfectly in a market that loves that look right now. There’s a slightly elevated ride height and some sleek coupé-like styling towards the rear. The classic Mustang tri-bar rear lights carry the famous DNA, adding a unique sporty look to this Mach-E.

It’s an electric car with great presence and the sporty heritage of the Mustang badge – but this pony has eyes firmly set on the future!

2023 Mustang Mach-E range in Ireland

The entry into the range is the 269hp, rear wheel drive Mach-E, priced from €58,992 and eligible for the SEAI grant for electric vehicles. It uses a 70kWh battery for up to 440 kilometres of range (WLTP).

The Mach-E 91kWh rear wheel drive is available from €70,764. It has 294hp and up to 600 kilometres of range (WLTP). The all wheel drive version is priced from €82,481 and has 351hp and up to 550 kilometres of range (WLTP).

The range-topping Mach-E GT uses the 91kWh battery and has 487hp, with a 0-100kmh/h sprint in just 4.4 seconds. Hot!

The Mach-e is on sale in Ireland from €67,667
The Mach-E is on sale in Ireland now

Inside the Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E has one of the most modern and well-appointed cabins of the Ford range. There are lots of nice soft touch materials, though the overall look and feel is not enough to trouble more premium rivals like the BMW i4.

There is a minimalist theme and most of the car’s functionality is controlled via a large 15.5-inch portrait style touchscreen. Many will lament the loss of buttons but it actually works quite well in the Mach-E. There’s also a digital instrument cluster for the driver.

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic roof, leather-effect seats, heated front seats, B&O stereo, and wireless smartphone charging.

The space inside the new Mach-E is about comparable to a mid-size SUV. There is a 402 litre boot, considerably less than a Tesla Model Y. But there is a ‘frunk’ storage unit under the bonnet with an additional 100 litres of storage space.

The front boot is also drainable for added convenience! A powered tailgate comes as standard.

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

Driving the Mach-E RWD

From the start, a lot of work has gone into making the Mach-E an exciting electric car to drive. Unique settings for shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars, steering and powertrain have been tailored for models sold in the European market.

On the road, the Mach-E feels light, agile and fun to drive with lightening quick responses. The Mach-E responds willingly to the throttle with no fuss or wheel spin. Just pure, linear power time after time.

Despite all that sportiness behind the wheel, it rides pretty well too on the smooth stuff though you will feel more firmness over bumps on the most troubling of Irish tarmac.

Features include one pedal driving to help return more energy to the battery, and selectable drive modes – Whisper, Active and Untamed – the latter which unleashes the full potential of the Mustang Mach-E by sharpening the steering, enhancing the throttle response and even giving the driver the feel of downshifting on deceleration.

DC fast-charging is possible up to 150 kW for 91kWh battery variants.

Rear seating in the Mustang Mach-e
Rear seating in the Mustang Mach-e

Did you like it?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a fun electric crossover with a great image, performance and fairly practical too.

It gets expensive to buy beyond the standard range model. Ford’s most popular cars in Ireland are still the likes of the Puma, Focus and Fiesta. The Mach-E’s sticker price might be a bridge too far for Ford customers.

A new compact Puma EV will surely serve Ford’s more traditional customers, but for the moment the Mach-E remains a more premium offering indeed. There is plenty of competition in this part of the market.

There’s still of course something magic and desirable about the Mach-E. It is a distinct offering. Created by Ford’s Team Edison, Mustang has come a long way. Battery-powered but Mach-E points to the future – and it looks very good indeed.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD Extended Range
Price:
€70,764
Battery: 91 kWh
Power:
294 hp
Torque: 600 Nm
0-100km/h:
7 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Motor tax: 
€120 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Ford Mustang Mach-e is one of the most fun to drive electric crossovers on the market right now
The Ford Mustang Mach-e is one of the most fun to drive electric crossovers on the market right now