- Striking exterior design
- The burbling V8 engine
- Decent sized boot
- Interior isn’t aesthetically appealing
- Interior switches will date quickly
When the very first Ford Mustang was unveiled to the public back in 1964, 22,000 of them got ordered the following weekend as people knew what a milestone it was. In what has become an iconic car, over fifty years later the sixth generation has now been launched and for the first time it’s available in right-hand drive, but will the Mustang in it’s latest guise be as successful as it was in 1964?
On the Road
The Ford Mustang comes with two engines, the growling 5.0-litre V8 and the 2.3-litre Ecoboost. The V8 propels itself from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds using a whopping 416PS with 530 Nm of torque and with a top speed of 155mph it’s certainly no slouch. Uniquely the V8 has a feature called line lock which enables you to spin the rear wheels for up to 15 seconds. Smokin’. Maybe just don’t use it when you’re sat at traffic lights although you might want to switch on the Launch Control button instead...
With no V6 engine making it across the pond Ford have added their 2.3-litre EcoBoost to the lineup. With 317PS and 432 Nm of torque pick up is good and with a manual gearbox it really lets you push it through the full rev range with short, direct shift changes.
Steering has plenty of feedback and feel can be adjusted, whether you’re city driving and maneouvring it into parking spaces or zipping down the motorway. With various drive modes available when driving it in the wet, on track or if you’re wanting a sportier ride then steering feel, stability control and throttle response can be adjusted for the driving situation.
Thanks to independent rear suspension and a tuned front one, the Mustang offers a comfortable, solid ride.
The V8 adds a loud, rough and ready note to the cabin which is no bad thing, if you own a V8 that’s all you want to hear when you take the Mustang for a drive.
As is expected there is quite a bit of road and wind noise, if you opt for the convertible then expect it to be amplified, although you can still have a conversation with a passenger without having to shout at the top of your lungs.
In the car
The exterior definitely has the wow factor, but jumping in the cabin is a slighty different story.
Plasticky silver coloured flip switches and trim inserts adorn the centre console in design cues that look like they might date quite quickly.
The instrument dials are a lot classier with an added LCD screen and there is the chance of adjusting the colour of the ambient lighting to suit your mood.
The leather seats are comfortable and once you look out of the windscreen it is distinctly Mustang with that wide, long bonnet staring out ahead.
Ford’s Sync 3 communication system comes aboard the Mustang which is linked to the 8-inch touchscreen, voice control enables you to set navigation, answer calls and even adjust climate control.
With room for four the rear is easily accessible, suprisingly so in fact, headroom is minimal due to the headline, but an average height person does get some legroom.
Boot space is good too, a couple of large suitcases would fit in, even a golf bag or two.
The convertible’s roof seems to use quite a dated system. Nowadays on most cars a touch of the button will have you covered up in no time and away you drive. But on the Mustang you have to continually press a button to make the roof move and then once it’s down you then have to put front and rear windows up yourself, then lock the roof into position with an overly large handle. It seems old tech.
The Ford Mustang is priced from £34,995 for the V8 and £30,995 for the 2.3-litre Ecoboost.
Over 1,000 customers have already received their Mustang with sales now exceeding 3,500. And if you want the iconic black stripes on the Mustang, then that’s an extra £500.
Expect combined mpg figures around the 28 mark for the EcoBoost with CO2 emissions ranging from 179g/km so VED will cost £355 for the first year and then £230 annually. The V8 manages 20.9mpg and will emit 299g/km of CO2, expect to pay an eye-watering £1,120 for the first year in road tax, £515 annually thereafter. The Ford Mustang is priced well but beware that running costs won’t be low.
As much as the Ford Mustang is a solid, well built car, it’s the interior that lets it down with its overuse of plastics. It might be well priced but we expected it to look as stylish in the inside as it does on the outside as the quality of German interiors marches on.
Ford have had a change of fortunes recently in the reliability stakes as they have struggled in the past, whereas the Japanese brands have dominated this area consistently.
The Ford Mustang recently took the Coupe of the Year award in the 2016 UK Car of the Year honours so this new generation has already got winning pedigree, expect more gongs to follow.
There is plenty of safety equipment on the Ford Mustang, it comes with eight airbags and the manufacturer have introduced a knee airbag which sits within the glovebox door for added space. A novel idea considering it’s also a lot lighter than a normal textile fabric one.
It comes with electronic stability and traction control to give the driver plenty of confidence on tricky driving surfaces. There’s also hill start and emergency brake assist systems.
Not many people will admit to refilling their car with the wrong fuel, but it does happen and Ford have produced a system called Easy-Fuel, the wrong nozzle won’t fit it so you have no excuse and it’s also capless so no dirty fingers.
The Ford Mustang comes with a Thatcham category 1 alarm system, that will keep thieves off the Fastback.