Say hello to…
…the Ford Mustang Mach-e, the Blue Oval’s all-electric SUV which carries the renowned Mustang badge. Putting the Mach-e in a particular category is tricky. Yes, it’s definitely an SUV, and at 4.7m long it’s approximately the same size (externally) as a BMW iX3. However, the swooping roofline and high floor mean that while passenger room is good, boot space isn’t.
The Mustang name should also give a clue to the character of the car. It definitely has one eye on being fun, rather than out-and-out eco transport.
While Ford doesn’t go in for trim levels in the traditional sense on the Mustang Mach-e, there are options in terms of range, wheels driven and power. This means you can select:
- Mach-e SR (standard range, rear drive, 269hp)
- Mach-e ER (extended range, rear drive, 294hp)
- AWD SR (standard range, all-wheel drive, 269hp)
- AWD ER (extended range, all-wheel drive, 351hp)
- GT (all-wheel drive, 487hp)
- Standard equipment varies by these levels.
The rear-drive cars includes 18-inch alloys, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, 6-way manual seat adjustment, 10.2-inch speedometer, 15.5-inch central screen, wireless charging pad, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot alert, rear view camera and dual zone climate control.
The all-wheel drive standard range and extended range cars add 19-inch alloys, 360 degree camera, hand free tailgate, uprated stereo and a panoramic roof.
The GT version adds 20-inch alloys, uprated brakes, uprated suspension and sports seats.
Is The Ford Mustang Mach-E Suitable For My Fleet
At first glance a five-door all-electric SUV can’t fail to be anything other than popular with fleets and company car drivers. Even the standard range car has plenty of range of most users. In our real-world testing that range equated to 224 miles from the 75kWh battery in warm weather.
What lets the Ford down is the smaller boot space in comparison to other 4.7m SUV, and indeed some smaller ones too. At 402 litres its some way off the class best, however the Mach-E does have small storage space under the bonnet which is useful for charging cables.
Leasing A Ford Mustang Mach-E
It’s worth remembering the Mustang Mach-E isn’t just a mid-sized SUV and is far more a sports SUV as the Mustang name suggests.
For this reason the lease rates are probably higher than you’d initially expect. Gensen expects the standard range all-wheel drive version tested here to have a monthly rental of around £868 on a 3+33, 20,000 miles a year contract.
Intelligent Car Leasing has the Ford Mach-E at £929 a month for a three year contract with 10,000 miles a year.
Driving A Ford Mustang Mach-E
A cynic could say that Ford is abusing the historic Mustang badge by using it on the Mach-E. However, there are clear design clue to the US muscle cars and once you’ve driven a Mach-E you’ll also see there is a sporty side to this family SUV.
Ford supplies the Mach-E with three drive modes and while the first two Whisper (eco) and Acitve (normal) make the car seem just like any other SUV to drive; smooth, quiet and easy to live with. The Untamed mode (sport) makes the all-wheel drive Mach-E far more entertaining to drive with significantly sharper response from the accelerator, more power to the rear wheels (interesting when it’s slippery out). The steering weights up too, but the overall character is changed far more in the Mach-E by this mode than sport settings in other cars in this class.
What lets the side down in the driving character of the Mach-E, in all modes, is the way the brakes behave and the interaction between energy regeneration and physical braking. You can have a one-pedal driving set-up, however there is a fractional, yet unsettling, delay between lifting off the accelerator and the regeneration coming in. You do get used to it with time, but it could be better.
The cabin in the Ford Mustang Mach-E reflects the car’s premium image too. Both the materials used and their construction feel above what you’d expect from the rest of the Ford range.
Ford has gone for a clean minimal button experience in the Mach-E with a large Tesla-esq portrait orientation infotainment screen for the vast majority of controls with a small digital speedo in front of the driver.
A few more buttons wouldn’t go amiss, but the controls are logical and the screen is responsive enough to navigate successfully. However, our test car’s system never seemed to start in the same place on each drive. Sometimes the radio would be on, sometimes off, no matter how we left it. And once the system binged a lot of warnings when we got in, for no apparent reason. Turning the car off and on again solved the issue.
These niggles aside, there is a lot that appeals emotionally about the Mustang Mach-E and the fact it’s all-electric just makes it just as appealing to the logical business-brain too.
FleetandLeasing.com Verdict On The Ford Mustang Mach-E
A proper sports-SUV with great electric car credentials for business drivers.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
- Model: Mustang Mach-E AWD SR
- Power: 269 hp
- Torque: 580Nm
- Max speed: 111mph
- 0-62mph: 6.3s
- Official range: 248 miles
- Test range: 224 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- BIK tax band 2022/23: 2%