What is the cheapest electric Mustang?

Accustomed to perpetuating the names of these models, Ford offers a power supply to his Mustang some 55 years after it made its first trip. Getting rid of the V6 and V8, the horses seem to have calmed down. Reality or false impression?

The model tested

The American manufacturer introduced its supercharged herd to Europe in 2021. At our disposal, the Ford Mustang Mach-E stable entry animated rear-facing. This is where it is installed the permanent magnet synchronous motor capable of developing 198 kW (269 hp) of power for 430 Nm of torque. What to observe a pure 100 (0-100 km / h) in 6.9 seconds.

Placed underground, a lithium-ion battery with a useful energy capacity of 68 kWh out of a total of 75.7. With this setup, Ford announces getaways up to 440 km between 2 recharges, depending on the WLTP mixed cycle. The clamps are housed in 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with Continental 225/60 tires.

The only option of our electric SUV, a White Space suit billed at 1,200 euros, replacing the default Shadow black. ” Admittedly, this picture is very clean and offers very nice reflections depending on the light Maxime Fontanier said: “Red, orange or blue will cost 1,500 euros. Since 1964, the Ford Mustang’s color chart has been expanded with 867 color options, including 67 white and 57 black to distinguish them from subtlety.

The luggage space

The footprint of our Mach-E fits in a 4.73 x 1.88 m box, for a height of 1.62 m. Once opened, the trunk door equipped with a flexible luggage cover allows access to one 402 liter trunk easy to load. Its volume is a bit low for such a vehicle. When presenting a flat floor, it increases to 1,420 l when the 40:60 backrests of the bench are foldable.

A double bottom can accommodate just more than the charging cable and emergency equipment. In front, the deep 100 l frunk it won’t be too much to fill the trunk space when packing and packing before you go on vacation. ” It is perfectly waterproof, which allows you to store beach items or act as a refrigerator. “, imagined our tester.

It is possible to load more by towing a trailer (up to 750 kg).

Three-seater bench

Upon entering the rear of the passenger compartment, passengers will appreciate being able to easily accommodate their legs, whose knees will be well away from the backrest of the front seats. The seat is comfortable.

The absence of a central service tunnel facilitates the transport of three passengers on the sidewalk. Undoubtedly, the person in the middle will find his back a little hard, because of the central armrest he hides.

Those who sit at the ends will benefit from the foam and nice door panels. If they are six feet tall, they are likely to feel a little too close to the ceiling. USB and USB-C sockets are available.

The driver’s point of view

In leather upholstery, the driver and his neighbor will find enough adjustments to get a nice position. While driving, they may be disappointed with the lack of side support. They will face a modern-looking dashboard with excellent ergonomics. Including at the level of the essential controls scattered in the spokes of the steering wheel.

Rigid plastics and small mounting deviations do not prevent you from finding the right finish on board. This impression comes from the presence of imitation leather with stitching and a good combination of materials. The digital instrumentation behind the heated hoop would seem almost a bit simplistic. However, everything is on the 10.2-inch screen, but in an airy and highly readable way, even in direct sunlight.

A good point for retrieving to your right all the drive selector options. The multimedia system is served by a 15.5-inch tablet installed vertically, as in a Tesla Model S. Very sensitive, is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via WiFi. Maxime Fontanier noticed some cuts during use and the blockages were resolved quickly.

First laps

To wake up the Mustang, press a button. There is no 360-degree view for our model, but a clear and very broad picture of the situation on the back. With its 11.6 m, the diameter of the turn is not at all extraordinary. On the other hand, the thick, padded steering wheel looks nice on the hands. The well-balanced steering is smooth and consistent.

At low speed, a small rolling noise returns to the cab. Later we will see that this is so at all speeds. The suspension is relatively firm, as in many electric SUVs. The thick tires on the sidewall filter the roughness of the road in its own way. Contribute to the Mach-E’s assets: very good visibility and in particular the central rear, a high position that allows you to dominate the road, a wiper on the rear door.

With this car, we advise you to activate the One-Pedal to make the most of the regenerative braking, stop if necessary. In addition to providing real driving comfort and compensating for the overweight of the vehicle (1,969 kg without driver), this handling avoids facing a brake pedal a little too brutal.

On winding roads

Speaking of the driving experience, the interior lighting and the sound environment, the driver has three driving modes. If the intermediary Activewhich could be described as normal », Has nothing to make you smile especially, whisper It would seem that he would like to take us back to the American cinema of the late 90’s. To choose a quiet use of Ford’s electric SUV.

With Indomitable, the nag would like to be wild, unbridled. It is this sport mode that our verifier has selected. ” It accelerates quite fast “, he says on the first strong support on the right pedal. In turns, the Mach-E is balanced.

Keep in mind that non-slip and ESP can be disconnected if you want to tickle more particularly on the machine but designed to appeal to families. As proof, the absence of optional 19-inch wheels, reserved for all-engine versions.

Highways

Electric cars are known to make it easier to get on the road. This is the case with the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Once stabilized, the activation of driving aids, including adaptive cruise control, is easily done through the controls dedicated to the steering wheel spokes.

However, even setting a major gap with the vehicle in front, the machine automatically brakes a little too soon. This does not facilitate advances in approaching trucks. ” It’s pretty nasty in the long run », Laments Maxime Fontanier.

The line maintenance device is no longer quiet, letting you feel that the vehicle is looking for its trajectory. Present from the input model, these aids need to be improved. At 110 km / h, the wind noise is quite reasonable. Beyond that, on the other hand, and up to a maximum speed of 180 km / h, they become very present.

Consumption and autonomy

What fuel consumption to expect from the Ford Mach-E? Our tester reports averages between 17 and 22 kWh per 100 km: ” The 17 kWh will be for urban use or to travel at 120 km / h by road. As soon as you are at 130, you will go to 22 kWh / 100 km “.

This would translate on paper over a range of 310 to 400 km. It will be better to have only 280 km turning on the highway, and a little over 350 km whispering in the Mustang’s ear as it evolves into the city.

That’s right, nothing more, but here’s the model with the smallest battery “Remembers Maxime Fontanier. The range would gain an average of 125 km with the 99 kWh pack.

Fill up

Too bad this car, which swallows the highways properly, is equipped with a maximum load power limited to 115 kW in direct current. It even drops to 11 kW when it reaches 80% battery power. ” There is no point in recharging this car above 80% under these conditions: you will waste your time and make others lose it. Warns the man in the cap.

Especially because with a long journey on the highway you would have to plan a stop every 280 km approximately. A software update should improve the load curve of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

In a 7 kW wallbox, a full charge of power will rarely exceed 8 hours. The on-board charger accepts 11 kW. Note that the hatch behind which the connectors are hidden is located on the left front fender. Which is not the ideal situation to take advantage of Tesla superchargers.

Prices

The Mustang benefits from a 2-year general warranty, increased to 8 years on battery. With the 68 kWh mounted on the test model, the price list of the Ford Mach-E with propulsion starts at 56,400 euros on May 14, 2022. By adding the metal paint, the figures increase to 57,600 euros. In comparison, the Kia EV6 is available from 48,690 euros.

And many electricians will also prefer the much cheaper Tesla Model 3 sedan to the American SUV. ” It would still be nice if Ford offered us an even more affordable model. “, Concludes Maxime Fontanier.

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