Dialled In – Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance

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Writing about EVs can always be tricky, even now when they are more prevalent than ever. There still seems to be so much negativity and pushback from traditional ICE vehicle owners that baffles me. Infrastructure is improving, vehicle battery range is improving, prices are coming down, and running costs are also lower – especially if you have a home charger. We have had an EV in the Well Driven household for three years and it has been completely stress free – something I cannot say about my other vehicles that seem to constantly demand the contents of my bank account. There is one argument I’ve been faced with a few times that I have struggled to counteract, though.

EVs are great, and can be a lot of fun in a sort of point-and-shoot kind of way, but one thing a lot of them lack is that proper driving feel. By that, I don’t mean some pretentious auto-journalistic waffling about limits of grip and tyre feel and feedback, I mean they literally do not drive like regular petrol and diesel powered cars. They shoot off the line like a remote control car but once the novelty of that sheer acceleration has worn off and you just want to go for a good old fashioned weekend B-road blast there really isn’t much to shout about. Of all the EVs I’ve driven and tested, I can only think of two that have come close to returning that experience. One was the Porsche Taycan, and the other was this – for Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance.

You may remember a few years ago I drove the early Mach-E and as much as I wanted to like it, and there was a lot to like, it fell short in a few key areas – the main one for me being the suspension and the way it felt like it rocked like a rocking horse as you drove at lower speeds. The GT, however, has Magneride suspension and this coupled with the uplift in power made it a real pleasure to drive. The car felt a lot more stable around corners and it just seemed to eat up the lumps and bumps on the far-from-perfect Cambridgeshire back roads. One pedal mode also helped give the car a fake engine-braking feel as you let off the accelerator for bends.

There are a lot of other things to get excited about in the GT like the shoulder-hugging Performance seats that managed to be both supportive and comfortable in equal measure. There have obviously been some software updates behind the scenes with the enormous centre screen as well. In the previous Mach-E I tested it was awfully glitchy and it often struggled to pair with my phone for Apple CarPlay to work, but in the newer model it was completely seamless every time and to be honest, like most new cars, I hardly touched any other features in the HMI as once CarPlay comes one there isn’t much else you need.

A lot of the rest of the car is the same as the previous car – there’s plenty of space inside and the rear seats have plenty of legroom and headroom, the boot is spacious enough and the added bonus of the “frunk” for smaller items came in handy more than once in the week I had the car. The only real criticism that has stuck with me after a week of using the car for my daily duties which varied from a 60-mile office commute to short trips around town and then a good weekend joy-ride was the way the vehicle range, as good as it can be, was nowhere near what was stated by Ford. Our Kia E-Niro is now 3 years old with over 30,000 miles on the odometer and it has always given very accurate range estimates – usually within a few miles. I found with the Mach-E GT Performance, and like the launch Mach-E I drove back in 2021, the claimed 304 miles was so far off it was almost comical. I tested this by driving in a variety of different ways to see if it was actually possible to get close but in reality, no matter what I did the best I could get from a charge was about 220 miles. This was also before I had my new home charger installed so I was often relying on public fast chargers, which as a result cost me more to run than the 5.0-litre V8 Ford Mustang GT I drove earlier in 2023…

All that being said, I genuinely like the Mach-E – especially this GT Performance model, and not just because of that stunning Grabber Blue paint that I’ve grown really fond of paired with those fabulous 20″ black alloy wheels (although a set in silver really would pop) I found the GT was a step in the right direction for EVs and even though it may have some issues around range and charging, it is a performance vehicle after all and if it was an ICE powered car, we wouldn’t care how far it got on a tank. From the styling to the drive and everything in between, the Mach-E displays a great all-round package for someone who wants to be a part of the growing EV movement but doesn’t want to compromise on the fun of driving when the mood strikes. It is the first EV I have had on test that I kept actually wanting to get back in and just drive and I think it is a really underrated car in the current market.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Performance produces 487PS with 860nm of torque from a single-speed dual motor that powers all four wheels and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds. This particular model came with the 20″ alloy wheels and surprisingly impressive Brembo brakes that were a very welcome upgrade from the previously tested model. Mach-E prices start at around £50,000, however this model came in at £76,090 after options. You can find more information and price up your own Mach-E here: Ford Mach-E

As with all of these reviews and road tests, a big thank you to Ford UK for providing the vehicle.

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