The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

An electric head turner

Starting price: £50,830

The Pros

Range

Lots of storage

Hands free boot opening

Huge touchscreen

Cons

No dials to operate air con

Intro

Ok, so when you think of a Ford Mustang, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking of a classic looking car with its iconic pony logo on the front of its long bonnet. Now jump to 2023 and Ford have brought their legendary car into the 21st century. Fully electric (EV), the Mustang Mach e is most definitely a head turner. There’s not many on the road and it made the school run far more enjoyable!

Ford offers 3 trims – Select, Premium, GT and 2 battery options. We drove the GT with the larger of the 2 batteries. Being an SUV, you’ll find you’re nice and high up on the road, which we think feels safer. It’s a fabulous, quiet drive and you’ll notice it moves when you put your foot down. The dial to change gears is really easy to use and we liked the keyless entry system and keyless start. You can rest assured, that Ford have included some great safety features too. One worth mentioning that we’ve never seen before is the Lane Keeping Aid. If you’re switching between lanes and you don’t indicate, the steering wheel will do its upmost to work against you turning it, keeping you in your current lane. You can literally feel the tension in the wheel. Handy if you suddenly get distracted by any squabbles in the back.

Cruise control comes as standard for those longer journeys and there’s an SOS button for emergencies. As with most car manufacturers these days, Ford offer the FordPass Connect app. This allows you to check the range of the car, locate charge points and most importantly, heat the car up from the house before you step foot out of the door. Saving precious minutes on the school run!

The range of the Mach e varies depending on the battery size you choose. The standard battery has a range of 273 miles but opt for the extended battery and the range starts at 341 miles, that’s more than Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. It’s worth remembering however, that you’ll never quite get these ranges once you start using features such as the air con. We also charged the car to 100% and the following morning it was down to 93% due to the cold weather – the car hadn’t moved!

Charge times from empty with the standard battery are 11 hours from an installed wall box or 36 hours with a normal 3 pin plug. The extended range battery can be charged to full in 14 hours from a wall box. It’s worth noting there is the option to manage the charge remotely using the FordPass Connect ap.

If you’re motorway driving and can locate an “Ionity” or “BP Pulse” charge point in a service station, you can use their fast charge facility and gain up to 73 miles in 10 minutes. If these points are not available, you’ll have to wait 38 – 45 minutes to gain an 80% charge.

Interior

We loved the interior of the Mach e, its slick and incredibly stylish. The large tinted, fixed panoramic sunroof provides lots of light inside the car. Your eye will immediately be drawn to the impressive 15.5 inch portrait touchscreen. Positioned centrally, it is very easy to navigate around the infotainment system using the lightest of touches. There’s also a 10.2 inch digital cockpit behind the steering wheel at eye level, providing information such as range, speed limit and current speed. Smartphone integration comes as standard, allowing you to access your phone’s apps on the screen. However, if you can’t locate a wire to connect your phone, the Mach e also has wireless car play. The map app on your phone looks fabulous on screen, but due to the portrait shape of the screen, you’ll have to glance down to follow instructions. This doesn’t seem as safe as touchscreens that sit higher up on the dashboard, where you merely have to glance to the side. Having said that when you are given a new navigational instruction, it will appear on the digital cockpit behind the steering wheel.

For those manic mornings, you’ll appreciate Ford’s Quickclear heated windscreen. On cold, icy days, it clears the windscreen in seconds saving precious minutes when you’re inevitably running late for the school run!

There’s dual climate control in the front so the driver and front passenger can select their own temperatures, but the controls for this are on the touchscreen and it can be quite fiddly to operate when driving. We much prefer dials to adjust the air conditioning as you don’t need to take your eyes off the road, a safer option, especially with little ones in the back. There are air vents in the rear of the Mach e, but sadly the kiddies won’t be able to control their own temperature.

Parking the Mach e is a piece of cake thanks for to the front, rear and side parking sensors. Ford have also included a rear facing camera as well as a 360° camera – we love these! The camera gives you a bird’s eye view of the car and it’s surrounding area. Once you’ve driven a car with one, you won’t want to be without it! The camera is crystal clear on the large touchscreen too. The heated, retractable wing mirrors also aid with parking. You’ll find all of these features useful as there is limited view in back due to the small 3rd windows.

Seats & Passenger Space

Seats in the GT trim are leather with smart red stitching, meaning any spills or crumbs can be wiped away with ease. Plenty of height and leg space can be found in the front and the front 2 seats are operated electronically, with the option to save 3 different driving positions. These seats can also be heated for those cold winter months as can the steering wheel – which we love – your hands won’t freeze! However, like the climate control, you will need to operate these features on the touchscreen as opposed to pressing a simple button. Again, we found this a little fiddly, especially when driving.

As long as the front seats are not pushed too far back, adult passengers will find adequate space in the rear.  There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench. The measurement of the back seat was 112 cm, but at it’s widest, we measured it as 125 cm. We were able to fit 2 high back booster seats and our smallest booster in the middle on the rear bench. As an alternative, we were able to place a rear facing baby seat, high back booster and again our smallest booster in the centre. Note this is when not using the ISOFIX points for the baby seat. It’s handy to know this is a potential option for car shares and playdates when you find yourself with an extra little person!

Privacy glass is on the rear windows too to help block out the sun’s glare. Much better than using flimsy car shades that never seen to cover that one area where the sun finds its way in!

Cups & Cubby

The cupholders are perfectly positioned in between the driver and passenger seats just below the dashboard. Here you’ll also find 1 front USB port, 1 USB C port and a wireless phone charger. Underneath this is an extra storage shelf for keys. You’ll find a handy overhead sunglasses holder next to the SOS button and the glove box is a good size.

Underneath the central armrest, there’s a huge amount of storage neatly hidden with a retractable cover . The front door bins are a great size and you’ll be able to fit a water bottle in there whilst leaving room for other bits and bobs.

In the rear, there are 2 central cupholders in the armrest and the door bins again are a good size. There are 2 storage pouches on the back of the front and passenger seats for the odd book, iPad etc. and 2 rear USB ports next to the air con vents.

Boot Space

The boot is a good size; 402 litres, smaller than the Kia at 475 litres, but perfectly adequate. Ford have included the luxury of a hands-free powered tailgate, which are great when your hands are literally laden down with everything except the kitchen sink! Simply kick your foot underneath the car and it’ll magically open. There’s a button to close it.

We were able to place our large pram in the boot, leaving space in the front for school bags, shopping etc. Opt to pop a stroller in the back and you’ll find you’ve plenty of room left. The parcel shelf moves out of the way as the boot door opens, meaning it doesn’t obstruct objects being placed in the boot. The floor level is also flush, meaning you won’t have to lift items up and over, making life much easier. There is extra storage underneath too should you need it.

The Mach e also has a “frunk” (new word for us!) A front trunk! 81 litres. Handy for all the charging cables.

Summary

So, is it the family car for you? Ok, it is at the pricer end of the electric car range if you opt for the top trim, but choose the entry level (more affordable) trim and you will gain many of the fabulous family features described in this review, which will make driving with children a more enjoyable experience! If you are wanting to go fully electric, we think it’s worth taking a look at this classic car. You’ll definitely turn some heads (just don’t let people see the inevitable mess inside!)

Car seats used in this review: 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm) 1 x Maxi Cosi Pebble (width 43cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4713mm (L) x 1881 (W) x 1613 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

402 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

112 cm

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

293 miles

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62 mph in 3.7 secs