Ford Mustang Mach-E review - Range, charging and running costs
With a practical range and fast-charging capability, the Mustang Mach-E is primed to fit seamlessly into family life
With prices starting from over £41,000, the Mustang Mach-E needs to be able to deliver low running costs to help it fit into the day-to-day practicalities of family life. Like every other all-electric vehicle, the Mach-E is exempt from road tax, while business users will benefit from a 1% Benefit-in-Kind rate for 2021/22.
Range anxiety shouldn't be an issue for Mach-E owners, as even the Standard Range RWD and AWD models are able to achieve up to 248 and 273 miles respectively. It’s worth noting that weather conditions, driving style and whether you’re driving in town or on a motorway, all play a part in an EV’s ability to meet its manufacturer’s quoted range.
On our own test the rear-wheel-drive Mach-E averaged 3.5 miles per kWh, which means that we could have achieved 238 miles on a full charge - so pretty close to Ford’s own figures.
Most all-electric SUV owners will have a 7kW home charger and, taking the average cost of a kWh of energy at 16.3p, then charging the Mach-E from your driveway will cost around £12.20 and should take about 11 hours.
Upgrading to the Mach-E Extended range models brings, as you might think, improved mileage from a single charge. The rear-wheel-drive version takes the crown, managing a claimed 379 miles, although the all-wheel-drive car isn’t too far behind with 335 miles. The Extended Range lineup also adds superior 150kW charging ability, compared to 115kW for the Standard Range variants.
Insurance premiums for all-electric cars tend to be a little higher than their combustion-engined siblings, and it’s no different with the Mustang Mach-E. The Standard Range models start in group 33, moving up to group 40 for the more powerful Extended Range versions.
By comparison, this appears to be good value next to the entry Tesla Model 3’s group 48 insurance rating, but a little steep when you consider a 222bhp Ford Kuga plug-in hybrid in top-spec Vignale trim (at nearly £39,000) is in group 21 - certainly something to think about if you’re looking for the most balanced proposition for family life.
The good news is that, due to its relative freshness and perhaps that famous Mustang name, the Mach-E should boast strong residual values after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. Expert data suggests that Ford’s battery-powered SUV should retain around 56 per cent of its value, which is almost on par with the Tesla Model 3’s figures of 59-63 per cent.
In this review
- 1VerdictIf you’re after a stylish, practical and refined all-electric family SUV, then the Ford Mustang Mach-E is worth serious consideration
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mustang Mach-E may not be the fastest in a straight line, but offers sharper steering and better body control than some rivals
- 3Range, charging and running costs - currently readingWith a practical range and fast-charging capability, the Mustang Mach-E is primed to fit seamlessly into family life
- 4Interior, design and technologyFord has created an all-electric family SUV with plenty of style, tech and impressive levels of standard kit
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Mustang Mach-E’s cabin delivers all the family space you could want, although the boot isn’t the biggest
- 6Reliability and safetyCustomers will be reassured by the Mustang Mach-E’s superb levels of standard safety equipment