New 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range AWD review

Decision

In its Extended Range AWD form, the Mustang Mach-E offers impressive range. That’s key for an EV at this price point, but while style will turn heads (and perhaps divide opinion), some of the quality could be better. Plus, while the performance is strong and the handling brings an element of fun, the ride is a little too tight. But cars have an individual appeal and identity, which we really like.

The Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s electric sensation, the car that turned the Mustang nameplate into a family. We’ve tried it in the Standard Range rear-wheel drive trim and love the balance of affordability and usability thanks to the range, but with a claimed 335 miles of 88kWh (usable) battery, this AWD Extended Range car costs more, at £57,030. So just as interesting?

At first count a larger Extended Range car battery certainly helps. Even in poor conditions our car showed over 300 miles from a full charge, and cruising at 60mph, used one mile of range for every mile traveled. So it’s also predictable, which helps reduce any range anxiety.

But a big battery means longer charging times too, and the Extended Range model offers fast charging up to 150kW, taking 45 minutes for a 10 to 80 percent refresh (or adding 66 miles of range in 10 minutes at the fastest speeds). takes 14 hours. However, it’s rare that you’ll have to recharge from completely empty, so there’s that caveat, and the flexibility that a larger battery brings is certainly worth it.

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However, the all-wheel-drive powertrain delivers solid performance. The battery feeds a pair of electric motors, one on each shaft. And even though this model weighs 2,182kg, its 346bhp and 580Nm allow for a fast 5.1-second 0-62mph time.

From a standstill, the motor churns out smoothly rather than thumping like some performance EVs, but once the Mustang spins, the acceleration is more than you need. Get ready for your prediction range to drop at a rapid rate if you explore the capabilities of this top-performing model in a straight line.

In terms of handling, Mach-E struggles to disguise his kerbweight as in a straight line. There’s plenty of grip and in typical Ford fashion, the steering is fast and provides a great connection to the front wheels – it’s one of the better main EVs in this case – but to control the crowd, the set-up has to be pretty stiff. As a result, if you hit bumps in corners, the chassis may vibrate, while riding comfort on rougher surfaces is also solid.

However, apart from the odd rattle trim, this tighter setting doesn’t really affect the finish, with less electric motor whining and less wind noise as it moves, so the Mach-E is relatively relaxed.

In changing the Mustang name to an SUV, practicality is involved. The rear chamber is good enough, but Ford is based on a highly customized combustion engine platform, so the packaging isn’t quite as good as in some EVs that use a bespoke electric architecture, like the Skoda Enyaq iV. This is also highlighted by Ford’s 402-liter boot; some of the bigger rival SUVs. That’s in part because the carded tailgate gives it a slimmer look, with the head and taillights plus hamstrings reminiscent of the Mustang coupé.

This top-spec trim packs a lot of gear, including adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, B&O stereo, powered tailgate, 360-degree camera, and a panoramic roof.

The large 15.5-inch touchscreen displays everything you need, including the latest connectivity, while serving as a control point for all of the car’s main functions. There is a secondary driver display behind the wheel.

Model: Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD Extended Range
Price: £57,030
Batt/motor: 88kWh (usable)/2x e-motor
Power/torque: 346bhp/580Nm
Transmission: One-speed automatic four-wheel drive
0-62mph: 5.1 seconds
Top speed: 111mph
Range: 335 miles (WLTP)
Charging: 150kW DC (10-80% 45min)
For sale: Now

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